Updated: The group 1Team1Fight_Unity has canceled its Aug. 12 event since the publication of this article.
The group 1Team1Fight_Unity, who identifies itself with the Patriot Movement, has announced that it plans to host an event in Albemarle’s Darden Towe Park Aug. 12.
The event was originally planned to take place in Greenville, South Carolina, but organizers decided to move it. One of the event organizers is Chevy Love, who did not return request for comment.
“We always say that this movement is bigger than any one of us,” Love said on the Facebook page for the event, according to the Daily Progress. “It is in the best interest of the Patriot Movement that we move the event to Charlottesville.”
This is the second planned right-wing activist rally happening in the Charlottesville area that day. The event coincides with Jason Kessler’s Unite the Right rally occurring on the same day in Emancipation Park, formerly called Lee Park, less than three miles from Darden Towe Park.
Love has said that the two events are not associated with each other. However, Love has referenced the Unite the Right rally in a Facebook post for her event.
“The event that was taking place in Greenville, SC has been moved to VA due to circumstances there on the same day,” Love said on Facebook, according to the Daily Progress. “We will be in VA in case our brothers and sisters need boots on the ground who can mobilize and reach our brothers and sisters at Lee Park in VA within 10 minutes.”
The Unite the Right rally is expected to draw between hundreds to thousands of people into the downtown park Aug. 12. Kessler has said the rally is meant to protest the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue from the park.
“We are going to be here to peaceably assemble and to speak our minds,” Kessler said at a press conference. “It is not acceptable for politicians like Kristin Szakos and the anti-white bigot Wes Bellamy to try and remove our statues.”