White Supremacy and Sacred Disobedience in Charlottesville

Speaker: Eric Martin

Date: Friday, March 8, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.

Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC, 20010

In response to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, the local clergy worked with Anarchist People of Color, Black Lives Matter, and other local groups to witness against white supremacist ideology and block the event from occurring. This talk will be one angle of the ongoing story of people of faith leading and following the leadership of others as the town confronts racist individuals and systems, from the lead-up to the rally through the present.

When the University of Virginia’s library gave a private study space to Jason Kessler, who organized the violent rally and led a mob onto campus that beat students and faculty with flaming torches, Eric occupied his space and read a book. He was arrested, banned from campus, ordered to deliver all his library books to the police department, and received a thirty-day suspended sentence with two years of probation. He is currently appealing and a jury trial is set for April 29.

Eric is a graduate student at Fordham University and co-editor of The Berrigan Letters, Orbis Books, 2016. He is an aspiring Catholic Worker and lives with the Charis community in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Please join us!

For more info contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649, artlaffin@hotmail.com

Links to Articles about Eric Martin’s arrest at UVA:

https://www.ncronline.org/news/justice/catholic-activist-who-resisted-white-supremacist-charlottesville-faces-jail-time

https://www.c-ville.com/found-guilty/

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