It’s been a prevalent theme during the past couple of months, so the Spokane Valley City Council responded Tuesday night that it was reaffirming a resolution denouncing discrimination in the municipality.
While a similar resolution was passed in March of 2017, the issue has been simmering since August after Mayor Rod Higgins had participated in an event held by Northwest Grassroots and hosted by James Allsup, who has been criticized for white nationalist leanings.
Since then, activists – largely led by Indivisible Progressives – have dominated council public comment sessions demanding the council pass a second resolution denouncing white nationalism.
“Communities that aren’t welcoming and don’t celebrate diversity doesn’t speak well for the location for people looking to create business opportunities,” said Gary VanDusen, a resident of Liberty Lake, when the issue was raised in August.
“We’ve had excellent testimony from citizens (since then),” said Council Member Linda Thompson, who brought the matter back before the governing body.
The resolution was passed unanimously and states that the council “desires to unequivocally state that the city of Spokane Valley is a city where discrimination of any form is not and shall not be tolerated.”