In order to protect the rights of all community members, the Abington Township Human Relations Commission (ATHRC) will promote the provisions of Abington Ordinance 2029, which prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Abington Township and the ATHRC recognize the inherent dignity and worth of all people; therefore, the ATHRC strives to ensure, through education, mediation, and community outreach, that all members of the community enjoy equality and equal protection under the law.
Statement from the Human Relation Commission, 8/21/2017
The Abington Human Relations Commission believes in the values upon which our country was founded: all people are equal and deserve equal treatment and respect. Thus, we denounce the horrible events that took place in Charlottesville recently. We believe that there is no place for racism, sexism, extremism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism shown by the white nationalists and Nazi sympathizers. Hatred and violence should not be tolerated, and we will do our best to stand strong against the forces that propagate hatred and promote bigotry.
We offer our sympathies for the loss of life and injuries that people experienced in Charlottesville. We hope for healing among those physically and emotionally injured because of these events, whether injured in attendance or affected by the heinous images visible in the media.
Yet, we believe that Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, the protestor of intolerance who was killed in Charlottesville, powerfully stated our course of action when she quoted Heather: ‘If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.'
And that outrage calls each of us to take positive action against the divisive actions and the callous response of some political leaders. We encourage all to stand strongly for positive moral values and principles that can bring people together. Attend a vigil. Contact elected officials. Join a group that facilitates justice, peace, and inclusion. Write letters. Take a stand.
The Abington Human Relations Commission will continue to work for the values we believe in, that everyone working, visiting or living in Abington Township is entitled to respect, dignity and equal rights under the law.
Human Relations Commission Members:
- Meredith Gill
- Lawrence Jackson
- Joanne E. Kleiner, Esq.
- David Rondinelli
- Shelley Rosenberg