Sunday marks the first anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. The hate group known as Unite the Right is planning to recreate their white supremacist rally in Washington, DC starting in Lafayette Square across the street from the White House from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Unite the Right is planning to livestream the rally.
The group is also encouraging their participants to carry the following items during the event: water, a bodycam, and an “American or Confederate Flag 4′ x 4′ or smaller, preferable detachable from the pole (for potential transit on trains).” They provided this website for more information.
Now, one group is vowing to counter-protest with dancing. A lot of dancing.
The LGBTQ civil rights group ResisDance Media is planning to disrupt the Unite the Right gathering in DC with “lots of raging trans and queer dancers, rainbow biodegradable confetti, bumpin’ beats, and fabulousness.”
Organizers have yet to release the location of the counter-protest for safety reasons, the group said.
DC Police Chief Peter Newsham spoke at a news conference Thursday where he said the DC and U.S. Park Police would be in full force. He said law enforcement expected 400 rally participants and as many as 1,000 counter-protesters to gather in Lafayette Square for the rally.
“The law allows for first amendment assemblies of any kind,” Newsham said. “The law does not allow for injuries to persons or destruction of property.”
Police have instituted a temporary policy making it illegal to carry guns in and around the rally Sunday.
In addition to the ResisDance counter-protest, LGBTQ rights organizations are banning together to ask their followers to share the hashtags #UnitedAgainstHate and #AgainstHate for a Digital Weekend of Action. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) says the action would encourage its 3 million members to share messages of unity and call out white supremacy on social media.
“One year ago, white supremacists and neo-Nazis launched a violent, deadly attack on people of conscience in Charlottesville who were peacefully protesting their bigotry,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The horrific violence that occurred, and the murder of Heather Heyer, tragically reinforced the extent to which racism, anti-Black violence, anti-Semitism, bigotry, and xenophobia continue to plague America.”
Griffith added, “Today, we believe it is as important as ever for the LGBTQ community to loudly declare that the fight for racial justice and equity is inextricably bound to our fight for full equality. We must use our voices, our power and our energy to be good allies, fight white supremacy and be united against hate in all of its forms.”
One year after Charlottesville, we must continue to stand #AgainstHate, combat white supremacy, and do all we can to defend civil and human rights. Here's how you can take action. #ResilientCville https://t.co/aqzH1z33Nc
— The Leadership Conference (@civilrightsorg) August 10, 2018
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
— #AgainstHate (@CAHTweets) August 10, 2018
Trump refused to unequivocally denounce neo-Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists a year ago. Race relations have worsened since, but we stand strongly #AgainstHate! #ResilientCville https://t.co/zIfflCQwA8
— Jim Murphy (@jimmurphySF) August 10, 2018
“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention”
— Human Rights Watch (@hrw) August 10, 2018
Charlottesville is not – and will not be – defined by hate. People of all identities live and flourish there, not based on fear or hate but rather on a foundation of love and community. Hate has no place in Charlottesville, or anywhere in America. #AgainstHate #ResilientCville
— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) August 10, 2018
We once had a president who was #AgainstHate. Now we have a #POTUS who promotes hatred and racism. He supports the Neo-Nazi / White supremacist with a confirmation of #OnBothSides. He even said at a rally that he'd pay the legal fees if they hurt the resistant.
— I Am Neecha (@AuthorJoeNBrown) August 10, 2018