Where To Find A Stand In Solidarity Event Near You After The Violence In Charlottesville
Following the violence in Charlottesville, Americans from across the country are standing against the hateful rhetoric that was spread by white supremacists that weekend. If you'd like to stand in solidarity to speak out against what happened in Charlottesville, you're in luck. A group of progressive organizations has created an online tool to find the event closest to you.
The varied groups, such as the Women's March, Greenpeace, OFA, and Planned Parenthood, allow you to type in your ZIP code, push "search," and find all the different events in your area. The biggest cities in the country have a couple of solidarity events planned — be they vigils or marches. Some started as early as Saturday, many continued throughout the evening Sunday, and others were scheduled for Monday.
In addition to vigils and protests, many communities across the country are holding community dialogues and rallies. One event in Oak Park, Illinois, urged attendees to further the discussion on the issue. "URGENT CALL TO ACTION," the event description read. "This is not a time to be quiet and shy away. The latest violence in Charlottesville left all of us shellshocked and sad. We would like to invite you to a community dialogue to talk more about this subject, not as white, brown or black, rather, as friends and a big family."
The groups organizing the solidarity event search tool also explain the significance behind organizing against the violence and open shows of white supremacy and neo-Nazism:
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.
They noted that they expect attendees to model "progressive values and the principles of non-violence" as well as "inclusion, respect, and fairness in all of our actions."
In Seattle on Sunday, alt-right protestors and counter-protestors faced off for one of the first times after the violence in Virginia. At the Charlottesville rally there were claims from the far right that anti-fascist counter-protestors had also turned violent. Organizers of the solidarity events would likely prefer not to repeat that at other vigils or demonstrations.
If there is not yet a vigil or other solidarity event planned in your area, consider organizing your own. There's a way to create an event listing on the same page on the Indivisible site. After what happened in Charlottesville, we must not stay silent.