Singing, chanting and drum beats are the sounds coming from a few hundred people marching from Charlottesville to Washington, D.C.
That’s a 120-mile trip. By car, it’s an easy two-and-half-hour drive. By foot, this group has planned for 10 days.
“I’m from Charlottesville. I’m marching today for Heather Heyer who was murdered by a White Supremacist in our town,” said Emily Goff.
Heyer was run over during August 12’s deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, which saw the KKK and Nazis marching through the progressive college town.
The marchers are a multi-racial coalition of religious, college, and community activists moved to action by President Trump’s response that “many sides” were to blame and “fine people” were to be found on both sides of the Charlottesville violence.
“I watched Nazis and White Supremacists march through my hometown,” said Ben Dorenberg. “We just can’t accept that White Supremacy is going to be part of our country for the next 300 years. Clearly, this tone has come from the top. It comes from Donald Trump.”
They want President Trump to be impeached and removed from office.
“Having Nazis 100 miles from my home was terrifying, because my family is Jewish,” said Zach Miller of Springfield. He just joined the march Monday, but some have been marching every day since August 28th.
“I think it’s important that as Jews we stand against White Supremacy and we stand with people of color that are being targeted because we understand that anti-Semitism and White Supremacy are tied up together,” said Jamie Weisback, who’s from New York.
Stephanie Llanes, an attorney from New York helping to support the organizers, sang and shouted chants to her fellow marchers. She said the march had encountered a few difficulties, including tangling with police who disputed their permits several days ago, and being threatened by an armed man who was stalking them.
The group’s eight-mile march this Labor Day concluded around lunchtime when they reached Centreville. They will start up again at 10 a.m. Tuesday and plan to reach Washington, D.C. and the White House on Wednesday.