Bay Area residents rally against Charlottesville white nationalists
Published on August 13, 2017 at 12:50PM by By Carolyne Zinko
In the wake of the death of a woman at a white supremacy rally in Virginia over the weekend, more than a half-dozen vigils were being organized across the Bay Area in solidarity against race-related violence. On Saturday, a rally that drew some 450 protesters in downtown Oakland temporarily shut down a portion of Interstate 580, but police reported no arrests, vandalism or injuries. Other nighttime rallies are scheduled in San Jose and at Oakland City Hall, where police urged the public to assemble peacefully and warned that the department had increased staffing “to facilitate a safe environment” for participants. Other solidarity gatherings were scheduled throughout the day in San Anselmo, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Mill Valley, Albany, El Cerrito, Castro Valley, Mountain View and Pescadero, many organized by Indivisible, a progressive political group.