Welcome to #ResilientCville
The City of Charlottesville recognizes that August 2018 will be an important time for our community to acknowledge painful feelings about the tragic events of last summer and also a time to promote resilience and healing.
The #ResilientCville website is one way you can access resources from and provide feedback to the City of Charlottesville. We are committed to making positive change around the issues of racial and economic justice.
On this website, you will find a collection of resources including news updates and an event calendar highlighting activities being held by a variety of community groups. We look forward to engaging the community in this recovery process and to sharing the significant training and planning we have undertaken as a City.
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SEE & SHARE - The Charlottesville Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance this weekend. If you or someone you know has videos or still images of anything relating to events this weekend we ask that you utilize this link. This will walk you through a procedure to upload these videos or still images. You may give your contact information or simply remain anonymous.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for your reference.
- 8/12/18 - Arrests Made in Charlottesville - Sunday (August 12, 2018)
- 8/11/18 - Arrests Made in Charlottesville - Saturday (August 11, 2018)
- 8/11/18 - Update on Access Point Entry to Downtown Security Area
- 8/11/18 - City Announces Additional Road Closures and Detours Near UVA
- 8/08/18 - Security Area and Prohibited Objects
- 8/08/18 - Local State of Emergency Declared [Download]
- 8/02/18 - Community Update on August 10–12 Preparations
- 7/28/18 - CAT Detours for August 10–12
- 7/20/18 - August 10–12 Downtown Area Traffic Advisory Notice
- Join the #ResilientCville Email List for important updates.
- Submit an event to the Community Calendar.
- Visit the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition website for helpful information and download the Strategies for Personal and Community Resilience poster for reference.
- Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook and connect using #ResilientCville.
- Video: Community Briefing on Preparations for August 10–12 (taped July 12, 2018)
- Audio: #ResilientCville Radio PSA
Downtown Security Area Advisory Map for August 10–12 starting at 6 p.m. Friday
Community Sing-out to Celebrate Harmony, Diversity on Rally Anniversary
- Date: 08/12/2018 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
- Location: IX Art Park
522 2nd Street SE
Charlottesville, Virginia 2902
Community Sing-out to Celebrate Harmony, Diversity on Rally Anniversary
The events of August 12, 2017 do not define the city of Charlottesville. That is why on August 12 of this year, the organizers of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir are holding a community sing-out where everyone is invited to participate in a positive musical celebration of our city.
The C’ville Sing Out! will be held at 4:00PM on August 12, 2018 at the IX Art Park. No musical experience necessary, all are invited and welcome to sing and enjoy the harmonies of our hometown intercultural celebration.
“This is the first event of its kind in Charlottesville,” says co-organizer Nico Scopelliti. “By bringing everyone in our community together to sing, we will take back the date August 12 and show the world what our wonderful city is truly all about: harmony, diversity, and brotherhood among all races and religions.”
Over 95 people have already registered to sing, with an anticipated turnout of 300+ singers who will meet the day of the event at 2PM to rehearse at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church on Lankford Avenue. They will learn and practice three songs and then march together a few blocks to IX Art Park for the main event.
“The best way to respond to hate is with love,” says co-organizer Michelle Allen, “and on August 12 this year, our voices will fill the air with a message of love, hope, and gratitude for our beautiful city.”
Last updated: August 10, 2018
Q: What events are going to take place during the weekend of August 10–12, 2018?
A. The City is not sponsoring any events of its own during August 10–12, 2018. There is also no event permit approved for Charlottesville’s downtown parks.
Q: Are there other events being planned and hosted by community groups related to the anniversary?
A: Yes, numerous individuals and community groups are hosting events throughout the community on various dates; please review local media sources for more information related to alternative events and consult the calendar on the City’s website at http://www.charlottesville.org/resilientcville.
Q: Where will the gatherings take place?
A: There are no event permits approved for Market Street Park or Court Square Park at this time. However, a large crowd is expected to gather to honor Heather Heyer and as a result, there will be a clearly defined security perimeter around the parks and the Downtown Mall
Q. What planning has been undertaken and by whom?
A. We have taken a robust approach to planning with our regional and state partners and we are prepared for a very large gathering of people and media. We have one flexible and unified plan which allows for resources to be shifted to ensure public safety even with uncertainty about the size and location of any gathering.
