CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- A local activist group has scheduled another demonstration to express opinions on familiar topics addressed at an earlier gathering following the Charlottesville, Va., incidents.

Charleston Women's Huddle Actions members will be organizing for “United Against Hate” at what has become a popular spot for their gatherings. The rally is scheduled from 5-6 p.m. Saturday at Morton Park, according to Facebook event information.

“This rally for solidarity will be a peaceful display of support in the community against hatred in all its forms,” the event description reads.

“We want to let people of color, people of different religions, people of various abilities, and people of all genders and sexualities know that they are not alone in our community, that they have allies in us, and that we will not tolerate hatred,” the post continued.

Those planning to participate are asked to bring “appropriate” signage, according to the event details. At the event a couple of weeks ago, attendees had signs calling out President Donald Trump, as well as neo-Nazis and other hate groups, after the incident in the Virginia college town where a man plowed a car into a crowd of people objecting to the white nationalist rally being held there. One woman was killed in that incident.

“Black Lives Matter” and other popular activist statements have also been seen at previous rallies organized by the group.

The Facebook post asks that demonstrators stay out of the street. Participants will be standing along the sidewalk next to Lincoln Avenue. At the earlier event, a few participants made their way into the middle of Lincoln Avenue before being asked to move by local police.


Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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