Lawn signs used to rally against racism in Pittsford

Lawn signs were distributed Wednesday as part of the PittsForward movement (WHAM photo)

Pittsford, N.Y. – People gathered at a Pittsford business Wednesday night in a show of solidarity.

Lock 32 in Pittsford handed out lawn signs as part of the PittsForward movement. Those signs had messages such as, "Differences Make Us Strong," and, “We stand together,” written on them.

The PittsForward movement started after slips of paper were discovered outside homes in Pittsford and Brighton. Those slips directed readers to a white supremacist website. PittsForward organizers have since held walks and gatherings to show solidarity against racism.

Organizers hope Wednesday’s effort starts a conversation and build bonds between neighbors.

“If you look at the venue right now, they’re talking to each other, and that’s what is most important about neighbors, is that we learn more about each other, we stand up for each other, we share perspectives,” said PittsForward organizer Kendra Evans.

Brighton resident Joel Rosen was one of the many who stopped by to pick up a sign. He said he and his wife wanted to put one in their front yard.

“We have small children, and we thought it showed them how important it is to take a stand for the things that you think are important,” said Rosen, “and particularly the things that are happening right in your neighborhood.”

PittsForward said 200 signs were printed for Wednesday’s event, and they projected they would need to print more going forward.

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