One day after a driver mowed down counter-protesters at a White Nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the response to the tragedy is beginning to take shape throughout the city. On Saturday, Black Lives Matter hosted a vigil at Union Square, and as of Sunday morning, several events were under way in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
— Christopher Robbins (@ChristRobbins) August 12, 2017
That response is likely to grow as the president arrives in New York later today, for his first overnight stay at Trump Tower since taking office. Below, we've rounded up six of the bigger protests, rallies, and vigils happening in New York in response to the violence carried out by white nationalists in Charlottesville—we'll update as we learn of more. [UPDATE: Following a last-minute trip to D.C., President Trump is now expected to arrive in New York at some point Monday evening. A more up-to-date list of planned protests can be found here.]
A host of city and state public officials are gathering at Grand Army Plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday for a Rally to Restore Peace & Sanity. The event was initially planned to protest President Trump's recent comments about North Korea, but will now be focused on showing "support for the brave patriots showing up in the face of white supremacy and terrorism in Virginia." Speakers include Rep. Yvette Clarke, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Councilman Brad Lander, Public Advocate Tish James, and Councilman Jumaane Williams.
Also at 11 a.m., U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries will hold a press conference at Foley Square in order to "address the refusal of President Donald Trump to denounce white supremacy and the violence it unleashed in Virginia." The representative will call on the President to fire all White House staff members with close connections to the Alt-Right.
Later this afternoon, activist group Refuse Fascism has organized a march to Trump Tower. Participants, including Cornel West and Carl Dix, will meet at Columbus Circle at 2 p.m., before marching to the president's former home on 5th Avenue. That area will already be a mess, traffic-wise, as the city has closed several streets in anticipation of President Trump's return later this evening. The Refuse Fascism event listing suggests that the event will go as late as 11 p.m., though it's unclear if protesters plan on waiting outside of Trump Tower for the president.
Leftists groups including NYC Democratic Socialists, the International Socialist Organization and the NYC Industrial Workers of the World will host this solidarity rally in Union Square from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Organizers say that two of the people injured in Saturday's car crash were members of the DSA, one was a member of ISO, and the woman killed was a member of the IWW.
Another rally is scheduled to take place outside Trump Tower from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. The event looks to be one of the larger gatherings planned in the next two days, with over 1,300 people "interested" on Facebook. "There is no apolitical reply to what happened in Charlottesville!" the event flyer notes. "Choosing to ignore is a side!"
A coalition of activist groups including the Working Families Party and VOCAL NY have also organized a "funeral procession" to greet Donald Trump outside of his tower from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday. Participants are encouraged to wear black, and to "bring candles, pictures, and symbols of the people, beings, and things Trump is killing."
A third rally is scheduled to take place outside Trump Tower from 4:30 p.m to 8 p.m., this one focused on the president's "irresponsible statements about war." With this event likely to merge with the two other concurrently planned Trump Tower rallies, expect a large crowd of angry New Yorkers to gather in Midtown for much of tomorrow.