On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the violence in Charlottesville, Integrity First for America hosted a special program to reflect on that horrific weekend when neo-Nazis and white supremacists marched through the streets of an American city, perpetrating violence and terrorizing residents. We were joined by Charlottesville community leaders, experts, and other partners in the fight against hate. A full list of speakers can be found below.
Four years after the Charlottesville attack, we are finally on the brink of securing justice and accountability. The event explored IFA’s lawsuit against the organizers of the Unite the Right violence, which goes to trial in October. We heard from the legal team litigating the case, as well as Elizabeth Sines -- the named plaintiff in the lawsuit – who delivered poignant remarks about her experience in August 2017 and what this lawsuit means to her.
Watch and please share the powerful event:
- Reverend Brenda Brown-Grooms, New Beginnings Christian Community
- Rabbi Tom Gutherz, Congregation Beth Israel
- Susan Bro, Mother of Heather Heyer & President of the Heather Heyer Foundation
- Elizabeth Sines, Plaintiff in Sines v. Kessler
- Amy Spitalnick, Executive Director, Integrity First for America
- Roberta Kaplan, Partner, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP
- Karen Dunn, Partner, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP
- Joanna Mendelson, Associate Director, ADL Center on Extremism
- Attorney General Karl A. Racine, President, National Association of Attorneys General
- Dr. Jalane Schmidt, Associate Professor, University of Virginia
- Doug Thornell, Integrity First for America Board Member
- Susan Turnbull, Integrity First for America Board Member
The event was co-sponsored by Auburn Seminary, Anti-Defamation League, Human Rights First, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Jewish Democratic Council of America, T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.