On Tuesday, the Brentwood City Council directed staff to work on three separate resolutions to bring back at a future meeting regarding conflict in the middle east, life and calling for a ceasefire.
Adopting a resolution or solidarity with the Palestinian and Muslim communities regarding with what was going on in Gaza. They also called for supporting a ceasefire. It also follows a town hall which members of the public also showed up urging the city to take a stance on what is occurring in Gaza.
Proclamation on behalf of humanity and life (Bryant)
“I would like for us to issue a proclamation in support of all humanity, in peace, everything that we had talked about, anti-islamophobia” stated Mayor Joel Bryant. We have a community that is made up of many different cultures, backgrounds and ethnicity and as a city council I believe we do need to make sure that every single resident feels appreciated, loved, and safe here and supported. If we can word it as such, I would really appreciate that because I want to make sure every single family member and individual in our community understands that they are equally valuable as is anyone else. Every single person has immense value simply because they are a living person. If we could have that, I would really appreciate it.”
Proclamation on Anti-Islamophobia while encouraging peace (Pierson)
“I was going to make request for anti-islamophobia but also a resolution to encourage peace in the Middle East and here in the United States so I would like to add that to it,” stated Councilmember Pa’tanisha Pierson.
Proclamation Calling for a Ceasefire (Mendoza)
“I didn’t come in here thinking I was going to ask for what I am going to ask for because I’m Brentwood. I can’t do anything I am just Brentwood, but one of the young ladies came up and said if every single city asked for something, the federal government would listen,” stated Councilmember Jovita Mendoza who highlighted her daughters friend who goes to Heritage and is Palestinian received a horrible text from someone. “I can’t make a ceasefire happen, I can’t make people stop kidnapping women in Mexico, but I can say it. I can say I support a ceasefire. So I would like to make an agenda item that we as a city, do all of these things, that we want a war to stop and we want a ceasefire… after hearing our residents ask us to do it, I have to listen to them.”
Brentwood City staff asked for clarifications and if they could combine the proclamations or wanted separate proclamations. Council gave direction to bring back three separate resolutions.
City Manager Tim Ogden will bring back the item to allow the council to come up with messaging to allow staff to then work on language for the resolutions—at that time, council will determine if they want to combine them or keep them separate. It is anticipated the resolutions will return in January for final approval.
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