- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The University of Southern Maine’s multicultural affairs office is hosting an anti-hate rally in Portland in response to anti-Muslim sentiment around the country, including an incident at the university.

The gathering is scheduled for Wednesday at noon at the university’s Woodbury Campus Center. The university says the purpose of the event is to declare Portland and Maine as a “hate-free zone.”

Officials at the university investigated an incident last month in which graffiti was found in student senate offices that appeared to express anti-Muslim sentiment.

Organizers of the anti-hate event say representatives from more than 20 faiths and community groups will gather on Wednesday. The event is taking place at the same time as the school’s annual Festival of Lights interfaith celebration.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide