OPINION: Takoma Park values

OPINION • MAYOR KATE STEWART

In the coming days, our nation will face a great deal of transition and uncertainty. During this time, it will be important to remember who we are in Takoma Park and what we value.

We are a City with residents and staff from all over the world and we celebrate that diversity.

We are a City that welcomes those who are the victims of terrorism and violence regardless of their national origins and that refuses to demonize Muslims.

We are a City that upholds the right of ALL people to live their lives with dignity and respect.


Rally for community in support of immigrant and Muslim neighbors in Takoma Park – Friday, November 11, 2016, 5:15 pm. Piney Branch Elementary School (outside). 7510 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD. We celebrate diversity in a time of divisions.  RSVP on Facebook


In September, we launched Unity in the Community to build stronger relationships in our community. To build better relations among residents and police officers, among neighbors of different races and backgrounds, and among elected officials and residents.

Today, we remind the world that in Takoma Park we believe in building strong, inclusive, and healthy communities by ensuring the rights of all are upheld. Immigrants, people of different faiths, our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, people of color, and everyone who calls our city home, have a right to be treated with fairness and justice and not with hatred and bigotry.

We are a community dedicated to forging stronger relationships and creating out of our myriad of differences and experiences one community that stands together. Unity in the Community.

This article is reprinted from the City of Takoma Park blog.