Rallies, marches, vigils held across state to condemn racism

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 14, 2017 5:37 AM

The crowd gathered at Schenley Plaza to stand in solidarity with counter-protesters of Saturday's white nationalist rally in Charlotteville, Virginia. (Photo Courtesy of Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA)

(Philadelphia) -- People around Pennsylvania have gathered for rallies, marches and vigils to condemn racism following the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In a show of solidarity, a group gathered yesterday in downtown Pittsburgh for a vigil.

Some held signs urging action against hatred and racism.

Hundreds of people gathered for a rally outside of the Delaware County Courthouse in Media with the goal of spreading love.

Leaders across the state also have spoken out.

In Philadelphia, Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney decried the weekend violence in Virginia and said that "we have to actively work to create the American future we want," a future that is "diverse and inclusive."

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput called racism "a poison of the soul."

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