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Ferndale City Council REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION Department Prepared By: CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AGENDA BILL

Ferndale City Council

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Department Prepared By: CITY CLERK’S OFFICE

AGENDA BILL #19-08-009

TITLE: Denouncing White Supremacy Resolution

 
Ordinance Resolution Motion Info Only Discussion  

Ordinance

Ordinance Resolution Motion Info Only Discussion  

Resolution

Ordinance Resolution Motion Info Only Discussion  

Motion

Ordinance Resolution Motion Info Only Discussion  

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Discussion

Discussion

 

Date Council Action Requested: August 19, 2019 Prepared by: Susan Duncan, City Clerk

Reviewed By:

 

Date: 8/14/2019

SUBJECT:

   

Committee: P&LU

PW&U

F&A
F&A
 
   

Mayor

X

Resolution Denouncing White Supremacy

   

City Administrator

 

X

 

City Clerk’s Office

 

X

   

Community Development Dept

 
 

Public Works Department

   
 

City Attorney’s Office

   
 

Finance Department

 

X

 

Police Department

   
 

Board/Commission

   
 

Hearings Examiner

   

ACTION REQUESTED:

 

VOTE NEEDED TO PASS:

 

SUMMARY:

Please see staff report.

DISCUSSION/ANALYSIS/ISSUES:

Council for further discussion.

Finance & Administration Committee members forwarded this item to the full

RECOMMENDATIONS: Approval of AB #19-08-009.

ATTACHMENTS:

Staff Report

Resolution

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City of Ferndale CITY COUNCIL STAFF REPORT MEETING DATE: August 19 t h , 2019

City of Ferndale

CITY COUNCIL STAFF REPORT

MEETING DATE: August 19 th , 2019 AGENDA BILL #

SUBJECT: Resolution Condemning White Supremacy

DATE: 8/17/19

FROM: Riley Sweeney

PRESENTATION BY: Rebecca Xczar

BACKGROUND: Recently, a number of neo-nazi recruitment flyers for the organization “Patriot Front” were found posted in downtown Ferndale. In the following weeks, more white supremacist activity was reported in Bellingham and then farther down the I-5 corridor.

In response to this, Councilmember Xczar worked with city staff to develop a resolution that clearly stated our opposition to white supremacy, neo-nazi groups and racism to clearly illustrate our opposition to this effort and all efforts to foment bigotry in Ferndale.

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RESOLUTION #

A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FERNDALE, WASHINGTON, REJECTING WHITE SUPREMACY AND ESTABLISHING FERNDALE AS A WELCOMING CITY

WHEREAS, Ferndale recently discovered Neo-Nazi recruitment flyers posted in our downtown; and

WHEREAS, opposing racism and white supremacy requires continual effort and vigilance; and

WHEREAS, communities must take a strong and united stand against hateful and divisive rhetoric to ensure it does not become common and accepted in our community; and

WHEREAS, knowing that these Neo-Nazi activities are occurring in our community compels the Council and Administration to speak with one voice; and

WHEREAS, nationally, hate crimes and white supremacist activities have dramatically increased in recent years; and

WHEREAS, action by the City clearly defines the principles and values of our community; and

WHEREAS, zero is the acceptable amount of white supremacist activity and racism in Ferndale; and

WHEREAS, illustrating and memorializing our community values is one of the key purposes of a resolution; and

WHEREAS, striving to be a more inclusive community benefits the City as a whole;

NOW THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FERNDALE DO RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. That we affirm that Ferndale is a welcoming community to all people, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or country of origin. We stand united against racist, xenophobic groups that promote bigotry and

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hatred. We reject all forms of racism and white supremacy and speak out against anyone who wishes to divide us by prejudice.

Section 2. Furthermore, we resolve to put words into action and work actively to identify ways in which the diversity of Ferndale can be supported and celebrated.

APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Ferndale in regular session this 19th day of August, 2019.

Jon Mutchler, MAYOR

ATTEST:

Susan Duncan, CMC, CITY CLERK

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