COVINGTON, Ky. -- Dozens of locals took their right to speak out against hate, fear and intimidation to the streets of Covington Saturday.
NKY Unites, a grassroot movement that aims to fight against discrimination, joined together in an anti-hate rally Saturday afternoon.
Alex Meadows, a member of NKY Unites, said the rally was especially important in light of recent acts of discrimination.
“It means a lot to me, standing with my community to protest something that is affecting a lot of people since this election -- the hate rhetoric towards minorities, the xenophobia, the homophobia, the racism--everything that's come out since the elections... the acts of violence that have decided to pop up," Meadows said.
Joe and Pat Jude of East Price Hill know all too well how discrimination can impact a family.
Last month, thieves broke into their rental property, painted Swastikas and the words “white power” on the walls, poured concrete down their drains and stole their refrigerator.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley released this statement following the acts:
"Racism and bigotry are not and will not be tolerated in this city. The crime is not only an attack on an innocent family, it is an attack on our values,” he said in the statement.
Members of NKY Unites want people to know Northern Kentucky doesn’t stand for discrimination either.
NKY Unites member Leann Kane said she wants to bring the energy of the rallies in Cincinnati across the river.
“Northern Kentucky doesn't really have that kind of vibe, so I'm hoping that by doing this as a community and the community seeing us out here that Northern Kentucky has to stand up a little bit and show that we also are a welcoming community,” Kane said.
The Jude family has set up a Gofundme page to help with insurance costs of their home.