Fresnans hold vigil in light of Charlottesville violence

FRESNO, Calif. - A group of people gathered at Woodward Park Saturday to renew their vows to rid the world of hatred – after hearing about the violence in Charlottesville.

Central Valley Indivisible organized the last second vigil at the park's Art of Life Healing Garden so locals could do healing of their own with others.

The purpose of the vigil was to show that while Fresno is on the other side of the country from Charlottesville, its residents don't stand for hatred anywhere.

"(The crash) didn't happen here, but hate happens here," said Natasha Moiseyev, a founding member of Central Valley Indivisible. "We are not going to tolerate it."

Elisa Rivera said she and her family came to show solidarity with the victims. She made a point to bring her kids because she wants them to be kept in the loop, so they can be agents of change later on.

"My kids need to be aware of what's going on. If things are going to change, it's going to happen with our children," she said.

Moving forward, especially in light of Saturday's events, the group will continue to show their communities they'll be there with them.

"We will rally for a kind of protective space to make sure every American is treated with the respect and dignity that they're entitled to," Moiseyev said.


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