Miller: Area leaders, groups flocking to Dec. 18 Unity Rally in Mt. Lebanon

Lawmaker says zeal to speak out against hate, exclusion solidifies community

MT. LEBANON, Dec. 13 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, today said that more than three dozen community organizations, groups and leaders have signed on to partner in a Unity Rally at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Mt. Lebanon Rec Center Plaza at 900 Cedar Blvd.

“The response has been truly overwhelming, and I am very heartened by the communitywide support for inclusion,” said Miller, whose office is hosting the late-afternoon rally. “We have a great community here with terrific schools and embracing neighborhoods and we want everyone to feel safe and welcome here.”

Miller is inviting all residents to participate and stand up against identity-based and hate-related incidents that he said are not emblematic of the 42nd Legislative District.

“Of course no single act will eliminate intolerance,” Miller said. “But we want everyone to know that for every act of ignorance there will be a tenfold response of inclusion. No matter where you’re from, the color of your skin, who you love, where you worship, or whether you have a disability or not -- we invite you to be part of our community.”

Besides the list of community organizations and officials who signed on last week as partners, Miller is proud to announce the following new participants:

? Mt. Lebanon Police Department;

? Beth El Congregation;

? Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills (Sunnyhill);

? Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church;

? Bower Hill Community Church;

? Christian Science Society;

? Southminster Presbyterian Church;

? St. Winifred Church;

? Beverly Heights Presbyterian Church;

? BASH (Black Association of South Hills for Women);

? Boy Scouts of America Packs 28 & 35;

? Boy Scouts of America Troops 28, 65 and 284;

? South Hills YMCA Y-Guides and Y-Princesses;

? Mt. Lebanon Soccer Association;

? SHIM (South Hills Interfaith Movement);

? Pax Christi, Pittsburgh Area Chapter; and

? League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh.

More information and updates about the rally are available at Facebook.com/RepDanMiller/.