The Albany City Council embraces community diversity and inclusion, and works to ensure the wellbeing of all members of our Albany community. The City Council continues to focus on efforts to further community diversity and inclusion as follows:
On April 17, 2017, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2017-09, declaring Albany a Sanctuary City. The City Council formed a subcommittee comprised of Mayor McQuaid and Council Member Nason to engage with the community to develop a Sanctuary City Resolution that is customized to Albany. A community workshop to discuss becoming a sanctuary city was held on April 5, 2017 (view workshop materials).
In adopting the Sanctuary City Resolution, the Council expressed pride in being a City which recognizes the dignity and civil rights of all community members including the right of all community members to live, work, and study in a City that does not subject them to prejudicial treatment or discrimination. The City Council understands that undo enforcement of immigration violations will damage the public trust in law enforcement and make our entire community less safe.
City Council Statement on Diversity & Inclusion
On November 21, 2016, the City Council reiterated a priority for community diversity and inclusion by reading the following statement:
We, the members of the Albany City Council, recognize that many in our community are hurting and fearful as a result of the recent national election. Thus, we would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm that we welcome and value all of our diverse citizens regardless of where they are from, who they love, how they worship, how they look, their abilities, or how they vote.
We invite all of the citizens of Albany to join with us in creating a safe and welcoming community; one in which we celebrate our differences and learn from each other; one in which we are proud to raise our children.
“Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another's uniqueness”. Ola Joseph
Albany Police Department Policy Directives
The Albany Police Department has established policy directives to support vulnerable communities:
Albany Police Department Statement Concerning Hate Crimes and Immigration Violations, and related Albany Police Department Policies
Mayor McQuaid report: Sanctuary City Workshop, Santa Clara University - Mayor's Notes