Friday, February 24, 2017

Homer City councilpersons sponsor resolution in direct defiance to Donald Trump.

Courtesy of Must Read Alaska: 

CITY OF HOMER, 

ALASKA RESOLUTION 17-xxx 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF HOMER, ALASKA, STATING THAT THE CITY OF HOMER ADHERES TO THE PRINCIPLE OF INCLUSION AND HEREIN COMMITTING THIS CITY TO RESISTING EFFORTS TO DIVIDE THIS COMMUNITY WITH REGARD TO RACE, RELIGION, ETHNICITY, GENDER, NATIONAL ORIGIN, PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES, OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION REGARDLESS OF THE ORIGIN OF THOSE EFFORTS, INCLUDING FROM LOCAL, STATE OR FEDERAL AGENCIES. 

WHEREAS, A new administration is in power in Washington, D.C. without a popular mandate; 

WHEREAS, During his campaign, President Donald Trump made statements offensive and harmful to the rights of women; immigrants; religious, racial, and ethnic minorities; veterans; the disabled; LGBTQ citizens; and the general public; and that such statements have continued since his election; and 

WHEREAS, The President on numerous occasions has stated clearly his disregard for freedom of speech; freedom of the press; freedom of assembly; and freedom of religion, particularly with regard to Muslim Americans; and 

WHEREAS, The President has not disavowed his intention to create a registry of Muslim Americans and now intends to ban Muslims from entering the United States; and 

WHEREAS, The President now is following through on his promises to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, including millions brought here as children who have grown up to know no other life than that of an American; and 

WHEREAS, The President now is following through on plans to build a wall on the border separating the United States from Mexico without apparent regard to its cost, its effects upon our nation’s economy, or its sociological ramifications, and to impose an ideological test for entry into our country; and 

WHEREAS, The President has promised to repeal federal regulations protecting LGBTQ citizens; and 

WHEREAS, The President already has issued executive orders to effect the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which provides tens of millions of Americans with health care insurance coverage; and 

WHEREAS, The President has issued executive orders to rescind certain women’s reproductive rights; and 

WHEREAS, The President has promised to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and to remove other environmental protections instituted under the previous administration, and has begun a process to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency; and 

WHEREAS, Before and especially since the election, some citizens have been emboldened to express overtly an intolerance of diversity that is opposed to the views of most Homer residents and most Americans; and 

WHEREAS, The President’s cabinet nominees have expressed views similar to those laid out in the whereas clauses above and thus are largely out of step with the attitudes of most Homer residents; and 

WHEREAS, The presidential election has exposed deep social and political divisions among Americans and these divisions threaten the general peace as expressions of intolerance rise; and 

WHEREAS, The City of Homer recognizes that while the minority community here may be relatively small, it may be vulnerable, and that if those residents feel in any way threatened simply because they are minorities, the City should be on record as opposing all such intolerance; and 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Homer unequivocally rejects expressions of fear and hate wherever they may exist, and specifically rejects harassment of women, immigrants, religious minorities, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ individuals. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Homer embraces all people regardless of skin color, country of birth, faith, sex, gender, marital status, or abilities; and that the City of Homer will not waver in its commitment to inclusion and to continuing to create a village safe for a diverse population. BE IT 

FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Homer will resist any and all efforts to profile undocumented immigrants or any other vulnerable population. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Homer will cooperate with federal agencies in detaining undocumented immigrants when court-issued federal warrants are delivered. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Homer shall steadfastly defend the United States and Alaska constitutions, especially with regard to the former’s precedent-backed right of privacy and the latter’s specified right of privacy (Article 1, Section 22), and safeguard the rights declared in the Bill of Rights. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Homer will continue its staunch support of our local police in their ongoing efforts to enforce law and protect our community and its visitors in a just, unbiased and transparent manner. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Homer will declare itself a safety net for the most vulnerable members of and visitors to our community. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Homer calls on all its citizens to stand against intolerance and resist expressions of hate toward any members of the community, and thus to set an example for the rest of the nation, demonstrating that Homer residents and Alaskans adhere to the principle of live-and-let-live. 

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Homer City Council this 27th day of February, 2017. CITY OF HOMER

 ________________________ BRYAN ZAK, MAYOR ATTEST:

 ______________________________ JO JOHNSON, MMC, CITY CLERK

Gotta love Homer.

