“One year ago, America saw the images of senseless violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia and watched with shame as an American president failed to condemn outright bigotry. These demonstrations empowered those who align themselves with white supremacists and those filled with hatred. That is not who we are as a nation. Heather Heyer bravely stood up to the injustice over that fateful weekend and showed what our country really is: a melting pot filled with Americans who welcome others with open arms, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation or political beliefs. We are still mourning the loss of Heather. On this first anniversary of the Charlottesville demonstrations, let us keep her memory alive by recommitting ourselves to creating peace, fulfilling the American promise and living up to our ideals as a nation.”