City council: Alexandria is a ‘city of kindness and compassion’

WASHINGTON — The Alexandria City council issued a statement affirming the city’s inclusiveness and tolerance.

“Alexandria, Virginia, is a city of kindness and compassion,” the statement said.

Calling attention to recent issues — the elections, the rise in hateful and dangerous speech and acts nationwide — the members of the city’s government said that many residents have expressed fear and apprehension.

We proclaim that we remain committed to diversity and to fostering an atmosphere of inclusiveness that respects the dignity and worth of every person without regard to race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, immigration status, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or familial status, and we declare that we denounce hate speech, hate crimes, harassment, racial bias, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant activity, and harmful bias and discrimination in all forms.

The mayor, vice mayor and the entire city council signed the statement.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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