As your elected City Council members, we have the honor, responsibility, and privilege of being seated in positions of power. This status allows, and requires us, to effect and influence positive change for the good of our community and all Lafayette residents regardless of race. We share the pain, anger, and grief that our nation is feeling over police violence against black Americans and the murder of George Floyd. We stand unequivocally with our black community in the face of racial violence, which are not isolated incidents, but rather symptoms of institutional racism that has existed in all systems - from our public policies to our economy - for far too long.
Today we call upon that authority, as well as from positions of caring human beings, to make a statement on behalf of the City of Lafayette and our Boards and Commissions. We do not, and will not, tolerate acts of racism, oppression, intimidation, harassment, prejudice, or racial profiling towards another individual. We will not be silent, as silence elicits complicity. The diverse members of the Lafayette City Council represent and uphold these values and hear the voices of those not represented or protected.
The City of Lafayette is committed to building a community of inclusiveness through our actions, our words, our activities, and our policies. We re-affirm ourselves to Lafayette’s 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Resolution that ensures equal protection and services for all. We will continue to strive to educate ourselves, our children, friends, neighbors, and families, and will continue to be accessible to our community to listen, collaborate, and review our policing policies and procedures. We will use our elected positions to work towards justice and dismantle racist systems in our society. While our City organization and police force is committed to these values, we can always do better. Our commitment to the community is that we will use our time in office to accelerate positive change.
Statement of the Lafayette City Council
Jamie Harkins, Mayor
Stephanie Walton, Mayor Pro Tem
Supported by the following Lafayette Boards and Commissions Chairs
Karen Raforth, Cultural Arts Commission Chair
Zack Rogers, Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee Chair
Bob Jencks, Historic Preservation Board Chair
Abby Boyd, Human Rights Commission Chair
Kevin Muller, Urban Renewal Authority Chair
Olivia Ameigh, Library Board Chair
Dave Belin, Open Space Advisory Committee Chair
Doug Godfrey, Planning Commission Chair
Barbara Rudlaff, Public Art Committee Chair
Bob Magin, Senior Advisory Board Chair
Waste Reduction Advisory Committee
Youth Advisory Commission