Harrisburg United, an open coalition of Harrisburg region civic, labor, religious and community organizations, is saddened and alarmed to note the recent surge of hate behaviors in our area: the desecration of a synagogue with Nazi symbols; the defacement of Black Lives Matter murals in the city proper by an organized hate group; and coincident vandalism at the Harrisburg LGBTQ Center.
The vitality, resilience and growth of our region depends on the continued respect among its residents of all races, religions and sexual orientation. Our organizations stand firmly in support of the victims of hate behaviors and their threatened communities.
We urge residents of the Harrisburg region to respond personally to hate behaviors:
Report hate activity, sexual and ethnic intimidation to your church, community organization, local and state authorities so that perpetrators can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.Offer support to the targets of hate behavior and ethnic intimidation in the community and in the workplace.Invest personal time and effort in support of the work of community organizations dedicated to eradicating hate activity in our communities.
The Harrisburg United coalition strongly believes hate-motivated crimes and related actions do not reflect who we are as a region. We are proudly diverse people who care about other people and seek to constantly improve the quality of life in our region for those who live, work, visit, and do business here.
Joe Gusler, President, Central PA Building Trades Council
Darrel Reinford, Executive Director, Christian Churches United,
Jon Brandow; Aaysha Noor, Community Responders Network
David Black, President & CEO, Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
Jenn Ross, President & CEO; Rabbi Ron Muroff, The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg
Harry Young, Executive Director, Keystone Business Alliance
Gloria Merrick, Executive Director, Latino Hispanic American Community Center (LHACC)
Una Martone, President & CEO, Leadership Harrisburg Area
Joseph Robinson, President, Martin Luther King Leadership Development Institute