DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Mayor Eric Johnson introduced Wednesday, Sept. 15, he shaped the Mayor’s Anti-Hate Advisory Council “in gentle of statistics that present a rising variety of hate crimes in Dallas and throughout the nation.”
The brand new advisory council will meet usually to debate methods to make the town and Dallas Police Division higher outfitted to each reply to and stop hate crimes and to advertise a tradition that’s tolerant and understanding,
The announcement comes after the FBI launched a brand new report displaying that nationwide, hate crimes hit at a 12-year excessive in 2020.
Dallas additionally noticed a rise final 12 months.
“Dallas is a welcoming metropolis, one which embraces its variety and works to beat the racial and financial divisions sowed by generations which have long gone,” Mayor Johnson mentioned.
The mayor added in his remarks, “We can not afford to disregard or downplay hate. No person ought to really feel uncomfortable or unsafe in Dallas due to who they’re — due to their race or ethnicity, their sexual and gender identities, their faith, or their nationwide origin.”
The inaugural Mayor’s Anti-Hate Advisory council will embody 16 folks.
Mayor Johnson named 4 co-chairs: Sammie Berry, Minister of Dallas West Church of Christ and Chair of Dallas Space Preachers and Church Leaders; Sherry Goldberg, Chair of the Group Safety Initiative of the Jewish Federation of Higher Dallas; Gary Sanchez, Board Chair, North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce; Sanjiv Yajnik, President of Monetary Providers, Capital One Monetary Company.
“I like the town of Dallas, however we have now work to do to remove hate,” mentioned Berry. “We have to take a look at the worth techniques, the insurance policies, and the legal guidelines that enable hate to fester. We have to work diligently to teach and remove hate and hate crimes right here in our metropolis. This advisory council provides us a superb discussion board to work with Mayor Johnson on these vital points and on constructing a greater Dallas.”
“I applaud Mayor Johnson for his dedication and imaginative and prescient for our nice metropolis,” mentioned Goldberg. “As a bunch, we should work collectively to fight and remove hate of all types. Energy is available in numbers. After we all take part and work cohesively, our metropolis shall be rewarded now and for generations to come back.”
“Hate has no dwelling right here in Dallas,” Sanchez mentioned. “No matter one’s race, look, views or id, everybody deserves to stroll the streets of Dallas with a way of security and respect. I thank Mayor Johnson for this chance, and I’m trying ahead to working with my fellow co-chairs and committee members to drive hate out of our metropolis and make Dallas a welcoming place for all those that dwell right here, work right here, or are merely passing by.”
“I’m heartened to see our area’s deep dedication to inclusivity, and name upon everybody to sentence all acts of hate,” mentioned Yajnik. “Efforts to drive constructive change can not finish till each member of our group feels protected, valued, heard and supported. I’m honored to work hand in hand with Mayor Johnson and key group leaders to assist foster belonging for all within the higher DFW space.”
Right here is the complete checklist of members of the Mayor’s Anti-Hate Advisory Council:
Sammie Berry, Minister of Dallas West Church of Christ and Chair of Dallas Space Preachers and Church Leaders (Co-Chair)
Sherry Goldberg, Chair of the Group Safety Initiative of the Jewish Federation of Higher Dallas (Co-Chair)
Gary Sanchez, Board Chair, North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce (Co-Chair)
Sanjiv Yajnik, President of Monetary Providers, Capital One Monetary Company (Co-Chair)
Imam Muhammad Abdul-Jami, Masjid Al-Islam
Averie Bishop, President, SMU Asian Pacific American Regulation Scholar Affiliation and CEO & Founding father of The Tulong Basis
Carter Brown, Government Director, Nationwide Black Trans Advocacy Coalition
Cece Cox, CEO, Useful resource Heart
Anita Zusman Eddy, Government Director, Jewish Federation of Higher Dallas’ Jewish Group Relations Council
Hector M. Flores, Previous Nationwide LULAC President
Mary Pat Higgins, President & CEO, Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Dr. Charles Ku, Previous President, Higher Dallas Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce
Rev. Dr. George Mason, Senior Pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church and President of Religion Commons
Almas Muscatwalla, Government Director, Religion Ahead Dallas
Kirk Myers, Founder and CEO, Abounding Prosperity, Inc.
AnaChrista Robles, Senior Director of Impression and Inclusion, ISP Artistic and State Advertising Chair, Hispanic Girls’s Community of Texas