Activists rally on Charlottesville anniversary

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"Our goal is to prevent that from happening".

"I was surprised", Rodi said.

Organizers have yet to release the location of the counter-protest for safety reasons, the group said. Those killed were 32-year-old Heather Heyer, Virginia State Police Trooper Lt. H. Jay Cullen, III, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates. "We all have a responsibility to be involved and to act".

It comes on the first anniversary of last year's rally, which led to the death of one counter-protester. Police warn that carrying firearms - even if licensed in the District - is prohibited within 1,000 feet of a First Amendment activity. "The law does not allow for injuries to persons or destruction of property".

Activists have pushed leaders to address the city's legacies of racism and slavery, its affordable housing crunch and the police department's relationship with the black community, among other issues, since the August 12 rally.

Edging closer to the one-year anniversary of the alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which led to the deaths of counter-protester Heather Heyer when a auto drove through a crowd of hundreds of people, and two Virginia State Trooper pilots after their helicopter crashed monitoring the event, Governor Ralph Northam has declared a "state of emergency" for the Central Virginia city and parts of Northern Virginia.

Mr. Trump faced bipartisan criticism for his response in the aftermath of the unrest past year. The Park Service also has approved a permit for the ANSWER Coalition and Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, which is combining forces with DC Unite Against Hate. They will start at Freedom Plaza, but also plan on marching to Lafayette Park.

The protest rally at Freedom Plaza is scheduled to begin at noon and will include speakers and music. "We must use our voices, our power and our energy to be good allies, fight white supremacy and be united against hate in all of its forms". Although Charlottesville is a three-hour drive from the nation's capital, city officials and opponents of any repeat rally in Charlottesville fear that some protesters may still show up in town or in parts of Northern Virginia.

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Secret service officials will join officers from Washington DC's police force and the National Park Service to ensure there is no repeat of the violent clashes this time previous year.

Unite the Right said on its website that supporters will march from a nearby subway station to Lafayette Park at 5pm (2100 GMT).

What are police doing about security?

. The two camps will be kept separated by law enforcement - but how isn't clear. Newsham said Washington law allows police to ban guns from certain areas when they deem it necessary.

"Stay away from Foggy Bottom this Sunday", one poster said.

Other businesses have taken similar approaches and have said they will deny services to attendees of the Unite the Right rally.

"Declaring this state of emergency in advance of the anniversary and the related planned events will help us ensure that the state and the city have all available resources to support emergency responders in case they're needed", said Northam.

Kessler has not responded to CNN's requests for comment for more details about this weekend's event.