During the public comment period at the Monday, October 23, City Council meeting, speakers made disturbing racist and anti-Semitic comments that cannot go unaddressed. Council President Randy Groves emphasizes that “the City Council does not condone any vile or derogatory comments, especially against individuals or groups. The City of Eugene is proud to be home to people from all backgrounds and does not tolerate hate and bigotry in any form.”
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. In alignment with City Council’s goal of creating a safe and welcoming community, the Council values human rights, peace, respect, inclusivity and equity. The City Council has formalized these values and commitment through its adoptions of resolutions that condemn hate, xenophobia, racism, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, sexism and other forms of bigotry, and is committed to standing together with the people of Eugene in opposing hate and bias.
If you or someone you know have been impacted by hate, bias, or discrimination, please contact 1-844-924-2427 or report online at www.eugene-or.gov/reporthate