Estacada City Council advocates for diversity, peaceful assembly
Members of the Estacada City Council plan to make a formal proclamation condemning racism during their next scheduled meeting.
"We want the focus today to be not on what we condemn, but what we value, because our values are the basis for what we condemn," Council President Katy Dunsmuir wrote in a statement on behalf of the group on Thursday, June 25. "We, as a City Council, value the Human Race, and all its diversity. Diversity in all skin colors, religions, backgrounds, beliefs, sexual orientations, familial statuses, ages, and every other aspect that makes us human."
Dunsmuir asked those planning to participate in today's march against racism to do so peacefully.
"The City Council does not condone any acts of violence against another person and does not support any acts of discrimination in any form," she wrote. "Your voices have the power to incite change in a positive way, and I want you to know that I and other local leaders will be there to listen to those messages."
She also encouraged anyone interested to talk to city leaders about their experiences and ideas for change.
"We hope that moving forward, we can continue to find value in our city and in each other. When the protests are done, the conversation will continue and your City Council will be there to fight for the rights and protections of every Estacada resident no matter who you are," she wrote.
Read all of Dunsmuir's letter here
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