Local 'Prideville' march held to support diversity
A group of about 50 people gathered at Ochoco Creek Park Sunday afternoon near the Elm Street bridge to participate in a pride march through a portion of Prineville.
The event followed a recent approval for a Prineville City Council proclamation that proclaimed June as Prideville Month in Prineville.
The proclamation stressed that "people of varying gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sex, age, and veteran status are our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers who contribute meaningfully to our community."
The proclamation went on to note that "it is the great privilege of the Prineville City Council to leverage community efforts to build a more equitable, diverse, supportive and inclusive community for all Prineville residents."
Prideville goals include Prineville's zero tolerance for hate and its commitment to inclusivity, greater diversity in representation within City of Prineville and Crook County leadership, reducing barriers to participation and ongoing and additional training for city employees such as the police department on inclusion, cultural awareness and civic engagement.
Goals also center on prioritizing restorative justice across agencies and community partners, in training, policy and practice as well as increasing mental health supports for all community members to include mental health professionals embedded with first responders.
Prideville proponents also seek equal enforcement of all laws and review or revision of antiquated or discriminatory practices, and cultural and educational events that build awareness and appreciation for Prineville's diversity.
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