United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) Appeal:
The university town of Charlottesville, Virginia, has become ground zero in the fight against the post-election resurgence of white-supremacist organizations. A national gathering of “alt right,” neo-Nazi and other far-right groups is scheduled to take place there on Saturday, Aug. 12.
Local anti-racist organizations are calling for a national anti-racist mobilization. Charlottesville is one of the cities that has decided to take down its statues of Confederate figures, in this case generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. In response, national “alt-right” groups staged a torch-lit rally May 13 next to the Lee statue. The next day there was a large protest.
On July 8, about three dozen KKK members held a rally next to the Jackson statue – and were met by more than 2,000 anti-racist protesters.
Now hundreds of right-wingers are expected to come to the city for a weekend of activities, capped by a rally on Aug. 12 at Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park.
UNAC strongly urges all its affiliates, allies and supporters to come to Charlottesville to support the local anti-racist movement.
A statement by Black Lives Matter-Charlottesville is HERE.
UNAC affiliate: Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality is helping to mobilize regionally. For more information, contact the Defenders at 804-644-5834 or DefendersFJE@hotmail.com.
UNAC affiliate International Action Center: www.IACenter.org will be sending forces to Charlottesville from Roanoke VA, Durham NC, Baltimore-DC, Philadelphia PA, and NYC.