Last week the United States Conference of Mayors announced that mayors across the country are signing onto the Mayors' Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry. Today over 260 mayors from 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are on board, including Mayor McKinley Price.
“As a community leader and an advocate for equality, I feel it is my duty to publicly take a stand against the heinous violence and hate we saw in Charlottesville earlier this month. While still ensuring Newport News remains a place where free speech and constitutional rights are protected, I want to make it very clear that extremism, white supremacy and any form of bigotry are not acceptable in this fine city. This situation reminds us that as a city we must remain vigilant in promoting inclusiveness and tolerance, celebrating diversity and challenging prejudices,” Mayor Price said.
“What happened in Charlottesville August 11 and 12, reminded us all that violent hate and racism are very much alive in America in 2017. We are aware that this was not a singular event and that white supremacist groups have held rallies in other cities since the tragic events which occurred in Charlottesville and will continue to do so in the future,” the United States Conference of Mayors writes. “The Conference of Mayors and mayors across the nation stood with Charlottesville through statements and tweets. With this Compact, mayors have come together in a formal way to combat hate, extremism and bigotry in their cities and in our nation.”
The Mayors' Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry consists of 10 key components:
- Expressly Rejecting Extremism, White Supremacy and All Forms of Bigotry
- Denouncing All Acts of Hate Wherever They Occur
- Ensuring Public Safety While Protecting Free Speech and Other Basic Constitutional Rights
- Calling for Fully-Resourced Law Enforcement and Civil Rights Investigations of Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes
- Elevating and Prioritizing Anti-Bias and Anti-Hate Programs in Our Nation’s Schools
- Supporting Targeted Communities and Bringing Together Civic and Community Leaders to Build Trust
- Celebrating Diversity, Promoting Inclusivity and Challenging Bias
- Promoting Law Enforcement Training on Responding to and Reporting Hate Incidents, Hate Crimes and Domestic Terrorism
- Encouraging Residents in their Communities to Report Hate Incidents and Crimes, Including Using Hot Lines and Online Tools
- Maintaining Civil Rights Enforcement and Strengthening Hate Crime Laws When Necessary
More information and the list of mayors currently signed-on are available on the United States Conference of Mayors website.