“No Place for Hate” rally held at State House

Top state officials attended rally on State House steps

BOSTON (WWLP) – A sizable crowd gathered outside the front steps of the Massachusetts State House to take a stand against hate in Massachusetts and around the country.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg joined religious and community leaders for the rally, in response to recent hate crimes and bias incidents.

Some members of the crowd held signs with the printed message “No place for hate,” which was the theme of the rally. Others made homemade signs with a variety of messages- ranging from “Love thy neighbor, no exceptions” and “Don’t register Muslims” to “Jews reject Trump.”

Harmann Singh says he was targeted and harassed while shopping in Cambridge because the person thought he was a Muslim. The Harvard Law student spoke before hundreds of people on the State House steps to send a message of compassion and unity.

“The movement against such hate transcends political and personal identities. We must stand up against it collectively no matter where or when it occurs,” said Singh.

Attorney General Maura Healey has established a hotline for reporting of hate crimes or bias incidents following the election. President-Elect Donald Trump has called on people committing vandalism and other crimes to “stop it;” saying that he wants to bring the country together.