Springfield Rally Joins Together Multiple Organizations to Support Muslims and Rally Against Racism

 A rally Wednesday to protest prejudice against those of Muslim faith turned into so much more, with people chanting support for the Black Lives Matter movement and refugees, and some from the LGBT community holding signs protesting Islamophobia.

The rally at the corner of State and Federal streets drew more than 50 participants and was one of 25 across the country organized by the national organization Jewish Voice for Peace to speak out against anti-Muslim hate speech, crimes and racism.

"We are dedicated to fighting all forms of racism and ethnicism and all those types of attitudes," said Joseph Levine of Leverett, a spokesman for the Western Massachusetts Jewish Voice for Peace and a philosophy professor from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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