The Heart of the Commonwealth – WORCESTER Beats for EVERYONE!
Organized by: Worcester Interfaith
We stand in solidarity speaking directly to our neighbors, our co-workers, our sanitation workers, court advocates, store clerks and police officers. We stand in solidarity talking to all of the students and young people.
We stand in solidarity speaking as mothers, fathers and parents, to the Refugee and Immigrant families who have fled pain-filled pasts to come to our city and also to those who count generations here; this city is YOUR HOME, it is OUR HOME.
You are welcomed here, we are glad you are a part of our community and grateful for the many contributions offered through your presence. You are not only welcomed here you are appreciated and LOVED here!
For years we have reprinted, emblazoned and trumpeted our City as the “Heart of the Commonwealth.” Today we are being challenged to make these words mean something. The events across our country and Commonwealth have challenged us to put our words into meaningful action.
As the heart of Massachusetts, Worcester must be a community committed to justice and ready to defend justice. We pledge today as community leaders, elected officials, community organizations and faith leaders to be voices that reject hate and racism.
We pledge to challenge and resist those attacking immigrants and refugees, our transgender GLBTQI brothers and sisters, Blacks, Latinos, and those who practice the Muslim faith.
We pledge to rebuff those who seek to create discord and hate.
We pledge to denounce and challenge those who choose to demean and attack.
We pledge to use our collective power to support and protect anyone who may be targeted because of who they are.
We know that many are fearful of the climate of animosity, racism, bitterness and hatred that has been stoked over the past few months.
We will not be part of going backwards.
We seek working together to ensure that, as the Heart of the Commonwealth, the only BEAT you hear in Worcester is that of LOVE and not hate.
Come Help us Share in the HEARTBEAT of LOVE!
Tuesday, Nov. 15 – 6 pm – in front of City Hall.