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From Comedy to Tragedy: what I saw at the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville

In Activism, Crime, Events, People, Politics, Safety, Uncategorized on August 17, 2017 at 1:57 pm

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By David McNair

The first thing I saw when I approached the Unite the Right rally on Saturday, August 12 here in Charlottesville was a guy across from Market Street Market selling bottled water for $2 out of his car, saying, “I figured I had to make the most of it.” The next thing I saw were a group of Unite the Right protesters gathered on the corner of Market Street and 3rd Street NE, dressed like middle-schoolers going to a war games-themed birthday party, with make-shift helmets, shields, and batons. All this was at first quite comical. The group paused on the corner for a moment, issued an obscure kind of war cry, and marched fast toward the park with various photographers running backwards quickly trying to capture the action.

At the park, the Unite the Right protesters had already gathered in a double fenced off section of the park, and you could stand and view them like exotic animals in a zoo. They all faced outward, pressing against the steel fencing, and harassed and verbally abused onlookers, many of whom returned the favor. There was a lot of vulgar harassment of women from the group, and I heard one guy say to a woman, “You’re a little chubby around the edges, but I’d f##k you, Bitch.” There were women with them, too, and I noticed how they had no expressions on their faces as the men they were with said this stuff. Still, it all seemed comical. Were these guys serious? Meanwhile, I spotted what appeared to be self-styled, bearded militiamen walking around in fatigues and assault rifles with odd assortments of insignia on their “uniforms.” They all looked very serious, and no one I spoke to could tell me exactly why they were there, but at that point their inscrutable countenance seemed comical, too. Were they expecting some kind of armed ambush from some opposing guerrilla army? Meanwhile, various public officials and notable citizens milled about, seeming a little amused by this particular circus that came to town. They could stand safely at the edge of the fencing around the park and observe various white supremacists and neo-nazis spewing slogans and insulting people. I saw friends and colleagues and we had time to chat. A couple of local guys had thought to put loud speakers on the top of a nearby building, and they had the words of James Baldwin playing in a continuous loop. Nearby a guy had set up an easel and he was painting comic book-style portraits of Robert E. Lee and Donald Trump.

20708191_1686411471433314_8139878792168219992_nOn the steps to the Market Street entrance to the park a group of clergy, including Harvard scholar Dr. Cornell West, blocked the entrance and quietly demanded that the Unite the Right protesters gathered below them “stand down” and not enter the park. this standoff went of for a few moments, until the Unite the Right protesters finally walked up the steps and pushed them violently aside.

That’s when things seemed to shift, that’s when it started not to be so comical. Fights in the street broke out shortly after that between Unite the Right protesters and counter-protesters. And over the next 45 minutes or so that intensified. At one point I was standing beside one of Charlottesville’s city councilors as he tried to film the scene, and had to nudge him aside as a smoke bomb canister came hurling toward us. Rocks, tear gas, bottles filled with bleach, and balloons filled with urine would follow. I saw bloodied heads and faces. I saw scared people running past me, other who looked like they would gladly smash you in the face if you looked them. A saw a TV crew flee the tent they had set up under across the park. I watched as an African-American TV camera man tried to put his camera on a tripod, but was having trouble because his hands were shaking so much. I heard someone say, “The cops have vanished.” And sure enough, I looked around and the state police who had been standing along the fencing earlier were gone.

20728279_1686410811433380_2776422500373341158_nI then looked up and a screaming, angry mob of white supremacists and neo-nazis had totally taken over the park, ringing its edges with their home-made riot gear. Not only was this not comical anymore, it was frightening. Why weren’t police stepping in now? At that point, you knew something bad was about to happen, that people were going to get hurt, that a surge of violent energy had been let loose on our town. Within the hour, three people would be dead, and dozens injured.

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Nazis invade Charlottesvillle, DTM

In Activism, Crime, Events, Politics, UVA, Video on August 15, 2017 at 9:15 am

This Vice report pretty much tells you all you need to know about what happened in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.

 

Hugged & Shoved: hugging protester says she was roughed up by city police

In Activism, Events on July 10, 2017 at 12:17 am

At Saturday’s Klan Rally Protest, Charlottesville resident Heather Rose Ratesic Dorsey, who was there to protest the Klan, gave one of the state troopers guarding an entrance way for the Klan a hug (see photo left).

“I have always been taught to respect everyone and I am sure that they needed more than a hug at that point,” says Dorsey.

About an hour later, however, after the Klan had left, Dorsey was shoved to the ground by a city cop (number 67) while standing on the north sidewalk of High Street.

