Women are coming together to stand in solidarity with the anti-racist protestors who were violently attacked by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12. The Women’s March has worked with 16 different partners to mobilize 700 protests and vigils all over the United States. In Chicago, more than 1200 protesters joined a rally on Sunday.
On August 12 the “Unite the Right” rally was protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate icon, General Robert E Lee. A counter protest to the right wing movement’s action was brutally ended when a car was driven into the crowd, killing one and injuring 19. The driver of the car, 20- year- old James Alex Fields, Jr., is facing charges of second degree murder for the death of 32- year- old civil rights activist Heather Heyer.
“Heather is exactly the type of woman, the type of activist, the type of human being that I see every day in our Women’s March organizing. Heather is us”, said Bob Bland, one of the main organizers of Women’s March to USA today.
The violence in Charlottesville prompted protesters all over the United States, and some in Canada, to call for justice. Patty Pablo is one of the organizers of a rally on August 14 in Washington, D.C.. She told the Washington Post, “I’m a person of color and an immigrant. These things affect me. I felt hurt and helpless”.
In Toronto more than one hundred women and men gathered in front of the U.S. consulate to show that racism and violence are not acceptable, and to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s response to the violence. “I blame Donald Trump 100 per cent because he emboldened all these people to incite hate, and they are now promoting violence and killing” said Helen Rubenstein, who was part of a protest in Los Angeles. During a march in Chicago, two women carried an upside down black American flag to protest white supremacist groups and the reaction of Donald Trump.
“Trump, women, media: White supremacy in Charlottesville has taken a village”, Women’s Media Center, 12 August 2017
“Women’s march to reconvene around 2018 after Charlottesville”, USA Today, 14 August 2017
“Charlottesville: witnessing the ‘monstrous’ attack”, Al Jazeera, 14 August 2017