Q. Who is in charge and accountable for the implementation of the plan?
A. A single Incident Action Plan (IAP) has been developed to ensure public safety during the weekend of August 10–12, 2018. All public safety and supporting agencies will operate under the direction of a Unified Command team comprised of senior leaders from the Charlottesville Police Department, the Virginia State Police, and the Charlottesville Fire Department. The Unified Command is charged with achieving the established, agreed-upon incident objectives as stated in the IAP and is responsible for the actions of all personnel assigned to the incident. Personnel deployed within the IAP under the direction of the Unified Command will operate under their home agency policies and procedures. The Charlottesville City Manager is responsible for public safety within the city as our designated Director of Emergency Management.
Q. What can the public coming downtown expect to see?
A. For the safety of residents and business owners, the public can expect to see a substantial presence of state and local law enforcement personnel and vehicles throughout Downtown during the weekend. Law enforcement uniforms will vary in accordance with assignment and situation.
DOWNTOWN EVENT PERIMETER FAQs
Effective the evening of August 10, 2018, the City of Charlottesville will establish a defined security area within downtown that changes access for both vehicles and pedestrians. There will be two entry points for pedestrians to access the security area. Law enforcement personnel will be positioned at the entry points at 1st Street S & Water Street and at 2nd Street SE & Water Street. [VIEW MAP]
Q. What streets will be closed and for what time period?
A. The general area of street closures and parking restrictions is between 9th Street / Avon to Ridge / McIntire and between High Street to Water Street including the Downtown Mall, its side streets, and mall crossings.The time period of these changes will be from 6 p.m. Friday, August 10 to 6 a.m. Monday, August 13. Additional details are available here.
Q: Will traffic detours be clearly marked to promote the safe travel of motorists along city roadways during the weekend?
A: Yes, sufficient detour signs, as well as uniformed officers, will be on hand to assist with the safe travel of motorists over the weekend. Designated parking areas will be established for all attendees.
Q: Will the Charlottesville Police Department provide routine patrol services throughout the city while managing events Downtown?
A: Yes, the Charlottesville Police Department will provide a consistent level of service in all patrol zones prior to, during and after the scheduled events and will utilize our regional partners for support.
Q. What will entrances along Water Street look like?
A. There will not be fencing along the businesses facing Water Street. Some businesses are voluntarily locking those doors (e.g. York Place). At unlocked access points (e.g. CVS), law enforcement will be present. People will be informed about the prohibited objects.
Q. What about wine/bottle sales from businesses within the security area?
A. Normal sales and purchasing procedures can occur. Officers will not be checking bags or personal belongings. Purchased items should not be removed from their bags inside the security area.
Q. Are bikes allowed to be brought inside the perimeter via the access points?
A. Bicycles will not be allowed inside or be permitted to move within the perimeter with the exception of law enforcement bicycles.
Q. Will the City consider opening additional entrances to the security area?
A. The access points will be sufficiently constructed and staffed to avoid bottlenecking or long lines. The Water Street Garage is the preferred parking location nearby. Additional access points cannot be accommodated at this time. There will be numerous exit points staffed by law enforcement which anyone can use to leave the area. If an emergency arises public safety will have access throughout the security area and emergency egress plans are in place.
Q. Can residents, guests or employees who live in, are staying in or who work within the Downtown Event Perimeter (security area) enter via locations other than the two primary access points?
A. Yes. All individuals must enter the security area through a designated entry point, except: (i) individuals who reside at an address within the security area, or who are occupants of paid overnight guest accommodations (such as a bed and breakfast inn, or other short term rental) within the area, who present an ID with address, or payment receipt/ reservation for guest accommodations; (ii) owners and operators of a business within the security area, and their workers, who have their employee/work ID with them; (iii) individuals who have made advance arrangements with Law Enforcement; and (iv) law enforcement and public safety personnel.
Q. If I chose to come to Downtown Charlottesville, what else should I know?
Personal preparedness will be important to your safety. Many people in our community will feel a strong need to be present downtown to exercise their right to express themselves. We are going to do everything we can to protect people who live and work downtown and choose to come to events. If you don’t have to be downtown, the area should be avoided. There are no guarantees for personal safety in a civil unrest environment.
