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(LANSING) – Mayor Virg Bernero announced today that the City of Lansing has joined more than 200 other cities across America in the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry. Organized by the Anti-Defamation League and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Compact aims to leverage the powerful collective voice of mayors to reject the wave of hatred and extremism that threatens to undermine our nation’s values and tear apart our nation’s unity.
“Lansing has a deep and lasting commitment to diversity, mutual respect and inclusion,” said Mayor Bernero. “As a community we explicitly reject all forms of hatred, bigotry and extremism that devalue the humanity of our citizens and attempt to divide us based on our race, ethnicity, religion, national origins, immigration status, gender or sexual orientation. By joining forces with hundreds of mayors across America, we amplify the voice of Lansing residents and community leaders who are disgusted by the vile acts of hatred that are a direct result of encouragement from The White House. Together we are taking a stand against hatred and sending an unequivocal message to President Trump that Lansing, Michigan and hundreds of cities across our great nation vehemently reject his moral equivalence between hate groups and those who rise up to oppose them.”
“Our nation fought and won a global war that put millions of our servicemen and women in harm’s way and cost more than four-hundred thousand American lives and more than a half-million wounded to defeat exactly the same kind of hate-based extremism that resulted in the Holocaust and the extermination of more than 6 million people based solely on their religion. We cannot and will not turn back the clock or stand on the sidelines while people like Donald Trump appeal to the worst elements of our society and intentionally fuel the same divisive, hateful movements that we rejected more than 60 years ago.”