Ashley Hodder
Welcome to Mt Lebanon mural by Ashley Hodder.

In the category of we love that they’re doing this but wish they didn’t have to, 40 organizations in Mt. Lebanon are banding together for a one-hour show of support this Sunday to “celebrate and protect diversity” in their community.

It’s all about addressing the hate-related incidents that have occurred recently such as a swastika showing up on the grounds of a school.

“The recent spike in identity-based and hate-related incidents has caused many to be concerned,” said State Rep. Dan Miller whose office is hosting the gathering. “We must come together publicly to reaffirm our shared value and commitment to inclusion. I believe we will have a large turnout and send a clear message that actions which make people feel less safe or unwelcome are not reflective of our community and will not be accepted.”

In the Facebook event page, Miller wrote: As you may have heard, there have been several identity-based or hate-related incidents recently in and around our community. These actions have marred our town in the public eye and have made people feel less safe, less welcome, and in one case, led to a person being physically assaulted. These incidents need to be condemned for what they are—completely at odds with the shared values of inclusion and acceptance that so many of us cherish here in Mt. Lebanon.

Accordingly we are very proud to host a Rally for Unity designed to bring our community together on Sunday, December 18th at 4:30 p.m. at the Mt. Lebanon Rec Center plaza.

We are very excited that this burgeoning effort has already drawn the support of the Mt. Lebanon School District and the Municipality, as well as several local religious institutions, elected officials, and concerned citizens from across our area. It is our hope that on the 18th we will have many local residents and families present, as well as representatives from every local organization that helps make up the fabric of our community. While everyone is welcome, please keep in mind that this is not a political event. Party labels and attacks on individual leaders will only dilute our message.

Quite simply, we believe it is important to reaffirm that bigotry and hate in any form have no home here.

Miller invited any local group or organization to be listed as a partner by contacting his office at 412-343-3870.

All are welcome –from Mt. Lebanon and beyond –to show up and support this impressive and inspiring community effort.

Tracy Certo

Tracy is the founder and Editor at Large of NEXTpittsburgh which she started in March 2014 and sold in December 2020. She is passionate about making Pittsburgh a better place for all and connecting people...