In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities.
On Saturday, a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia erupted into violence and bloodshed. Across the country, the event sparked an outpouring of grief and sympathy to the victims of prejudice and bigotry.
Almost immediately, city leaders took to social media and the press to speak out against hate and stand with Charlottesville:
Later in the week, cities began releasing statements and passing resolutions of support for Charlottesville:
For city leaders wishing to show their support, NLC’s Racial Equity and Leadership team has partnered with the Center for Social Inclusion and the Government Alliance for Race and Equity to develop sample language for statements of support for Charlottesville.