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Update: Rally to denounce hate groups and hate crimes canceled

By Staff | Aug 31, 2017

Due to Hurricane Irma, the #CoralCoralStrong anti-hate rally has been canceled.

Original post:

In reaction to a threatening flier left on a Cape Coral City Council candidate’s door, an incumbent running in a different race is calling for an “anti-hate” rally.

District 4 Councilmember Richard Leon, who is facing two challengers in the September primary, said ” recent events regarding the news of an alleged KKK group in the City of Cape Coral and threats made to a candidate running for City Council” led him to organize “a rally to denounce hate groups or hate crime in Cape Coral.”

The rally is scheduled for 7-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Yacht Club beach.

Leon asks attendees to meet just west of the pavilion on the beach “in one voice (to) stand against the hate plaguing not just our City but the Country.”

“I have lived in Cape Coral all my life, I know the land, the culture, the people,”?Leon said in a prepared statement. “This is NOT Cape Coral. This is not who we are as a City, as a People. I ask that my fellow residents join me in taking a stand against the hate and declare in one voice that no matter our backgrounds, no matter our life choices, no matter who we are, we are Cape Coral and we will not be labeled a hateful city.”

A Facebook event for the #CapeCoralStrong Rally will be created, Leon said.

Meanwhile, details can be found at www.facebook.com/4RichardLeon