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Thursday, August 17, 2017

“Malden Unites Against Hate” Vigil held tonight

Rep. Ultrino Attends “Malden Unites Against Hate” Vigil, Co-Sponsors Resolution Condemning Neo-Nazis, White Nationalists

MALDEN – Representative Steve Ultrino (D – Malden) co-sponsored a resolution condemning neo-Nazi and white nationalist hate organizations, and attended a local solidarity standout and interfaith vigil in Malden. The event, “Malden Unites Against Hate,” is in response to the recent violence caused by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia and the recent vandalism of the Holocaust Memorial in Boston.
Both houses of the Massachusetts Legislature adopted the joint resolution, which calls out neo-Nazis and white nationalists as well as racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant ideologies. Each member of Malden’s legislative delegation co-sponsored the resolution, including Representatives Steve Ultrino, Paul Donato (D – Medford), and Paul Brodeur (D – Melrose), and Senator Jason Lewis (D – Winchester).
“Rising racist and anti-Semitic violence across the country threatens the progress our nation has made on our long and difficult journey toward embracing diversity and celebrating our multiculturalism,” said Representative Ultrino. “This moment demands each of us to speak out against racism and violence, to support all members of our community, and to commit ourselves to a world where differences are cherished, not used to divide and oppress.”
Organizers of Malden Unites Against Hate described Malden as “one of the most diverse cities in the entire region,” and said “we seek to be a model for how this diversity makes us a stronger community. Let us stand up to bigotry and violence in Malden and everywhere.” Hundreds of Malden residents attended the event.
The resolution recognizes neo-Nazism and white nationalism as “very real threats to the values for which the Commonwealth stands,” and declares that their “message of racial and social intolerance has led to senseless acts of violence that continue to terrorize members of ethnic and religious communities.” Copies of the resolution will be delivered to Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and President Donald Trump