A collection of organizations from the Fox Valley will gather to commemorate the second anniversary of the riot in Charlottesville with a protest rally at 2 pm and a vigil at 7 pm on Saturday, August 10, at Houdini Plaza, 100 College Ave, in Appleton.
Sponsoring organizations include Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI), Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement, Peoples Alliance – Bay Area, In Defense of Our Lives, Peoples Power Assembly, Youth Against War and Racism, Communist Workers League, Struggle – La Lucha for Socialism, Socialist Unity Party. Labor Against Racist Terror. Colectiva Brown Berets de la Bahia, Fox AntiFa, CODEPINK San Francisco and Workers World Party.
“It’s important to commemorate Charlottesville, and honestly I think it’s important not just to commemorate Charlottesville, but to commemorate all people not just currently fighting, but ones who have fought and will fight against fascism,” said Epke Jacobse of Fox AntiFa.
On August 11 and 12, 2017, white supremacists and white nationalists clashed with counterprotesters at an event billed as the “Unite the Right Rally.” The rally, in which white supremacists carried torches and chanted things like “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us,” erupted into violent clashes. One activist, Heather Heyer, was killed when white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. ran his car into a crowd. Eleven people were arrested and President Donald Trump drew criticism for saying there were “very fine people” on both sides of the fighting.
“This vigil, this protest is to tell everyone around and for everyone to remember that we are historically antifascist,” Jocobse said. “This vigil isn’t just for Heather Heyer. It’s for our grandfathers and our grandmothers and our grandparents that have fought against fascism as well.”
The Appleton vigil is one of dozens scheduled to take place across the country.