Inclusivity in Claremont

The United Valley Interfaith Project (UVIP) brings people together around common values to create meaningful change. Honoring everyone’s dignity, we work for all members of our community regardless of race, ethnicity, or religious affiliation.

Recently we have noticed confederate flags and swastikas around Claremont. Symbols derive their meanings from their uses and the perception of these uses, and these symbols are often used to deliberately promote hatred and fear. This letter acknowledges the negative impact these may symbols have on some of our friends and neighbors and rejects the message that any of our friends and neighbors do not belong here.

The recent resistance to the appearance of Robert Spencer confirms that we are not alone. While we support free speech, we are surprised that a mainstream political party would want to promote a man with such clear anti-Muslim biases. However we each vote, Spencer’s values are not ours.

As stated in Claremont’s master plan, the city is working to once again become a “vibrant, cohesive community”. We are sure that welcoming inclusivity is an absolute requirement if we are to reach this goal.

If you feel that our values reflect your own, and you are interested in working toward economic and racial justice in an inclusive community, we would welcome your voice at our monthly meetings. Contact us at claremont@unitedvalleyinterfaithproject.org for more information.

Claremont Team, UVIP

Ann Campbell

Ben Mortell

Doreen Needham

William Quinn

Jackie Hall

Citizens of Claremont

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