Activist groups called for protesters to congregate Saturday night in downtown Oakland in response to violence during a rally by white supremacists in Virginia that left one woman dead and many injured.
The woman was killed when a car plunged into a crowd of people peacefully protesting the rally.
A group calling itself Bay Area United Against White Supremacy planned the “emergency solidarity demo” for 7 p.m. at 14th Street and Broadway, the rendezvous point for numerous demonstrations in recent years.
East Bay politicians were among the flood of officials condemning the bloody clashes in Charlottesville and President Trump’s equivocal response, in which he did not single out neo-Nazis, members of the Ku Klux Klan or white nationalists, insisting that “hatred, bigotry and violence” were coming from “many sides.”
“Make no mistake: The white supremacists in #Charlottesville feel emboldened by the Trump Admin. All Americans must condemn this bigotry,” Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, tweeted Saturday morning.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tweeted, “We reject hate & bigotry in our communities.”