Strides towards equal treatment

Sunday, June 18, 2017

We were very disappointed to see that the article covering the New Salem town meeting on Monday, June 5, did not mention that two articles in support of immigrants and diversity in town passed with a significant majority. One of which was a resolution that included the following statements: “we recognize the inherent value of all individuals in our community, regardless of race, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or immigration status” and “we charge New Salem government to serve every town resident equally and without regard to immigration status.”

The town also voted in a second article to instruct its representatives in the state Senate and House to support the Safe Communities Act (SD1596, HD3052). This act would ensure due process rights for all regardless of immigration status, maintain a separation between ICE agents and state and local police, and ensure state data cannot be used for creation of a federal registry based on religion, national origin or other characteristics.

We are very proud that our town was willing to take a stand and put in writing the good things the town, its police and its schools are already doing. We would like other towns in Franklin County who are passing similar resolutions to know that we stand with them and encourage area residents to call their representatives this week about the Safe Communities Act.

Zara Dowling, Mary-Ann DeVita Palmieri

New Salem