Rallies and Vigils to Happen around Boston after Charlottesville Violence

Boston-area demonstrations this week seek to reject hate and violence after a white supremacist rally left three dead.

Heather Heyer Charlottesville

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After a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville erupted into violence this weekend, groups all over the nation are organizing to reject hate and violence. Here are some of the vigils, rallies, and marches happening in Boston over the next week.

“Arlington Solidarity with Charlottesville and Action Gathering”

Gatherers in Arlington are invited to write postcards calling for a federal task force on “fighting hate,” make cards for victims of the violence in Charlottesville, and create posters for the “Fight Supremacy! Boston Counter-Protest & Resistance Rally,” which will take place at Boston Common on Saturday. There will also be speeches and singing. 

August 16, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington,

“Our Ville Stands with Your Ville: Charlottesville Vigil”

Together with Temple B’nai Brith and Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, the City of Somerville will host a vigil in honor of Charlottesville. The Somerville Human Rights Commission and First Church Somerville are also involved. Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz, Rev. Alan Fairfax, Mayor Joe Curtatone, and Board of Aldermen president Bill White are scheduled to speak.

August 16, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Davis Square Plaza Statue Park, Somerville,

“Solidarity with Charlottesville: Confronting the Nazi Menace”

The International Socialist Organization of Boston will host a discussion of “how we can build a movement to confront the nazi menace” on Thursday, according to the event’s Facebook page.

August 17, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., 358 Washington St., Dorchester Center,

“Fight Supremacy! Boston Counter-Protest & Resistance Rally”

In response to a right-wing rally expected to happen at Boston Common on Saturday, a two mile march will bring counter-protesters from the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center to Boston Common. The march is organized by Monica Cannon-Grant, DiDi Delgado, Angie Camacho, and Chanelle Helm.

August 19, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Boston Common, Boston, Organizers recommend that participants bring water, weather-appropriate attire, and comfortable shoes.

“Stand for Solidarity”

The Coalition to Organize and Mobilize Boston Against Trump in partnership with Answer Coalition Boston will host a rally outside the Boston State House on Saturday.

August 19, 12 p.m.-4 p.m., Boston State House, Boston,