BLM Signs Vandalized Twice and Destroyed at Fresno Church

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Black lives matter signs at a Fresno church were vandalized for a second time, now the church is taking a stand.

The Unitarian Universalist Church in North East Fresno posted the signs after violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
    
The church champions social justice issues and felt the time was right to voice their views.

The signs were destroyed in a matter of weeks with spray paint and then torn apart a week ago.

“We’re not deterred. We believe in these values,”said Ruth Jenkins with the Unitarian Universalist Church.

She said it’s important for the church to stand up for what’s right.

“We believe we have a responsibility to the community and the world we live in,” said Jenkins.

Some residents said although people are divided on the message, the church is a neighbor and they want the vandalism to end.

The church re-installed the signs and held an interfaith ceremony Thursday to reaffirm it’s position for the entire community to see.

“I’m shocked and outraged. I would think better of the people that lived here in this area to do something like that,” said lloyd pulliam, a longtime resident of the area.

Pulliam said the neighborhood is usually quiet and crime free.

He said much of the area, including himself, is conservative, but he disagrees with the vandalism.

“By tearing up the sign your not accomplishing anything if you want to get your message out,” said Pulliam.

Across the street from Lloyd lives Jan Bourret, a self proclaimed liberal.

“I support them a hundred percent,” said Bourret.

She said the church and its message are welcome in the community.

“What they’re doing is standing for what they believe,” said Bourret.

Bourret attended the ceremony in support, while some passing vehicles shouted racial slurs despite police presence.

Lloyd Pulliam made his own plea in hopes of ending the conflict.

“I’m asking personally as a member of this community. Please don’t do it anymore. stop,” said Pulliam.

The new black lives matter signs were installed on taller posts as a deterrent.

Fresno police said the vandals face two misdemeanor charges if caught, but there are no leads at this time.

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