Mayor Signer officially declares Charlottesville Capital of the Resistance

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- In front of a crowd of cheering people, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer declared Charlottesville a Capital of the Resistance.

"I expect everyone here to live to that name," Signer told the crowd. "The Capital of the Resistance, that means something. We will resist."

Tuesday afternoon's official announcement means Signer and the city he represents will now resist the Trump Administration.

"We are immigrants and we are in the process of applying for green cards and what's happening, it will affect," said Zeba Rizvi, Rally Supporter.

People like Rizvi are why Signer decided to make Charlottesville Capital of the Resistance.

In an exclusive interview with CBS19 News, Signer says he talked to refugees in town who were upset and scared following Trump's immigration executive order on Friday.

In response, Signer says he will start to explore options to protect Charlottesville's refugee population, even becoming a Sanctuary City if need be.

For now, the declaration is largely a symbolic move by one member of the Charlottesville City Council.

"We continue to speaking against this darkness, this dark chapter that is being written in our country," said Gold Star Family member Khizr Khan during the press conference.

The declaration has big support in town from faith leaders to the office of Virginia's Lieutenant Governor, represented on Tuesday by his wife.

"Please speak out," said Pam Northam. "Be informed, get involved at the local and state level too."

Tuesday's press conference also attracted pro-Trump supporters, causing some confrontations.

At one point, an attendee grabbed the phone of conservative blogger Jason Kessler, prompting police intervention.

Despite the anger in the crowd, Rizvi says she still feels support in Charlottesville.

"We see signs and bouquet and 'You are welcome here,' this is a special city," said Rizvi.

It is unclear what immediate backlash the city faces for this political move, although Trump has threatened to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities.



 
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