And this is just another reminder that not everyone in Alaska is some conservative asshole. 

Hmm, think I'll add Must Read Alaska to my blogroll.

32 comments:

  1. Has Sarah weighed in on the Homer resolution, or, is she too busy attacking mythical drama teachers.

    I live in Virginia. Will I need a passport to move to Homer, or, do you Alaskans let just anyone in?? After all, I AM and old redneck!!

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    1. Anonymous9:22 AM

      You'll have to cross Canada on the way over, so just don't get waylaid! (Either accidentally or on purpose!)

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    2. You're more than welcome to come to California.

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  2. Anonymous4:30 AM

    I love Homer even more.

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  3. Anonymous5:06 AM

    Homer? Isn't that the community where Sarah and Bristol attacked a school teacher?

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    1. Anonymous7:19 AM

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannyn-moore/sarah-palins-homer-moment_b_675198.html

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    2. Anonymous8:30 AM

      It was where they began a civil convo and ended cordially.

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  4. Anonymous5:13 AM

    Way to Go Homer !

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  5. Anonymous5:27 AM

    Homer, you have shown the rest of the country way to do this!
    SAAAAAAAAAAAALUUUUTE!

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  6. Anonymous5:51 AM

    On his UNSECURED server and old ugly android the so called us presidence is having a live global twit meltdown storm. The very hackers that provided for his rigged election are now providing for the American people. Sweet Justice coming home. Each day brings America closer to justice for all. American's fought and died for Our Constitution and freedom from dictators. And she will not shut up sit down go away Nor give up until this so called presidence and his basket of deplorable lying treason and espionage criminals are completely removed from our buildings and in prison for their crimes against the United States of America. We will never stop fighting nor will we forget what YOU PEOPLE did to our country....pack yer bags and get out of the peoples house. YOU ARE FIRED MR TRUMP along with your criminal base of alt deplorable criminals. FIRED. RESIGN TODAY and confess your sins.

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    1. Anonymous8:48 PM

      You're an idiot

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  7. Anonymous5:58 AM

    Go Homer,make America proud. Good to see compassion for all in your community .

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  8. I'm ready to move to Homer permanently so I can be around like-minded individuals, people who aren't afraid of others who aren't exactly like them! It just goes to show that the American spirit is alive and well! We can't let Dolt45* & his kkkatastrophic kkkriminal kkkabal destroy America! We simply cannot! Thanks, Gryphen, for this uplifting start to a great weekend!

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    1. Anonymous8:30 AM

      Why move there? All cities are good.

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    2. PLEASE stay home....we do not need anymore NOSE LEAD IDIOTS who think this is a thing...its not..and it is being squashed

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    3. Seems to me you need some fresh progressive blood to counteract the RESIDENT PROVINCIAL IDIOTS who are squashing American values. Fret not your miniscule brain; worry not your nonexistent heart. I shall go where I please whenever I desire to do so. Thank you for playing.

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    4. Anonymous8:51 PM

      Ha! Thanks for reaffirming the hatred you, being the liberal, are spewing and supporting. Your views aren't the only ones, nor do they make the law of the land. Try practicing what you preach.

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  9. Anonymous6:17 AM

    Political wise, one of the few times I've been proud to be able to say I am from Alaska. For so many years, its like we've been a lone voice in the wilderness, especially in the valley.

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    1. Anonymous8:31 AM

      Isn't that where Shannyn, a terrible person, is from?

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  10. Anonymous6:57 AM

    Standing Rock

    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/02/24/sean-spicer-lied-contact-trump-standing-rock-sioux-invasion.html

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    1. It would be more newsworthy to report when Spicey tells the truth since it happens so rarely.

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  11. Anonymous6:59 AM

    "Trump is mad that the FBI won’t do his bidding, which is to publicly deny his ties to Russia"

    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/02/24/nervous-trump-freaks-cia-leaks.html

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  12. Anonymous8:50 AM

    G,

    think you might want to read that linked blog more thoroughly. The writer of that article is making fun of the resolution. Also, right up front they say Homer is being intolerant. They snidely paraphrase it later (e.g. Calling out "gender-confused" policies). They make a point of actually calling out that Trump won 306 electoral votes and that Homer voted for Trump over Clinton. They are definitely not a fan of this proposed resolution - they call it cloying. They claim that over 50% of voters share Trump's views and are trying to get people to contact the council before they vote on the resolution later this month.

