FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE TO DC MARCH LEADERS RESPOND TO THREATS FROM WHITE SUPREMACISTS
Leaders Ended Day Three of March Due to Threats of Gunman Waiting on the Route in Madison, Va., Calling for People to Stand with them in Coming Days
MADISON, Va. — Today, leaders of From Charlottesville to D.C: The March to End White Supremacy, ended the day’s trek early after receiving threats of an armed person waiting for them at a their ending location along the route in Madison, Va. The decision to stop the march early yesterday was in the interest of protecting the marchers, all of whom are marching to demand the removal of President Trump and elected officials who embolden and support white supremacists, and the undoing of policies that protect them. Organizers of the march joined with march participants to release the following statement:
“The decision to end the march early today was one we made with the safety and wellbeing of all those marching with us in mind. We have a responsibility to those standing with us, but we also have a responsibility to continue on in the face of opposition. We will continue marching tomorrow and the next day, until we reach Washington D.C. to deliver our demands at the Capitol,” march organizers said. “This threat is a clear example of why we need more people to stand with us in this fight against white supremacy and hatred. We’re always more powerful united than divided.”
“It’s not surprising that we would be told to go home and told we have no place here. White supremacy is something I have faced my whole life as a Black woman. However, it is still surprising that someone would sit in a parking lot waiting to threaten us with his gun and body,” said Nelini Stamp, a march organizer. “To spend hours waiting for a pilgrimage to pass him is a commitment to white supremacy which is the exact reason why I'm taking this pilgrimage with brothers and sisters committed to confronting white supremacy.”
“We were expecting resistance. I came today knowing there was a risk,” said Ayelet Wachs Cashman, a march participant. “A movement that is easily intimidated has no chance of success. As a Jewish woman, we have seen this before. Silence and fear does not save us. Although a gun is violent, white silence is also violence and I'm here to show up for my community and other marginalized people.”
“This shows just how cowardly people are,” said Stephanie Llanes, who is marching with the group. “This movement believes in a different possibility. The fact that our opponents are resorting to threatening the use of firearms on peaceful marchers shows how powerful a people united for justice really are.”
For more information about Charlottesville to D.C: The March to Confront White Supremacy, please visit www.cville2dc.us. To speak with leaders and participants in the march, please contact Chelsea Fuller or Scott Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.