Thousands gathered in New Orleans Saturday to march in solidarity with Charlottesville, where a woman died after white supremacists rampaged the city one week ago.
The march, organized by Take ‘Em Down NOLA and Peoples Assembly, began at Congo Square and ended at Jackson Square. Organizers called for the removal of monuments to the Confederacy across the country.
A number of the marchers carried signs reading “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention” – an ode to Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, whose final cover photo on Facebook contained that quote.
At one point in the march, the demonstrators chanted,
“We won’t get no satisfaction
Until we take down Andrew Jackson.”
That chant is a reference to the iconic statue of Andrew Jackson sitting astride a horse in the center of Jackson Square. Though Jackson was president well before the Civil War, the first Democratic Party president’s legacy includes, not only the Battle of New Orleans, but the Indian Removal Act, the Trail of Tears, and Native American genocide. (Sidenote: Andrew Jackson is Donald Trump’s favorite president).
When opponents of the march showed up, New Orleans musicians surrounded them, drowning them out with jazz tunes.
The march in New Orleans was just one of hundreds of marches held across the country in response to Charlottesville.
You can see photos from the NOLA march below, curated from Twitter and Instagram (captions are not ours):
— Maria Magdala (@MagdalaMaria) August 19, 2017
— Miriam Markowitz (@MiriMarkow) August 19, 2017
— Teg@n (@60AngryInches) August 19, 2017
— Amy K. Nelson (@AmyKNelson) August 19, 2017