June 20, 2015
On June 17th in Charleston, South Carolina, a 21 year old male entered the sanctuary of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church—one of Charleston’s most historic black churches—and opened fire during Bible study, killing nine people. The individual responsible is currently in police custody in South Carolina.
According to news sources, one of the roots of the crime is a clear form of hatred, which at times can form without boundaries. History has proven that racially-based hatred can lead toward one or multiple acts of violence. Although this specific and devastating act of violence took place hundreds of miles away from Mansfield; we cannot afford to sit idle.
Here in Mansfield, we have a choice. We can choose to be symbolic and stand together; or we can take it one step further and make the choice to take action and move forward together regardless of racial differences. Standing idle on the issue of racial hatred will not generate the results we deserve as a country, state and city. It’s only through action and taking concrete steps forward, can progress be made.
Moving forward can mean many different things. One of the most basic aspects of moving forward is by working toward the achievement of commitments, goals and milestones TOGETHER.
Therefore, I am encouraging all of us to take steps forward TOGETHER and make the commitment to say NO to racial hatred.
By saying NO to racial hatred, you are making a difference. You will be taking a positive step forward for Mansfield, for Ohio, and for our Country.
City of Mansfield Airport Committee Chairman, Don Bryant, applauded the efforts of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown today and welcomed the announcement of an award for $6.5 million dollars in federal funding for Mansfield's Lahm Airport.
"This was the result of Airport Manager Mark Daugherty, City Engineer Bob Bianchi, and several members of the Mansfield Airport Commission." Bryant stated.
"I've been made aware of several issues on airport property since becoming chairman in January. The one thing that I find needing immediate attention other than meeting the Federal Aviation Administration standards on signage, are the repairs needed for our runway."
Mansfield Lahm Airport receives mostly commercial traffic, but Bryant wants to see operations expand and says he hopes "more private companies will consider developing business at Lahm Airport in the near future."
MANSFIELD CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE AND BLUE GREEN ALLIANCE COME TOGETHER TO DEMAND REGULATIONS ON INDUSTRIAL METHANE EMISSIONS TO MAKE FOR HEALTHIER COMMUNITES AND GOOD JOBS
Mansfield City Councilman Don Bryant, is partnering with Moms Clean Air Force and the BlueGreen Alliance to call for federal regulations on harmful industrial methane pollution. A press conference will take place in Mansfield on Monday at 10:30 am.
Bryant, who has asthma, says he "understands the negative effects of poor air quality" and wants to support efforts to limit emissions.
"There is an urgent need to invest in the protection of our living quarters, this environment in which we all share." stated Bryant.
For more information, join Councilman Bryant and the community at the open press conference taking place this Monday, June 8th or contact Joanne Pickrell for media inquires at 614-364-1442.
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