The Mayor of St. Petersburg, along with community leaders and faith organizations, is standing up against hate crime with the event “Love Lives Here,” being held in the Florida Holocaust Museum.
“The gathering comes following a dramatic spike in hate crimes, including bomb threats at Jewish community centers, racist and anti-LGBT graffiti, violence targeting ethnic and religious minorities and just last week a fire at the Islamic Society of New Tampa that was ruled arson,” reads the press release.
“Love Lives Here: No Place For Hate” is focused on countering a culture of fear and hate by prioritizing love. The event will be headed by a press conference and will feature a community dialogue from a panel of faith and community leaders.
“This evening is not about politics, it’s about people. People across the political spectrum can agree that threats, attacks and abuse are not the sign of a healthy society,’ reads the event’s Facebook page. “This evening is not about identifying bullies for counterattack but standing together than Love Lives Here in our community, that it is No Place for Hate.”
The panel of speakers will include the mayor of St. Petersburg, Rick Kriseman, Elizabeth Gelman from the Florida Holocaust Museum, Jeff Johnson of Love Not Fear, Equality Florida’s Nadine Smith, Emerge USA’s Imam Azhar Subedar and Joran Slane Oppelt from the Tampa Bay Interfaith Alliance.
“We want to stand in solidarity with those who are being targeted by hate and make a statement that love is more powerful,” the Facebook page reads. “We want to learn from each other how to help those in fear’s way stay safe. And we want to counter the fears we harbor within ourselves by meeting people who walk different walks than our own.”
The event is being held at The Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th St S in St. Petersburg at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9th.