CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A new group is looking to increase communication and engagement in Charlottesville, regardless of political differences.
GOV360 formed in response to the KKK rally on July 8 and the upcoming Unite the Right rally on August 12. The group wants to change the growing extremism they see in Charlottesville. Members met for the first time Thursday evening to discuss more effective engagement and communication within the community.
The group hopes that by bringing people of different backgrounds together, they can help the city move through the challenges it has faced.
Lawrence Gaughan, executive director of the group, says that they are more focused on what will happen after the rally.
"I was defeated for a while about the fact that we can't change the course of events really that's precipitated the 12th and July 8th before that, but I'm very encouraged and very optimistic that at this point we're doing something that's going to move the city forward and help us heal," Gaughan said.
GOV360 is partnering with the Unity Coalition to hold a "Meetings of Opposites" in advance of the rally on Saturday at the Speak! Language Center from 5 to 7 p.m.