On Jan. 11, the people of Maine stood up against a cause. They stood up against hate and racism. The turnout at the Many and One rally spoke for itself.

It was estimated that some 3,000 people came to the rally. Others say as many as 5,000. Whatever the number, the great turnout indicated that objectives of the World Church of the Creator and its followers are flawed, rejected and unacceptable in the state of Maine. The solidarity of our neighbors showed us is something we will never forget.

As all those who spoke at the Many and One rally said, the people of Maine say no to racism and that racism, bigotry and prejudice is not welcome here. Obviously action speaks louder than words.

The people of Maine showed that action by coming to the rally in numbers, and from as far away as Bangor. Everyone stood together against the evil of racism. People braved the cold and walked and stood for many hours in line in order to get into the gym where the rally was held.

On behalf of the members of the Somali community, we would like to thank the organizers of the rally; the Many and One Coalition who did all the good work; and the law enforcement agencies for ensuring our safety and the safety of all the rally goers.

From the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you to all.

Mohammed S. Abdi, Lewiston

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