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Council affirms anti-discrimination stance


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Plenty were on hand Tuesday night as the Spokane Valley City Council unanimously agreed that intolerance wasn’t welcome in its municipal borders.

The measure, which was proposed by Council Member Ed Pace, was not so much a new law but an affirmation of existing state and federal policies denouncing bigotry.

The agenda item drew a large crowd, including members of the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force, to the regular meeting. Everyone who spoke was in favor of the resolution.

“Hate should not exist in Spokane Valley,” said Philip Tyler, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, after thanking the council for bringing the issue forward.

Carolyn Casey, a Spokane Valley resident for two years, was encouraged by the city’s stance.

“I want to live in a welcoming community that doesn’t tolerate harassment,” Casey said.

Dean Lynch, president of the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force, also commended the council.

Pace – who noted that his wife is Vietnamese – thanked all who supported his motion just prior to the 7-0 vote.

“I didn’t want to create a new law,” he said. “I just wanted to support what everybody already knows.”

The city of Spokane approved a similar resolution on Monday night.

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