Yard signs promote unity in Highland-Broadmoore neighborhood

Signs offer support for minority groups

Shreveport, La. - Neighbors in the Highland and Broadmoore community of Shreveport promote a message of unity for all races.

Yard signs are popping up outside of homes that reach out to Spanish and Muslim families.

The signs read, "No matter where you are from, we're glad you're our neighbor" written in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Shreveport resident, Elizabeth Beauvais saw on social media where a town in Kentucky was using them and thought they could help show support for people here. She's working with another woman named Mollie Corbett to distribute them to people's yards.

They say the message is about showing tolerance and solidarity for all neighbors, but specifically for groups who may feel vulnerable and marginalized for their race or heritage. They hope it's a small gesture that can counter the recent vandalism at the Bossier Mosque, Masjid Alnoor, where anti-Muslim phrases were posted.

"To say we stand with you and to make visible that kind of love and unity and the sense that we are stronger together the more diverse we are. To me it's defining what community means for me, my kids, and hopefully my neighbors too," Beauvais said.

"Stake a claim on our in neighborhoods on our properties to say no matter what's going on in this community, you are welcome and I'm a safe place for you," Corbett said.

They've received requests for about 75 signs so far, but said they're receiving dozens more after Sunday night when a community potluck was held inside the Bossier Mosque.

They said that meeting plus the vandalism gave them a call to action to promote openness among different cultures.

They say anyone who wants one outside their yard can order on this week. Just inbox Mollie with your request. 

 

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