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Posted on: October 19, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City Responds to Hate Speech Used at City Council Meeting

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On Tuesday, October 17th, the Port Angeles City Council meeting was the target of hate speech by virtual participants using fake names. The City of Port Angeles has a steadfast commitment to inclusivity and does not tolerate hate or discrimination.  

Our City embraces freedom of speech and respects diverse opinions. However, we draw a clear line when it comes to hate speech and discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, age, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Such behavior is not and will never be tolerated in Port Angeles.  

At the core of our values is respect, safety, and the celebration of diversity. Port Angeles thrives on its diverse cultures, backgrounds and perspectives, which define us and enrich our collective experience. This diversity is a source of strength and pride.  

We apologize to any member of our community who felt uncomfortable, upset or threatened by the incident on Tuesday. We assure you that our City stands firm in our commitment to safety for all.  

Keeping our community safe takes all of us working together. We invite all residents to join us in taking a strong stand against hate and discrimination, and to embrace inclusivity, understanding, and respect for one another. Together, we can foster a community that is safe, inclusive and welcoming to all.