Message from the Mayor
The Hood River City Council and I share a common commitment to the values of equity, inclusion, and justice for all people. We have affirmed this commitment to racial and social justice and a resolution will be adopted this month.
The City Council acknowledges the disparate outcomes for black, indigenous and people of color in the nation and in our community. Collectively, we pledge to work towards a better understanding of the history of systemic racism especially as it relates to housing, land use and zoning and in other government institutions. And we acknowledge that to be an inclusive and welcoming city, we must listen to those most impacted by this history and work together towards a more inclusive and equitable future.
Recent killings of black individuals underscore systemic racism in political and social structures, including the criminal justice system. As participants in the movement for racial and social equality, and with the support of the City Council, I signed the Mayor’s Pledge, a national effort to evaluate use of force policies, to make any necessary changes and to listen to the community. This work is underway, and I look forward to sharing the results with the community.
I am proud of the Hood River City Council’s determination to make this community a better place and I am optimistic that better days are ahead because of the work we are collectively doing. The City Council strives to be open, to listen and to understand. Please contact me via the city e-mail with your input. I am especially interested in hearing from those personally effected by racism and other economic and social disparities.
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