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Neighbors hold 'Stand Against Hate' rally after swastika graffiti in SE Portland

'Standing Up to Hate' rally in SE Portland neighborhood - KATU photo

Neighbors met Sunday to take a stand against anti-Semitic graffiti spray painted on people’s cars in Southeast Portland.

The series of swastikas popped up along SE 33rd Avenue between Division Street and Powell Boulevard last week.

More than 100 people gathered at Waverly Heights Congregational Sunday to let people to know that hate won't be tolerated in their neighborhood.

“It seems like more people are more emboldened to show their hate, and we want to be able to come together and be emboldened to show our love and really stand up against hate,” said rally organizer Susan Eisman.

The rally is expected to run from 4 to 6 p.m.

Families have been writing peaceful messages in chalk, and a lot of people arrived with peaceful messages on signs.

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