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The City of Frankfort Adopts Resolution Condemning Violence in Charlottesville and Expressing Support for the Families of the Victims of the August 12, 2017 Charlottesville Rally
The following resolution was proposed by Frankfort's Mayor Bill May and the Regular City Commission meeting on August 28, 2017. Commissioner Robert Roach asked that the resolution be moved to a future date, as he had not had a copy to review the language and didn't know that it would be on the agenda. The City Commissioners moved any further discussion of the resolution to the following Wednesday, August 30, 2017, during a Special Called Meeting of the Frankfort City Commission, at which other business was being discussed.
At that meeting, a resolution concerning the events in Charlottesville, Virginia was introduced and adopted by voice vote of the City Commission. Click here for a copy of the resolution as it was enacted by the City of Frankfort on August 30, 2017.
PROPOSED RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT (A proposed resolution read by Frankfort Mayor Bill May during the "Standing in Solidarity with Charlottesville" gathering at Kentucky's state capitol annex, Wednesday, August 16, 2017; Mayor May indicated he would introduce it at the Regular City Commission Meeting on August 28, 2017.)
Condemning racism, violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric and terrorism expressed in the name of the "Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, by the City of Frankfort of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and United States.
Whereas the City of Charlottesville, Virginia, experienced a deadly weekend of rage-fueled street battles, violent demonstrations, and deaths, when leaders of white supremacist groups gathered to incite fear in citizens of other races, faiths, gender, and cultural identity;
Whereas the constitutional right to freedom of speech is a cherished United States value and violence or hate speech towards any United States community based on race, religion, gender, or cultural identity is in contravention of the Nation’s founding principles;
Whereas our City of Frankfort, a community made up of diverse beliefs and cultures immigrants and native-born citizens, respects and values this diversity;
Whereas Frankfort's diverse racial and ethnic communities are recognized as having made innumerable contributions to the cultural and economic fabric and well-being of the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky;
Whereas hateful and intolerant acts against any race, religion, gender or cultural group are contrary to our City's values of acceptance, welcoming, and fellowship with those of all races, gender, faiths, beliefs, and cultures;
Whereas these acts affect not only the individual victims but also their families and the community at large;
Whereas the rise of hateful speech and actions, violence, and ignorance plays into the false narrative spread by those who claim supremacy of any race, religion, gender, or cultural identity, including and especially those who gathered under the name of the "Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, and who encourage others to react in extreme and violent ways.
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the City of Frankfort:
(1) expresses its condolences to the families of those killed and injured during the horrific events resulting from the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia;
(2) steadfastly confirms its dedication to the rights and dignity of all its citizens of all races, gender, faiths, beliefs, and cultures and condemns, in the strongest terms, the increase of hate speech, intimidation, and violence against same;
(3) urges local, state, and Federal law enforcement authorities to work to prevent hate crimes and language which generates hate, fear, and violence; and to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law those perpetrators of hate crimes;
(4) reaffirms the inalienable right of every citizen to live without fear and intimidation, and to live in harmony with those of all races, gender, faith, cultural identity;.
(5) requests the staff of the City of Frankfort to transmit a copy of this resolution to the mayor and elected officials of Charlottesville and to the families of all those killed and injured in the recent violence.