    Here's a sample of what they wrote:

    "We’ll summarize the rest of the resolution for you: Homer, Alaska thinks the president is an awful, dreadful little man who is inciting hatred from sea to shining sea, is undoing the Paris Climate Treaty, Obamacare, gender-confused bathroom policies, and myriad other Obama stuff. The Homer City Council will, through this resolution, be joining the nascent “resistance movement,” and will not tolerate either the president or the point of view he represents, which, by the way is nearly 50 percent of the voters in America and a good deal more than that in Homer.
    Here’s how Homer voted in November: Homer 1, (District 31-350) voted 433 for Trump to 329 for Clinton. Homer 2, (District 31-360) voted 346 for Trump to 284 for Clinton. We call that a local mandate, but the Homer City Council may be unwilling to tolerate it. We shall see how the council members vote on Feb. 27."

    Finally, read some of the archived blog articles....she's not a fan of Obama. You may want to think harder whether you want to send traffic her way.

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  13. This is the EXACT REASON we have a divided country. NONE of this means anything to the greater majority. The small minded morons in HOMER that actually think this is a good idea are small. My suggestion, is to BOYCOTT THE ETNIRE HOMER SPIT..if you fish there, FISH ELSEWHERE..DO not purchase your food, gas clothing there....come to Kenai. This is NOT the answer, and the state should be ASHAMED to see one of its tiniest little towns becoming a pariah for the rest of the country to get your fifteen minutes of fame on TV. Lets be honest..thats what this is about. You are going to have so much FINANCIAL REPROCUSSION from the rest of the state over this, only the likes of Target are seeing for their Transgender promotions. Its over...and so are you....I encourage fellow Alaskans to follow me and not put up with this childish behavior. Alaska used to be a state I was proud of...almost fifty years of being a resident..now I see the real MONSTERS I live around....you all deserve whats coming to you...

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    1. Anonymous9:33 AM

      Holy Crap, 9:08. Get a grip before you stroke out. I've lived here over 50 years and think it's nut jobs like you who have ruined so much of the politics of this state. But, thankfully, we still have communities that do t blindly accept the garbage coming out of the Trump attempted autocracy. We still have critical thinking skills and do e blindly follow our "dear leader" the way similar folks followed theirdear leader" Hitker many years ago.

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    2. Anonymous3:15 PM

      Hmm, wonder what a "REPROCUSSION" is? Must be the result of Unknown 9:08am being dropped on its head a few too many times during its infant hood.

      Damn, the cray cray is strong in that one, am I right?

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    3. Please don't judge all of Homer by the crazies. I'm a 37 year resident growing up here and raising four children here. The City Council has no business with this kind of resolution. Maybe they should be more worried about our heroine epidemic, education, condition of our roads, etc. If they are trying to damage our tourism industry, they are doing a bang up job. I find it laughable how many "anonymous" posts are out there. These kinds of pages are supposedly about love, light and namaste. All I see is more division and hate. Very sad.

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  14. Anonymous10:29 AM

    This got discussed on the 'Homer Communications' Facebook group, and wow did the RWNJs come out of the woodwork to rant; all of the usual namecalling, xenophobia, racism, and hatred of "liberals".

    One poster even resorted to posting graphic beheading photos to the group.

    Many of the comments were of the 'you lost, now sit down and shut up' variety. The most hilarious one even claimed that conservatives didn't complain when they lost to Obama; they just quietly waited for their next chance at election.

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  15. Anonymous2:32 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS, HOMER!!! You have decided to be a humane town. Thank you.

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  16. Anonymous3:14 PM

    I haven't benn down to Homer for over 20 years, nice to see they are still the town they were back then :-)

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  17. Anonymous5:19 PM

    The "Must Read Alaska" currently on your blog makes fun of the women who turned out to support Planned Parenthood. If you choose to have it on your blog, don't include the author of this disparaging article.

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  18. Anonymous11:04 AM

    This is bogus crap! It is a few people who have blown their wishes up to the decision of Homer. All of Homer does not support this. It was suggested by a few but is not really a Homer thing.

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