Ann Arbor Officials Stand Against Hate, Sign Pledge

BTL Staff
By | 2016-12-08T09:00:00-04:00 December 8th, 2016|Michigan, News|

BY BTL STAFF
ANN ARBOR –More than 70 elected officials in the Ann Arbor area have signed a pledge to stand with all people and do everything they can to ensure Washtenaw County is a safe and welcoming community for everyone.
Yousef Rabhi, a Democratic county commissioner from Ann Arbor and soon-to-be state representative, is leading the initiative, which is picking up support from local school board leaders, city and township officials, county leaders, state lawmakers from the area, and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell.
The list of supporters is growing, MLive.com reports, and local elected officials are invited to sign the pledge by emailing signonwashtenaw@gmail.com. Area organizations also can add their names to the solidarity statement by emailing the same address.
The full solidarity statement reads as follows:
We, the undersigned Elected Officials of Washtenaw County, stand together against hate. We stand with everyone in Washtenaw County, in solidarity with the many diverse identities we all hold.
While the following enumeration may not capture every group in our community, we stand in opposition to any hateful words or acts aimed against any and all peoples of our community regardless of the political views they hold.
We stand with American Indian people of Washtenaw County.
We stand with Arab, Middle Eastern and North African people of Washtenaw County.
We stand with Asian people of Washtenaw County.
We stand with Black people of Washtenaw County.
We stand with Latinx people of Washtenaw County.
We stand with Immigrant and Refugee people of Washtenaw County.
We stand with LGBTQ+ people of Washtenaw County.
We stand with Muslims, Jews and people of all religions of Washtenaw County.
We stand with People with Disabilities of Washtenaw County.
We stand with Survivors of Sexual Assault of Washtenaw County.
We stand with Veterans of Washtenaw County.
We stand with Women and Girls of Washtenaw County.
We pledge to use every power vested in our respective offices to protect the safety and dignity of everyone in this community. We pledge to engage, empower and listen to those who are most vulnerable.
We pledge to do everything in our power to defend this community against any policies, actions, or statements that discriminate against or target any individual or group.
We pledge to do everything in our power to ensure that Washtenaw County is a safe and welcoming community for everyone.
We pledge to stand united.
See the full list of officials who have signed the pledge. Members of the public can show their support online also.

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