A More Welcoming Suffield
Yard signs on display around town indicate that many in Suffield are compassionate people who support Ukrainians, kindness and diversity. However, many recent headlines in the Observer suggest that our positive reputation is in jeopardy.
Apparently, in our town, a single private complaint can cause a library book to be removed from a display on kindness. The abrupt cancellation of a well-intentioned school event to celebrate Black businesses and an arbitrary decision about the rainbow flag do not hide the fact that a portion of our neighbors still feel the pain of discrimination. Less than a year ago, we were startled to find Nazi symbols scrawled on sidewalks in the center of our community.
The Democratic Town Committee is concerned that an atmosphere continues to develop in Suffield that perpetuates disrespect and threatens the individual rights of citizens who look, act, or feel different from others. We can, and must, do better than this. We are working together to create a culture that is welcoming to all regardless of ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Thus, the DTC will be working to elect champions of these ideals in the upcoming town elections this fall. In addition to being fiscally responsible, valuing quality education, and understanding professional governance, Suffield elected officials should enhance opportunity, security, and respect for all residents.
Learn more about ways you could help by visiting our web site at http://www.SuffieldDemocrats.com . Please join us as we work to create a stronger, united, and more welcoming Suffield.