“State of Emergency Declared in Advance of Unite the Right 2018”

Ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville Alt-Right rally, eyes are once again turning to Virginia as local officials have declared a state of emergency in advance of the group’s plans to commemorate the event with a second annual Unite the Right rally.

In an effort to avoid repeat criticism for how local officials underestimated the potential unrest the event could cause and for their response to resulting riots, Virginia law enforcement officials have declared a state of emergency to ensure that appropriate government resources are available if there is any dreaded recapitulation of last year’s events and are also planning for increased police presence.

A glance at today’s news headlines could easily leave  one discouraged and questioning whether we have gone back in time. However, in these troubling times, we encourage members to remain vigilant and optimistic that while there is still a great deal of work to be done, change is possible.

“We anticipate that our members will partner with their communities to provide leadership and wise counsel in connection with responses to demonstrations of hatred. In times like these, our communities expect us to be their voice and to use our bar licenses to be change agents at all levels,” said Joseph Drayton, National Bar Association President.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”- MLK

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