DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton city officials are holding a public forum to discuss possible community-wide responses to a planned hate group rally in May.

Officials say that since several community organizations are discussing holding an event to counter the rally, Dayton City Commissioners are asking interested citizens to gather to discuss a safe and inclusive community-wide response.

The forum will pose an opportunity to strategize about how Dayton will react as a community, “with a voice united against hate.”

Officials stress that any event that comes as a result of the forum will be community-led, and the City simply wants to help facilitate a conversation.

“Understandably, many leaders in our community have wanted to demonstrate that this group and their hateful message is not welcome in Dayton,” said Erica Fields, Executive Director of the Dayton Human Relations Council. “We’re encouraging residents to use this forum as an opportunity to talk about a coordinated response and to make sure that any counter-event is safe and inclusive.”

Anyone interested in being part of the discussion is welcome to attend the forum, which will take place on March 20 at 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 1001 Harvard Blvd.

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