Search: Jason Kessler
July 23, 2018
The city of Charlottesville is expecting hundreds or thousands of people on Aug. 11, regardless of the outcome of Jason Kessler’s legal battle for an anniversary rally. On Monday, the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Board of Trustees voted to close the Central Branch library on Aug. 11 and cede control ...
July 07, 2018
Unlike last summer, when he said he would hold his Unite the Right rally regardless of whether the city would give him a permit, Jason Kessler appears to be putting his plans for an anniversary rally in Charlottesville on hold. Last month, according to a federal court filing submitted Friday ...
June 22, 2018
Jason Kessler has asked a federal judge to impose an injunction on the city of Charlottesville that would allow a demonstration to take place in Emancipation Park on the anniversary of last summer's white nationalist Unite the Right rally. Kessler filed suit against the city in March after the ...
March 07, 2018
Jason Kessler, the organizer of the failed Unite the Right rally, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Charlottesville after his permit to hold an anniversary rally this summer was denied. In November, Kessler applied for a permit for Aug. 11 and 12, 2018, to hold a political ...
January 14, 2018
Some say politeness insignificant compared with need for change Since the deadly Unite the Right rally Aug. 12, locals have come before Charlottesville’s City Council to demand answers about the summer, air their grievances and press for change from their government. Over the past six months, meetings have been ...
August 13, 2017
No more than six minutes after Jason Kessler approached news cameras and microphones Sunday afternoon to address those around the world who are now transfixed by Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, he was whisked away from the front of City Hall, onto Market Street and finally into the city police ...
August 10, 2017
Lee Park, as it was then known, and the Robert E. Lee equestrian statue have existed peacefully in downtown Charlottesville for over 90 years. Reports in The Daily Progress from its beginning reflect civic pride. While recently some have stated their aversion to the park and the alleged white supremacy ...
August 09, 2017
Here’s something we never thought we’d have occasion to say: Jason Kessler and Charlottesville officials are both right. Up to a point. City leaders said early this week that they would approve Mr. Kessler’s petition for a rally if the alt-right organizer would move his demonstration from ...
August 08, 2017
The Albemarle County-based Rutherford Institute and the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union are demanding that the city of Charlottesville give pro-white activist Jason Kessler permission to hold his Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park as originally planned. In a letter sent Tuesday, the organizations warned that ...
August 07, 2017
Citing concerns for security and safety, Charlottesville officials on Monday said they will approve a demonstration permit for Saturday’s Unite the Right rally organized by pro-white activists if the rally is moved to McIntire Park. But Jason Kessler, who is organizing the rally, says he won’t accept the ...
City officials meet behind closed doors to discuss Unite the Right, but keep mum on content of discussion
August 02, 2017
The Charlottesville City Council, Police Chief Al Thomas, other city officials and Virginia State Police representatives met behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss matters related to the planned Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally that have been alarming many city residents. After spending nearly four hours in a closed session ...
June 07, 2017
The city of Charlottesville could be on the hook for approximately $7,600 following a blogger’s failed attempt to remove a city councilor for offensive tweets he posted before he was elected in 2015. Attorneys representing Councilor Wes Bellamy and Jason Kessler, who has alleged that the tweets Bellamy ...
May 31, 2017
In images from the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, African-Americans in their Sunday best peacefully protested, and when violence occurred, it came from police or from virulent racists. Those are not the optics of today’s demonstrations
March 09, 2017
A Charlottesville Circuit Court judge has dismissed a legal petition to remove City Councilor Wes Bellamy from office after the special prosecutor appointed to the case determined that the petition did not have enough signatures for a court to consider the complaint. In a court filing submitted Tuesday, Lynchburg Commonwealth ...
February 16, 2017
In a press conference today at City Space on the Downtown Mall, conservative activist Jason Kessler presented his case for the removal of Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy from office, along with a petition intended to begin the legal process, which is unprecedented in the city. Bellamy, 30, recently came under ...