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Outpouring of Support for Charlottesville from Maryland and Beyond

Baltimore reacted immediately to violence in Charlottesville by removing Confederate statues. (md.gov)
Baltimore reacted immediately to violence in Charlottesville by removing Confederate statues. (md.gov)
August 18, 2017

BALTIMORE – People in Maryland and around the country have held or are or planning nearly a thousand Stand With Charlottesville events.

In Baltimore, four Civil War statues were taken down from across the city this week, with Mayor Catherine Pugh saying it's in the best interest of the city.

Nathan Moore is a steering committee member with "justice and mutual support" organization Together Cville. He says it's been "traumatic and disconcerting" to see quiet, familiar streets of his city transformed into the site of a terrorist act.

But, he also says they've also been surprised by the level of support and solidarity.

"It is really strange to see your town become a hashtag," says Moore. "Medical funds and legal-aid funds, a lot of support and donations. People around the country stand with Charlottesville, and that has been very heartening."

Pugh has said because of the tense political climate in the nation, Baltimore's Confederate statues had been a security threat.

Moore wants people from other parts of the country to understand that the white supremacists didn't come to Charlottesville to defend a statue of General Robert E. Lee. Moore says they really came to intimidate and threaten, especially, the people of color in the area.

He doesn't agree with all the counter-protesters' tactics - but they came to defend people. Moore says President Trump ignores that.

"It's especially terrible because he has connections here in Charlottesville, where his family and he own Trump Winery, just a couple of miles outside of town. And here he is saying that both sides caused this and giving a wink and a nod to the fascists that actually killed someone on the streets of this town."

Many of the Stand with Charlottesville events are being organized in connection with anti-Trump Indivisible groups. More on what's happening locally can be found at their central website.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MD