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rejecting hate in our communities

It is an unfortunate fact that we have seen a marked uptick in hate speech in this country recently, and it is my solemn duty to speak out against it wherever intolerance and bigotry exists. Twice in one summer I have been compelled to speak at local rallies against xenophobia and violence- once when anti-Semitic, pro-Trump graffiti was found in Marblehead and once again after the tragic loss of life in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Both times I was joined by various faith leaders, local law enforcement, elected leaders from the community, the Anti-Defamation League, and hundreds of citizens who showed up to clearly say this is not what our community is about.

As saddened as I am by the need for these rallies, the grace and solidarity displayed by all of you, the people, gives me tremendous hope. I am so very proud to represent a district where people show up on a day’s notice to stand up for one another. As the demonstration on Boston Common showed, hate can be overwhelmed when good people make their voices heard.

With a clear lack of moral leadership from the highest office in the country, it is up to all of us to step in and denounce vicious ideas. The recent violence in Charlottesville, the vandalism in Marblehead, and desecration of the Holocaust Memorial in Boston all have one thing in common- they will not stop us from loving one another.