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:
During the past year Albany, like the rest of our country, has experienced an increase in documented hate incidents. Incidents like this make us wonder what type of community we really are. Are we a community of people intent on hurting others? Are we a community of people who, by their privilege are unable or unwilling to understand how others are excluded? Are we a community of people fueled by hate and rage?
I don’t think so. I believe we are a community of people who see evil and choose to stand up and say “Not in my community; hatred will not be tolerated here”.
We realize that we don’t have all the answers but are willing to talk, listen, read, study and teach to better understand each other. We are willing to work hard to create the type of community we want – one that welcomes everyone.
Both the City of Albany and the Albany Police Department take reports of these incidents very seriously. There is a page in the City Council section of the City web site dedicated to community diversity and inclusion, http://www.albanyca.org/government/city-council/community-diversity-inclusion. Included on this page are links to the Police Department statement concerning hate crimes and immigration violations and related policies, http://www.albanyca.org/home/showdocument?id=29030
The Albany Police Department posts “Public Bulletins” on the city web site. http://www.albanyca.org/public-bulletin. This information comes directly from the police department and gives a brief synopsis of crimes that occur in Albany. This is an evolving process through which the police department will attempt to get information out to the public as quickly as possible. Please understand there are constraints to the amount and type of information that will be posted during an active investigation.
A more comprehensive, yet less detailed, way to view crime in Albany is through CrimeReports.com, https://www.crimereports.com/. This map of Albany shows where and when crimes are committed.
The goal of an inclusive and welcoming community is not achieved easily nor quickly. It is not achieved by one person working alone. However by standing together against hate and supporting our neighbors we take a step forward. When we show our children these are our values and beliefs, we take a step forward. When we pledge to continue the quest for a just society we take a step forward.
This is the type of community I believe we truly are.
Peggy McQuaid, Mayor
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