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Square of Carlisle

The Square of Carlisle.

A rally will be held Monday on the steps of the Old Courthouse on Carlisle’s Square in response to the distribution of flyers containing Ku Klux Klan rhetoric in the borough.

Carlisle Stands Together: Hope Against Hate begins at 6:30 p.m., and is expected to last roughly 30 minutes, according to Jeff Gibelius, one of the organizers of the event.

The Dickinson School of Law, YWCA Carlisle and local congregations have joined together for the rally, which will include speakers, singing and praying. Gibelius said the event will include Jews, Christians, Muslims and people of different races.

Gibelius said the rally represents a grassroots response to the distribution of the flyers that grew out of conversations between individuals and organizations in the days immediately following the incident.

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“We were all asking, ‘What’s the most appropriate way to respond?’ The answer came out in different ways,” Gibelius said.

The rally will show the world what kind of Carlisle the community wants to be by showing how tightly bound the community is, Gibelius said.

“It’s easy to say what hate looks like. We got to that know when the flyers came out. We have to show people what love looks like,” Gibelius said.

Rallies and protests bring people’s energy together, but don’t necessarily represent the only response. The rally will include a call to action at the end, he said.

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Email Tammie at tgitt@cumberlink.com. Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.

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