MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Together with more than 270 mayors from across the country, Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca has signed a compact to fight hate, extremism and bigotry as a result of the deadly Charlottesville, Virginia rally where protesters chanted white supremacist and neo-Nazi slogans. James Alex Fields was reportedly charged in connection with the death of Heather Heyer, who died after a car plowed into her and other counter protesters in Virginia.
“It is important for local elected officials to stand together in support of the principles of our country and against those who seek to divide us with hateful, racist and anti-Semitic language and actions. This is not the time to be silent. ThIs is why I joined with more than 270 other American mayors in speaking out against white supremacy and bigotry," said DeLuca.
"President Trump's unwillingness to provide words of healing and his inability to be a leader that unites us as Americans makes the action of the mayors even more necessary,” stated DeLuca.
The mayors’ compact has 10 components:
1 Expressly rejecting extremism, white supremacy and all forms of bigotry
2 Denouncing all acts of hate wherever they occur
3 Ensuring public safety while protecting free speech and other basic constitutional rights
4 Calling for fully-resourced law enforcement and civil rights investigations of domestic terrorism and hate crimes
5 Elevating and prioritizing anti-bias and anti-hate programs in our nation’s schools
6 Supporting targeted communities and bringing together civic and community leaders to build trust
7 Celebrating diversity, promoting inclusivity and challenging bias
8 Promoting law enforcement training on responding to and reporting hate incidents, hate crimes and domestic terrorism
9 Encouraging residents in their communities to report hate incidents and crimes, including using hot lines and online tools
10 Maintaining civil rights enforcement and strengthening hate crime laws when necessary
To read the entire compact, click here.
More than a dozen New Jersey Mayors have already signed including Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi, South Orange Village President Sheena Collum and Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky.