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Aug. 12 spurs Van Yahres’ grandson to action
The Daily Progress Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 7 p.m.
For Jake Van Yahres, there was no greater motivator than watching scenes of racism and violence from his hometown.
Television broadcasts of the failed Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally that ended in chaos and death convinced the San Francisco-based artist that the time was ripe to finish an anti-terrorism social media project he’d been developing.
The project is, a website that uses software to create images of unity to counter the divisive messages of terrorists on social media.
“I’d been working on it for a while, but then Charlottesville happened and it sent wind into our sails,” recalled Van Yahres, whose grandfather Mitch Van Yahres was a local businessman, city councilor, mayor, state legislator and civic activist.

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