PITTSBURGH - Love was the central theme of today's “A Prayer for Pittsburgh: A Prayer for Peace” rally Downtown.
The community came together with Mayor Bill Peduto on Friday in front of the the City-County building on Grant Street to celebrate love and unity.
“Wherever these barriers that are man made are, we can break them down and we will break them down.” Peduto said. “Let's show how much good we can do when we are united in our response to evil.”
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Religious leaders, politicians and organizations throughout Pittsburgh joined Peduto to call on the city to come together against the forces of hate.
"We are here today for one simple reason: Where there is hate we will show love," said Peduto.
The rally comes six days after violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia over the removal of a Confederate statue.
“We all matter. Every person matters whether you're a refugee or a citizen of Pittsburgh, we're all citizens of the land of God,” said Mary Moses, a local resident who attended the rally.
In between the speakers, choirs sang songs of unity and peace.
Ramona Roberts, a member of one of the choirs, was honored to be able to sing at the rally on Friday.
“He asked me, do you want to sing with us? I said yeah, because maybe this will be the start of something else,” said Roberts.
City officials hope the message from today’s peace rally will carry over into the weekend, where rallies and marches are expected.
Peduto said public safety will be the city’s top priority.
“I spoke with the mayor of Charlottesville two days ago and went over the checklist with him. We seem to have done everything they've learned over the last several months preparing for anything,” said Peduto.
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