How To Find A Protest Near Me After Charlottesville & Stand In Solidarity Against Hate
The white nationalist-led violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, left three dead and more than 30 wounded Saturday. If you're appalled by the violence, you should be. But the message that was shared, peacefully or not, has to be denounced. If you'd like to stand in solidarity with those counter-protesting racism, bigotry, and hatred, you can — and probably not too far from home. There are protests near you after Charlottesville, and here's how to find them.
A large number of progressive groups like the Women's March, MoveOn, and Resist Here have come together to help you find the nearest protest and vigil. Hosted on the website of the Indivisible Guide is a search tool that lets you input your ZIP code. If there's a protest in a city near you, it will come up in the list below. Click on the link of the event you're most interested in to learn how to arrive, contact organizers, and more. If there's not a protest near you, there's the option to organize your own.
The groups supporting the Indivisible Guide search explain why speaking out against this kind of violence is so important:
This weekend, hate groups and domestic terrorists of all stripes went to Charlottesville, VA to push their hateful message of white supremacy, fascism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry. When they got there they waged violence on unarmed anti-racists, killing one and injuring many others. We mourn for the life that was lost, and we will honor all those under attack by congregating against hate in our own communities.
Protests and vigils began Saturday night and are continuing through the day and evening Sunday. In New York City Saturday, Black Lives Matters held a protest in Union Square. Another will be held Sunday night, also in Union Square at 4 p.m. ET.
In Chicago, protests will be held throughout the day on Sunday. A group called Refuse Fascism Chicago held a protest near Millennium Park in the afternoon. Another, larger gathering is planned for Sunday evening in the Second City. A vigil will be held in Federal Plaza at 6 p.m local time.
On the West Coast in Los Angeles, organizers are planning a solidarity rally outside City Hall at 2 p.m. local time. Michelle Xai, one of the organizers with Refuse Fascism Los Angeles, told The Los Angeles Times the importance of the action. "We’re here to say, ‘No, we're not going to normalize these Nazis and how they feel emboldened,’” Xai told the paper. “This is history being written, and we're not going to be those people that just stood back.”
If you feel similarly, make sure to find the event closest to you and go.