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Over the course of the past couple of weeks, I have been a part of meetings with the chief of the Charlottesville Police Department and members of city government, along with fellow clergy. There seems to be some consensus that the events planned for on August 12 will be somewhat different than those of July 8th when the KKK was here.
Most notably, there is credible fear of violence. The Alt-Right has made it known that they will come armed and the expectation is that they will be here in greater numbers. In addition, as evidenced from the KKK rally there are a number of groups here in Charlottesville who want to make a statement and do not necessary subscribe to peaceful, non violent protest.
As your pastor and given the circumstances of this event as we know, I can not recommend your participation unless you have attended some of the specialized training that has been offered. Please take note of the chart (listed below) which has several trainings being offered. I realize that there are some who feel comfortable being present and are willing to take the risks. I likely will be there myself but without my family this time.
There will be many ways for us to participate as people of faith in offering a different vision of our community and humanity. In particular, there will be a community gathering on Friday, August 11th (more details will be forth coming) and Trinity will be open as a place to gather for fellowship, support, prayer and whatever else is needed (also, more details to follow.)
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