The following short report and video comes from Solidarity Cville, and presents an overview of community mobilization in the wake of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville on August 12th, 2017.
Six months. This video only scratches the surface of what we’ve been through.
Before, we remember how our public officials gaslit an entire community. How we screamed and screamed, demanding support, demanding action, and were ignored. A community reduced to Cassandra’s curse.
It’s hard not to feel like a town reduced to a hashtag. A town of victims, a town defined by its worst day. (In fact, it was a weekend. No wait, it was a summer. Really, it’s been decades of white supremacy.)
Some victories: On the anniversary of Nat Turner’s Rebellion, activists rose up and took over a City Council hellbent on dismissing and silencing the community. We shut down the permitting of another Unite the Right.
We still have so much healing to do. We still have so much work to do.