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Statements Supporting Marginalized Communities

The City of Highland Park is committed to creating a safe and inclusive community for residents by issuing public statements of support and celebration as well as condemning acts of hate and violence. The City recognizes that silence in the face of oppression benefits only the oppressor, to paraphrase the words of Elie Wiesel. By taking a public stand on the events or causes below, as well as others, the City reinforces Highland Park’s values.

Statement Against Hate 
The Statement Against Hate was drafted in 2019 and updated most recently in April 2020. The Statement was drafted by elected and appointed officials and City staff and emphasizes the City’s commitment to stand against all forms of hate, discrimination, and harassment in Highland Park. It is frequently referenced in response to current events or trends that are counter to the City's values. 

Examples of the City’s commitment to issue public statements of support for marginalized communities, or statements against hate include the following:

Anti-Asian Hate-Motivated Violence (2021)

Anti-Semitic Violence (2019; 2021; 2022)

Black History Month (2021)

DACA (2017)

Death of George Floyd (2020)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Holocaust Remembrance Day (2020; 2021)

Immigration Heritage Month (2019; 2020)

Juneteenth National Freedom Day (2020)

Pride Month (2019; 2020; 2021)

U.S. Capitol Riot (2021)

This list is representative and is not exhaustive.