‘Hate is not welcome here’

On Aug. 29, some two-dozen people marched from the South St. Paul Library to the Central Square Amphitheater to stand up against hate and bigotry both in the city and around the world. Before the march, co-organizer Désirée Hartson Gold referenced a recent shooting, telling marchers, “We ask tonight you march quietly. This is not to avoid disturbing local residents but is rather a sign of mourning for events of the past, including the violence that took place in South St. Paul just last night.” A public candlelight vigil was held at the end of the walk and included speakers from Jewish Community Action, NAACP-St. Paul, a local chaplain and pastor. The message of the night: Hate is not welcome in South St. Paul.

Hannah Burlingame photos/Review

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