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Diversity and unity rally set for tonight


The Daily Reflector

Friday, November 18, 2016

New Greenville and other community groups are holding a diversity and unity rally tonight to show that Greenville is a welcoming community, according to a news release.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Pitt County Courthouse.

The news release, issued Thursday by New Greenville, included quotes from representatives of a number of organizations expected to attend.

Amy Bright of East Carolina University’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Student Union denounced a “rise in violent incidences against marginalized populations in our country, including here in our community,” calling the violence unacceptable to those who value fellow human beings.

“We respect and appreciate our differences, and we will fight for true equality for all people,” she said in the release.

The community must work together to enhance the lives of every person, according to Glee Dunbar of the Greenville chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

“Any actions taken to hinder the enhancement of an individual’s life is not only an action against that person, but an action against the community,” Dunbar said. “We are one and one impacts all.”

Uriah Ward of New Greenville said the event is meant to demonstrate that bullying and discrimination will not be tolerated in Greenville.

Other sponsors of the rally include the Association of Mexicans in North Carolina Inc. (AMEXAN), East Carolina University College Democrats, Eastern North Carolina Latin American Coalition Inc. (ENCLACO), ECU Deutschklub (German Club), Human Relations Council, Islamic Center & Mosque of Greenville, North Carolina Council of Churches, R.E.S.I.S.T. and the Secular Student Alliance @ ECU.