10 Days Later: thoughts on Charlottesville, from Charlottesville

Many of you know that I live in Charlottesville, VA, and I was there at the recent counter-protest. It’s the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing on my mind at night.

So I wanted to make this video and tell you a bit about my personal experience there, and what it all means to me.

For those of us who live in Charlottesville and who were part of the resistance, this doesn’t go away when the news cycle moves on.

A girlfriend of mine was punched in the face by a white supremacist. Another friend was right next to the car that drove into the crowd and is now struggling with PTSD. I am fundamentally changed by this, but that’s a good thing. I hope you’ll be fundamentally changed with me.

And PS, I’m pretty proud that I got through this video and only cried once.

Links:

Vice News Documentary – Charlottesville: Race and Terror

Donate to the NAACP Charlottesville

Donate to Southern Poverty Law Center

Help the victims of violence by donating to Unity C-ville’s GoFundMe page

Common Ground, a pay-what-you-can non-profit organization is raising money via C’ville Wellness GoFundMe page to help cover healing services (yoga, massage, acupuncture) for those who were traumatized.

Resistbot-contact your representatives and send them letters via text (for those of us who despise making phone calls!)

12 thoughts on “10 Days Later: thoughts on Charlottesville, from Charlottesville

  1. Hi Lisa. Just a note to let you know how much Kelly and I appreciate your work. You have become the reluctant messenger and as a result, you speak your truth without hidden agendas. Thank you. On a side note, You may not recognize my email. We cut the cable and had to change everything. Kelly took one of your classes last year. She hasn’t been writing much lately but wants to get back to it. Hopefully she’ll make time for it as it was very fulfilling to her. Your Charlottesville video was deeply touching and inspiring. Thanks for sharing. These are dark times where we pray for an early dawn. Looking forward to reading your new book.

    With blessings, Bob and Kelly Juarez

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    • Thank you for watching. I love the term “reluctant messenger” – that’s totally how I feel. But I’m honored to do it. I’m happy to know that Kelly wants to continue the writing. I think it’s so therapeutic for a lot of us. Please send her my best.

  2. Lisa, thank you so much for sharing your video. I am profoundly changed and deeply saddened by all of the violence going on around the world. I am a very emotional person in every sense. I love nature and all of the beautiful things this world has to offer, I see this planet and its many amazing places, and people and it hurts, it really hurts to see there is so much hate in so many people that are ignorant of knowing we are all one. I have 3 kids ages 8, 2, & 1 and it worries and scares me to think of what they are going to face as adults. We need to make a change for them, for us! As a Social Worker, I try to help out my community, yet I feel there is so much more I can do. Earth Song by Michael Jackson makes me cry every time I listen to it, but it helps me maintain my vision of changing the way some people view the world…it is a beautiful one, I just wish we could all see it the same way, as our home!

    P.S. Still going strong with yoga…namaste!

    ~ Nelly M.

    • You are caring for so many people as a Social Worker and a momma – and they all benefit from your kind heart and emotional nature. So happy to hear you are restoring yourself with yoga!

  3. Thank you Lisa! Such wise words. And yes, we must stay changed. A powerful message and as one who feels like a friend of Charlottesville (my dad has unfortunately spent a lot of time there in the hospital), I too was so saddened to see a community I love being attacked by such hate. I’ll be keeping you in the light and trying to find ways I too can stay involved, so much as a sensitive introvert can!

    • Thank you so much! Yes, that’s important to find a way for introverts to engage — the link to Resistbot is a great one. 🙂

  4. Your video was amazing. It definitely helps when people talk about this and feel like they are not alone. I applaud your continued support and involvement, just be careful when you are at these different gatherings, alot of people are not thinking straight out there. And we have both said it before, but I still look at my Canadian Passport almost every day. My best to you and you family! See you on Twitter! 😁

  5. That was so great! Thank you for standing up to white supremacist terrorists in person. Thank you for risking your own safety to fight hate. Thank you so much for speaking up and reminding us that we can’t let this go by, we have to stay vigilant and stay active. And thank you for reminding us white people that we need to listen to the voices of people who experience discrimination every day. (Also, I did watch the video at work, so thanks for not being as sweary as I would be talking about this. Thanks for keeping it effing clean.) Sending you love and virtual hugs.

  6. Lisa,
    Thank you for your voice on the tragedy of Charlottesville. I just finished reading Condoleezza Rice’s “Democracy”. It aided me in forming coherent thoughts around my emotions, and solidifying restorative faith in our great country.
    A.M.

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