Charlottesville became an epicenter of white supremacist violence and our pushback against it because the local population decided to remove monuments to racism and bigotry that have no place in our society. Unfortunately white supremacy and hatred are not limited to one city or state but pervade our society from top to bottom. Even in DC, a majority Black city, there is a confederate statue in a prominent place downtown. Join us at 7pm at Lafayette Square to stand in solidarity with those attacked in Charlottesville, and carry forward their struggle to fight bigotry. We will be gathering at the White House to remember those killed and injured yesterday, then marching to the statute of Confederate General Pike to denounce the symptoms of white supremacy in our midst.
Eugene Puryear, Stop Police Terror Project DC
Ana Rondon, Justice for Terrence Sterling
April Goggans, Black Lives Matter: DC
Darakshan Raja, Washington Peace Center
Full speakers list coming soon. Folks who do not want to march may join us at Lafayette Square for speeches & candlelit vigil.
Please stay safe and secure tonight. Travel in groups on your way to and from the gathering if at all possible, when departing to various cars/train stops be sure to escort/drive each other until everyone is at their car/train safely, make sure someone you trust offsite knows where you are, create a meeting point if you get lost from your group, watch your surroundings and identify multiple entry/exit points, consider whether or not to bring children, stay hydrated. We are looking forward to being in community with you tonight.
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