Neighborhood Leaders Council Establishes a Shared Value of Respect for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, the Eugene Neighborhood Leaders Council unanimously approved a resolution to to build a community that is welcoming, inclusive, just and safe for everyone. The resolution was read by Southeast Neigbors Chair Heather Sielicki at the City of Eugene a Sanctuary City public forum on Monday and distributed to attendees.

Neighborhood Leaders Council – Diversity in all of its forms

The Neighborhood Leaders Council Establishes a Shared Value of Respect for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

SECTION I:

WHEREAS the Neighborhood Leaders Council seeks to foster equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful community and FURTHERMORE values all neighbors within and around the Eugene boundaries.

WHEREAS the recent presidential political campaign has exacerbated social tensions and created an atmosphere in which hate speech and other types of aggression have started to escalate.

WHEREAS goals for human rights, equity and inclusion are integral parts of each Neighborhood Association.

WHEREAS we recognize and honor the establishment of three specific priorities within the area: diversity, equity and inclusion in order to create a more inclusive and welcoming neighborhood for all residents.

And WHEREAS respected organizations such as the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), NAACP, ACLU and other organizations representing marginalized communities embrace and encourage the creation of an environment that fosters tolerance and mutual respect among community members, and to facilitate the right to participate fully in neighborhood activities without being discriminated against.

SECTION II:

Therefore the Neighborhood Leaders Council RESOLVES that:

We are leaders of Neighborhoods enriched by the diversity of our residents and community members. Each individual has the potential to contribute to our community as a whole.  Each has dignity. To diminish the dignity of one is to diminish the dignity of us all.

We oppose discrimination on the basis of age, faith, race, national origin, immigration status, gender identity, ability, ethnicity, housing status, sexual orientation, economic or other social status and will fight for equitable and welcoming Neighborhoods in which all can freely and safely learn, discuss, participate, live freely, differ, debate, and grow.

We are committed to treating all people as family and to fully embracing the unique contributions of all Eugene residents regardless of age, faith, race, national origin, immigration status, gender identity, ability, ethnicity, housing status, sexual orientation, economic or other social status.

We endorse the following statement by former Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association Chair, Juan Carlos Valle- “Neighborhoods rich in diversity in mind, racial and ethnic diversity and neighbors whose background might be different from ours enhances our collective quality of life and it is a gift to all.  Diversity in all of its forms encourages inquisitiveness and discovery of our own culture and it nurtures a worldly perspective that establishes a legacy of inclusion and harmony for all generations; past, current and future neighbors”.

We believe in and are committed to continue our work to build a community that is welcoming, inclusive, just and safe for everyone.

We specifically recognize that diversity creates and fosters community.

We are committed to treating all people fairly, and to fully embracing the unique contribution of all Eugene residents regardless of age, faith, race, national origin, immigration status, gender identity, ability, ethnicity, housing status, housing status, sexual orientation, economic or other social status.

With the support of the City we are committed to ensuring that all members of our community are free from acts that are rooted in fear, ignorance, prejudice, and hate.

We encourage all  Neighborhood leaders and residents of each Neighborhood to:

  • engage neighbors and our community to identify ways to support the safety of our neighbors who have been rendered particularly vulnerable by the bigotry and climate of the recent political campaign;
  • strongly condemn bias, intimidation,, harassment and other acts that are based on age, faith, race, national origin, immigration status, gender identity, ability, ethnicity, housing status, sexual orientation, economic status or other social status.
  • speak out loudly and clearly against all expressions of bias and react promptly and firmly to acts of discriminatory harassment;
  • build upon the  partnership with the Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement as well as community  organizations to support community dialog and create forums and workshops to raise awareness on issues of age, faith, race, national origin, immigration status, gender identity, ability, ethnicity, housing status, sexual orientation, economic status or other social status.;
  • intensify their efforts to recruit members of diverse racial and ethnic communities on neighborhood boards; support initiatives by others that might help accomplish this goal;
  • strengthen their information sharing and be open learning from communities and groups  that reflect the diversity among our neighbors, throughout the city, our state and the nation.

Unanimously Approved Tuesday, November 22, 2016