Portland holds solidarity rallies for Charlottesville

Rallies took place in Portland, Hillsboro

People gathered at Pioneer Courthouse Square to show their support for the victims of the Charlottesville attack, Aug. 12, 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — From downtown Portland to Hillsboro to the Oregon Convention Center, people used their voices to condemn the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left 1 dead and sent dozens more to the hospital after a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally.

The NAACP held their rally at the Convention Center near the Martin Luther King Jr. statue Saturday afternoon. The group gathered to speak out against white supremacy.

Jo Ann Hardesty, president of the group, said freedom is not free. She told the group they can’t sit back and allow freedom to be eroded by hate.

“What is hoped for by the white nationalists and the Nazis is that we live in fear, and I hope that our message today is we will not live in fear, we will be strong and we will be resilient and we will remind people that we are a community that is inclusive,” Hardesty said.

The NAACP president also said she was dissatisfied with Trump’s earlier statements in response to the attack.

People at the Hillsboro Civic Center were upset to learn that the news from Charlottesville was even worse than when they went to bed last night.

Cecile Evans with Washington County Solidarity announced the rally to stand “in solidarity with those fighting back against white nationalism. We will not allow fascism and nazis (sic) in our communities.”

People gathered in Hillsboro to show their support for those killed and injured after a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally in Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017. (KOIN)

A 3rd rally was led by the Queer Liberation Front at Pioneer Courthouse Square Saturday afternoon.

The group voiced their frustration over the violence that took place at the white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Asher Brill, who attended, said, “I am out here because I am witnessing once again the lack of support for sanity in this county.”

Resident Betsy Zucker said, “We are just absolutely horrified at the uncovering of racism.”