Chicagoans rally for Charlottesville by Tracy Baim 2017-08-13
At least two events in support of anti-white supremacists protesters in Charlottesville were held in Chicago Aug. 13, the day after one woman was murdered and 19 others were injured when a car plowed into a group fighting the Nazis who had come to their Virginia town.
A broad coalition of progressive organizations held an evening vigil at Federal Plaza to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville. Speakers from across a coalition of groups and affected communities shared their stories of "unity and defiance in the face of racism." There was a "living memorial" of flowers to honor Heather Heyer and all the victims of Charlottesville.
Organizing groups included Women's March, Indivisible, One Million Hoodies, Working Families Party, Democracy For America, and dozens of other progressive organizations. Participating groups in the Aug. 13 evening vigil included: Women's March Illinois, Indivisible Illinois, Indivisible Chicago, Friends Who March, Black Lives Matter, Women Of Faith, Suburban Unity Alliance and Planned Parenthood of Illinois, in addition to religious speakers.
African American community organizer Anthony Clark said white people must no longer put up with racist family, friends and colleagues, that now is the time to truly fight for justice. Clark and other speakers were inclusive of LGBT in their language of solidarity across differences, and many rainbow flags dotted the protest.
Mahdia Lynn, who founded the Masjid al-Rabia mosque as a "women-centered, LGBT-affirming, trans inclusive, and pluralist" mosque in Chicago, also addressed the crowd.
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