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Houston’s Response To Charlottesville Violence

Rallies were held across the country Sunday night — including at Houston City Hall — to support victims of violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday.

Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media
Hundreds rallied at City Hall on Sunday August 13th, 2017, speaking out against extremists after violent clashes over a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended up with 3 dead and dozens of injured.

Hundreds turned out for a rally in front of Houston City Hall Sunday night (Aug. 13, 2017). They came to support the victims of violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday.

One woman was killed and several more were injured, including Natalie Romero, 20, a Houston woman who is currently recovering in a Virginia hospital after sustaining injuries when a car plowed into a group of protesters. The man accused, James Alex Fields, Jr., is suspected of driving his car into the crowd of protesters and was set to appear in court today.

We hear some reactions to the violence from those who attended the rally on Sunday evening. Then, we talk with one of the rally’s organizers, Daniel Cohen, founder of Indivisible Houston.

And we speak with Dr. David Branham, professor of political science at the University of Houston-Downtown to consider the ramifications for the White House.

  • Houston activists descended on City Hall to denounce the violence in Charlottesville, Va. at a rally on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media)
    Houston activists descended on City Hall to denounce the violence in Charlottesville, Va. at a rally on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media)
  • Houston activists descended on City Hall to denounce the violence in Charlottesville, Va. at a rally on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media)
    Houston activists descended on City Hall to denounce the violence in Charlottesville, Va. at a rally on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media)
  • People receive first aid after a car ran into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday Aug. 12, 2017. The car struck the silver vehicle pictured, sending marchers into the air (Photo Credit: Getty Images via NPR)
    People receive first aid after a car ran into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday Aug. 12, 2017. The car struck the silver vehicle pictured, sending marchers into the air (Photo Credit: Getty Images via NPR)
  • As of Monday morning August 14th, 2017,  the GoFundMe account to raise money for Natalie Romero's medical bills has raised nearly $90,000.  (Photo Credit: Ericka Chavez/ GoFundMe)
    As of Monday morning August 14th, 2017, the GoFundMe account to raise money for Natalie Romero's medical bills has raised nearly $90,000. (Photo Credit: Ericka Chavez/ GoFundMe)
  • An image of the car allegedly used by 20-yr old man accused of running over demonstrators in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images. via NPR)
    An image of the car allegedly used by 20-yr old man accused of running over demonstrators in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images. via NPR)
  • James Alex Fields Jr. is accused of ramming his car into a group of marchers after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo Credit: Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail/Getty Images via NPR)
    James Alex Fields Jr. is accused of ramming his car into a group of marchers after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo Credit: Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail/Getty Images via NPR)

 

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