The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) announced a new joint plan to fight extremism and bigotry and promote justice and equality in response to the disturbing hate and violence seen in Charlottesville, Virginia. More than 280 mayors from across the country have so far pledged to implement the plan, including 37 from Florida (representing over 13% of the total to date).

USCM partnered with ADL to develop the 10-point Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism, and Bigotry. Under the Compact, mayors commit to vigorously speak out against all acts of hate; punish bias-motivated violence to the fullest extent of the law; encourage more anti-bias and anti-hate education in schools and police forces, using ADL experts and resources for both; encourage community activities that celebrate their population’s cultural and ethnic diversity; and ensure civil rights laws are aggressively enforced and hate crimes laws are as strong as possible.

“We must double down in our efforts to combat hate in our cities,” said Sheri Zvi, ADL Florida Regional Director. “Mayors have unique roles in affecting change in communities; we could not be more grateful for the support and leadership these 37 mayors have demonstrated. We encourage all Florida mayors to commit to this effort in the coming days.”

Florida Mayors who have signed on include:

Gabriel Groisman, Bal Harbour Village

Susan Haynie, Boca Raton

Marni L. Sawicki, Cape Coral

Judith ‘Judy’ Paul, Davie

Derrick L. Henry, Daytona Beach

Juan Carlos Bermudez, Doral

Julie Ward Bujalski, Dunedin

Randall P. Henderson Jr., Fort Myers

Joy Cooper, Hallandale Beach

Josh Levy, Hollywood

Hazelle Rogers, Lauderdale Lakes

Richard J. Kaplan, Lauderhill

Philip Levine, Miami Beach

Oliver G. Gilbert III, Miami Gardens

Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County, Florid

Wayne M. Messam, Miramar

Bill Barnett, Naples

John Adornato III, Oakland Park

Buddy Dyer, Orlando

William Capote, Palm Bay

Milissa Holland, Palm Coast

Christine Hunschofsky, Parkland

Frank C. Ortis, Pembroke Pines

Ashton J. Hayward, Pensacola

Joseph M Corradino, Pinecrest

Lamar Fisher, Pompano Beach

Donald O. Burnette, Port Orange

Gregory J. Oravec, Port St. Lucie

Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg

Michael J. Ryan, Sunrise

Andrew D. Gillum, Tallahassee

Harry Dressler, Tamarac

Bob Buckhorn, Tampa

Geraldine  ‘Jeri’ Muoio Ph.D., West Palm Beach

Daniel J. Stermer, Weston

 

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Anti-Defamation League neither supports nor opposes any political candidate for office.  To learn how to sign the pact, click here.