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Charlottesville Combats Intolerance

White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville
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White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A project seeking to combat intolerance since last year's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is being led by residents in the area.

The Daily Progress reported Wednesday that Communities Overcoming Extremism: The After Charlottesville Project, has been organized by the Anti-Defamation League, a group committed to fighting anti-Semitism.

Members of the project's advisory board include Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old counterprotester who was killed during last year's rally, and Charlottesville City Councilman Mike Signer.

Signer is chairing the board. He says in a statement the effort will bring public and private leaders and organizations together. Some organizations involved include the Charles Koch Institute and the National Immigration Forum.

The project will release a policy report next year with guidance on how the nation can confront extremism.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.