The Eugene City Council unanimously passed a Resolution Condemning White Nationalism and Seditious Activities and Extremist Groups at its Wednesday work session in alignment with the City Council goal of creating a safe and welcoming community.
“The events that took place in our nation’s capital on January 6th were rooted in White nationalism and threatened the peaceful transfer of power which is a hallmark of our Republic. Such acts of sedition cannot be tolerated at any level of government,” quote City Council Vice President Claire Syrett. “Our city embraces all human beings – no other qualifier is required.”
The City of Eugene has a longstanding history and commitment of celebrating and supporting people of all races, national origins, immigration and refugee statuses, religions, gender, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, and economic statuses. The City Council has adopted Ordinances and Resolutions that demonstrate this commitment, including several in the past five years:
- Resolution 5148 (adopted in 2016) Declaring the Second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
- Resolution 5150 (adopted in 2016) Supporting the Oregon Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.
- Resolution 5154 (adopted in 2016) Declaring the City of Eugene’s Commitment in Protecting Refugees.
- Resolution 5174 (adopted in 2016) Declaring the City of Eugene’s Commitment to Being a Welcoming, Inclusive and Safe Community for Everyone.
- Council Ordinance No. 20579 (adopted 2017) Concerning Protections for Individuals and Adding Sections 2.495 and 2.497 to the Eugene Code, 1971.
- Resolution No. 5190 (adopted 2017) Declaring the City of Eugene’s Opposition to Anti-Semitic Hate and Bias Crimes.
- Resolution No. 5206 (adopted 2017) Supporting the Continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.
- Resolution No. 5274 (adopted 2019) Condemning White Nationalism and Alt-Right Activities and Groups.