Delaware County Council adopts resolution

condemning violence and racism

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Today at the August 16 council meeting Delaware County Council unanimously voted to adopt a resolution condemning the violence and the racism displayed in Charlottesville, Virginia. The resolution denounces the promotion of Nazism and racism and condemns any actions that threaten the "self-evident truths and unalienable rights declared by our founders." Additionally, the resolution noted that leaders must step forward "whenever and wherever evil seeks to displace the rights of American people." The resolution also declares transmission to the President of the United States and the Governor of Pennsylvania. See below to read the full text of the resolution adopted by Council.

WHEREAS, the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, mankind 's polestar document of freedom and liberty, declared, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Libe1ty and the Pursuit of Happiness"; and,

WHEREAS, in order to give meaning to this Declaration, our Nation's leaders must step forward whenever and wherever evil seeks to displace and cloud these truths and rights; and,

WHEREAS, such a time when evil sought to obscure such truths and rights occurred during a display of Nazi and racist protests occurring in Charlottesville, Virginia this past week; and,

WHEREAS, the promotion of Nazism and racism in the United States of America is an assault on the truths and rights that we, as Americans, cherish and for which truths and rights millions of Americans fought for during World War II; and,

WHEREAS, it is right and appropriate that this Council condemn actions that threaten the self-evident truths and unalienable rights declared by our founders and which guide our Nation;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED this 16th day of August, 2017 in and by the County Council of the County of Delaware that we affirm the belief that racism in all forms is evil and a perversion of the truths and rights upon which our Nation is founded and is governed; that the promotion of Nazism and racism is an affront to all American veterans and families that sacrificed so much during and after World War II through the present to combat and defeat that evil; and, that this Council declares to the citizenry of the County of Delaware that we shall and must be vigilant and decry such evil whenever and wherever it threatens our cherished truths and rights;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States; the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and publically displayed and transmitted to the citizenry of the County of Delaware. Adopted by Delaware County Council on August l6, 2017