Condemning racism, violence, bigotry, hateful rhetoric and terrorism expressed in the name of the "Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, by the organization Together Frankfort and urging the City of Frankfort, Franklin County, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and Members of Congress representing our Community to publicly condemn the same.
Whereas the City of Charlottesville, Virginia, experienced a deadly weekend of 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 Together Frankfort, a volunteer community organization, includes those of diverse beliefs and cultures which respect and value this diversity, recognizing the innumerable contributions to the cultural, economic fabric and well-being of the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky realized through community diversity;
Whereas hateful and intolerant acts against any race, religion, gender or cultural group are contrary to our community’s values of acceptance, welcoming, and fellowship with those of all races, gender, faiths, beliefs, and cultures;
Whereas the rise of hateful speech, actions and violence, plays into the false narrative spread by those who claim supremacy of any race, religion, gender, or cultural identity, including those who gathered under the name of the "Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017;
Now, therefore, be it resolved that Together 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 city, county, 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) invites local elected officials, the faith community, civic organizations, educational institutions, and other community groups to conduct a community dialogue on racial violence, rhetoric, and acts of racial discrimination and to implement policies to address such violence, rhetoric, and acts;
(6) calls on other community organizations, institutions -- including the faith community, civic organizations and all others -- to condemn the violent actions and inflammatory rhetoric of racism and racial discrimination and to take actions to address identified problems;
(7) commits to transmitting a copy of this resolution to the mayor and elected officials of Charlottesville, and to the families of those killed and injured in the recent violence.
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