Hundreds attend an interfaith gathering in West Springfield

Many people held signs to show their support

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 300 people, of different faiths, gathered at the Islamic Center of Western Massachusetts, Wednesday night, in solidarity to stand against hate.

Interfaith Programs coordinator Mohammad Bajwa told 22News the goal is to show strength and unity among all religious and minority groups. This comes after what the Interfaith Council of Western Massachusetts describes as a series of hate crimes and attacks across the country.

“To the individuals who commit hateful actions, they should understand that we are all Americans, we are all one community and we need to treat each other with respect and tolerance,” said Bajwa.

“We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in love, and this force is more powerful than the hate that we’re witnessing,” said retired Pastor Peter Wells.

Many people held signs to show their support, and others wore safety pins to express the sentiment, “You are safe with me.”

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