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Activist Groups Ready for Anniversary Weekend

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Protesters out front of Charlottesville General District Court. Protesters out front of Charlottesville General District Court.
Protesters at a trial stemming from Aug. 12, 2017. Protesters at a trial stemming from Aug. 12, 2017.
A sign from a counterprotester at last year's rally. A sign from a counterprotester at last year's rally.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A variety of activist groups in Charlottesville are planning for the weekend ahead, but also reflecting on this past year. Many organizers of these groups say there’s still much more work to be done.

Groups such as Showing Up For Racial Justice, Black Lives Matter, Congregate C-Ville, and others appeared at First Presbyterian Church where they discussed plans for August 11-12.

Earlier on Friday, a leader for SURJ spoke about his year-long fight against white supremacy. Ben Doherty, along with other members of SURJ, has been at almost every court case stemming from last August 11 and 12. 

On Friday, he said that last summer was not an isolated incident and the fight is still ongoing. He, and many others, plan to be out in Downtown Charlottesville during the weekend spreading their message.

“The point of it is just for people to come together on this important weekend to just be with one another,” Doherty said.

According to Doherty, the event on Sunday is not organized by one particular organization, but rather just a community gathering. 

The groups are expected to gather downtown on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. in Washington Park.