Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Vigils to be held in response to Charlottesville violence

Vigils to be held in response to Charlottesville violence

A vigil for Charlottesville, Virginia, will be held Sunday in Tulsa.

"We stand with our neighbors and our nation against hate tonight after the terrorism white supremacists committed in Charlottesville", the group wrote on it's Facebook page.

Granite Staters are showing support for victims of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, with vigils across New Hampshire.

Fresno weighed in forcefully even if in small numbers against hatred and violence Saturday night in the wake of events hours earlier that had ended with the deaths of three people amid protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. One person was killed and close to 30 people were injured after a auto driven by an alleged Nazi sympathizer slammed into a crowd of counterprotestors.

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A unity vigil is planned in at the state Capitol following the weekend's violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va.

Despite the short notice, delfin bautista, the director of OU LGBT Center, said it was inspiring to see a large crowd attending the event to show their support.

OU students Carolyn Hunter and Jaida Sterling were among the attendees.

"We're at a point where we have to speak for the rights that we want and the rights that we deserve", Hunter, a junior studying ceramics, said.

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The vigil ended with Arnold challenging those at Fountain Square Park to work to make the country "a more tolerant and loving place".

"I think probably my favorite part of the whole evening was when you were to hug someone that you didn't know and just random people are hugging random people and that was phenomenal", Harden said.

In her speech, Fisher said not acknowledging these issues is not an option.

"Now is a time where you have to choose sides", Fisher said in her speech. "We stand indivisible in our commitment against oppression".

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