Charlottesville holds recovery town hall after white nationalist rally turned violent
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) - The community of Charlottesville is set to come together on Sunday at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School.
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The City Council will be partnering with the Community Relations Services division of the U.S. Department of Justice to "begin a road to recovery for our community," after the violent events at the Unite the Right rally on August 12.
"Our community has been shaken to its core," said City Manager Maurice Jones. "We see this partnership with CRS as the beginning of a process of recovery and renewal. Charlottesville is a resilient City and I am confident we will come through this tragedy stronger than ever."
The town hall was supposed to last from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., but lasted until around 6:30 p.m. after Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy said that everyone who wanted to speak should be able to.
Citizens from all ages and backgrounds spoke Sunday afternoon, venting their frustration.
Several called for the resignation of Mayor Mike Signer and the rest of the City Council.
Others who spoke said they were tired of calls for unity and were ready for action.
"When you say you want to unite the community and bring us all together are you talking about also uniting with the guy who has the confederate flag bumper sticker on his pick up truck that I pass everyday on my walk to work?" one man said.
"If that is your intention, you will find a lot of resistance here," he continued.
The meeting ended with no real resolve, but a lengthy list of things the community can do to move forward.
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