Rallies and vigils across the nation denounce violence at Charlottesville rally

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Rallies and vigils across the country Sunday aimed to "Stand in Solidarity" with Charlottesville, Virginia in the wake of Saturday's violent protests.

A car rammed into a crowd of protesters and a state police helicopter crashed into the woods a day earlier as tension boiled over at a white nationalist rally in the quiet college town.

Denouncing the white nationalist viewpoints behind the day's three deaths and dozens more injuries, organizers of Sunday's events say they seek to remember those lost and reinforce the values of peace, love and acceptance many feel have been jeopardized.

Organizations like Democracy for America, Mi Familia Vota, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, CODEPINK and many others are banding together to coordinate the occasion.


In the town where it all took place, hundreds gathered for a vigil to memorialize the lives lost during the violence in Charlottesville Sunday night, WSET reports.

"My leg's broke, I can't work at all because you made the decision to let them come," said Marcus Martin, who was hit by the vehicle that plowed through the counter-protesters. "And for the person who approved it, that's my only question are you going to be held accountable for Heather's life?"

"A girl laid here and lost her life yesterday, and you are still allowing them to be here," Martin added.


In Seattle. KOMO reports that two protests took place Sunday in the city's downtown.

The first was labeled "Solidarity Against Hate," and continued in Denny Park 7 p.m. ET. About 860 indicated on Facebook that they would attend.

Its purpose was to protest a concurrent event; the "Freedom Rally," hosted by a right-wing group called Patriot Prayer. The day saw clashes between the police and the protesters.


In San Antonio, Texans gathered at Travis Park to remember those killed or injured Saturday, WOAI/KABB reports.


Four people were arrested after a peaceful candlelight vigil in Nashville for victims of Charlottesville, WZTV reports.

Dozens of people attended the 9 p.m. vigil on Saturday at Bicentennial Park, organized by a group called The Independent Progressive. After the vigil ended, the group moved outside First Tennessee Park, and according to police, became a "racially charged protest."

Police arrested four individuals for disorderly conduct.


In West Virginia, demonstrators gathered at the Capitol in Charleston to protest a confederate statue there, WCHS/WVAH reports.


In North Carolina, many participated in a demonstration at Henderson County Historic Courthouse, WLOS reports.

Vigils and other "peace gatherings" are planned for elsewhere across the state later in the day, WLOS reports.


Near Washington, D.C., rallies were held at the World War II memorial, Lafayette Park and elsewhere across the D.C. area, WJLA reports.

"Go home, you are not wanted in this great commonwealth. There is no place for you here and there is no place for you in America,” said Julian Diego Lopez-Leyva, who kicked off a rally in Courthouse in northern Arlington, Virginia Sunday afternoon.


Elsewhere in Virginia, the cities of Roanoke and Lynchburg will host vigils to "pray for peace and solidarity," WSET reports.

"The vigil will be a time to remember and pray for those who were injured and killed at the rally in Charlottesville today, and for healing in that community," the mayor of Roanoke's office wrote in a statement. "It will also be an opportunity to affirm Roanoke's commitment to be an inclusive community and to stand united together."


In Pensacola, Florida, groups came together "to denounce" the violent events at Charlottesville, WEAR reports.


A vigil to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville, Va. was held in Tulsa, Oklahoma Sunday night, KTUL reports.

"March on Oklahoma" hosted the event at the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park.

The group posted this message on their Facebook event page: "Let's stand in solidarity against the hate, racism, and white supremacy that took place in Charlottesville this weekend. Together, we're stronger. Let's show Tulsa that these acts WILL NOT be tolerated."


Across the state of Michigan, many municipalities elected to participate in the nationwide "Stand in Solidarity," WPBN/WGTU reports.

"Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone Standing Up Against Racism and white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia," organizers of the event in Traverse City, Michigan, stated. "We are saddened by the loss of life and injuries to those brave enough to stand up against the cowardly racist terrorists."


In New York, the city of Rochester hosted a rally organized by activist groups "lndivisable Rochester" and "Action Together Rochester," WHAM reports.

The event took place at Washington Square Park downtown.

"To protest the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, created by hate groups and domestic terrorists who have pushed their hateful message of white supremacy, fascism, anti-semitism, and bigotry, Action Together Rochester and Indivisible Rochester are holding a rally to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville." "Action Together Rochester" said in a Facebook event post.

Elsewhere in the state, the city of Albany witnessed a rally at Townsend Park, WRGB reports.


On Saturday, the Portland, Oregon chapter of the NAACP gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial statue at the Oregon Convention Center around 3 p.m. to "stand against racism," KATU reports.

Portland's Queer Liberation Front also planned a protest outside Pioneer Courthouse downtown. The group began gathering around 5 PM, and moved to Chapman Square a short while later.

The event description on Facebook reads, "Today, Neo Nazis rammed a vehicle into a crowd of counter protesters after a KKK and Nazi rally in Charlottesville, VA. Police defended the armed rally as they attacked counter protesters throughout the day. Wear black, come stand in solidarity. Mourn the dead---fight like hell for the living."


A complete list of events can be found on


This story is developing and will be updated.

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