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Indian-American Association of Lehigh Valley meets with Allentown officials

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A Lehigh Valley organization is working to bring more tolerance of people with ethnic backgrounds living in the U.S.

The Indian-American Association of Lehigh Valley met with local officials in Allentown.

Group members spoke about what they call "hateful bigotry" against Indian-Americans and others and how to stay safe on the streets and in schools.

One board member says he worries about kids today being victimized based on their race or religion.

"There are sentiments in the greater society that are changing and that people feel empowered and they feel as though it's appropriate to be prejudiced openly, and that is a trend that we have to stop," said Deepak Sharma, Board Member, IAALV.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro was also on-hand, taking questions from audience members.

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