Meeting of Members
Here for Mayor's Statement
During the last
few months, political debate concerning the school referendum and the
school board has exposed deep underlying tensions within our Englewood
community. Significant rifts of misunderstanding separate segments of
our population, even though we often share the same dreams. As a first
step towards bridging the gaps between us, we as a united Englewood clergy,
publicly underscore the following principles:
1. The strength
of our community lies in diversity.
2. Racial or religious prejudice is unacceptable in any form and the public
labeling of any segment of our community cannot be tolerated. We will
make every effort to immediately address any known visible intolerance
that will contribute to the deterioration of a healthy community.
3. All children have a fundamental right to the best education possible.
If a community falls short in providing such education to any child, such
failure should be the concern of all Englewood residents.
4. Reasonable people can disagree about the allocation of funds within
our city. Such disagreement does not automatically reflect selfishness
or a lack of concern for others.
5. Public discourse and debate on any issue within our city should be
responsible. At no time should attacks be leveled in personal fashion
during debate or rebuttal, against any segment or individuals within our
6. Opportunities for discourse between segments of our community should
be created so that we can learn to understand each other better and find
ways to work together.
We, the undersigned, commit ourselves to the above principles. We call
on members of our congregations to do the same. We pledge to work creatively
and actively to open avenues of positive dialogue within our city.
Mayor Michael Wildes
Rabbi Shmuel Goldin
Rev. Dr. Lester Taylor
Rev. Dr. William Marcus Small
Rev. Dr. Vernon Walton
for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes, Claudia Colbert, Treasurer