Birmingham condemns violence in Charlottesville with solidarity rally

Source: Jamiese Price/WBRC
Source: Jamiese Price/WBRC
Source: Jamiese Price/WBRC

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) –

From Charlottesville to Birmingham, many in our community stood against the violence that’s happened in Virginia this weekend.

Sunday evening, about a hundred people rallied in Five Points South in solidarity. They knew their voices were loud enough to drown out the sounds and sights of violence that unfolded in our country over the last 48 hours.

"We’re witnessing vile, anger, hatefulness and it’s traumatic and I knew we had to do something," said Cara McClure with the Birmingham chapter of Black Lives Matter.

But they were willing to put in the work to see less hate and more love. Sunday’s demonstration was a part of their efforts to make it happen.

Clergy, activists, parents and college students rallied in Five Points South to condemn the violence and hate in our country.

From the chants to the signs, their message is clear: Less hate, more love. And they are standing against the violence in Charlottesville, VA.

"This is not the country that America is in its best moments and that’s what we are striving for is the best America we can have and the way that that can happen is by people starting to show up and speak up and speak out when they see hatred bigotry," organizer Shea Rives said. "I’m hoping that they will decide to start speaking out calling out, name it and announce it and say we are not going to stand for it."

Many called on the faith-based community to help lead the charge against racism and to promote unity.

"As people of faith, we believe all people are children of God and it is important that we are standing to that statement today," said Daniel Schwartz, Exec. Director of Faith in Action Alabama.

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