One year ago today, rallyers espousing ideolgies of bigotry, hate and racism thrust Charlottesville into the international spotlight as the Charlottesville Derby Dames prepared to represent our city at the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Division 1 playoffs. We were appalled and sickened by these events and made the decision to voice our abhorrence of these activities.
We, your Charlottesville Derby Dames, continue to stand against hate in all forms. We continue to partner with local organizations such as Shelter for Help in Emergency, Common Ground Healing Arts, Virginia Organizing and CLAW (Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers) to promote love, cultural diversity and healing in our community.
On the anniversary of these events, we remember those affected by last year's violence and stand in support of those who who gather in peace to oppose hatred and discrimination.
The Charlottesville Derby Dames are proud to represent this city and next week, at the inaugural WFTDA North American East Continental Cup Tournament, we will show the world who we are.
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