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File #: 17-5191    Version: 1 Name: HONORING THE VICTIMS OF CHARLOTTESVILLE AND CONDEMNING AND DISAVOWING WHITE SUPREMACY AND ALL FORMS OF RACISM
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 9/6/2017 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 9/13/2017 Final action: 9/13/2017
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE VICTIMS OF CHARLOTTESVILLE AND CONDEMNING AND DISAVOWING WHITE SUPREMACY AND ALL FORMS OF RACISM WHEREAS, the Declaration of Independence establishes one of the underlying principles of our democracy with the following words: "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"; and WHEREAS, one of the foundational principles of America and the strengths of our great democracy is our diversity of thought, ideas and people; and WHEREAS, we are a country where men and women of different races, faiths, sexual orientations and political beliefs are united under the banner of the greatest country in the world, the United States of America; and WHEREAS, the members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners and the people of Cook County mourn the victims of the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virgin...
Sponsors: JOHN A. FRITCHEY, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), LUIS ARROYO JR, RICHARD R. BOYKIN, JERRY BUTLER, JOHN P. DALEY, DENNIS DEER, BRIDGET GAINER, JESÚS G. GARCÍA, EDWARD M. MOODY, STANLEY MOORE, TIMOTHY O. SCHNEIDER, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, LARRY SUFFREDIN, JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF CHARLOTTESVILLE AND CONDEMNING AND DISAVOWING WHITE SUPREMACY AND ALL FORMS OF RACISM

WHEREAS, the Declaration of Independence establishes one of the underlying principles of our democracy with the following words: "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"; and

WHEREAS, one of the foundational principles of America and the strengths of our great democracy is our diversity of thought, ideas and people; and

WHEREAS, we are a country where men and women of different races, faiths, sexual orientations and political beliefs are united under the banner of the greatest country in the world, the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, the members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners and the people of Cook County mourn the victims of the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia and stand unified in our condemnation of the hatred and intolerance espoused by the hundreds of white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the response to these heinous acts of racism needs to come not just from the Federal government, or the State of Virginia, or the City of Charlottesville, but it needs to come from communities all across this country; and

WHEREAS, we find the two days that it took the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to fully condemn this unabashed display of raw hatred, racism and xenophobia to be incomprehensible, irresponsible and immoral; and

WHEREAS, the act of vehicular violence that took place on Saturday, August 28th was most assuredly an act of domestic terrorism; and

WHEREAS, we mourn the death of Helen Heyer and wish a rapid recovery to the dozens of people who were injured by an individual who sought to silence diverse voices, that chose to stand up to proclaim and show that hate will never win o...

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