The Charleston Area Alliance joins community leaders throughout West Virginia in affirming our partnership and respecting the equal rights of others. In this spirit, we condemn hate in any form. Moving beyond mere tolerance, we dedicate ourselves to cooperative community-building by strengthening these civic values:
We pledge ourselves to be supportive of each other and of all who labor in the cause of creating a community that welcomes everyone into its heart.
We encourage any and all citizens who seek to stand up and speak out against hate to participate in dynamic, powerful and positive community-organized actions, which include displaying signs and joining the April 8 Stop the Hate rally. In consultation with those entrusted to keep the peace, and with organizations targeted by hate, we offer opportunities to move the spotlight away from hate groups and toward positive expressions of love and inclusiveness.
STOP THE HATE RALLY
State Capitol of West Virginia (river side)
Thursday, April 8, 5:30 PM
Calling people of good will to act as non-violent agents of healing in our community.
Join our chorus of reassurance and care for victims of hatred and intimidation. Coming from all walks of life, we will stand together to say, in a collective voice, that there is no place for hate and violence in our community. While our voices will be strong, our message will be peace.
This initiative was inspired by the early leadership of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce in creating and distributing signs expressing words and symbols of unity and cooperation. These signs contain icons with particular emotive power: a rainbow, a menorah, a dove with an olive branch.
Click the image above to download your own copy.
Signs are available at the West Virginia Chamber office, and a limited number will be available at the Alliance office, 1116 Smith St.