GARE Member Statements
Last week we shared some of the statements that have been issued by Government Alliance on Race and Equity members after the election. GARE jurisdictions recognize that we have tremendous responsibilities to the people we represent and serve:
- We believe in and stand for values of inclusion, equity, and justice. We condemn Islamophobia, racism, sexism, or xenophobia in rhetoric or action.
- We welcome all people and recognize the rights of individuals to live their lives with dignity, free of discrimination and targeting because of their faith, race, national origin or immigration status.
- We will continue our work in making our services and programs accessible and open to all individuals.
- We believe in the public sector for the public good; advancing racial equity and inclusion is critical to the success of our communities and our nation.
There is much work to do in the years ahead. We work together with partners and residents to create safe, welcoming, equitable and inclusive communities for everyone.
Here are some more examples --
· Boston – Mayor Marty Walsh issues statement on the election – “We will defend our friends, neighbors, and family members from any and all efforts to exclude them, harm them, or strip them of their rights. Boston is a city of inclusion, a city of compassion, a welcoming, diverse, global city. We’ll stay that way.
· Iowa City – Mayor issues statement supporting a diverse and safe community – https://www.icgov.org/news/iowa-city-mayor-jim-throgmorton-issues-statement-supporting-diverse-and-safe-community, and Mayor Pro Tem makes a statement on behalf of the City Council to support a diverse and safe community – https://youtu.be/QeHW-hIarl4.
· Portland – Portland Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler – “I want to be clear: There is no room in our city for sexism, racism, religious intolerance or xenophobia. Portland welcomes everyone. Portland is safe for everyone. I’m going to push our new President to build bridges, not walls; To appoint women to leadership, not degrade them; To see the wisdom, energy and love of country from ALL Americans; and to champion equality and justice because that is the great idea of America.” Read more in the Willamette Week here.
· Saint Paul – Mayor Coleman Op-Ed -- Chris Coleman: What ‘sanctuary city’ means, and doesn’t mean, in St. Paul