But both sides have permits to demonstrate at Lafayette Square, right across from the White House, sparking fears that clashes are inevitable. In early discussions, Kessler emailed the Park Service and said the location "will definitely get out to hostile counterdemonstrators".
Michael Shallal, a member of the D.C. chapter of the International Socialists Organization, one of the organizing groups of the Freedom Plaza rally, said that participants from the Washington region and up and down the East Coast will take part in Sunday's event. We hope the anniversary of those events passes peacefully, ' he said. "We have people coming to our city for the sole goal of spewing hate". "We denounce hate. We denounce anti-Semitism, and we denounce the rhetoric we expect to hear this Sunday". A "Rally for Justice" was also scheduled in the evening. Police warn that carrying firearms - even if licensed in the District - is prohibited within 1,000 feet of a First Amendment activity.
In one of the most recent race-related flareups, a black former White House employee, Omarosa Manigault Newman, has written in an upcoming memoir that Trump was caught on mic uttering a racial slur "multiple times" while making his hit reality TV show "The Apprentice" prior to his presidential run, and that there are tapes to prove it.
More than 1,000 law enforcement officers are stationed around Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, as the city marks a year since violent white supremacist rallies sparked a deadly attack and open fighting in the streets.
The city says law enforcement at the access points are conducting consensual checks for objects that were banned as a security measure during the weekend anniversary of last summer's violence. The "white civil rights" anniversary rally organized by Kessler, a Charlottesville resident, is expected to attract no more than 100 to 400 people, according to the official permit for the event.
There are no official protests planned in Charlottesville this weekend.
The violence culminated with a man driving a auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heyer and injuring 19 people.
The day's death toll rose to three when a state police helicopter that had been monitoring the event and assisting with the governor's motorcade crashed, killing two troopers. "They are reclaiming that space because past year white supremacists came with their torches and took over that part of campus". Miska is known for trying past year to remove the shroud covering the Robert E. Lee statue at the epicenter of the original rally.
"If something happens in Washington, it can easily affect Northern Virginia", Northam told Richmond-based WRVA radio station on Wednesday.
"It's nice that they're here to protect us", said Lara Mitchell, 66, a sales associate at a shop that sells artwork, jewelry, and other items.