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The Commons
Voices / Letters from readers

Banner continues to send a loving message

Originally published in The Commons issue #429 (Wednesday, October 11, 2017). This story appeared on page E3.

The “We Celebrate Democracy/Civil Rights For All” banner is flying over Main Street in Brattleboro for one week beginning on Oct. 8, just in time for Indigenous People’s Day, a good time to fly the banner in their honor and in recognition of their suffering.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which works for racial and social justice, says: “Every act of hatred should be met with an act of love and unity.” Raising the banner over Main Street and standing up for civil rights for all people is such an act.

Right now, the Trump administration is holding a hate rally all across our country. We must rally the same amount of love and unity in response. Taken together, all our positive nonviolent public actions add up to a huge “love rally,” of which the banner raising is just a small part.

Every part is an essential part. We need to be in the streets, in public, standing up for loving, caring, sharing, and helping, in a massive way.

Thank you to our supporters and donors, the town of Brattleboro, and the Brattleboro Fire Department.

Woody Bernhard


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