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File #: 21-1012   
Type: Report to Council Status: Passed
Meeting Body: City Council
On agenda: 11/9/2021
Title: Joining United Against Hate Week and Proclaiming November 14-20, 2021 as United Against Hate Week
Attachments: 1. Draft Resolution, 2. Statement on Our City Values and Public Service

Joining United Against Hate Week and Proclaiming November 14-20, 2021 as United Against Hate Week

The City of Sunnyvale has a long history of promoting an inclusive community environment. Sunnyvale takes pride in the incredible diversity of people who form the rich fabric of our City. We embrace our community of many backgrounds and beliefs, and pride ourselves in our openness and acceptance for all. In February 2017, former Mayor Glenn Hendricks and the entire Sunnyvale City Council adopted a Statement of our City Values. The Statement affirms our commitment to ethical service delivery to meet the needs and protect all community members regardless of race, religion, ancestry, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. Recently, the City Council revised the Statement to make explicit that Sunnyvale welcomes refugees.

The City strongly condemns hate, violence and bigotry in all its forms. There has been a disturbing uptick in hate crimes and incidents in the Bay Area and throughout the United States. The draft resolution reaffirms the City's commitment to the well-being and safety of all its diverse communities, including Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC); Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning Plus (LGBTQ+) and all others.

In response to the recent rise in hate crimes and incidents, we must work together to create community-centered solutions that stop this violence in all communities. Staff recommends joining the growing number of communities participating in United Against Hate Week (UAHW) in solidarity with BIPOC, AAPI, LGBTQ+ and other diverse communities. UAHW calls on all constituents and leaders to join in condemning racist, homophobic, and harassing attacks, in all forms; speaking out against such attacks; defending and protecting those targeted; and seeking out and punishing those who co...

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