Charlottesville, August 12: DefendCville NoNewKKK

Hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ Charlottesville

Defend Charlottesville August 12 2017

SURJ Cville is calling you to action. Show up for racial justice and #DefendCville!

On Saturday August 12th several alt-right and white nationalist groups are descending on Charlottesville for a Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park. They intend to promote their vision for a white supremacist society, terrorize people of color, and take over Charlottesville with upwards of 800 people committed to their violent and racist ideals. They wish to take advantage of the recent Confederate statue controversy and leverage it to promote their racist propaganda in an effort to build their movement.

We will, instead, build our own. Activists of color in Charlottesville have been doing this work for years, building the movement against white supremacy, and towards racial liberation. SURJ will plug in and work with these groups to firmly say #NoNewKKK.

SURJ is calling white folx into the work of confronting white supremacy. We are specifically calling on white C’villians, and white folx across the country, to show up for racial justice alongside other organizing groups to invest in the diversity of tactics this movement commands.

We strongly encourage all folx planning to attend this counter-rally be trained in nonviolent protest tactics (for more information on upcoming trainings, see below). We will need many different skills and types of support on the 12th and in town throughout the weekend. Folx who can lend skills necessary for the movement, please contact us directly. Use this form to join us in this resistance work so we can determine how best to plug you in: For anything not covered through the form please contact

More specific action details (meet-up location, etc.) will be provided in the near future. RSVP to stay updated and watch #DefendCville on social media. For more information please check out

Legal Observer Training
With the National Lawyers Guild
July 30

Nonviolent Direct Action Training
August 1

Protests, Police, and Your Rights
With the Legal Aid Justice Center
August 7

Know The Process: Arrest/Court 101 – Charlottesville Procedures
With a local defense attorney
August 8

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