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A Statement from Diantha McKeel, Chair of the Board of Supervisors

On August 12, several groups are planning to participate in the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. On behalf of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, I am joining our regional partners in the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia in urging our community to continue to value and exhibit our shared commitment to diversity and inclusivity as an essential element of a civil society.

We strongly support the First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly for those who choose to peacefully assemble and express their opinions. These rights belong to the “Unite the Right” activists who will express their beliefs, and to the many others who disagree with them. However we do not recognize any individual or group’s right to incite violence, cause harm or destroy property regardless of ideology. County public safety professionals will be working in close partnership with local, regional and state officials to take all necessary steps to protect public safety and order.

We encourage everyone to be aware, vigilant and respectful in whatever choices they make about  August 12.

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