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Driscoll, Tierney Help Dedicate New Downtown Salem Plaque [VIDEO]

Local officials gathered with the city's No Place for Hate Committee Thursday afternoon to dedicate a new plaque in downtown Salem.

Several of the speakers at Thursday's downtown Salem plaque dedication pointed out that the corner of Washington and Front streets was well-known for years as the spot where a Salem man would hold signs and shout antisemitic comments to passing motorists.

Now, thanks to Salem's No Place for Hate Committee, that same location will be the permanent home of a giant boulder bearing a plaque meant to encourage tolerance.

A crowd of some 50 area residents joined city and state officials Thursday afternoon for a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the new plaque.

The plaque features an inscribed quote by Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel that reads: "The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference."

Speaking at the dedication Thursday were Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, Congressman John Tierney, Scott Weisbery, Chair of the No Place for Hate Committee, state Rep. John Keenan, Salem Superintendent Stephen Russell, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rinus Oosthoek and Salem State University President Patricia Meservey.

Also on hand were At-Large City Councillors Tom Fuery and Bill Legault, Ward 1 Councillor Bob McCarthy, Ward 2 Councillor Mike Sosnowski, Ward 5 Councillor Josh Turiel, Ward 7 Councillor Joe O’Keefe and School Committeeman Brendan Walsh.

Check out the video attached to this post for a look at some of the speakers at Thursday's ceremony.

Alasandra Samantha McClellan February 01, 2013 at 01:32 PM
To the individuals who made this happen I congratulate all of you for being a cut above the rest. Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, Congressman John Tierney, Scott Weisbery, Chair of the No Place for Hate Committee, state Rep. John Keenan, Salem Superintendent Stephen Russell, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rinus Oosthoek and Salem State University President Patricia Meservey. Also At-Large City Councillors Tom Fuery and Bill Legault, Ward 1 Councillor Bob McCarthy, Ward 2 Councillor Mike Sosnowski, Ward 5 Councillor Josh Turiel, Ward 7 Councillor Joe O’Keefe and School Committeeman Brendan Walsh.
Bill February 01, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Silly politically correct, PR stunt.
ken February 01, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Can't help but notice that the mayor's name is much larger on the plaque then Elie Wiesel's. Who are we praising here again? Can we look at their reumes side by side and vote?
Mike February 01, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Enough with all the Republican haters already. We get it. You're angry that you lost some big elections. That's because more people disagree with you than agree with you, both in the country and in this stat,. Let the rest of us get our news without your CONSTANT whining and complaining about Democrats, no matter what the story.
john February 02, 2013 at 12:04 AM
It looks like Driscoll must have helped pay for it or it would be dedicated by the people of Salem.
ken February 02, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Personally, I am a yellow-dog Democrat who voted for Obama, Warren and even Tierney (lack of choice). The silly things that the mayor does are only related to the silly things that the mayor does.
John Merrett February 02, 2013 at 02:05 AM
A meaningless gesture, she would have more impact cleaning up around city hall, all the trash.
john February 02, 2013 at 02:24 AM
She found time to go to Boston and stand behind the governor on the gun control issue. She never misses a photo op.
DanielV February 02, 2013 at 04:37 PM
An idea is the most powerful thing that a human can aspire to. Love your neighbor and for once can we just all agree that Hate has no place in our city. Let's leave the political posturing and whining to the issues we all actually disagree on. Anyone who is against the end of Hate has other problems they should probably work out. Sometimes an idea can be embraced by all sides, I think this is one.

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