SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Borough Council approved a pair of resolutions at Tuesday night's virtual meeting condemning:
"White Nationalism, White Supremacy, Neo-Nazism and any Other Groups and Individuals Who Seek to Divide Our Community and Incite Hatred," and
"Acts of Sedition and Treason that Occurred in the Washington DC Terrorist Attack on Jan. 6"
Council President Fred Wied V, elected by his council colleagues at the Jan. 1 Reorganization meeting, was the prime mover behind both resolutions. All six members of the Borough Council are Democrats.
Wied voted in favor of the resolution condemning White Nationalism, White Supremacy and Noe-Nazism, along with Borough Council members Roger Vroom, Ran D Pitts and Jane Kobuta; Granville Brady voted no and Tom Mitchell abstained.
All six council members voted to approve the second resolution condemning actions at the Jan. 6 US Capitol in which 5 people were killed, including a US Capitol police officer who grew up in South River.
RESOLUTION 21-0119-054 CONDEMNING WHITE NATIONALISM, WHITE SUPREMACY, NEO-NAZISM, AND ANY OTHER GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO SEEK TO DIVIDE OUR COMMUNITY AND INCITE HATRED
WHEREAS, while there is more to be done, we are making progress toward securing social justice for all of our citizens, even as our borough struggles with the challenges to our health and safety and the economy from the pandemic and the social unrest that occurred last year;
and WHEREAS, recently there has arisen in the United States a growing number of groups known as white nationalists, white supremacists, neo-nazis, and other hate groups who threaten our democracy and social justice by seeking to reignite social animosities, reverse improvements in race relations, divide our community, and incite hatred:
and WHEREAS, The Somerville Borough Council rejects and condemns all such hate groups and individuals whose ideologies are based on hate, violence, divisiveness, and intolerance:
and WHEREAS, as members of Borough Council our collective responsibilities include promoting the peace and prosperity of our community, exercising good judgement and promoting good will, and seeking to ensure the prosperity of all of our citizens and respect for one another's diversity;
and WHEREAS, we are committed to promoting a community that is unified, where people of different races, religions and ethnic backgrounds resolve together to overcome the challenges of its past and become stronger and more inclusive.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Borough Council of the Borough of Somerville, County of Somerset, New Jersey: White nationalists, white supremacists, neonazis, and any other hate groups and individuals whose ideologies are based on hate, violence, discord and intolerance are rejected and condemned, and while such groups may be present in our community, they will not interfere with the Borough Council's efforts to address, engage and lead the citizens of the Borough of Somerville on issues related to racial diversity, equity and inclusion and to promote a deeper shared understanding of our community that is more inclusive.
The second resolution condemning the attack on the US Capitol reads:
RESOLUTION 21-0119-055 CONDEMNING THE ACTS OF SEDITION AND TREASON THAT OCCURRED IN THE WASHINGTON DC TERRORIST ATTACK ON JANUARY 6, 2021
WHEREAS, on January 6, 2021, during the Constitutionally mandated joint Congressional count and certification of the State Electors for President and Vice President of the United States, a mob of domestic terrorists violently invaded the United States Capitol causing elected officials and staff to scramble for safety and their lives and interrupting the count;
and WHEREAS, the January 6, 2021 illegal invasion of the United States Capitol resulted in the deaths of five (5) Americans, including the murder of a Capitol Hill police officer; and WHEREAS, the seditionists who stormed the United States Capitol trampled on the very democratic principles the United States was founded on;
and WHEREAS, the seditionists also engaged in biological terrorism by not wearing masks and spreading the COVID-19 virus in the halls of Congress;
and WHEREAS, the terrorist attack did not affect the ultimate counting of the Electoral votes which confirmed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the winners of the 2020 Presidential Election.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Borough Council of the Borough of Somerville, County of Somerset, New Jersey determines that:
1. The invasion of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 was an insurrection and an act of treason and sedition against the United States of America.
2. We ask the incoming Attorney General and United States Justice Department to investigate and prosecute anyone who participated in or conspired with those committing sedition against the United States on January 6, 2021 to the fullest extent of the law.
3. We condemn the vitriol and hate speech by both elected officials and private citizens that led to this terrorist attack.
4. We encourage all Americans to condemn the attempted overthrow of the United States Government and all who took a role in doing so.