Tuesday, February 21, 2006
No Places for Hate Harwich & New Bedford
No Place for Hate Harwich members Chuck Micciche, and John Bangert, attend the Frederick Douglass 7th Annunal Read-A-Thon along with New Bedford's new Mayor, Honorable Scott L. Lang on Sunday at the New Bedford Friends Meetinghouse,
City of New Bedford
Office of the Mayor
Contact: Elizabeth Treadup (508) 979-1410
MAYOR SCOTT W. LANG'S STATEMENT ON ATTACKS AT GAY BAR
.....The attack on the patrons at Puzzles Lounge early Thursday morning was an attack on our entire community. The events that transpired in that barroom are not an accurate representation of the people of New Bedford. I consider New Bedford's diversity to be one of its finest characteristics and want to remind everyone that a community cannot be judged by the acts of one individual. The vigil held on Thursday night demonstrated our community's solidarity and made a strong statement to the rest of the country that we will not accept violent criminal behavior in the place we call home.
.....For the past five years, through the Anti-Defamation League, New Bedford has been a "No Place for Hate" community, and has implemented programs and offered services that counteract hatred, prejudice, and bigotry. The City of New Bedford accepts and welcomes persons of every race, religion, and sexual orientation.
.....New Bedford will not tolerate any act of violence against its people. I want to commend the police and the emergency teams for their quick response and continued efforts. The entire City's thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I urge anyone with information on the suspect or his whereabouts to contact the authorities and I encourage the citizens of New Bedford to stand united against violence of any kind in our community.