​Civic Engagement - Franklin County KY

Together Frankfort

Standing with Charlottesville
Comments by the Honorable Bill May
Mayor, City ofFrankfort, Kentucky
Shared with the Frankfort community on

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Capitol Annex, Frankfort


Mayor Bill May spoke to those assembled on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, condemning hate speech, language and violence. Mayor May, who has received Frankfort Chapter NAACP President's Award and the Kentucky Sheriffs' Association President's Award, re-emphasized his focus on public safety, an issue which has been part of his platform as Mayor.  He stressed that he is committed to making Frankfort one of the safest, most livable cities in America, where everyone has an equal opportunity for success.


May described that the City of Frankfort is part of the group of Compassionate Communities.


  • "In a Compassionate Community, the needs of all the inhabitants of that community are recognized and met, the well-being of the entire community is a priority, and all people and living things are treated with respect.  More simply, in a Compassionate Community, people are motivated by compassion to take responsibility for and care for each other."

From the website:   https://charterforcompassion.org/


Mayor May discussed that during the process of working toward that designation, he had the incredible opportunity to meet with the Dali Lama. During that visit, His Holiness the 14th Dali Lama gave him hope and inspiration for compassion, as the Frankfort community was engaged in a heated debate about the proposed fairness ordinance.


Frankfort's fairness ordinance, enacted the same month in 2013 in which the Dali Lama visited Louisville, Kentucky, had brought members of Frankfort's faith community speaking both in favor and against its passage.  Debates about the ordinance had been heated and frequent throughout the summer of 2013. Mayor May, who supported Frankfort's fairness ordinance, discussed that the Frankfort community eventually demonstrated its stand against hate and violence. 


Mayor May read a resolution condemning the hate speech and actions represented by the "United the Right" rally in CharlottesvilleMay indicated that he would introduce the resolution to the city commissioners' meeting on August 28 and encouraged those gathered to attend the meeting.