Special to the Vanguard
Davis, CA – The City of Davis, Yolo County and UC Davis have partnered to create Hate-Free Together, a community-wide framework to combat the recent string of local hate incidents and prioritize the well-being and safety of all residents.
The joint effort, unveiled last night (Nov. 30) during the 2x2x2 committee’s annual town and gown meeting, will begin in 2023.
Just as these three public agencies successfully came together for Healthy Davis and Healthy Yolo Together, they are now advancing Hate-Free Together, a movement that will invite the entire community to help condemn hate, create safety and cultivate change, and encourage an environment that promotes inclusiveness, celebrates diversity and rejects hate and bias in all forms.
The City, County and UC Davis signed a joint resolution last night declaring our community Hate-Free Together.
“We are all deeply troubled by the rise in high profile local hate incidents. We are inviting the community to help us identify specific actions within the Hate-Free Together framework,” said Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor. “Hate incidents affect us all and we all have a role to play in this fight.”
“The partnerships we harnessed to great effect during the pandemic taught us that we are all stronger together,” said UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May. “In this case, rather than COVID-19 being the virus, hate is the virus we’re trying to eradicate. We intend to use our collective power to condemn violence and bigotry in all forms.”
“Hate is a cycle that can be broken if we cultivate change, prioritize education and stand up together,” said City of Davis Mayor Lucas Frerichs. “We ask the entire community to join us in this fight and learn how we can all work to become Hate-Free Together.”
The campaign will include three spheres, or audiences: individuals, public agencies and businesses. These spheres will also include schools, religious institutions, nonprofits and many other groups. Each sphere will be invited to community workshops starting in 2023 to share what change they would like to see in the community and target key actions. In addition, a website is forthcoming with local training, educational resources and instructions on how to report hate crimes across jurisdictions. Additional details on the framework and outcomes will be shared at a future date.