Peace rally held in Hempstead in wake of Charlottesville violence

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Elected officials, religious leaders and members of the community came together Tuesday in Hempstead for a peace rally to call for religious and ethnic tolerance. 

"The violence and tragic loss of life that resulted from the shameful display of racial bigotry and white supremacist ideology in Charlottesville, Virginia, has no place in society," said Hempstead Village Mayor Don Ryan.

The clash between white supremacist and hate groups with counterprotesters on Aug. 12 culminated when a driver plowed into a group of people, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. 

"[Hate] really has no place here and I'm glad to be a part of this group that got together today," said Rabbi Michael Eisenstein of Congregation Beth Israel. 

The rally was a collaborative effort by the village of Hempstead, the Black-Jewish Coalition for Justice and the Nassau County District Attorney's Office.
 

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