Following the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend, Georgia’s civil and human rights groups are coming together for ‘Georgia Resist Take Down White Supremacy’ march.
The march is taking place on Saturday, August 19th. Organizers are calling all community members to gather at Centennial Olympic Park at 6p.m. for a peaceful march to the Martin Luther King National Historic Site to resist hate and white supremacy in Georgia.
Protest have been ongoing nationwide since one person died and many others were injured after James Fields Jr. allegedly ran his vehicle into a crowd of people during the rally in Charlottesville.
Many more protest and rallies are planned Saturday afternoon in cities like Charlotte, Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, and Austin.
We believe love trumps hate and Saturday’s demonstration will show our solidarity against the neo-Nazis and white nationalists that clashed violently with those standing against racism, leaving courageous American Heather Hayer dead and innocents like Deandre Harris injured, along with more than a dozen others” said Janel Green, a Georgia Alliance for Social Justice Leader.
The protestors hope to push legislators to remove confederate monuments and names from Georgia streets and public spaces. This week, Mayor Kasim Reed said he’s looking into removing symbols of the confederacy in Atlanta within the next two months.
“We have demands including the adoption of hate crime and comprehensive civil rights legislation; revising the statutory protections for Confederate statutes so they can be move to cemeteries and museums; and more state support for the network of museums that tell the stories of Georgia,” said Kenyetta Barnes, an organizer of the event.
March organizers have planned for a safe and peaceful march that includes trained marshals and legal observers to monitor all activity. The priority is to simultaneously deliver a message while maintaining the safety of all marchers.
Julien Virgin is a staff writer at CBS Radio Atlanta.