SACRAMENTO -- It was a call for peace and unity, as community leaders came together, to respond to the outbreak of violence in the very spot where it erupted last Sunday, during a rally at the Capitol.
"Today we stand together, to show those who promote hatred and violence that we will not accept it in our community," said Saad B.Sweilem, American-Islamic Relations attorney.
"We here in Sacramento ... are not going to allow others to defame our great community, to smirch our reputation. We as sacramentans stand together," Dr. Richard Pad said.
Many also standing together after a mass shooting of innocent people at a gay nightclub in Orlando - the deadliest in our nation's history.
"We're here to say there's no room in America, there's no room in Sacramento for this hatred," said Fabrizio Sasso, Sacramento Central Labor Council and event organizer.
The capitol city is where others in the state, and the rest of the country, gather to share their diversity.
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"Derivative from the word sacrament, which means sacred, which means set apart, which means respected," said Rev. Dr. Joy Johnson, Area Congregations Together.
The respected community which produced three young heroes , who thwarted a terror attack on a train in France.
"In Islam, we greet each other with 'As-Salaam-Alaikum', which literally means peace be upon you ... living in peace with other human beings," Sweilem added.