North Dakotans Host Rally In Solidarity With Charlottesville

North Dakotans had their own response to Charlottesville.
The community showed their support for those affected by the protests over the weekend.
More than 70 people filled Custer Park tonight.
People from across the state and outside of North Dakota showed up to stand against intolerance and speak up for victims of hate and racism.
They came with signs and lined the street to take a stand for what they believe in.
“We’ve been fighting with each other for so long and it’s time for us to come together, to stand together, and say we will not stand for this kind of hate,” Linda Black Elk, Mobridge South Dakota resident says.
For Black Elk she says over the past year, protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, she  learned hate doesn’t stop at the state line.
“When there’s injustice anywhere it’s an affront to all of us,” Black Elk says.
And for others, acts of violence and intolerance, have spurred their own activism.
Unless I’m willing to come out and publicly denounce racial injustice it doesn’t mean anything unless you act on it,” Courtney Vaira-Joyce, Bismarck resident says.
Paul Zondo, an immigrant who lives in Bismarck, says when he saw what happened in Charlottesville, he was scared.
“I was threatened, and intimidated, and terrified that it was happening in America,” Paul Zondo, Bismarck resident says.
He’s always believed the United States is a place of freedom and tolerance but what’s happening doesn’t fit with the America he knows.
“That’s not America … that’s contrary to the views and philosophy of the foundation of this nation, ” Zondo says.
And until acceptance and tolerance is for all people, he will keep speaking out.
“America is a place of love, love knows no color,  and [you must] condemn hate of any kind wherever it comes from,” Zondo says.
At the rally, a moment of silence was given for the Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, along with anyone who has experienced racism and intolerance themselves.

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