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Mayor Fischer leading rally to show solidarity after recent terror attacks

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer wants people from across the city to join him for a night of compassion. 

The Compassionate Louisville rally starts at 6 p.m. tonight at Jefferson Square Park at the corner of 6th Street and Jefferson Street. 

The event is meant to demonstrate the city's solidarity with Paris, Beirut and Mali in the wake of terrorist attacks, and to show the world that cities can welcome immigrants while they also can be safe. 

The rally is organized by Compassionate Louisville, Pakistani Americans for Compassion and Education and local Islamic centers, among others.

"On this week of Thanksgiving, we must celebrate and give thanks that we are a nation of immigrants," Fischer said. "We are also a city of immigrants, from the early Irish, Italian and German immigrants who built Louisville to today's immigrants from Cuba, Mexico Syria, Iraq and other nations. We must also understand that people's concerns around safety must be addressed while we hold true to our American value of welcoming the persecuted and our city value of compassion."

Last week, Mayor Fischer joined 62 other mayors in signing a letter asking Congress to take no action that would prevent Syrian refugees from entering the United States.

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