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Jason Kessler

Jason Kessler

Jason E. Kessler (born September 22, 1983) is a freelance journalist, blogger, and activist from Charlottesville, Virginia. He organized the Unite the Right rally, a pro-White event to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate figure Robert E. Lee. [2]

Kessler is currently the President of Unity and Security for America, a grassroots organization dedicated to defending Western civilization. [5] [6]

Before becoming involved in the Alt right, Jason was involved with Occupy Wall Street and supported President Barack Obama. [18]

Unite the Right Rally

Jason Kessler organized a rally to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee.

Kessler announced he plans to sue the city of Charlottesville, Virginia for violating a court order permitting the rally to be held in the park in which they planned to protest. [10]

In the aftermath of the rally, three people died including a paralegal identified as Heather Heyer. Heyer died and 19 others were injured when a Dodge Challenger driven by James Alex Fields Jr. rammed a crowd of counter-protesters gathered to oppose the rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups on August 12, 2017. [16]

As of August 2019, Kessler is suing the city of Charlottesville, Virginia for their approach at handling the rally.[26]

Criminal History

In 2005, Jason was convicted of shoplifting, obstructing justice and for a string of failures to appear and register, in addition to numerous traffic violations and citations. [18]

On May 14, 2017, Jason Kessler was arrested for disorderly conduct at a rally. [4]


Over the years Kessler has written a crime-noir novel, a book of poetry, and a screenplay titled 'Oasis.'[25]

Badland Blues

His novel, "Badland Blues," was published on August 6, 2016 by New Pulp Press. Kessler's story revolves around a homeless dwarf that is in love with a waitress and wins the lottery. The book's description reads,

"Badland Blues is the story of Jean Scaputo, a homeless dwarf madly in unrequited love with a local waitress, Marissa.

His life of miserable poverty changes fantastically when he wins the Mega Millions Lottery.

With fortune in hand, Jean experiences the kind of romantic interest from Marissa heโ€™s only dreamed about.

But itโ€™s too good to be true.

Unknown to Jean, Marissa is being manipulated by a savage criminal gang led by the ingenious femme fatale, Viola Davis.

Her plot leads Jean into the savage underbelly of a drug ravaged oil town.

When all is said and done, he may salvage romance with Marissa or find himself stripped of everything, including his pride."[31]

The book was poorly received with a rating on Amazon of 1 out of 5 stars.

Midnight Road

"Midnight Road" is Kessler's collection of poetry published by Mad Dimension Press on January 26, 2016. The book is described as "part decadent travel journal, part sci-fi/fantasy nightmare, and part nihilistic daydream."[34] An excerpt from the poem "Where the Future Lies" reads,

The suspense begins at knightfall

a tournament of tourniquets

a bed in the house of cats

personalized prostrations for all [34]


Citation Linktwitter.comJason Kessler's Twitter
Aug 13, 2017, 12:04 PM
Citation Linktime.comJason Kessler's condemns what James Alex Fields Jr.did ("White Nationalist Rally Organizer: Driver Who Killed Pedestrian 'Did the Wrong Thing'" via TIME)
Aug 13, 2017, 12:05 PM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comJason Kessler's mugshot after being arrest during a Lee Park counter protest
Aug 13, 2017, 12:11 PM
Citation Linkdailyprogress.comJason Kessler among three arrested during Lee Park counter protest (via Daily Progress; May 15, 2017)
Aug 13, 2017, 12:13 PM
Citation Linklinkedin.comJason Kessler's LinkedIn
Aug 13, 2017, 12:14 PM
Citation Linkunityandsecurity.orgUnity and Security for America website
Aug 13, 2017, 12:16 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.comJason Kessler's YouTubechannel
Aug 13, 2017, 12:23 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.com"Federal Judge Rules Unite the Right WILL Happen in Lee Park!!" (via Jason Kessler, August 11, 2017)
Aug 13, 2017, 12:24 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.comJason Kessler's Unite the Right press conference
Aug 13, 2017, 12:25 PM
Citation Linkcbsnews.comJason Kessler states he plans to sue the city of Charlottesville (via CBS News)
Aug 13, 2017, 12:30 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.comJason Kessler confronts Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy over what he deems "offensive tweets" (City Council Chambers, December 5, 2016)
Aug 13, 2017, 12:37 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.comJason Kessler Speaks On The Aftermath of the Protests in Charlottesville, Virginia
Aug 13, 2017, 1:03 PM
Citation Linkfacebook.comJason Kessler's Facebookprofile
Aug 13, 2017, 1:04 PM
Citation Linkfacebook.comJason Kessler's Facebook Live video post-Charlottesville protests
Aug 13, 2017, 1:24 PM
Citation Linkpscp.tvJason Kessler's Periscope
Aug 13, 2017, 2:24 PM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comVideo of the incident
Aug 13, 2017, 10:17 PM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comJason rushed away from press conference and eventually brought to police station when his car wasn't reachable
Aug 13, 2017, 10:23 PM
Citation Linksplcenter.orgSouthern Poverty Law CenterProfile of Jason Kessler
Aug 15, 2017, 3:12 AM
Citation Linkwww.youtube.comJason Kessler's YouTube channel
Aug 13, 2017, 12:23 PM
Citation Linkwww.youtube.com"Federal Judge Rules Unite the Right WILL Happen in Lee Park!!" (via Jason Kessler, August 11, 2017)
Aug 13, 2017, 12:24 PM