Update: 'Shine a Light Into the Night for Charlottesville' gets go-ahead from city for Sunday night gathering

by Jolene Almendarez
Ithaca Voice

August 13, 2017

City officials streamlined the approval of a permit to allow people to assemble en mass in the Ithaca Commons Sunday night for an event called Shine a Light Into the Night for Charlottesville.

Organizers are asking people to bring flashlights and lanterns (no candles) to the event to show solidarity with people opposing the violent acts in Charlottesville that happened Saturday, when white supremacist groups, such as the KKK and Nazis, clashed with counter protesters, leaving one woman dead. Two Virginia State Troopers were also killed in a helicopter crash while assisting with law enforcement efforts.

Ithacan Carol LaBorie, a member of Indivisible NY23rd, said she's been working since 7:30 a.m. to get a permit from the city for the event, happening at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bernie Milton Pavilion Stage.

"I really want it to be safe for everybody," she said. "We just feel a need to do something and there's not much you can do at a time like this."

Another rally is happening at 7 p.m. at Dewitt Park in downtown Ithaca. Some attendees said those going to the Dewitt Park rally plan on marching toward the Commons for the 8:30 p.m. rally as well.

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