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City Council Racial Equity Statement

On June 1, 2020 the Troy City Council unanimously proclaimed the following statement in an act of solidarity with the Black community and all people that are marginalized and suffer from racial inequity.

WHEREAS, The people of the City of Troy are dedicated to two equally important propositions: First, that all people are created equal and, secondly, we do not live for ourselves alone – our country, our community, and our friends have a share in us; and

WHEREAS, The people of the City of Troy recognize that Justice and Freedom have never come easily; that justice demands we demonstrate equity and empathy towards others; and that without action, words have little meaning; and

WHEREAS, The people of the City of Troy recognize that we are a community where all citizens, regardless of their background, must be treated fairly in the eyes of the law; and

WHEREAS, The racial, cultural, and religious diversity of the City of Troy makes it unique in the State of Michigan; and

WHEREAS, The City of Troy lauds the Troy Police Department for taking its commitment to protect and serve seriously; for its outreach to residents; and for affirming its responsibility to listen to the diverse experiences of the people of Troy;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the City of Troy pledges itself to growing stronger as a community to serve as an exemplar of how strength and unity are quintessential American commitments; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City of Troy will continue to focus on the best hiring and training practices at all levels of government, to ensure the best possible outcomes for all citizens; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City of Troy dedicates its government to embodying integrity, accountability and professionalism, while respecting the U.S. Constitution and its laws in order to ensure justice for all.

With this being said, we know that this is only the first step in a more comprehensive review of our City operations, especially the Police Department, as it relates to the needs of the Black community, and the other racial, ethnic, and cultural groups that call Troy home. The injustices of the past are inexcusable and the damage done to the Black community should be clear and evident to all. We cannot change the past, but we do control our future. As a City, we have committed to reviewing our policies and practices as it relates to racial and cultural equity now, and into our future to create a more fair, unbiased, and equitable community.

The City of Troy has made it a priority to embrace an inclusive community culture for many years prior to the current movement. In an act to reinforce that - the Troy City Council created the creation of the Global Troy Advisory Committee in an effort to increase the City of Troy’s cultural competence though cultural knowledge, awareness and sensitivity. This Committee is comprised of members of the City of Troy who represent various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and acts in an advisory capacity to the Troy City Council. Now, more than ever, the Global Troy Advisory Committee’s role in representing the multi-faceted needs of our residents is crucial for the City to operate in the most equitable ways possible. This is just one example of the many ways that the City of Troy makes the advancement of racial and cultural equity a priority in our City government.

As we move forward, the City of Troy is committed to engaging as many of our residents as possible to ensure that their diverse perspectives are heard, that the needs of our most marginalized individuals are represented, and that the will of the community as a whole is carried out through our democratic processes to the highest possible degree.

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