To Mayor Jimmy Mize and the Nacogdoches City Council,
As taxpayers of Nacogdoches, we are against the Inclusion & Diversity Program recommended by Councilwoman Amelia Fischer. This is an unnecessary expense for a non-existent problem. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 already outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation and gender identity. It prohibits unequal application of voter registration requirements, racial segregation in schools and public accommodations, and employment discrimination.
Ms. Fischer states that the need for allocating City resources and additional salaries to the budget for an Inclusion and Diversity Program is because "there are community members who do not feel safe coming to city government about problems with city services, who feel they will not be listened to, and who do not participate in this community because they do not feel valued." This statement is not only vague but completely subjective and not based on objective facts. Why would we rush to form a new position at taxpayer expense without solid documentation of illegality? Doesn't our City Council already listen to and represent the residents in their areas of the city? Before the City Council votes to create a new position, we request that Ms. Fischer provide specific and thorough documentation of any discriminatory behavior on the part of the City and documentation of any complaints she has received.
Please add your name to our petition and help us send a message to the City Council of Nacogdoches, that taxpayers expect our money to be used wisely and NOT in a political and divisive way.
FYI : You do not need to live inside the city limits to sign the petition. If you do business in Nacogdoches and shop in Nacogdoches, your money is going to fund our City.