Boise vigil shows solidarity with Charlottesville

Hundreds of people gathered at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise to reflect on the violent clashes in Charlottesville.

BOISE - Hundreds of people turned out for a vigil Sunday evening at the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in downtown Boise to show solidarity with Charlottesville, Virginia.

The candle-light vigil was one of many taking place across the U.S. in the wake of violent clashes between white supremacists and counter protests in Charlottesville on Saturday.

RELATED: Charlottesville vigils across U.S.: 'We will not tolerate racism'

As tensions from the clashes boiled over, a driver rammed his car into a crowd of protesters, killing one person and injuring dozens more. In a separate incident, two Virginia State troopers died when their helicopter crashed, as they patrolled near the site of the protests.

The violence has made the normally quiet college town a symbol of the nation's roiling racial and political divisions.

According to United Vision for Idaho, one of the organizers of Sunday's gathering in Boise, the goal of the vigil was "to rise up with other communities across the country to condemn racism, hate and bigotry and all efforts to discriminate, harm and divide us."

"This is no surprise to people of color, this is no surprise to people with disabilities, this is no surprise to people who are gay and transgender," said Adrienne Evans, Executive Director of United Vision for Idaho. "They live with this fear and this threat all the time."

Organizers also hoped to send a strong message to hate groups in Idaho that they are not welcome here.

"We will say the same message the Governor of Virginia said," said Evans. "Go away, go home. This is not the America for you. We need to be together in this to really be the America that we want, not the one we have but the one we envision and the one that we want.."

Also on Sunday, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Mike Simpson each released statements condemning the racism, hate and violence. 

Sen. Jim Risch issued the following statement on Monday:

"The hateful acts of racism we witnessed in Charlottesville this weekend are reprehensible and I condemn them in the strongest terms. White supremacy - and every other form of prejudice - does not represent our American values. Vicki joins me in praying for the families of those who lost their lives and for those who were injured."

 

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