Many rally in West Lafayette with message of ‘No Ban, No Hate’

Many come together for 'No Ban, No Hate' rally in West Lafayette (WLFI).

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — While the health care bill was the focus in Washington, D.C. Friday, another of the President Donald Trump’s policies led people to gather in West Lafayette for a No Ban, No Hate rally.

“We want to send a message that we are a welcoming community and that this matters,” said rally attendee Stacy Bogan.

“No Hate, No Fear,” is what dozens shouted Friday night at the Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette to oppose President Trump’s immigration policies. It was part of a No Ban, No Hate rally – aimed to show the community’s support of their Muslim neighbors.

“We want to make sure that every member of our community, regardless of what’s happening in Washington D.C., is welcomed, appreciated and wanted,” said rally attendee Erin Walter.

Bogan said, “I grew up with Sesame Street, ya know, the people in your neighborhood. That was a given. So apparently we have to relearn that.”

Children and adults of all ages held signs in support of immigrants and refugees living in West Lafayette. Some of the signs saying, “Love one another” and “Muslims welcome here.”

“We’re here to just let people know from the mosque that we are here for them,” said Walter. “And we still stand by them as much as we need to.”

Activists passed out coral flowers to symbolize feeling welcome in the community.

“I don’t want my friends and neighbors to not be able to be a part of this university,” said rally attendee Madison Byarley.