The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) announced a joint plan to fight extremism and bigotry and to promote justice and equality in response to the disturbing hate and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. More than 270 mayors from across the country, including the mayors of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces, have pledged to implement the plan.
USCM partnered with ADL to develop the 10-point Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry. Under the compact, mayors commit to speak out against racism, extremism, xenophobia, white supremacy and all forms of bigotry; support efforts to punish bias-motivated violence to the fullest extent of the law; encourage more anti-bias and anti-hate education in schools; encourage community activities that celebrate their population’s cultural and ethnic diversity; ensure civil rights laws are aggressively enforced; encourage training programs for police to identify and respond to hate incidents, hate crimes and domestic terrorism; and encourage the collection and reporting of hate crimes data.
The compact recognizes ADL’s expertise in providing trainings for law enforcement and anti-bias educational resources for schools. Suki Halevi, outgoing ADL New Mexico regional director, said: “Throughout our country’s history, many mayors have been strong proponents of civil rights and have actively opposed racism and bigotry. We are grateful that Mayor Richard J. Berry of Albuquerque, Mayor Javier Gonzales of Santa Fe, and Mayor Ken Miyagishima of Las Cruces have so boldly expressed their commitment to combating hate, extremism and bigotry. These mayors and the other New Mexico mayors we hope will soon join them have demonstrated leadership by promoting the fundamental principles of justice and equality that define America.”