Unite The Right Updates

UPDATE: August 9th 2017 8:00pm

I am just outside of Charlottesville right now. I’ve checked into my motel and had dinner with Jason Kessler, the organizer of the event. Here is where things stand now, to the best of my understanding.

The ACLU and the Rutherford Institute have taken up our case, demanding the City of Charlottesville honor the original permit, and accommodate our use of Lee Park for the Unite The Right Rally. The city is so far stalling, and sent out a letter to Kessler et al asking if the ACLU was actually representing them, which they confirmed. The ACLU demanded a response by noon Wednesday, and to the best of my understanding, did not get a reply by that deadline. I expect the ACLU will be filing a case in federal court on Thursday. I also expect the case will be heard before Saturday, and that we will prevail, but I am not a competent authority to make such predictions. So we have to operate under the assumption that we will be operating without a permit until such a time comes that a competent authority says otherwise.

The Daily Stormer has issued a call for people to show up, permit or none, and given some advise on what to bring and what not to bring. Their advice is to leave your firearms at home, and if you must bring a firearm, please conceal it.

Many of you have asked about meeting up with me personally. Since the main event is likely to be chaotic, we might have trouble catching up at the main event. I am working on coordinating a meetup for Radical Agenda listeners on Friday, but I have to be careful about how the details are announced. Sadly, anything I say to you here, I also say to the media, communists, and other criminal elements. For this event, I encourage those with the legal authority, to carry a concealed firearm. Open carry will draw more unnecessary attention to us, so if you do not have a license to carry, please secure your firearms elsewhere and let us worry about defense.

I’ll update you again sometime on Thursday. Thanks!


I’m on my way to Charlottesville, Virginia for the Unite The Right Free Speech Rally this Saturday, August 12th at Noon. The event is planned to take place at what was once called Lee Park, later renamed “Emancipation Park” by the leftists who now want to remove a monument to the park’s original namesake, General Robert E. Lee, a Southern defender in the War of Northern Aggression.

Unite the Right Free Speech Rally
Unite the Right Free Speech Rally

A lot of things are going on right now with this event, and I’ll try to update this post as information can be made public. So bookmark this page and check back from time to time for information. If you haven’t already done so, get on my email list, as I will update people there as well. You can also follow the event’s primary organizer, Jason Kessler on Twitter, and the event’s Facebook page for updates and more information.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a Jewish communist propaganda publication, has called this event “the largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States.” While the Cosmopolitans at the SPLC are known for deceit and hyperbole, and the event has nothing to do with “hate” on our part, they are not exaggerating the importance of the gathering. As far as they are concerned, this is like the KKK rising back up in America, and they are only wrong insofar as this is about something very different than the Klan (though they will be there). Few if any of the speakers would shy from the far overused title of racist, because we’ve had it with white interests being assigned some sort of special wickedness by other ethnic and racial groups seeking to undermine us in our own countries.

With such disreputable enemies, it should come as no surprise that threats of violence were made against us. Left wing activists are calling for “thousands” to descend upon Charlottesville to shut us down, and in typical leftist fashion, some have decided to engage threats, violence, deceit, and other criminality to accomplish that goal. Using these excuses, Maurice Jones, the black leftist city manager, has revoked our permit for the event. Responding to what has been described as an unprecedented number of phone calls, the company providing liability insurance for the event cancelled the policy as well. The city is now insisting it must instead be held at a location far from the Lee monument the demonstration is centered around.

Jason Kessler has rightly said he will not move the event, and he and other organizers are seeking legal remedies. There is a good possibility we will find one as well, just like Richard Spencer managed to get a legal injunction against Auburn University in Alabama this past April. If you are an attorney in Virginia, or if you know one who would like to help us, please contact me, or the event organizers.

It is more important than ever that people come to Charlottesville and attend this event. We need to make our presence felt, we need to make sure the city knows that we are not going to be silenced so easily. We need as many people here as possible.

In the meanwhile, we are proceeding as close to originally planned as possible. The police have said they will still cooperate with us, by keeping out Antifa and other opponents, setting up barricades, and doing their best to maintain peace and order in the city. The possibility exists though, that if we do not get legal remedy, it could be declared an unlawful assembly and we could be ordered to leave. If that happens, those staying would be engaged in an act of civil disobedience, risking arrest, exposure to tear gas, and other hazards which present themselves in such scenarios.

Virginia is a state with relatively accommodating gun and self defense laws, with wide reciprocity of carry permits, and no prohibition against open carry for those not prohibited from possessing a firearm. Many of us planned on being armed, not only for general purpose and display, but to deal with the very real threat of violent communist agitators who have proven dangerous throughout the country.

Civil disobedience and guns do not go well together, however. No matter what anyone else says, if you never take another word of advice from me again, heed this warning: If you are coming armed, obey the law, and the orders of law enforcement, no matter what. You cannot tell the cops to go to hell with a gun on your hip. It puts all of us, and our cause at risk. If you are considering disobeying the authorities, you must leave your firearms secured elsewhere. Whatever violent ideas we entertain on the Radical Agenda are not to be carried out here. The Radical Agenda is an entertainment program, and if you try to start a revolution this weekend, it will not be the revolution you bargained for, I promise. If you want to prove yourself a warrior, show some discipline first.

If we end up in a position where we are opposed by communists and cops alike, and we are disarmed, the potential for violence is very real. It is my advice that women, children, and men who are not fit for combat do not attend the main event at Lee Park, unless we get our permit reinstated, and even then I have serious concerns. I will see what they can do elsewhere to help make our presence felt, but I have female companions who wished to attend this and I am not permitting them to as a result of this threat.

Jason Kessler called into the Radical Agenda today (Episode 340) to discuss the matter, and that segment of the program has been embedded in the bottom of this blog post.

If you have a Baofeng, Puxing, or other handheld two way radio, please bring it. I have a couple of my own and they could be useful for coordinating movements.

If you can’t come, but you want to help, please send money. (That page contains ways to send money to me directly, not the event organizers)

This is about all I feel comfortable saying at this juncture, I will know more soon and I will update this blog post with new developments as I can make them public. I will also send out emails and be active on social media.


Christopher Cantwell comedian, writer, voice artist, and Patriot.

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