Along with dozens of other mayors from across the country, Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils signed the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate and Extremism, according to a Sept. 16 press release from the Town of Carrboro.
The Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate and Extremism is a collaborative effort by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Anti-Defamation League. It was developed in 2017 in response to an overall rise in hate in the U.S.
The compact’s goals of reducing incidents of hate and extremism are laid out in its 10 key components. These include rejecting all forms of bigotry, denouncing all acts of hate, elevating anti-bias programs in schools and supporting and building trust with local communities impacted by hate and extremism.
Mayors who sign the compact also commit to celebrating diversity in their communities, ensuring that civil rights laws are properly enforced and strengthened when needed and protecting public safety while defending freedom of speech.
The compact’s goal is to reduce overall rates of extremist violence and bigotry through a large network of local leaders, each working on the city level to protect the communities they know best.
When the U.S. Conference of Mayors contacted Seils to ask him to sign the compact, he said he was happy to do so.
“In my mind, the commitment is really in line with our priorities,” Seils said. “Carrboro has a certain reputation for being a diverse and inclusive community. That’s not something that happens by itself. It’s something that we have to continually, ourselves, do.”
Seils is not the only local mayor to sign the compact. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger has also signed onto the compact, along with three other North Carolina mayors: Mayor Vi Alexander Liles of Charlotte, Mayor Don Hardy of Kinston and Mayor Allen Joines of Winston-Salem.
Hemminger said the compact affirms American mayors’ commitment to serving the full diversity of their communities and creating unity on the local level and beyond.