Local City Councils Consider Proclamation Condemning Hate Speech

Aug 22, 2017

Local governments are being asked to affirm the Quad Cities as a welcoming and diverse community following violent protests in Charlotteville, Virginia. 

A proclamation written by the group One Human Family QCA, which organized a "No-Hate Rally" attended by hundreds in Davenport last week, condemns hate speech and violence "regardless of viewpoint," and promotes diversity and inclusion. 

An attendee holds a sign at last week's "No-Hate Rally" in Davenport.
Credit Lacy Scarmana/WVIK

One Human Family's Bob Babcock says the proclamation is in response to flyers from the neo-Nazi group National Alliance that have been distributed in the Quad Cities in recent weeks. 

"It sets a tone for the expectations for behavior around the Quad Cities, and that hate is not acceptable here."

The Moline City Council passed the proclamation at its meeting Tuesday night. The city councils of Silvis and Davenport have also already passed the proclamation unanimously. East Moline Mayor Reggie Freeman has the proclamation, but they haven't voted on it yet.

It's on the agenda this week for the Scott County Board of Supervisors. And The City of Bettendorf could consider the resolution at its meeting on Sept. 5.  

The full text of the proclamation can be found here.