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City Council declares racism Public Health emergency

The Red Wing City Council Monday night unanimously approved a resolution declaring racism a public health emergency.

The vote has been a long time coming. In late 2020, the Council requested that the Human Rights Commission review a resolution on this topic brought forth by a Red Wing resident.

The HRC has taken time to research, discuss, and reformulate the resolution, and in July, the HRC voted unanimously to recommend this new draft to the Council for its review. RedHeart told the council the idea is not as unusual as it first sounds.

The council also unanimously voted to denounce the display of hate symbols on public property. Although there are no enforcement options available, the HRC and the Council felt it as important to make a strong value statement.

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