On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, the Oxnard City Council will consider a resolution condemning racism, xenophobia, violence, and hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

“We are mourning for the victims of these senseless crimes that we have seen increasingly throughout the pandemic, and we stand in solidarity with the Asian American community during these difficult times,” said Mayor John C. Zaragoza. 

“It is vital that we take a stand against any act of hatred or violence towards the AAPI community. In Oxnard, we remain committed to celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our diversity is our strength, and we must commit to breaking down any barriers that separate us from each other.” 

The resolution that the Oxnard City Council will consider states that “the City supports inclusion and belonging for people of all races, genders, national origins, and ethnicities; …and that the City should condemn and combat racism, xenophobia, violence, and hate crimes against AAPI persons and ensure that all persons are treated with dignity, equity, and respect – no matter their race, ethnicity, primary language, country of origin, religious beliefs, gender or background.”

In the Council’s recently adopted Five-Year Strategic Priorities, its “Quality of Life” strategy seeks to restore and increase quality services and programs that enrich Oxnard’s diverse community, promotes safe neighborhoods, encourages community engagement, and supports our residents in their efforts to improve their quality of life. The proposed resolution reaffirms the City’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive community.

Mayor Zaragoza adds, “It is important for our community to condemn all acts of hate. We must work together to create a safe environment that is free of racism, prejudice, and fear.” Members of the community who wish to speak on this topic at the City Council meeting are encouraged to sign up for public comment online at www.oxnard.org/city-meetings or by contacting the Office of the City Clerk at 805-385-7803.