Poster projects in Ohio and Virginia combat hate signs


A couple in Columbus started the Ohio project after a neighbor began displaying a swastika in the yard. Tayo Clyburn and Tara Polansky asked an artist friend to create a poster that would communicate the opposite message. From the Columbus Dispatch:

Friend Tan Nguyen created a logo – two safety pins joined in the shape of a heart – and designed a “No Hate Space” poster featuring rainbow lettering and a variety of languages. Then, together, the group of five created a movement. The sign is still taped on the door of Clyburn and Polansky’s home.

“We wanted to let people know what kind of space our home is,” Clyburn said.

The project now has a website – – and a hashtag – #nohatespace. Thirty-three area businesses have put up the signs.

In Harrisonburg, Va., a Mennonite church has launched a similar campaign of welcome:

Colorful “Welcome Your Neighbors” signs, first created by Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, popped up recently. They say, “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor” in Spanish, English and Arabic and are gaining traction nationwide. Trinity Episcopal Church on East Broad Street displays one it received from St. Phillip Episcopal Church on Woodland Avenue, the Rev. Richard Burnett said.



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