MADISON, Wis. - The success of the public forums organized by Masood Akhtar and his We Are Many: United Against Hate organization suggest a deep and broad desire by a great many citizens to work collaboratively to combat bigotry, intolerance, racism and hate. Akhtar said he anticipated perhaps 500 attendees at the last forum. Two thousand people showed up. That is the stuff of hope.
The next forum is this Sunday, and in some important ways it is even more inclusive than ever. One example: Sponsors include both the Republican and Democratic parties of Dane County. What a powerful example of uniting to reject hateful speech and actions. We very much appreciate the willingness of both to participate.
Sunday’s forum is free and open to the public. It’s from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Monona Terrace. The traveling art exhibition Women Against Hate will also be on display. Come and share with your fellow citizens the common values of support each other and moving past hate.
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