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Fresnans hold vigil in light of Charlottesville violence

14 August 2017

On Sunday, the regular handful of demonstrators for peace - a group without a name, Rosen said - more than doubled in size to at least two dozen when they were joined by members of the group RISE to speak out against the violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, at a rally of white supremacists. Graphic video from multiple sources was shared widely, showing a Dodge Challenger speeding into a crowd and reversing at high speed.

Hundreds gathered in Burlington's City Hall Park in solidarity on Sunday night including a woman from Charlottesville named Lisa Green.

The event was organized by Indivisible Nation Brooklyn.

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"Yesterday was a dark day in this commonwealth and across the country but we are going to let our light shine and we're going to let it shine and make sure that the citizens understand that we're moving forward", Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea said. "That's the strength of this group", said New Orleans DSA organizer Allison DeJong, "We have the strength of the national organization, but organizing is always one-to-one".

A local group is holding a solidarity vigil for the victims of the violence that happened in Charlottesville.

"We are one valley and we need to be talking about the things we have in common, not the things that pull us apart", state Sen.

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A unity vigil is planned in at the state Capitol following the weekend's violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va.

Before the Bowling Green rally, the Rev. Megan Huston of Bowling Green's First Christian Church said that "there's a point where we can't just be silent". There also was an ongoing demonstration at the now-former Jefferson Davis statue site in Mid-City, where Confederate flag-waving protestors and supremacists remained on the neutral ground for several weeks, even after the statue's removal. Indivisible is a political movement created by opponents of President Donald Trump after his election.

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Fresnans hold vigil in light of Charlottesville violence