On Saturday afternoon, somebody drove a car into a crowd of anti-racist, counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, demonstrating against the throng of far-right, white supremacist, and neo-Nazi protesters who descended on the city over the course of the previous 24 hours. According to reports, at least 19 people were injured by the car and at least one person was killed. And although the identities of the victims haven't yet been released, lots of people want to show their support ― here's how to find a vigil for the Charlottesville victims near you.
There have already been a slew of memorials, vigils, and remembrances scheduled in cities across the United States, a testament to what an impact the white supremacist demonstrations and subsequent violence have left on the national consciousness. For instance, there are already vigils scheduled in Boston, in the greater San Diego area, and at the South Carolina state house, to name a few.
And, if you're looking for for a way to join in, there's a pretty simple way to get the necessary information: just scan for any Charlottesville vigil event pages on Facebook, surely one of the quickest and easiest ways to find a memorial happening in your area. And, although there aren't dedicated event pages as on Facebook, you can do the same by searching for "Charlottesville vigil" on Twitter.
The president of Black Lives Matter 757 announces tonight's vigil in Charlottesville — 8pm at UVA lawn. pic.twitter.com/GqGaaaPS6y— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) August 12, 2017
As it stands now, there are tons of vigils for the Charlottesville victims already listed on Facebook, spanning all across the country. From the city of Shreveport, Louisiana, to the city of Reno, Nevada, to the city of Nashville, Tennessee ― there are lots of options, with varying numbers of people planning to attend. You can add yourself to their number, or even create your own event and see if people want to attend.
In short, this is surely the quickest and easiest way to track down a vigil to the victims in your area. You can also do a simple Google search for events in your area ― "Charlottesville vigil Miami" for example ― and see what turns up. Given the incredibly high profile of what just took place in Virginia, there's bound to be no short age of options.
Make no mistake, if you're the sort of person who's moved or motivated by activism and remembrances, this is as good a time to make your voice and solidarity felt as any. Simply put, Saturday, August 12, 2017 was a big day in American history, albeit in a tragic and harrowing way. So if you or the people close to you want to mark it by paying your respects, you shouldn't hesitate to do so.