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Monday, August 14, 2017

Westminster City Council stands in unity with Charlottesville, against acts of hate

On Monday, Aug. 14, the Westminster City Council announced their unity with the community of Charlottesville, VA and all those who have been impacted by the violent act of domestic terrorism that occurred there on Saturday. Hate is trying to make its way into our cities, and it must be made clear that hate has no place in Westminster. Hate towards any group is not welcome here.

In fact, hate has recently touched the Westminster community. In June, graffiti was identified on a city trail overpass that depicted German words and a Nazi symbol. Although the Westminster Police Department immediately removed the graffiti, it was a symbol of hate that affected many community members, including our local Jewish community. Members of City Council met directly with Jewish faith leaders to address safety concerns and to condemn this act of hate. 

In addition to partnering with our community groups and faith leaders, City Council also works alongside the Westminster Inclusivity Board, an advisory board committed to promoting fairness, dignity and respect. As we stand with Charlottesville, we must look to our own cities, where we can make progress on advancing racial equity and repairing our relationship to our country’s history.

As our country and community faces acts of hate, we are reminded that these acts are not what defines us as a community – but our response to them does. City Council stands in unity with Charlottesville each day as they work to promote a vibrant, inclusive and engaged community. In Westminster, our diversity is our strength and something we celebrate, and your City Council will continue to work alongside you to stand against hate in our community.

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