Jacksonville demonstrators rally in solidarity for victims in deadly Charlottesville attack

Peaceful rallies to protest hate continue in Connecticut following Charlottesville

Peaceful rallies to protest hate continue in Connecticut following Charlottesville

"We don't hate each other and this is what makes us great", said Sherica Freeman, who was one of the organizers of the vigil.

"Well I've been involved with standing up for the right thing for as long as I can remember".

An anti-violence rally was held outside the district courthouse in Lafayette in response to the violence in Charlottesville Virginia.

Hundreds of people gathered in the Star City on Sunday night to honor those who were hurt and killed in Charlottesville this weekend.

Joe Harden was one of many who attended the vigil.

"It scares me that people will treat him differently", she said.

"Why can't we have a positive influence, not people who have killed people, mass genocidal insane people, why are we honoring these people?"

"If you saw what you saw in Charlottesville and that touched your heart in any way then show your solidarity and come out and show the community and the world that America is stronger when we're together", said Anthony Smith, a member of the Black Lives Matter Savannah Chapter.

Shawn Flaherty, a member of the Newburyport Civil Rights Commission, joined the group and held a sign Sunday for the first time. For many, including some who were in Charlottesville on Saturday, what has happened now becomes a cry for action in the future.

"The gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville this weekend was a bad display of bigotry and hate that has simmered just below the surface for decades, but has been unleashed anew as racism and bigotry have found homes in the highest levels of government", the event page read. A pair of Virginia troopers then died when a State Police helicopter, said to have been monitoring the protests, crashed several miles away near a golf course.

The political fallout came Saturday when President Donald Trump issued a statement decrying the violence "on many sides" in Charlottesville, instead of calling out the white supremacists for fomenting violence.

The group on Sunday demanded that elected officials condemn racist views and white supremacy. "He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together".

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