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Beyer Statement On Charlottesville Anniversary

August 12, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today issued the following statement on the third anniversary of racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia:


“Three years ago our beloved Commonwealth became the scene of some of the ugliest public acts of hatred and racist violence in recent American history.


“The horror of that weekend and the wounds which still remain are part of the larger story of racism in the United States. Like recent acts of police brutality and racist murder, the echoes of Charlottesville still cry out for justice, healing, peace, and reform.


“My thoughts today particularly go out to the family of Heather Heyer. Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed my legislation named after Heather, and Khalid Jabara, to strengthen and coordinate the national response to hate-fueled violence. I continue to urge the advancement of this vital legislation in the Senate.”


Rep. Beyer is the author of the bipartisan, bicameral NO HATE Act.