With the anniversary of Charlottesville only days away the Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, and Charlottesville feel that there is reason to call a state of emergency. On August 12, 2017 Heather Heyer saw her life tragically cut short after she was run down by a car that plowed into a group of counter protesters. At the moment for the anniversary of Charlottesville which is just three days away large protests and parades are planned in our nations capital, Washington D.C. Similar events have been planned for Charlottesville, Virginia to mark the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally that turned violent last year and claimed the life of Heather Heyer.
Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam has asked that the citizens of Charlottesville make plans that do not involve engaging with planned demonstrations of hate. Northam said, “Virginia continues to mourn the three Virginians who lost their lives in the course of the demonstrations a year ago. We hope the anniversary of those events passes peacefully.”
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health, and Virginia National Guard will be pulling their resources together and make their presence known in Charlottesville over the weekend. The governors office has set aside a sum of money totaling near 2 million dollars to pay for the response that is needed in Charlottesville this highly explosive weekend.
Last years violence in Charlottesville stemmed from white nationalist and supporters of the alt right coming together to form the Unite the Right rally. While main stream media would try to imply that there was some kind of a sinister under plot to the rally that took place in Charlottesville last year, the true purpose of last years rally was to protest the city removing a statue of the honorable Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a local park.
As hundreds of counter protesters clashed with those who were in town for the Unite the Right rally it caused violence to break out all across the city which led then governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, to declare a state of emergency. Unfortunately for Heather Heyer she was one of the many counter protesters who found herself caught up in the middle of the violence and couldn’t get out of the situation before she lost her life for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
This year most of the eyes in America won’t only be watching Charlottesville to see what happens at this years rally, a large number of Americans will also be watching the nations capital Washington D.C. Organizers of the original rally that took place in Charlottesville last year have planned a march that will take its supporters from a nearby Metro station to a demonstration in Lafayette Square Park directly opposite the White House. Groups like Black Lives Matter and others who do not support the Unite the Right rally have also received permits to hold their protests. There are plans for an individual in the group of counter protesters to burn a confederate flag.
To the people in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is my sincerest hope that you are all able to stay safe this year. God bless.