“I wasn’t doing anything when someone behind me stepped on my flip flop,” she says. ” I turned around, it was a cop. I asked him to get off my shoe and he grabbed my arm and threw me to the ground.”

She suffered wounds to her arm (see photo right), had her flip-flop broken, and was treated and released at MedExpress. Dorsey says a city police sergeant came to her house that night to take pictures and file a report.

Dorsey says she’ll turn in a required handwritten complaint form on Monday, and pursue things from there. But the experience has rattled her in confusing ways. She says the photo of her hugging the trooper cause some unexpected backlash. Liberal FB friends called her a racist for hugging the trooper and unfriended her.

“I wasn’t there for a fight,” says Dorsey. “My emotions are all over the place. It’s like a nightmare to be honest.”

Take Note: shows at the Whiskey Jar through November 29

In Events, Music, Take Note on October 21, 2014 at 5:40 pm

10353026_703913419685189_4870640389132265804_nFRI. OCT. 24th – EMMA LEIGH w/ THE BRIAN PATRICK BAND
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Zombie Apocalypse coming to the DTM

In Events on October 8, 2014 at 3:20 pm

zvilleSeriously. They’re coming. On Saturday, October 25th, the Downtown Mall of Charlottesville will be ground zero for Z-VILLE: an experiment in total zombie domination.

Participating stores on Charlottesville’s historic Downtown pedestrian mall will zombify their staffs – posting the official Z-VILLE warning in their windows – and bracing for the human stampede.

Local shoppers are warned to get out of their houses and come to the Downtown Mall to experience this (hopefully) once in a lifetime zombie simulation.

Out of town shoppers are advised that this is never-ever going to happen in their town in ten lifetimes, so they better get their families out of Dodge and over to Charlottesville, VA on October 25th.

Other undead activities during the weekend are the annual Danger. Zombies. 5k Run. on Sunday morning. Plus, at the Paramount on Sunday night: Ghostbusters and the London National Theater’s Frankenstein.

Spontaneous zombie generation is encouraged. So shoppers, too, are invited to participate in the mall carnage.

for more information contact primary instigator:  Brian Wimer brian@amoebafilms.tv

Take Note: shows at Threepenny Cafe through October 26

In Events, Music, Take Note on October 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm

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Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday – 8pm
Friday – 10pm
Saturday – (Early) 1pm, (Late) 10pm

Thurs. Oct. 9th – Paulo Franco
Genre(s) – Country / Blues / Rock

Fri. Oct. 10th – Moon
Genre(s) – Rock / Pop / Covers

Sat. Oct. 11th
Early Show
Bill Staton, Mike Poznansky, Oona Love
Genre(s) – Folk / Americana / Singer-Songwriter
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Take Note: shows at Rapture through November 1

In Events, Music, Take Note on September 30, 2014 at 11:57 pm

RAPTURE-9-30Wed. Oct. 1st – Southern Belles
Genre(s): Rock / Jam / Funk

Sat. Oct. 4th – Duck Brothers
Genre(s): Hip Hop / Top 40 / Mash Ups

Mon. Oct. 6th – ATM Unit
Genre(s): Funk / Jazz / Fusion

Wed. Oct. 8th – Erin & The Wildfire
w/ Midnight Snack
Genre(s): Blues / Rock / Soul

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Take Note: Shows at Whiskey Jar from September 26 to November 1

In Events, Music, Take Note on September 22, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Weekly gigs, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Every Monday Night – Red & The Romantics
Every Tuesday Night – Ragged Mountain String Band
Every Wednesday Night – Olivarez Trio

FRI. SEPT. 26th – CASHLESS SOCIETY
Genre(s): Rockabilly / Rock n’ Roll

SAT. SEPT. 27th – L.G. AND THE PORCH CATS
Genre(s): Jazz / Blues / Bossa Nova
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Take Note: shows at the Main Street Annex through November 21

In Events, Music, Take Note on September 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19th

XCross Da Trackz Ent., Black Mobb Empire & Magnus Music Present:

GET FLY OR DYE ALL BLACK & WHITE EXTRAVAGANZA

Music by DJ WYATT

Hosted by DENZY FROM DA BLOCK

10 pm Doors

21+ // Ladies Free Til 11 // $10 All Night

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Take Note: music line-up at Miller’s through September

In Events, Music, Take Note on September 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm
Photo by Tom Daly

Photo by Tom Daly

Monday, September 8
Oona Love

Tuesday, September 9
The Hoo Cats

Wednesday, September 10
The Mike Rosensky & Jeff Decker Quartet

Thursday, September 11
The John D’earth Quintet

Saturday, September 13
Houson Ross & Friends

Sunday, September 14
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