Rally Promoting Diversity To Take Place In Rock Island This Weekend

Aug 24, 2017

Protesters gather at a "No Hate Rally" in Davenport last week.
Credit Lacy Scarmana/WVIK

Another rally with the goal of affirming the Quad Cities as a welcoming and diverse community will be held this weekend in Rock Island.

It's organized by the same group behind a "No Hate Rally" that was attended by hundreds of local residents last week, following violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month.

Bob Babcock from the group One Human Family QCA is expecting at least 1,000 people to attend.

"And this is a different kind of rally. [The "No Hate Rally"] was more of an action with people holding signs on Harrison and Brady Streets. This is going to be a rally of good speakers talking about the different issues. It's going to be a nice, welcoming rally."

Scheduled speakers include representatives from the Iowa and Illinois NAACP, Davenport Alderman Rita Rawson, Iowa State Representative Phyllis Thede from Bettendorf, and Rabbi Henry Karp, as well as representatives from LGBTQ+ Community. 

The rally comes after numerous flyers by the white nationalist group National Alliance have been found throughout the Quad Cities. The latest flyer depicts a white family and reads: "They hate our heritage. They hate our flag. They hate our freedom to bear arms. They hate our monuments. They hate our traditions. They hate our very existence. And they are doing everything possible to wipe us out — and erase White people, and our posterity, from the face of the Earth."

The "Welcoming Quad Cities Rally" will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Schwiebert Park in Rock Island.