On August 22, Mayor Matt Brown issued the following statement in response to the planned white supremacist/nationalist rally at City Hall on August 26, 2017. Attached is also an emergent motion that was brought before Council.
"Our community is incredibly diverse and comprised of people of all different
backgrounds. Each and every one of us are created equal and we each possess
unique traits and talents that are to be respected.
Unfortunately, we here in London are not immune to the divisive political
discourse over race and white supremacy occurring south of the border. This is
why we must take a stand against all forms of racism, bigotry and hatred. White
supremacy and nationalist ideologies threaten the security of our community and
entirely undermines our commitment to foster a safe and inclusive environment
for everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or
Five months ago, on March 21st, I, along with many other Londoners and
community leaders, recognized the International Day for the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination. The theme was, “#HandsAgainstRacism” and I believe we must
continue to take a stand every day and raise a hand against racism, especially
on days when the security and safety of others is outwardly threatened.
Our City took a stand when we collaborated with our residents to develop
London’s first Community Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. We have a
comprehensive plan and we created it together.
Time and time again we have demonstrated that our community is stronger
together. Do not let the voices of hate divide us as we work towards making our
The charter of rights and freedoms provides specific protections for our freedom
of speech, expression, religion, association and political affiliation. Hateful
speech aimed at any member of our community will not be tolerated. Any group
associated with white supremacy or nationalist ideologies are not welcome in our
We will not and do not tolerate hatred, racism, bigotry or violence in London."