BY: PATRICIA MADEJ
“Philly is Charlottesville March and Rally” is scheduled to take place Wednesday evening following a clash between protesters and counterprotesters during a “Unite the Right” rally that left dozens injured and three dead over the weekend in the small Virginia town.
The event will be held Wednesday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. and is set to begin at Congregation Rodeph Shalom Synagogue along Broad Street near Spring Garden Street, according to the Facebook event page. The “Philly is Charlottesville March and Rally” is organized by P.O.W.E.R., Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild.
Other social justice organizations, including 215 People’s Alliance, Juntos and Women’s March PA, will join in the efforts. Larry Krasner, a candidate for district attorney, is also set to attend.
More than 1,500 people are “going” to Wednesday’s event while more than 5,000 are “interested.”
“POWER clergy and laity mourn for the freedom fighters injured and killed as they stood against white supremacy this weekend in Charlottesville,” the event’s description reads. “We must make it clear that white supremacy is not just a ‘Southern thing.’ Symbols and systems of white supremacy are also at work in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy. While we applaud the thousands who took to the streets this weekend in solidarity with Charlottesville, we call upon the same persons to march with us to tear down white supremacist structures in Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
About 2,000 people gathered at Paine’s Plaza for a vigil held earlier this week for Charlottesville victims.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump doubled down on comments he made earlier in the week blaming both sides for violence.
“What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the alt-right, do they have any semblance of guilt … What about the fact they came charging with clubs in hands, swinging clubs?” Trump said. “Do they have any problem? I think they do.”
A spokesperson for the city said that it does not have a permit on file for Wednesday’s rally, but that Philadelphia police are prepared to attend.