Hundreds gather for Pittsburgh solidarity vigil against Charlottesville violence

Oakland’s Schenley Plaza filled with waving red flags and determined speakers as some 700 Pittsburghers showed up for an impromptu rally and candlelight vigil in response to violence this past weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

Pittsburgh’s chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America organized the event to show the city’s own opposition to white supremacy, according to Arielle Cohen, co-chair of the local chapter.

Just a week earlier, Cohen noted, she had been hanging out with some DSA members who this past Saturday night were right near the site where the silver Dodge Challenger plowed into the march, killing one and injuring 19. Immediately, Cohen started checking every media outlet she could for updates.

Stephen Caruso, Pittsburgh City Paper, August 14, 2017

CP photos by Stephen Caruso