Lucas County Commissioners support Welcome TLC and Toledo HRC statement opposing verbal attacks on Immigrants and People of Color

The Lucas County Commissioners today approved a resolution in support of the statement released by Welcome Toledo-Lucas County and the City of Toledo Human Rights Commission that opposes the recent verbal attacks on immigrants and people of color.

Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (TLC), an initiative that partners with community groups to make Lucas County more welcoming and celebrate the region’s immigrant heritage, and the City of Toledo Human Relations Commission released a joint statement on the national discourse and verbal attacks on immigrants of people of color.

The statement was presented to the Commissioners during their regular meeting by Brittany Burns, Chair of the Welcome TLC Workforce and Economic Development Committee, Reem Subei, Co-Chair of the Welcome TLC Steering Committee and attorney for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Raina Dawson Chair of the Toledo Human Relations Commission, and Liz Mohler, Welcome TLC Steering Committee Member and President of Midwest HeArt, Inc.

“Immigrants are under attack. Women of color are under attack. Racism is rising on a national level. We have not had particular incidents here in Lucas County and the City of Toledo because we have groups like [Welcome Toledo-Lucas County and the City of Toledo Human Relations Commission] and commit public and private leadership to do it,” Commissioner Gerken said.

In 2014, the Lucas County Commissioners launched the Welcome TLC initiative in partnership with LISC Toledo with resolutions in support from Lucas County and the City of Toledo. Welcome TLC is governed by a steering committee of cross-sector community partners and leaders that work to build a welcoming and inclusive community for immigrants, refugees, and people of diverse cultures.