Maine anti-hate groups rally in Boston

Boston Anti-Hate Rally

BOSTON, Mass. (NEWS CENTER) -- Among the thousands of counter-protesters gathered in Boston Saturday to rally in opposition to a conservative group were contingents of people from Maine representing anti-hate groups.

Mainers for Accountable Leadership as well as the Kittery and Eliot Democrats traveled to Boston to speak out against what the conservative group called a "Free Speech Rally."

 

 

"If we don't let them speak, then none of us have first amendment rights. They certainly have first amendment rights. I have the right to disagree with what they're saying," said Kathleen Mara, one of the Kittery Democrats.

Mainers for Accountable Leadership spent the week fundraising for a non-profit called "Life After Hate," which helps people who are ready to leave behind hateful ideologies. MAL raised more than $8,000.

Counter-protesters verbally confronted those who displayed beliefs aligning with the "alt-right," white nationalism, or any hate group. 

 

 

The altercations remained mostly non-violent, with hundreds of police officers from all over Boston ready to mitigate any outbursts. Some still felt concerned that violence could break out, despite the thousands of counter-protesters compared to the small group gathered on the bandstand.

"My immediate thought was they picked the wrong city," said Angela King, one of the co-founders of Life After Hate, who was invited to Boston by the group from Maine.

King is a former skinhead who co-founded Life After Hate. She said she separated from hateful ideologies after a woman in prison taught her to play cribbage while King was serving a sentence for a hate crime.

“The kind of messaging we use – there is life after hate – they see it. They can never go back and not see that message again, King said.

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