Updated: Jun 2
"WE ALL BELONG" IMPORTANT MESSAGE SHARED BY MAYOR CHIRICO
“What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis is unconscionable. What happened to Christian Cooper in Central Park is unconscionable. And what’s happened here in recent months in Naperville is unconscionable.
We cannot let these events be relegated to just another name, another page in the history books. It is all of our responsibility as members of society to discuss these events and have real, open, and honest discussions about race and racism. Even if those discussions make us uncomfortable, because that’s the space where real change begins.
We can’t pretend these events didn’t happen or that we are immune in Naperville. It is our responsibility to seek change, here at home and across the country, in a peaceful way. At a City level, we’re working to turn our words into actions through partnerships and training.
I’m proud of our city’s diversity and inclusion. We ALL belong in Naperville, and we all deserve a safe, welcoming community. I mourn for George Floyd and his family, and I join the many voices here and across our country calling for lasting change. Now is the time to come together; listen to the experiences of so many that have gone on for far too long; and take peaceful, lasting steps towards transformation, justice, and kindness.
We all belong.”
A link to the a video clip from the Mayor’s 2020 State of the City address is below - “I Belong. You Belong. We All Belong.” video.