Hateful Graffiti Met with “Love Your Neighbor” Rallies in Concord, NH
According to Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord member Lyn Betz, “When residents of Concord, NH learned that the homes of three African refugee families had been vandalized with hateful graffiti telling them they were ‘not welcome,’ ‘subhuman,’ and should go back to the hell they came from, members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord knew immediately that it was time to open the new box of Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts. The whole city has responded by wearing yellow in support of the refugee community and hundreds turned out for two ‘Love Your Neighbor’ rallies featuring speeches, music, and prayer, sponsored by the Greater Concord Interfaith Alliance and other social justice agencies.”
Check out this slideshow from the “Love Your Neighbor” rallies for some more inspiring images of people from all ages and backgrounds gathering to embrace and support their refugee neighbors.
Members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord also attended an interfaith Love Your Neighbor rally at the New Hampshire State House with their Standing on the Side of Love banner. According to the Concord Monitor‘s coverage of the event, “The long list of speakers who took the stage pointed to the recent racist graffiti attack on three African refugee families as a symptom of yet another in a long line of injustices society must band together to overcome…Many of the speakers told the crowd of about 250 that they need to reach beyond attending rallies, holding signs and paying lip service to welcoming refugees to the community.”
Concord’s interfaith response to the recent hate crimes is truly an example of a town coming together to stand on the side of love.