This weekend, hundreds of alt-right protesters gathered in Charlottesville, VA to march onto the University of Virginia's campus. White nationalists gathered on Friday night, carrying lit torches and marching to chants like "blood and soil" and "we will not be replaced." Then on Saturday, violence at a scheduled Unite the Right rally killed one counter-protester and injured 19 others.
Since the 2016 election, instances of race-based violence and threats have increased across the country, and the white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville proved that racism is still very much alive in America.
In times like this, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and hopeless. But now more than ever, it's important to remember how powerful collective action can be in the face of oppression.
For those who couldn't physically counter-protest in Charlottesville, social media was helpful in sharing information about organizations and individuals supporting the fight against white nationalism and racism. Here are a few organizations to keep in mind for donations:
2. Charlottesville Pride, a local community organization that aims to connect the LGBTQ community to resources and events in the area.
1. Unity Cville, a group of Charlottesville community members raising funds to help support the victims.
This story was originally published on August 12, 2017.