We will be taking a vote on whether or not to endorse this resolution at the Eugene Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) meeting on Tuesday, November 22 in the Sloat Room, on the ground floor of the Atrium Building, at 10th and Olive in downtown Eugene.
At this meeting, the group will continue to develop a work plan for 3 top priority areas: land use, homelessness response, and disaster preparedness. The breakout groups by topic will begin at 8:00pm and conclude at 9:00pm. Please join us to participate if you are interested.
Resolution for the Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) to Establish Shared Values of Respect for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
WHEREAS the Neighborhood Leaders Council seek[s] to foster equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful community and it FURTHERMORE values all neighbors within and around the Eugene boundaries.
WHEREAS the recent national political campaign has exacerbated social tensions and created an atmosphere in which hate speech and other types of aggression have started to escalate.
WHEREAS our goal for Diversity, racial ethnic diversity, equity and inclusion are integral parts of each neighborhood .
WHEREAS we recognize and honor the establishment of three specific priorities within the area of diversity, equity and inclusion in order to create a more inclusive and welcoming neighborhood for all residents.
And WHEREAS respected organizations such as the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), NAACP and ACLU embrace and encourage the creation of an environment that fosters tolerance and mutual respect among community members, an to facilitate the right to participate fully in neighborhood activities without being discriminated against.
Therefore we RESOLVE that:
We are leaders of neighborhoods enriched by the diversity of our residents, and community members. Each individual has the potential to contribute to our community as a whole. Each has dignity. To diminish the dignity of one is to diminish the dignity of us all.
We oppose discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin and fight for an equitable and welcoming neighborhoods in which all can freely and safely learn, discuss, participate, live freely, differ, debate, and grow.
We endorse the following statement by former South Hills Neighborhood Association Chair, Juan Carlos Valle- “Neighborhoods rich in diversity in mind, racial ethnic diversity and neighbors whose background might be different from ours enhances our collective quality of life and it is a gift to all. Diversity in all of its forms encourages inquisitiveness and discovery of our own culture and it nurtures a worldly perspective that establishes a legacy of inclusion and harmony for all generations; past, current and future neighbors”.
We specifically welcome and engage racial ethnic diversity as it creates and fosters community.
We encourage all neighborhood leaders and residents of each neighborhood to:
5.1 continue to protect members of our community who have been rendered particularly vulnerable by the bigotry and climate of the recent political campaign;
5.2 speak out loudly and clearly against expressions of racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, and other bias, and react promptly and firmly to acts of discriminatory harassment;
5.3 Seek and enable a partnership with the Human Rights Center and the above organizations to create forums and workshops to raise awareness and promote dialogue on issues of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sex and sexual orientation;
5.4 intensify their efforts to recruit members of racial minorities on neighborhood boards; support initiatives by others that might help accomplish this goal;
5.5 strengthen our information sharing and to be open learn from the same people described above reflect the diversity among our neighbors, throughout the city, our state and the nation.
Attached is the agenda for our Nov 22 meeting. We will be continuing developing a work plan and priorities for our 3 issue priorities: land use, homelessness response, disaster preparedness. If you have board members who are interested in any of these topics, please bring them along esp. to participate in the break out groups on these topics. See you next week.
The Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) wants your input to set priorities for the next year:
- What big problems to solve should neighborhood associations work on together?
- How can the NLC better support neighborhood associations and their board members?
Please plan to attend this special goal setting session for past and present board members of ALL Eugene neighborhood associations. Tomi Bates (Churchill Neighbors) will facilitate.
- When: Tuesday, September 27 at 7 PM – 9 PM
- Where: The Atrium Building, 99 W 10th Ave, Eugene, Oregon 97401
Bring a dessert and your ideas.