NPS Approves Application from Jason Kessler to Hold Rally in Washington, DC
Unite the Right rally organizer Jason Eric Kessler has received an initial approval from the National Park Service to host a two-day event in the nation's capital.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Unite the Right rally organizer Jason Eric Kessler has received an initial approval from the National Park Service (NPS) to host a two-day event in the nation's capital.
Kessler plans to host two events on August 11 and 12, the one-year anniversary of violent events around Charlottesville: the torch-lit march by white nationalists at the University of Virginia, and the deadly events connected to Kessler’s rally at Emancipation Park.
NPS confirmed Wednesday, June 20, that while Kessler has been approved to hold his event in Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., a permit has not yet been issued. The service says it is still gathering details from organizers.
Kessler believes 400 supporters will attend [PDF] the two-day Lafayette event, which he claims is about civil rights abuse in Charlottesville, and "white civil rights".
Kessler said he plans for Unite the Right 2 in Charlottesville to focus on Confederate monuments.