BLOOMFIELD, NJ--Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia is joining mayors in 45 states by participating in the 'The Mayors’ Compact Against Hate.' The compact is a joint effort of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to fight extremism and bigotry after the events in Charlottesville, VA on August 12.

“I am proud to partner with Mayors across the country to send a strong message that hate will not be tolerated in our communities,” said Mayor Venezia. “As Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King said so eloquently, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ Bloomfield is a great place because of our diversity, and joining this national compact is a step toward demonstrating that white supremacists and domestic terrorists will never be allowed to win.”

Under the Compact, participating mayors commit to vigorously speak out against all acts of hate; punish bias-motivated violence to the fullest extent of the law; encourage more anti-bias and anti-hate education in schools and police forces, using ADL experts and resources for both; encourage community activities that celebrate their population’s cultural and ethnic diversity; and ensure civil rights laws are aggressively enforced and hate crimes laws are as strong as possible.

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“I would like to commend Mayor Venezia for joining the Mayors’ Compact and taking a firm stance against hate groups,” said Councilwoman Dr. Wartyna Davis. “Celebrating diversity is a core value of Bloomfield, and elected officials like Mayor Venezia and I will continue to stand up against hatred in any form we can.”

The ADL was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes and uniting allies against hate groups.

Editor's note: Mayor Venezia participated in the Candlelight Gathering for Peace and Solidarity with Charlottesville at Brookdale Park.  on August 13.