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'Love, Not Hate' rally draws big crowd in Santa Maria

Love not Hate Rally

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The intersection of Betteravia Road and Miller Street in Santa Maria was lined with dozens of people Sunday afternoon taking part in a "Love, Not Hate" rally.

The peaceful gathering was organized in reaction to recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and other cities across the country where Neo-Nazis and other hate groups have been involved in violent clashes.

"We are here to reject racism, neo-nazism, white supremacists, we believe in equality for all," said Connie Ford, President of the Democratic Club of the Santa Maria Valley. 

"Now is the time for us to stand up in unity," said Rosalie Hill. "It doesn't matter what denomination, what color we are, our age... we need to stand united."

The Democratic Club of the Santa Maria Valley peacefully rallied with local NAACP chapters, political representatives, unions, religious groups and others to reject the recent violence in Charlottsville, Virginia.

Many said they want to see more politicians stand up against Neo-Nazis and other hate groups.

"We just feel like this needs to be resoundingly rejected, by all of our representatives," Ford said. 

"Being in Santa Maria -- it's a small town, but we need to stand united here," said demonstrator Peter Hill.

A "Vigil for Peace" is also scheduled to take place Friday, August 25 in Santa Maria at the corner of West Cook Street and South Broadway.


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