ITHACA, N.Y. — City officials streamlined the approval of a permit  to allow people to assemble en mass in the Ithaca Commons Sunday night for an event called Shine a Light Into the Night for Charlottesville.

Organizers are asking people to bring flashlights and lanterns (no candles) to the event to show solidarity with people opposing the violent acts in Charlottesville that happened Saturday, when white supremacist groups, such as the KKK and Nazis, clashed with counter protesters, leaving one woman dead. Two Virginia State Troopers were also killed in a helicopter crash while assisting with law enforcement efforts.

Ithacan Carol LaBorie, a member of Indivisible NY23rd, said she’s been working since 7:30 a.m. to get a permit from the city for the event, happening at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bernie Milton Pavilion Stage.

“I really want it to be safe for everybody,” she said. “We just feel a need to do something and there’s not much you can do at a time like this.”

Another rally is happening at 7 p.m. at Dewitt Park in downtown Ithaca. Some attendees said those going to the Dewitt Park rally plan on marching toward the Commons for the 8:30 p.m. rally as well.

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ITHACA, N.Y. — At least two back-to-back rallies may be happening in the city of Ithaca Sunday night meant for people to “stand in solidarity with Charlottesville,” referencing the riots that happened when white supremacist groups, such as the KKK and Nazis, clashed with counter protesters in Charlottesville, leaving one woman dead. Two Virginia State Troopers were also killed in a helicopter crash while assisting with law enforcement efforts.

The first event is happening at 7 p.m. in Dewitt Park, located in downtown Ithaca. An eventbright has been posted for the rally, stating the following: “Stand together in solidarity with Charlottesville, VA, in support of community, in support of love over hate, peace over war.”

While there has not been a lot of information about the event released, the eventbright has been making its rounds on social media.

The second event may happen at 8:30 p.m. at the Bernie Milton Pavilion in the Ithaca Commons.

According to Second Ward Alderperson Ducson Nguyen, Mayor Svante Myrick and other city officials are working with activists to obtain a permit for a rally in the Commons tonight. It usually takes about two weeks to obtain a rally permit, but the city of Ithaca has made exceptions in the past to allow people to quickly assemble in response to breaking news.

This is a developing story. Have more information about these events? Let us know at 210-550-0087 or jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com.

Featured image: People attended a rally and march to the Commons sparked by the killing of two black men by police in July 2016: Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.