The City of Bellevue has taken a number of actions in solidarity with communities being impacted by hate and bias. City leaders are engaged and involved in community support rallies and speaking out against hate. They share a commitment to finding solutions to hate through the creation of an inclusive, welcoming community that knows how to stand up together against hate and bias. Beyond the city, other leaders are also taking a stand against hate and creating policies that address and combat hate as well.
City of Bellevue actions in support of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) community members
- City statement April 20, 2021 - Mayor Lynne Robinson and Police Chief Steve Mylett released a joint statement following the guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. The statement reads in part, "It is critical that all levels of government are more aware of the tremendously important responsibility we have in protecting the lives and wellbeing of all community members. Bellevue stands in solidarity against prejudice, bias, hate and social inequity."
- City leaders speaking at anti-hate rally March 20, 2021, featured in Lake to Lake television show.
- City statement March 18, 2021 - Mayor Lynne Robinson released a statement from the city saying in part, "Hate has no home in Bellevue. Each of us has to play a role in supporting our neighbors and helping to keep our community safe."
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- City proclamation March 15, 2021 - The City Council signed a proclamation urging residents to report bias crimes and take a role in supporting a welcoming community.
- City proclamation April 6, 2020 - The City Council signed a proclamation renewing its commitment to embracing diversity and standing against hate.
- Police Chief statement March, 2020 - Chief Steve Mylett addressed reports of hate crimes targeting the Chinese community and asked residents to step forward to report these crimes.
Federal government actions
- Signing of COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act May 20, 2021 - President Joe Biden signs the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law in response to hate crimes against Asian Americans. The legislation aims to make reporting hate crimes more accessible by increasing public awareness and ensuring that online reporting resources are disseminated in multiple languages. Additionally, the bill directs the Department of Justice to select a point of contact to expedite the review of hate crimes linked to COVID-19, and approves grants for state and local governments to facilitate crime-reduction programs that will prevent and respond to hate crimes.