On Saturday afternoon, white supremacist and other alt-right groups descended on Charlottesville, Virginia for a "Unite The Right" rally. Counter-protesters came to stand up to the various hate groups, and later on Saturday, a car rammed into a crowd of protesters, killing 32-year-old woman Heather Heyer and injuring approximately 34 other people, according to the The New York Times. Many observers took to social media to pay tribute to the Charlottesville victims, and to condemn the act of domestic terrorism.
There are many ways to help the victims of Charlottesville, including donating to racial justice groups in the area, donating to a GoFundMe set up on behalf of Heyer, and standing up to bigotry by attending protests in your local community. In addition to taking concrete action, many people affected by this weekend's events are taking the time to speak out and push back against the hatred and bigotry.
Right now is an critical time to show your solidarity with those who stood up to the Charlottesville alt-right groups. Legislators, public figures, and other observers around the world who were shocked to see events unfold have taken to social media to mourn the tragic events in Charlottesville, and to pay tribute to all the victims injured in Saturday's attack.
From Twitter threads that offered users ways to honor the victims and fight back against bigotry to those who offered simple thoughts and prayers, the tributes online are both a source of comfort and a call to action.
1. Shaun King
Heather Heyer.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 13, 2017
An American martyr. A hero. My hero.
Last words on FB "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."
Journalist Shaun King posted a tribute to Heather Heyer, a paralegal who lost her life in the attack on Saturday.
2. Barack Obama
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
"People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love..."— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
"...For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
Former President Barack Obama posted this moving and timely Nelson Mandela quote on Twitter.
3. Cory Booker
The senator from New Jersey shared thoughts on the events in Charlottesville, and offered some insight on how all those mourning might confront injustice and promote change.
4. Hillary Clinton
My heart is in Charlottesville today, and with everyone made to feel unsafe in their country.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 12, 2017
Clinton also stood with the city of Charlottesville.
We condemn the voices of white supremacy heard in Charlottesville today, and all violence. Our hearts are with those killed and injured.— ACLU National (@ACLU) August 12, 2017
The ACLU condemned the violence in Charlottesville and recognized those hurt or injured.
6. Tracie Thoms
Actor Tracie Thoms also recognized Heather Heyer, who was killed in the terrorist attack on Saturday.
7. Kamala Harris
Senator Kamala Harris encouraged people to attend a vigil to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville. Her tweet included a link from Indivisible to help users locate a vigil nearby.
8. Jake Tapper
Heather Heyer IDed as the woman killed in the Charlottesville racist rally incident. Here is her last FB post: pic.twitter.com/BzCY8bg0zi— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 13, 2017
News anchor Jake Tapper posted a Facebook post from Heather Heyer, whose life was lost in the attack.
9. Linda Sarsour
Activist Linda Sarsour also recognized Heyer.
10. Joy Reid
She should be alive and well today, at home with her family. Instead she was killed in an act of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville. https://t.co/CtbZuBJVTw— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) August 13, 2017
Writer Joy Reid was mourned the tragic loss.
11. Steven Greenhouse
Rest In Peace Heather Heyer, 32-year-old paralegal murdered in Charlottesville, protesting against hate. https://t.co/fjOg4y2hsq— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) August 13, 2017
Former New York Times writer Steven Greenhouse also recognized Heyer, who was killed in the deadly protests.
In addition to moving tributes, other users offered ways to channel sadness and anger following the events in Charlottesville into action:
Here's a list of nonprofits in Charlottesville that would probably appreciate your help: https://t.co/k0wywwhIMJ— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) August 12, 2017
While the events in Charlottesville are disturbing and tragic, it's important to recognize those who were killed or injured protesting the hateful organizations that gathered in the Virginia city.