Q. Why has the City closed staffed Parks & Recreation facilities?
A. The City understands that these closures are inconvenient and the recommendation to close is not taken lightly, but only after serious consideration of risk management, the safety of patrons and staff, and our responsibility to the community as the steward of the parks and recreation system in Charlottesville. As a best practice in the management of risk, variables that can potentially compromise that safety must be minimized and if at all possible, eliminated. The nature of these community facilities is such that they may be considered potential targets and present an unacceptable risk on this weekend. Other facilities are being used as staging areas for law enforcement and are not available for use.
Q. What about other activity areas for youth like Charlottesville Parks & Recreation’ s splash pad facilities?
A. The splash pad facilities will now be open throughout the weekend.
Q: How can the public receive updates related to the weekend events?
A: Members of the general public should review local media sources as well as any/all updates posted on the City of Charlottesville’s website and social media channels. An email list can be joined via the City’s website. We also recommend subscribing to CodeRED Emergency Notifications
Q: Will individuals in violation of any local, state or federal laws be arrested?
A: All personnel assigned to this event shall respect the rights of those in attendance to exercise their right to freedom of speech and the right to peacefully assemble. However, law enforcement personnel assigned to this event will not tolerate any behavior that is in violation of laws of the United States of America, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the localities therein, that will jeopardize the life and safety of personnel, citizens or their property. All law enforcement personnel are empowered to achieve this goal in accordance with departmental policies and current laws in a manner that is impartial, responsible, reasonable and fair.
Q: Will individuals be permitted to carry firearms?
A: Yes, according to Virginia law, law-abiding individuals are permitted to carry firearms in public spaces.
Q: Will EMS/Ambulance/First Aid be made available to support the people participating in events downtown?
A: Yes, members of local and regional public safety agencies will be readily available to assist as needed.
Q: Is there a specific hotline to call if I feel I need public safety assistance?
A: No, please dial 911 if an emergency; numerous public safety agencies will be present and available to promote the public safety of our citizenry.
Q. What should I do if I observe suspicious activity?
A. Please dial 911 if you believe this is an emergency. You may also use the See Send mobile phone app. This is a nationwide suspicious activity reporting tool for citizens to help in the fight against terrorism and criminal activity, but it does not replace 911 for emergency situations.
Our preparations began immediately after the events of last summer. The City of Charlottesville has focused its work in the following areas:
The City of Charlottesville has made significant changes to our event permitting process for special events and demonstrations. A large number of items have been banned from being carried into events and demonstrations including sticks, shields and open flames.
The City of Charlottesville also joined the Georgetown University Law Center’s Lawsuit to keep militias and militia-like groups from coming back to Charlottesville. All groups have settled and have agreed to not return to Charlottesville in an organized, armed paramilitary-like manner.
Training and Planning
The City of Charlottesville has implemented numerous training and planning initiatives in order to ensure we are prepared for future emergencies and large demonstrations.
Our Fire Chief has been designated as the Local Emergency Management Coordinator. We have created a Committee on Safety and Emergency Preparedness and launched a training program for our employees to become familiar with the National Incident Management System and Incident Command System as called for in our Regional Emergency Operations Plan. Senior City employees are receiving more advanced NIMS/ICS training.
Key City employees have been trained in large event policing and over 80 percent of our police department personnel have received additional crowd management training. We have adopted the IACP’s Model Policy for Crowd Management/Civil Disturbance.
The City of Charlottesville is also working closely with our regional partners and a special event planning group has been meeting bi-weekly since March 2018 and includes the City, Albemarle County, the University of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Virginia State Police. Our regional planning work for the August 10–12 anniversary is comprehensive and supported by a specialized Incident Management Team from VDEM.
After the events of last summer, the City of Charlottesville immediately sought assistance from the Virginia General Assembly. Our local legislative representatives were very helpful, but unfortunately, we were not successful in getting several bills passed that would have given the City some authority to limit weapons, more specifically firearms, in public spaces. We had asked for the authority to control the safety of public spaces and buildings and the prohibition of certain firearms in Charlottesville and the authority to make local decisions on Confederate monuments.
None of those bills passed in the General Assembly in 2018.
Continued Investment in City Council’s Priorities
Charlottesville City Council and our City Manager have also focused on key initiatives to address racial and economic justice in this community.
We have established a new Police Civilian Review Board and hired a new Chief of Police, RaShall Brackney, who began her work on June 18, 2018.
In the recent city budget approved for FY 2018-2019, Charlottesville City Council approved various initiatives to increase the living wage, support workforce development, increase funding for affordable housing, and to dedicate funding for the redevelopment of public housing.