"Hate Has No Home Here" International Sensation Hitting Champaign-Urbana
A special sign is showing up across Champaign-Urbana.
It reads: "Hate Has No Home Here" followed by the same words in five different languages including Arabic and Korean.
The graphic is being requested by people as far as Sweden and Ecuador.
Here in Champaign, it's a costly endeavor. But one printing company said as long as people want them, they're willing to shoulder the cost.
"It’s basically a message of peace and love,” the owner of Dixon Graphics, Lance Dixon said. “As opposed to some of the rhetoric that you hear and read about these days."
Dixon has printed over 1,500 "Hate Has No Home Here" posters in just the last couple of weeks.
"You know my wife and I were looking for something to do,” he said. “And what we want to do is here in Champaign Illinois, tell people that maybe don't all look the same that you are welcome here. And that diversity makes us stronger."
It all started in North Park, Chicago -- with a young boy holding a cardboard sign of the message during a rally against the travel ban at O’Hare airport, while smiling at a Muslim girl.
Dixon said his wife found the message and they decided to take action.
"I think the world of him,” his wife, Kerry Dixon said. “And he's my best friend. and we share in our ideals for our community and we share in ideals in the way he should run his business, and this is just another extension of our vision for our family, our vision for our community."
Now others in the community, like former Urbana alderwoman Laura Huth, are bringing the signs to their neighborhoods.
"Each one of us, all of our neighbors, you, me, everyone,” she said. “Can do small actions that can add up and cumulatively make a difference."
Huth has already passed out at least a couple dozen yard signs, and a couple dozen more posters and stickers.
"It really breaks my heart to think that all these amazing people don't feel welcome here,” one Urbana resident, Annie Weisner said, as she picked up a sign. “I'm just really grateful to have neighbors who take such initiative. I don't know if I would have had a sign in my yard without her, and I think it's very generous of her, to spend her own time and own donations to make sure this message goes out into the community."
The Dixons hope the divisiveness of the nation will soon heal.
"We raise our children that the United States is a melting pot,” Lance said. “And that we should celebrate the differences rather than be afraid of them."
As interest continues to grow in Champaign-Urbana, a Go-Fund-Me was created by someone in the community to help alleviate the costs.
There's a goal of $3,500. Right now, they've raised about a third of that.