“It’s the birthplace of our democracy,” said Emily Gorcenski. “And if you want to assault the ideals of democracy, you go to where it started. It’s as simple as that.”
Five years after white supremacists rallied around Charlottesville’s Lee statue, Confederate legacy groups have sued the city in an effort to stop the Swords Into Plowshares project.
The board was formed after the violent white supremacist rallies of 2017 — and took years to gain power to investigate cases of alleged police misconduct.
“It’s never really been a Charlottesville that I feel safe in, or even one that I feel is not really embedded in racism,” said Myra Anderson. “On that day, it just so happened to rear its ugly head.”
“Given the effectiveness of it, and given plastics pollution, I am in support of it,” Councilor Michael Payne said. He added that the city will distribute reusable bags to low income community members.
As the city considers joining Albemarle County in imposing a tax to reduce plastic bag usage, food justice advocates worry it could create more barriers to food access.
“There aren’t many projects of this size of this type that are able to move forward right now,” said Susan Kruse, executive director of Community Climate Collaborative.
“This is not about preserving or erasing history it is about acknowledging it.” said Charlottesville parent Laura Sirgany. “I can tell you that the Black and Brown youth of this community suffer the trauma of the legacy of the people whose names are borne out on this library system.”
“Rather than busting people’s heads, we’re looking for ways to have more community based policing,” said Charlottesville Mayor Lloyd Snook.
A ruling on Roe v. Wade is expected from the Supreme Court by the end of June or early July. If it’s overturned, states will be able to restrict or allow abortion.