Charlottesville solidarity rally draws over a thousand in Baltimore

A rally on Sunday evening organized by Baltimore BLOC drew over a thousand attendees, including many members of local Indivisible groups, to the Lee-Jackson monument in the Wyman Park Dell in Baltimore.  A diverse crowd of one or two hundred people were already gathered by 6pm, many holding signs in solidarity with Charlottesville.  Local TV stations set up their vans nearby to take video of the scene and interview a few attendees.  Police had closed the adjacent streets to vehicle traffic, and a police helicopter circled above.

As the crowd grew, speakers took turns at a megaphone at the base of the statute, emphasizing the importance of unity and of attacking not just the visible symbols of white supremacy — like the Lee statute — but also the systemic elements that support subjugation and oppression.  Speakers included Baltimore BLOC members and other activists, as well as a former head of the state’s NAACP chapter.  The mood was positive and hopeful.

At about 6:45, the crowd — which by now numbered over a thousand — began to march across 29th street, up St. Paul to University, and then back down Charles, pausing around 32nd street to listen to a speaker from Baltimore BLOC urge everyone to organize their communities to fight white supremacy.  The march ended back at the Lee statute, as people chanted slogans like “No hate, no fear, black lives they matter here.”

UPDATE: In response to the rally and to the events in Charlottesville, Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott formally called on the city’s Confederate monuments to be destroyed, and Mayor Catherine Pugh reached out to contractors about removing the Taney and Lee and Jackson monuments.

More scenes from the rally:

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