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Posted on: December 5, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Hate has no home here.

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Statement by Common Council and the Mayor

The recent discovery of Nazi swastikas and reports of offensive speech in the middle and high school compel us, as your elected representatives, to speak through one voice about the values of this community. 

We recognize that the discovery of such hate symbols can cause fear, concern and anger within our community.  

We unequivocally and without hesitation or reservation condemn these hate symbols, the ideologies that they represent, and the actions of the individuals involved.

We recognize that diversity, compassion and empathy for others, and understanding each others’ cultural and religious backgrounds are strengths to be celebrated. 

We believe that having frank, open discussion and education about the Holocaust and the stories of other historically oppressed peoples is necessary in the schools, community places, and at home so that those who are misinformed and uninformed can learn.

We recognize, however, that some may have malicious intent, are willing to cause harm, and when they do, we expect that those responsible to be held accountable.

We recognize that events such as these may have occurred in the past, but we will endeavor to ensure that they will not occur in the future.

Finally, we ask everyone to recognize that, despite all of our differences, when we come together, we can accomplish great things.  We will not be defined by what others do; we will be defined by our own actions. And through these actions, we must demonstrate that Hate Has No Home Here.

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