Charlottesville natives march to Washington with a message

Published: Sep. 7, 2017 at 9:34 AM EDT
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After 10 days of marching through heat, wind and rain, a group that started in Charlottesville has made it to Washington D.C.

It was a 112-mile march with a message.

"We're loud we're chanting, we're not going anywhere," Schyler Cunningham, a Charlottesville native, said.

She said she was inspired to join the "March to Confront White Supremacy" after the violent events just three weeks ago during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, where Heather Heyer was killed in by a car allegedly driven by James Alex Fields, several others were injured, and two Virginia State Troopers were killed in a helicopter crash after covering the city.

Ben Doernberg saw the violence firsthand.

"I was in Charlottesville last month visiting my family when the white supremacists and Nazi's were marching through town," Doernberg added.

Doernberg said as someone who was born in Charlottesville, and as a Jewish-American, it is important to take a stand. That's why as soon as he heard about the march to D.C. he wanted to be a part of it.

"We can't let what happened in Charlottesville happen in other places," he said.

The rain didn't deter these marchers from meeting their goal of making it to Washington D.C., making their voices heard in the city of our nation's highest elected officials.

Participants are demanding President Donald Trump be removed from office, saying he has aligned himself with hate. They also call for the removal of all Confederate statues and monuments and for charges to be dropped against people who were arrested protesting the Ku Klux Klan, among other demands, which you can find a list of on


At least 200 people registered to march, and WHSV's sister station Newsplex says about 50 marched the full 112 miles.

Cunningham said it's an experience that she won't soon forget.

"When you get this many people together who really care about each other, and they care about the cause, they have really open honest discussions; it's just an amazing place to come together," she said.