“this night is about the community. we want you to know that we’re here, that we’re listening, that we are attempting to be on a path of correction.”
nikuyah striking a good tone starting things off.
“the primary purpose of policing has always been to protect the powerful,” he says.
“we asked y’all to apologize” “and to cut some checks”
now specifically addressing kathy galvin, who originally voted to keep the statues.
“you need to start making the right decisions. you need to start passing policies that affect people who look like me.”
she scolds them for ignoring low income citizens.
nancy names six trans women of color who have gone missing or been murdered in virginia. why can we spend millions on overpolicing and nothing on finding justice for them?
“they [the police] wanted it to get ugly. because they’re embarrassed about last year.”
“most of the safety measures went away at sundown on sunday, when jason kessler was coming back to charlottesville.”
he says everyone in this room is an antifascist. that antifa don’t deserve prison, we deserve a PARADE!
“what are we doing here tonight? is the city council prepared to hold the people they hired accountable?”
he says the white people on council never met a police action they didn’t like.
why didn’t they tell us about the checkpoints sooner? we didn’t know about the searches until we showed up.
of the mass searches: “that is the hallmark of an authoritarian society”
jeff was on fire tonight.
“it is not safe for black people to be here” with that many cops.
“i did not see people, our people, treated with the same care or interest.”
applause from the audience.
if uva really stood with students, the email would’ve encouraged people to join the demonstration!
parks & statues were well guarded, but many large community gatherings that could’ve been targets for white supremacist violence were utterly unprotected.
police protected PROPERTY NOT PEOPLE.
“there has got to be something in between” last year’s stand down & this year’s overpolicing.
she also asks for a cost estimate of this weekend’s policing.
she is describing several occasions in which community members were kettled.
police don’t seem to realize their behavior is radicalizing ordinary people.
this town is full of people who have rapidly radicalized. it’s beautiful to see.
“you can choose to be a part of this community, you can choose to be relevant... or you can choose to be irrelevant.” 🙌
she is tearing up as she says it’s deeply concerning to have heather on the council. she saw her THANKING lines of cops over the weekend.
ms rosia is a treasure. we are so lucky to have her fire.
S P I C Y public comment 🌶
she says that’s very troubling “because antifa saved us” last year.
this speaker tells council there is a simple way to stop the screaming:
L I S T E N
this will probably never be completely clear.
yes. yes my comrades and i said this over and over again all weekend. it felt like an exercise. practice. preparation for locking down a city.
“the police protect nazis. police protest fascists. because they are born of that legacy.”
the police were not here to protect us.
she’s being awfully defensive about where she was this weekend.
“we need to calibrate. we need to adjust.”
you’re “calibrating” with people’s lives, kathy.