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Management's Mission Statement:
We firmly believe in Philosopher John Locke's Social Contract Theory that-
"Government exists for the benefit of the governed not those governing."
"The City of Harper Woods exists not to serve those who are employed here, but for the residents who have placed us here to serve."
The City's business is service to our community.
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF TRANSFORMATIVE AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
WHEREAS, the mission of the City of Harper Woods is expressly for the benefit of the governed and in service to our residents;
WHEREAS, the City of Harper Woods strives for justice, equity, and compassion in all human relations;
WHEREAS, the City of Harper Woods should serve as a beacon of peace, liberty, and justice for all;
WHEREAS, allowing injustice to go unchallenged violates the mission of our City;
WHEREAS, tragic and violent deaths have occurred because of institutionalized racism and police brutality that disproportionately impacts African Americans and persons of color;
WHEREAS, the City of Harper Woods Public Safety Department is committed to excellence in law enforcement, the preservation of life, and officers are held to the highest standards of loyalty, integrity and honesty, and are expected to work toward critical responsibilities including de-escalation, crisis intervention, and community policing;
WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council of Harper Woods recognizes that we must advance substantive law enforcement policies to create a community that ensures the rights of all our residents;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and City Council of Harper Woods will do whatever is within our power to protect the residents of this City from all forms of oppression;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor and City Council of Harper Woods will work with organizations and our community toward justice, with the recognition of the interconnected nature of racism and systemic oppression based on socio-economic status, ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, and language;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor and City Council of Harper Woods recognize the fight for diversity, accessibility, equality, equity, and civil rights continues, and we urge all people to demand justice against racist and discriminatory practices;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor and City Council of Harper Woods recognize the importance of, and commits to, developing and establishing just and inclusive policies and practices designed to dismantle racism and all forms of oppression;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Mayor and City Council of Harper Woods will work actively to enhance educational efforts aimed at understanding, dismantling, and addressing racism and how it affects health, education, human services, social services and economic development in our Public Safety, Court, and Government as a whole;
SO FINALLY, we collectively announce that the Mayor and City Council of Harper Woods are committed to fair, transformative, and restorative actions and policies that are accountable to our community, and that we will actively work to eliminate racism and other forms of injustice by working to make organizational structures more inclusive, enact changes in our policies, systems, practices and perceptions, so that we can create a fair and just community for all residents;
The City of Harper Woods exists not to serve those who are employed here, but for the residents who have placed us here to serve.
The City serves all residents, not just a few. City Officials have recently learned of residents circulating misinformation on social media platforms and defining themselves as "in the know."
Officials would like to emphasize that no resident is above another and no resident has access to City services or information over their neighbor. To counter the misinformation, officials encourage all residents to think about accuracy and the sentiments triggered by what they see/read before sharing anything online. If the information does not come from the City, consider your source.
The City is committed to transparency and we have a "contact us" feature link on our website to obtain information or advise of concerns across the city. Residents can also attend monthly City Council meetings to voice their concerns or make comment to their elected officials.
As we move forward together from a pandemic, the City will continue to maintain and strengthen the trust of our residents who grant us the privilege to serve them. Officials are committed to providing residents with information and services in a timely, accurate manner.