Coalition renews focus on removing Confederate monuments

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – AUGUST 12: The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee stands behind a crowd of hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” during the “Unite the Right” rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and […]

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Will 2020 be the year that Virginia’s cities and counties gain the power to remove Confederate monuments if they want to? Some believe it’s much more likely now that Democrats are retaking control of the state Legislature.

The Daily Progress in Charlottesville reported Monday that a statewide coalition will try to make sure that state law is changed this year.

Virginia code currently prevents localities from removing war monuments. Monumental Justice Virginia said that bills will be filed in both chambers of the Statehouse to try to give localities power over monuments.

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