At the August 15 City Commission meeting, Mayor Soden and the City Commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter of support and a proclamation in recognition of the incidents that occurred in Charlottesville, VA on August 11.
Letter of support:
City of Charlottesville, VA
605 E Main St, A230
P.O. Box 911
Dear Mayor Signer,
I wish to send thoughts and condolences on behalf of the City of Lawrence, Kansas as your community heals from the hateful demonstrations, senseless violence and domestic terrorism of the weekend of August 11, 2017. The act of domestic terrorism that occurred on Saturday, August 12th was an act of cowardice fueled by hatred and intolerance. We offer sympathy for those who were injured as part of this past weekend and we mourn the deaths of Heather Heyer and Virginia State Police Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates.
As a community, we value all citizens regardless of their race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, or familial status. Empathy and tolerance are core values that we hold in our hearts and minds. We value civil discourse and we reject any and all forms of hatred and bigotry.
WHEREAS: On the weekend of August 11, 2017, the community of Charlottesville, Virginia was the site of a hate rally and an act of domestic terrorism; and
WHEREAS: Heather Heyer was killed and 19 others were injured in a senseless act of violence and numerous others were injured in violence related to the demonstrations; and
WHEREAS: Lieutenant Pilot H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Pilot Berke M. M. Bates of the Virginia State Police lost their lives in a helicopter accident while supporting public safety operations related to the events in Charlottesville;
WHEREAS: The acts of racism, hatred and senseless violence in Charlottesville were cowardly and not representative of the values we hold as Americans; and
WHEREAS: The City of Lawrence condemns all forms of racism, hatred and bigotry which undermine the safety and freedom of our society; and
WHEREAS: The City of Lawrence values all residents and encourages thoughtful civil discourse. Empathy and tolerance of all people are among the most esteemed values held by Lawrencians; and
WHEREAS: The City of Lawrence affirms our commitment to uphold equality for all members of our society and wholly believes in the importance of acceptance and inclusion regardless of race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, or familial status; and
WHEREAS: The City of Lawrence joins the country in offering our condolences and support to the community of Charlottesville as they heal from these tragic events;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Leslie Soden, Mayor of the City of Lawrence, Kansas, do hereby request the City Commission’s support in sending a letter to Michael Signer, Mayor of Charlottesville, offering our community’s support and condolences in response to this tragedy;
Leslie Soden, Mayor
August 15, 2017
Contact: Porter Arneill, Interim Communications Manager, 785-832-3402