City Council speaks out against islamophobia, racism, sexism and xenophobia

On October 2 the Ventura City Council supported a resolution opposing racism and violence brought forward by Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann.

Cheryl stated” It was sparked by what happened in Charlottesville but seems it also applies again with the senseless violence in Las Vegas. I have left off the whereas part due to its length but here is the rest.”

NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of San Buenaventura does hereby resolve, find, determine and order as follows:

Section 1: The City Council of the City of San Buenaventura desires to make it known that the City and this City Council stands for the following

Principles:

• We believe in and stand for values of inclusion, equity and justice. We condemn islamophobia, racism, sexism and xenophobia in rhetoric or action.

• We welcome all people and recognize the rights of individuals to live their lives with dignity, free of discrimination based on their faith, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, 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 equity and inclusion is critical to the success of our communities and our nation.

Section 2: The City Council desires that these principles be reflected in how the City conducts its business and how our City officials, employees, and residents treat each other.

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