A crowd of around 100 staff, faculty and students gathered in the rain outside of the Hemmingson Center's main doors at noon on Thursday in order to attend the "Rally for Welcome, Not Hate" event.

Many huddled under the second story overhang of the building, bundled up and standing closely together while listening to messages of love and the importance of unity in the face of intimidation. The event was organized by several campus organizations including UMEC, UMIN, Hate Studies and more "for an urgent response rally, to bring together the campus community following the placement of white supremacist literature on campus," according to a campuswide email sent on Tuesday.

Students found out about the rally largely through this email, which was sent out by Sasha Gibson, program manager for intercultural learning and development on behalf of the office for Diversity, Inclusion, Community and Equity (DICE), or through the same email from CCE via Molly Ayers.

Speakers including GSBA President Carlo Juantilla, UMEC's Amayrani Chavez-Godinez, and a graduate student led "Rally for Welcome, Not Hate." UMIN Coordinator Jeff Brogan; Fr. Quan Tran, S.J and Dr. Noralis Rodriguez-Coss also gave speeches. Student Jaylun Hutchison concluded the rally by leading a hymn for the crowd to participate in.


The "Rally for Welcome, Not Hate" event came approximately two weeks after three stickers were found on campus on Feb. 23 for the SPLC-classified hate group, Identity Evropa. View the original article on the discovery of the white supremacist group's stickers here.


Libby Kamrowski is Editor-in-Chief. Follow her on Twitter: @libbykamrowski.

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Robert j Mathews

They can have their little rallies and hand
Hand holding and sing kumbaga till their
Blue in the face!
This what your facing - strident,avowed people
Who see this a win or death situation for them
And their race! Think about that! These people
Are fighting to exist and their kind to exist in
Their most mind! The most primal instinct -
They are true believers, who will never give
Up. So they march ahead, fearing only one
Thing - the extinction of their race.

It's going be a wild ride kids, hang on!


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