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Neighbors gather to rally for unity

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Around eighty people came to Beaverton City Park Saturday evening to rally for unity.

Group leaders from Washington County Educate and Organize and Washco Solidarity said they want to stand up against recent violence surrounding women, the LGBTQ community and other groups.

“I think we are seeing a lot of people mobilized who historically haven’t,” Kelsey Smith of Aloha said.

One-by-one speakers stood on a concrete bench with a mega-phone and shared personal stories and information to the crowd.

Salma Ahmad, president of the Islamic society of Portland said there is a lot of fear in the Muslim, Latino and immigrant communities.

In a recent interview on 60 Minutes, President-elect Donald Trump said that he is going to be a leader for all Americans.

“I’m going to bring this country together,” Trump said, adding he disagreed with those attacking minorities.

“They are harassing Latinos, Muslims,” Trump said. “I’m so saddened to hear that and I say stop it!”

Kelsey Smith said she came to the rally to show support for people of color and different religions.

“Each person has dignity,” Smith said. “If the government isn’t going to do it then it’s my job.” Smith adds she plans to develop relationships with people in the community and be a safe space for everyone.

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