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Swoyersville Residents Rally Against KKK Flyers

SWOYERSVILLE — After flyers for the Ku Klux Klan started showing up in the past few weeks, people in Swoyersville gathered for a candlelit vigil to unite ...

SWOYERSVILLE -- After flyers for the Ku Klux Klan started showing up in the past few weeks, people in Swoyersville gathered for a candlelit vigil to unite against the KKK's advances.

"This is not a Swoyersville problem," said Mayor Christopher Concert. "This is a Northeast Pennsylvania problem."

Christina Kurlandski first noticed the flyer that ended up on her family doorstep.

"I was scared," she said. "It's an inspiration that no one wants them here and it's really bad."

"I'm very blessed that people are concerned for my family and for Swoyersville," said Mary Kurlandski, Christina's mother. "We don't want this in our town or anywhere for that matter."

"We are the valley with a heart not the valley with hatred," added Concert.  "People keep saying it is what it is. It's not what it is. We can change it one person at a time. We can say we've had enough."

It wasn't just people from Swoyersville at the vigil at Roosevelt Park.

"They're not alone," said Michael Gallucci of Mountain Top. "There's support and they shouldn't be afraid to show their Christianity and be there for other people who might feel fearful."

The mayor of Swoyersville hopes other communities follow his lead and hold more rallies like this one to show the Ku Klux Klan that they are not welcome in Northeast and Central Pennsylvania.