Cities Stand Together to Fight Hate

Mayor Catherine Pugh.
Mayor Catherine Pugh.

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities.

On Saturday, a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia erupted into violence, leaving three dead and dozens injured in an apparent act of terrorism. Across the country, the event sparked days of vigils and counter-protests in sympathy with victims of prejudice and bigotry.

Almost immediately, city leaders took to social media and the press to speak out against hate and stand with Charlottesville:

Later in the week, cities began releasing statements and passing resolutions of support for Charlottesville:

For city leaders wishing to show their support, NLC’s Racial Equity and Leadership team has partnered with the Center for Social Inclusion and the Government Alliance for Race and Equity to develop <a href="http://www.nlc.org/resource/charlottesville-support-sample-statement">sample language for statements of support</a> for Charlottesville.

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