Peace rallies held throughout NJ in response to violence in Charlottesville


"We have the backs of people who are being singled out and oppressed", Rebekkah Dorris said.

Several people meditated before the vigil to reflect on the weekend's events. After hours brawls between the pro-rally far-right figures and anti-racism protesters, a sport vehicle ploughed into the crowd at the rally, killing a 32-year-old local woman and injuring 19. He said the white-nationalist march in Virginia was a full-on display of hatred and bigotry. Organizers said it was night to remember those lost to hate.

"We also hope that we can come together as a community to heal, to reaffirm our commitment to protecting each other's lives, to defending each other's rights and freedoms, and to continue our struggle for an America that loves and welcomes us all", they said. William Hosea, president of the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus, told the crowd to make sure they took their opinions to the ballot box.

Find the people who are willing to listen, she said, and have that conversation again, and again, and again.

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"We're gathering in front of the County Administration building for a candlelight vigil for the vicitms of Saturday's deadly terrorist white supremacist attack in Charlottesville, VA", the post reads.

Before the event ended all of the candles were lit and as a moment of silence was held for those who suffered from the violence in Charlottesville and Heather Heyer, who paid the ultimate price.

Those who attended the vigil said they are confident that by standing together they can overcome the hate in the world.