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Rally against hate held in Lompoc in wake of Charlottesville tragedy

Rally against hate held in Lompoc in...

LOMPOC, Calif. - A rally against hate was held Monday afternoon in Lompoc. The rally started at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of H Street and Ocean Avenue.

The rally is in response to the deadly incident in Charlottesville, Virginia two weekends ago.

Several organizations organized the rally including the NAACP, Cause and the Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley.

Janet Blevins with the Lompoc Valley Democratic Club and the NAACP put this rally together in response to the deadly incident in Charlottesville, Virginia two weekends ago.

"Love is the way, no problem was ever solved with hate.. we have plenty of problems in this country and we need to work together to solve them," Blevins said.  

Jeffery Hall says he's felt the impact of racism since childhood.

"As a little boy who immigrated here in the early 50's in the deep south, I know what hate can do to a community," Hall said. 

"People must learn to hate.. if they can learn to hate, they can learn to love," congressman Salud Carbajal said. 

Congressman Salud Carbajal was also there. 

"The racist extremists have absolutely no place in our country in 2017," Carbajal said. 

"I'm just done with it, we have to stop, we have to turn our country around to be more loving, more accepting," Rosemary Holmes said, who attended the rally. 

This isn't the first time Rosemary Holmes has rallied for peace.

"The 60's revolution, that was about the war on Vietnam and it's war of a different kind now,"
 Holmes said. 

It's being called non-partisan and people were encouraged to bring signs of solidarity but no political signs.

The organizers said, "Silence is acceptance, speak loudly" and that they're "renouncing and rejecting hate and bigotry." 


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