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Recently, hundreds from our community gathered in the Moline mosque to mourn the victims of the New Zealand mosque attacks.

Last October, hundreds from our community gathered twice, first at Temple Emanuel, and then at the Tri City Jewish Center, to mourn the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

We have mourned the victims of the shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Most Americans were shocked by the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville.

Expressions of hate, including violent ones, have been occurring with greater frequency around our world, including within our own country. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that in 2018 there was a 50 percent increase in the number of hate groups in the U.S.

There even is one such hate group, called the National Alliance, operating in the Quad-Cities. Perhaps you received one of their flyers.

One Human Family QCA is an organization dedicated to counteracting hate in our community. We want to be able to say of the Quad-Cities, “Hate has no home here.”

One Human Family will be holding its second annual symposium, entitled “Responding to the Many Faces of Hate,” on Saturday, April 13, starting at 9 a.m. at the Eastern Iowa Community College Urban Campus in downtown Davenport. Registration is available through “Eventbrite.”

In dark times, when hate is daily growing, good people need to stand together as beacons of light, driving back the darkness. We hope you will join us for our symposium.

Rabbi Henry Jay,

Davenport

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