The Charlottesville Case

Taking White Nationalism to Court

February 5, 2020

Two and a half years following the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA, where a white nationalist drove his car into a crowd of peaceful protesters, taking Heather Heyer’s life and injuring 28 others, there was a public outcry of support for the peaceful protesters and condemnation of the growing threat of white nationalist ideology in our midst. Despite an outpouring of support for meaningful action to be taken, the perpetrators have yet to be brought to justice.

On January 23, 2020, we co-sponsored an event at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles to discuss the Charlottesville case. Roberta (Robbie) Kaplan, Co-Lead Counsel in the case against the neo-Nazis and white supremacists responsible for the Charlottesville violence, and Amy Spitalnick, Executive Director of Integrity First for America, an organization created to support Kaplan’s case, was in conversation with Rabbi Ken Chasen to discuss the details. 

None of the perpetrators involved in Unite the Right Rally have been held accountable for their atrocious behavior. That is exactly why this case is so important. Such acts must be brought to justice. During this process, those whose safety is at most risk are the plaintiffs and witnesses. They have already received numerous threats for standing up for justice. 

The trial is slated to begin in October of this year - over three years since the incident.

As we continue to seek justice for those impacted, and consequences for those responsible, we ask you to join us in taking action. The Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer No Hate Act was introduced in Congress late last year to improve hate crime reporting, as even their two very high-profile murders 

Violent hate has no place in our country.




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