Heather Heyer Remembered By Lawmakers, Activists On Charlottesville Anniversary

Heather Heyer's mom It took a 'white girl dying for white people to wake up and pay attention'

Authorities had carefully planned for Saturday's event in Charlottesville, which previous year became the scene of the Unite the Right rally's clash with the leftist Antifa protesters.

And Bro hugged numerous people who were there August 12 a year ago, including Heyer's friends Courtney Commander, Marissa Blair and Marcus Martin, the latter captured in Ryan Kelly's Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, hurtling up in the air behind James Fields' vehicle.

Last year's rally came amid debate over the renaming of two parks honoring Confederate generals.

There are expected to be counterprotesters near the same site, as well as a heavy police presence.

The security measures seemed to have worked as most of the Saturday's events proceeded in a peaceful manner. He said those issues include free speech, preserving history against "revisionism", combating political correctness and advocating for white interests.

The 2017 rally ended in tragedy when a auto slammed into a group of counterprotesters, killing demonstrator Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring many more. An Ohio man accused of driving the auto was charged with second-degree murder in Heyer's death. For example, the Shut It Down D.C. Coalition is producing a "Still Here, Still Strong" rally to counter "Unite the Right 2" starting at noon Sunday.

The group said it is "organizing marching bands, drummers, puppets, and vibrant displays of art and culture to show the diversity and power of united communities in the face of right-wing violence".

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Outside Washington, "anti-racist" activists plan to rally in Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia. A white supremacist awaits trial in the case.

Today we honor the memory of Heather Heyer, whose spirit we see in every person who stands up to reject hatred and bigotry. "C-ville fights back, and we are asking the world to fight back, too!"

The preventative measures comes one year on from the harrowing violence that gripped the city one year ago.

As the anniversary of last year's deadly Charlottesville riots approaches, states of emergency have been declared for the city of Charlottesville, parts of Northern Virginia and the state of Virginia.

Heyer was killed on August 12, 2017, when a neo-Nazi who had attended the "Unite the Right" rally earlier in the day rammed his auto into a group of protesters she was walking with. Officials said roughly 700 members of the Virginia State Police would be in the area and about 300 Virginia National Guard members would be on standby.

Biden condemned the violent rally at the time, saying that "racism and hate have no place" in the U.S. "We 100% are going to make sure that groups remain separate".

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