Attorney General Maura Healey has created a hotline for Massachusetts residents to report harassment and other discriminatory incidents. Healey says there’s been an up-tick in such reports since Election Day. That was also the message from a group at Holyoke Community College.
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About 50 people gathered in a sunny courtyard for a rally against hate.
Holyoke City Councilor Jossie Valentin spoke. She is also an academic advisor at the college.
This is about students walking into my office and breaking down,” Valentin said. “This is about people saying they are concerned about their safety, their kid’s safety.”
Chloe Soto, a Latina and transgender student said she has been threatened on Facebook.
“Everyone here can make a difference,” said Soto. “If you are helping somebody, somebody else is going to step in. But it starts with one person.”
The rally grew out of an honors class where a professor asked the students, “How can you show others that you support them?”