On June 19, 2020 we celebrate and commemorate Juneteenth – the day 155 years ago when Union soldiers marched into Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and slavery was over –
more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
Then, as now, America moved slowly to recognize and implement the ideal of equal rights for all. Now, with racial justice issues at the forefront of our national and local debate, it is appropriate that on this day Los Gatos launch a dedicated webpage outlining our shared values of diversity and inclusivity.
At Becoming an Inclusive Community, you will find a sample of actions Los Gatos has already taken to realize these values – from the Town’s 2017 Resolution committing to diversity, to its recent Proclamation not only reaffirming that commitment, but taking a strong stand against racial inequality and injustice. You will also find information about training, standards, and expectations for our Police Department – including a commitment to review those standards going forward and report back to the community as outlined in the Mayor’s Pledge to Commit to Action. You will also find a link to a dedicated email through which information, requests, reports, complaints, and simple observations may be shared with the Town. Finally, you will find information about upcoming Town listening events and workshops where we can all come together to listen, learn, and go forward together.
In naming the new webpage Becoming an Inclusive Community, Los Gatos recognizes there is work to do – but in clearly stating our commitment to inclusivity and diversity – the Town is striving to take the steps needed to reach that goal, and we look forward to your participation and guidance in helping us get there.
We are Los Gatos. We are a diverse community. We respect the dignity, health, rights, and privacy of all our residents, businesses, and visitors. We value all our community members, regardless of religion, immigration status, ethnicity, race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We strive to ensure all community members feel safe, respected, and comfortable to be themselves and express all aspects of their identities.
Marcia JensenLos Gatos Mayor