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Organizations condemn anti-immigrant activities

Posted Oct. 17, 2018

Recent anti-immigrant activity in Fort Worth has prompted two city-affiliated organizations to issue statements condemning the actions.

Statement from the Task Force on Race and Culture

Fort Worth is striving to become a city that values diversity and inclusion. For the past year, the Task Force on Race and Culture has been working with residents to recommend strategies and actions that will reinforce these values by reducing racial and cultural disparities. The task force respects each person’s right to free speech, but considers recent anti-immigrant activity in our community — including the placement of defamatory banners and fliers on public property — to be fundamentally incompatible with our core values and beliefs.

We encourage residents to report any activity that may target a segment of our community. If you see a hateful sign, banner or flier, please call the Fort Worth Police Department at the non-emergency number, 817-392-4222, say that you want to report a hate incident and request that an officer be sent to the scene. The officer will thus be able to document and remove the item if it is on city property and to initiate an appropriate report. We urge residents to allow the police to handle these situations and not to remove the sign, banner or flier themselves. If you have already done so, however, please file an official police report anyway so the police will have a record of the incident. We are confident that the Fort Worth Police Department will respond swiftly and appropriately to these hate incidents.

When our community is faced with such hateful acts, it is essential that we pull together, declaring and reinforcing the fact that these groups do not represent our core values or our community. The stated vision of the task force is that Fort Worth will become a city that is inclusive, equitable, respectful, communal and compassionate. We must do everything we can to uphold our values and not allow any individual or group to target any segment of our community. We must unite at these times to make our vision a reality for our city.

Statement from the Human Relations Commission

The Fort Worth Human Relations Commission (FWHRC) held a special-called meeting at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 15 to receive an update on recent incidents involving banners and fliers and to discuss possible action. The FWHRC voted to issue the following statement:

Fort Worth is a community that values diversity and inclusion. Since its creation by city ordinance in 1967, the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission has sought to uphold the city’s declared public policy that all of its residents and persons subject to its jurisdiction should enjoy equal freedom to pursue their aspirations and that discrimination against any individual or group because of race, creed, color, sex, religion, disability, age, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, transgender, gender identity or gender expression is detrimental to the peace, progress and welfare of the city.

The FWHRC respects each person’s right to free speech, but considers any form of hate activity in our community to be fundamentally incompatible with our common values and beliefs.

We encourage residents to report hate activity involving the placement of printed materials on public property to the Fort Worth Police Department at the non-emergency number 817-392-4222. When you call, state that you want to report a hate incident, and request that an officer be sent to the scene. The officer will thus be able to document and remove the item if it is on city property and to initiate an appropriate report. We urge residents to allow the police to handle these situations and not to remove the sign, banner or flier. If you have already done so, however, please file an official police report anyway so the police will have a record of the incident.

Working together, we can send the message that such hateful acts have no place in our city and that Fort Worth is a community that values diversity and inclusion.

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