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Estacada city leaders condemn racism and injustice in unanimously approved ordinance

PMG FILE PHOTO - Estacada City Councilors approved an ordinance condemning racism and advocating for social justice.

Estacada city leaders advocated for racial equality during a recent meeting.

On Monday, July 27, the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance denouncing racism, discrimination and social injustices in the local community and across the country.

The ordinance states that the City Council, mayor, city manager and city staff "adhere to the belief that equity, equality and equal justice are the corner stone of our nation, state and community" and "believe that a diverse community and workplace adds significantly to the creative nature of ideas, the richness of experiences, and to the high quality of life that our community seeks to obtain on a daily basis."

The ordinance also affirmed the city's commitment to cultivating an inclusive, welcoming, and equitable environment for all community members, along with developing an increased understanding of injustice and bigotry and bringing equity into city policies.

"We condemn all forms of discrimination and will work to respect, support and nurture the full potential of all members of our community, in their businesses, their occupations, and in all positive community development endeavors," the ordinance read. "We denounce discrimination on the basis of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin and fight for a public environment that is respectful and free of hate, discrimination, misogyny, and unlawful abuse in all of its forms. . .We affirm that racism and violence against Black lives and all People of Color has no place in our institutions, our policies, our practices, or our behaviors."


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