In the fall of 2016 white supremacists posted racist flyers around the town of Pittsford. In response, residents rallied against racism and pushed for change. They formed a group called PittsForward. Kevin Beckford, a member or PittsFORWARD decided to run for the Pittsford Town Board…and won.
White Supremacy fliers left on Pittsford lawns last fall led to the election of the suburb’s first African-American town board member.
PittsFORWARD originated from a hateful, divisive act, yet our community continues to come together in love, acceptance, and to gain greater understanding. We are proud to live in a town that realizes that LOVE is the answer, a town that will not be quiet in the face of hate, a town that stands as one. We believe that Differences Make Us Strong and We continue to Stand Together.
Thank you, Supervisor Moehle and Supervisor Smith, for your strong words denouncing this behavior. Thank you, Brighton Police and Monroe County Sheriff’s Dept. for conducting a thorough investigation. Thank you, neighbors, for taking action, for standing together, for realizing the only way to counter hate is by reaching out in love. Be vigilant. Be kind. Do not be silent. #DifferencesMakeUsStrong #WeStandTogether
Democrat & Chronicle:
Person ID’d in racist fliers placed in Brighton, Pittsford
News 10 WHEC:
Police: Man passing out racist fliers committed no crime
Community reacts to lack of charges in racist flier investigation
Friends, more fliers were distributed last night to neighbors on Knollwood and Old Forge. Please, check on each other, look out for each other, come together in love to drive these insidiously hateful acts from our community. Chalk your driveways with messages of support, display our yard sign, be kind and gentle with each other. We are neighbors. #WeStandTogether
Tonight. You can do something TONIGHT to build a bridge, to help with healing, to move our community FORWARD. All are welcome and encouraged to drop-in Lock 32 Brewing Company anytime after 6pm tonight. Hug a neighbor, share a drink, grab a yard sign. Regardless of whether you are a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent, we are NEIGHBORS, and we are moving FORWARD, together.