Unite The Right 2 won’t be coming back to Charlottesville:
Kessler has withdrawn his motion, case is closed. No permit will be granted for anniversary rally on Aug 11 and 12. Details on#CBS19News at 5 and 6
— CBS19 News: Charlottesville News First (@CBS19News) July 24, 2018
A year ago, tens of thousands took to the streets in memory of #HeatherHeyer who was killed by a neo-Nazi in Charlottesville. A year later, the far-Right is attempting to unite across the country once more. If we stand together, we can win. #AllOutAugust https://t.co/3nzGfOMNXu pic.twitter.com/9w24wj1E6s
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) July 24, 2018
This is great news.
No one wanted Unite The Right 2 to take place in Charlottesville. There are pending lawsuits and sentencing hearings coming up stemming from the first rally. I’ve said all along that we have no reason to trust elected officials or the police to uphold the law in Charlottesville. I thought it was a gamble to go back there and I am relieved this event won’t be happening.
As for Washington, DC, I think the police are much more capable of upholding law and order in Lafayette Park. Richard Spencer has held several events in front of the White House. He held a free speech rally last June in front of the Lincoln Memorial that went smoothly. The chances of Unite The Right 2 going awry in front of the White House are dramatically less than in Charlottesville.
The worst thing we can do to these Antifa LARPers is to stop engaging with them especially in places where the police stand down and allow them to incite violence:
after showing up 45 minutes late to his own hearing & a brief recess with his attorneys, jason kessler withdrew his request for a hearing in the matter of his permit for market street park the weekend of august 11 & 12.
— molly ? (@socialistdogmom) July 24, 2018
Kessler went through all the trouble, filed a lawsuit, got his shit exposed in discovery, doxed his peers, and then WITHDREW THE LAWSUIT https://t.co/0dhrOp4M3V
— Emily G kmii (@EmilyGorcenski) July 24, 2018
Just by refusing to engage with these people, we are denying them publicity which will result in fewer Twitter followers and Patreon and Venmo donations. I don’t believe we should engage with them at all anymore, but if it is going to happen anyway let it happen in Washington, DC. The Trump administration won’t tolerate another debacle on its doorstep before the midterm elections and the #DisruptJ20 protesters are unlikely to want to go through another legal ordeal.
While I think UTR 2 in Washington, DC will likely go fine, I don’t believe that is any guarantee. I remember a few years ago when Antifa assaulted a friend of ours from Georgia and stole his Confederate flag at an event in DC. I also remember Richard Spencer’s antiwar protest against the Syrian intervention and the chaos of the Trump inauguration. We will all still be anxious about how this event pans out on August 12th, but at least it is likely to go much more smoothly now.