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RESOLUTION 18-54 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE LAKE OSWEGO CITY COUNCIL AFFIRMING A WELCOMING AND INCLUSIVE CITY <br /> WHEREAS on September 5, 2017, the Lake Oswego City Council signed a proclamation reiterating its <br /> commitment to being a safe, caring and respectful community where hate in any form is not tolerated; <br /> and <br /> WHEREAS the City of Lake Oswego is striving to become increasingly welcoming, inclusive, <br /> representative, and responsive to historically underrepresented and underserved communities; and <br /> WHEREAS our Country and City's shared prosperity is in part the result of contributions of people of <br /> many nationalities and races; and <br /> WHEREAS it is important to recognize that governmental action can affect the inclusiveness of a <br /> community; for example, prior to its repeal in 1927,the exclusionary clause of the Oregon Constitution <br /> adopted in 1857, perpetuated racial discrimination against racial minorities by excluding their <br /> immigration into the state and before being held unconstitutional, so did deed restrictions by <br /> prohibiting transferring property based on classifications such as race, religion, sex, or sexual <br /> orientation; and <br /> WHEREAS the City's cultural and policy environment is made better when all of our City's residents have <br /> the opportunity to fully participate in the social, civic, and economic fabric of their City; and <br /> WHEREAS the City acknowledges the inherent worth and dignity of all persons and believes everyone <br /> should be treated with respect regardless of race, color, national origin, immigration or refugee/asylum <br /> status, ethnicity, primary language, religion, sex,gender, gender identity and expression, sexual <br /> orientation, marital status,familial status, mental, emotional and/or physical ability, age, or economic <br /> status; and <br /> WHEREAS the City has committed to provide City services and the full range of public safety services; <br /> and <br /> WHEREAS our City is stronger when all people are free from fear, intimidation, harassment, and <br /> uncertainty; and <br /> WHEREAS the City Council, as the governing body of the City that is home to over 37,000 residents, has <br /> identified equity, diversity, inclusion, prosperity, health, and community safety among its desired <br /> outcomes; and <br /> WHEREAS the City of Lake Oswego embraces service, professionalism, integrity, respect, individual <br /> accountability, and trust as core values of the City government and leadership. <br /> NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,that: <br /> 1. The City Council reaffirms its commitment to valuing diversity, equity and inclusion by providing <br /> stability, opportunity, safety and justice for everyone living, working, and visiting the City; <br /> 2. The City Council embraces, welcomes and celebrates its immigrant and refugee/asylum <br /> residents to the collective prosperity of all residents; <br />