Statement of Peace

The Connecticut Commission on Equity and Opportunity condemns the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and acts of terrorism, racism, and anti-Semitism by the white supremacists and Neo-Nazis.

Our prayers and condolences are especially for Heather Heyer’s family and the families of State Trooper helicopter pilots Berke M.M. Bates and Lt. H. Jay Cullen, who were killed, and to those who were injured in this domestic terrorist attack.

Our Commission mission states “We work to eliminate disparities by creating opportunities, building connections and promoting change.” Our vision is “To break barriers and bridge Communities…” To that end, the CEO reminds everyone that Connecticut is a welcoming state. In 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly unanimously passed An Act Concerning Hate Crimes. We believe this bill sends the powerful message that hate crimes and such deplorable acts have no place in the State of Connecticut. We further believe such deplorable acts have no place in the United States of America.

The CEO takes this moment to remind elected officials and constituents to unequivocally repudiate bigotry, racism, and anti-Semitism, and not to be silent or complacent about these deplorable acts.

We stand with the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the thousands who spoke out unconditionally condemning racism, hatred, and bigotry. We denounce any leadership that encourages or endorses such acts. We implore current and future leaders of our country to always clearly and unconditionally reject and condemn hate speech, hate crimes, bigotry, and behaviors that promote racism, discrimination, and hatred.

 

Connecticut Commission on Equity and Opportunity