Trump has been under intense pressure to condemn last year's violence and speak out against white supremacists organizing an anniversary rally set to take place on Sunday.
Lance says he's feeling good about the D.C. counter protests and skeptical that the Unite the Right rally will reach 400 members, as estimated by the group. But scuffles continued, and the violence culminated when a vehicle plowed into a group of counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
Multiple counter-protests are also scheduled to take place in the area.
The 20-year-old who drove the vehicle into the crowd was charged with second-degree murder.
The ugly scenes highlighted the growing boldness of America's extreme right.
The counter-demonstration organized by Lance's Shut It Down D.C. coalition will feature minority, immigrant and other groups targeted by white nationalists, said Lance, "so that people can see overwhelmingly that these folks are unacceptable and are invaders in our town".
The Spectrum News DC bureau will be covering the Unite the Right rally Sunday, as well as the counter-protests. Portland Police is conducting an internal investigation into its use of force on August 4, which included flash bangs, after a June 30 rally there turned into a riot, sending at least four to area hospitals by ambulance. The vehicle plowed through the crowed following the shutdown of the Unite the Right rally by police after white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" and counter-protesters clashed near Emancipation Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.
"Law enforcement's goal during the entire operational period will be to keep the two groups separated", said Metropolitan Police Department chief Peter Newsham.
"Some of our members are concerned about safety for their staff and guests and came to us with questions as we are a resource for the restaurant community".
Guns are banned at this year's rally, even for people that have a legal permit.
U.Va. was the scene of a torch-lit march the night before the first Unite the Right rally a year ago, where hundreds of white nationalists, carrying Tiki torches, gathered at the rotunda and surrounded a group of counterprotesters around the Jefferson statue. But, he added, "The state police is fully prepared to act on any inciteful violence". We hope the anniversary of those events passes peacefully, ' he said.
The population of the United States capital is almost half black, according to the U.S. census bureau.
Unlike in Charlottesville, demonstrators will not be allowed to openly carry weapons. "We ask that those who attend not let their personal passion overtake their personal civility".
The march will start at a Metro station near the Capitol at 5pm and end with a demonstration in Lafayette Square Park that sits directly opposite from the White House.