Alexandria, VA: Richard Spencer Hides on His Roof From Angry Crowd

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“a shaken Spencer took to the roof to film activists while hiding his face, prompting police to guard the rear entrance of his apartment building for the rest of the night. We chanted, “We are not afraid of you!”’

On Sunday, August 13th in response to the tragedy in Charlottesville, the DC Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the Mid-Atlantic General Defense Committee (GDC), and the DC Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) organized a vigil at Market Square in Alexandria, Virginia to offer space and support for those who had attended the rally the day prior, and to honor and remember the life of Heather Heyer and those injured at Charlottesville.

Protestors and medics who witnessed the murder spoke about their experiences and gave detail about the police inaction in Charlottesville, and the medical response to Heather Heyer’s injuries, eventually resulting in her death. They drew connections between the many Confederate monuments and street names in Northern Virginia and Spencer’s presence in the region, and emphasized the importance of fighting white supremacy in all its forms.

We then took the vigil to the streets, marched down King Street through “Old Town” Alexandria, alerting passersby and bar patrons of our presence. Some onlookers joined the march and rallied outside Richard Spencer’s apartment, which sits above Blüprint Chocolatiers, where protesters chanted and sang against fascism. Eventually, a shaken Spencer took to the roof to film activists while hiding his face, prompting police to guard the rear entrance of his apartment building for the rest of the night. We chanted, “We are not afraid of you!”, filmed him back, and taunted him from the streets.

This action is the first part of an extended campaign to get Richard Spencer ousted from his Alexandria neighborhood. This is a coalition-based project which will include petitions, comms blockades, canvassing, and organizing community members and workers at local businesses. We intend to ensure that the DC area is no safe haven for fascism. We intend to win!


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