Hundreds marched about 1 mile from the Hyatt Regency hotel to the state capitol in Atlanta.
Many of the Atlanta activists were in town for a Netroot Nations event dedicated to energize a legion of new activists ahead of next year’s midterms, derail Trump’s agenda and lay the groundwork to oust him in 2020, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.
Hundreds of people marched Sunday night in Atlanta to protest violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
Organizer Nikema Williams said nonviolent demonstrations help communities heal.
“There are people that are hurting and need to be in community,” Williams said. “They need to express what they’re feeling and express their thoughts and their pain.”
Keyette Tisha Barnes is director of policy and legislation at the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice, a nonprofit organization with a mission of “working together to empower and mobilize the people of Georgia towards justice and equity for all,” according to its website.
She said the march Saturday was the perfect example of a peaceful demonstration.
“There’s no pitchforks and fire,” Barnes said. We’re just here to say as Americans, we do not stand for that.”
The people who demonstarted Saturday night said they wanted to peacefully present their message.
“This is all about structural white supremacy and racism and it needs to end today,” Nelini Stamp told Channel 2.
The Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America organization plans to march at 7 p.m. Sunday in Woodruff Park.