Carrboro and Chapel Hill mayors join anti-defamation pact

Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils and Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger joined more than 100 mayors from across the country to sign the Covenant of Mayors to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry. The pact is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League and the United States Conference of Mayors.

“I am proud to stand with other mayors as we speak out against hate, extremism and bigotry,” Seils said in a city government statement.

There are 10 components in the compact:

  • Expressly rejecting extremism, white supremacy and all forms of bigotry
  • Denounce all acts of hate wherever they occur
  • Ensure public safety while protecting freedom of expression and other fundamental constitutional rights
  • Call for Full Restoration of Law Enforcement and Civil Rights Investigations of Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes
  • Elevate and prioritize anti-bias and anti-hate programs in schools across our country
  • Support targeted communities and bring civic and community leaders together to build trust
  • Celebrate diversity, promote inclusivity and challenge bias
  • Promote law enforcement training on how to respond to and report hate incidents, hate crimes and domestic terrorism
  • Encourage residents of their communities to report hate-motivated incidents and crimes, including through the use of hotlines and online tools
  • Maintain civil rights enforcement and strengthen hate crime laws where necessary

For a full overview of the compact, click here.

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