In the wake of protests, city council issues proclamation on diversity, equity, inclusion | Mercer Island Reporter
In light of the recent protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis two weeks ago, the Mercer City Council has announced that it is joining with the community in committing to meaningful progress in combatting racism, and proclaiming a renewed commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the city.
The incident provides yet another example of the important work yet to be accomplished here and across the country, city officials said in a news release.
While the council said it recognizes that this tragedy highlights law enforcement practices, it also recognizes that such issues go beyond the criminal justice system.
At its June 9 meeting, the city council voted unanimously to approve a proclamation recognizing that a more diverse and just society makes Mercer Island a stronger and healthier community.
Conduct that inflicts emotional, mental or physical harm against individuals because of their race, ethnicity, place of origin, physical ability, socio-economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or religion, has no place in the community and country, the council said.
With this proclamation, the city of Mercer Island is seeking to join other neighboring cities in rejecting racially-based bias, harassment and hate crimes, avows that the city will not tolerate discrimination of any kind, and also denounces all COVID-19-related misnaming, blaming and harassment based on race.
“The city council, city staff and police department personnel are committed to law enforcement practices and regular training that respect the life and rights of every individual,” the news release states. “We will continue to explore additional ways to make Mercer Island a more diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone feels welcome and respected.”
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