Pre-Holiday Show of Unity Planned at Capitol

Local and state elected officials, faith leaders, members of the business community and other Utahns will stand together on the steps of the Utah Capitol at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning as a show of support and unity among all residents.

Speakers will include House Speaker Greg Hughes, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, and Salt Lake Chamber President Lane Beattie.

The gathering is the latest effort to emphasize inclusion and respect for all, no matter their politics, religion, ethnicity, gender, or economic status. It comes on the heels of reports by some local schools and others about bullying, threats and intimidation experienced in the aftermath of the election season. Many have expressed fear that the divisive political rhetoric may provoke people to act out against minorities, refugees, immigrants and other members of vulnerable populations.