Saturday’s rally in Charlottesville leaves some people feeling like they woke up in another decade.
“I still wake up every day hoping that it’s a nightmare, that I cannot believe that these things are happening now,” said, Terri Hulihan, a local activist.
The Erie community took action against white nationalism and violence by holding a vigil in Perry Square.
Activists said this public presentation of hate is a mirror for themes around the country, not just a town in Virginia.
“We knew the depth of issues but just seeing it come in such an awful action like that just really, it touches each one of us,” Alayna Getchell, the Erie Keystone Progress President.
Some activists said the dozens of people who came out to the vigil are not enough, in a city with a population around 100 thousand.
Hulihan said, “It’s apathy. It’s white privilege and if you’re too busy because you’re hanging out at the beach or doing your laundry is more important, than shame on you.”
Other activists said the crowd was, at the very least, a step in the right direction — a voice for the Erie area.
Some Christians in attendance told us the vigil coincides with their values under God, and Americans should rally around that code of ethics.
“It’s time for people of a progressive, loving nature to come out and really have a united voice and say ‘no.’ This is not what we’re about. This is not what America is about,” said Craig Dressler from St. Marks Episcopal Church
Activists say it’s not what Erie is about either.