Friday, March 17, 2017

Hudson Business Owners Support A Safe and Inclusive City

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Hudson businesses have published an open letter supporting the safety of all residents including undocumented immigrants. As the Hudson City Council discusses prioritizing safety over immigration enforcement, area businesses show their support for the Resolution Affirming Hudson as a Welcoming and Inclusive City.

“It is in the interest of our businesses, the City of Hudson, and area residents to ensure that all community members and guests, including immigrants, are welcomed and safe while living, working and visiting our great city,” the letter states.

Over 25 Hudson businesses, ranging from corner stores like the Warren Street Market to new restaurants, have endorsed the letter and the resolution.

"Local businesses believe our city's employees, including the police, should focus on safety and service provision,” says Marie Balle, owner of Look. “Immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government, and we support real and comprehensive immigration reform.”

The initiative demonstrates widespread support for a Sanctuary City Resolution in Hudson. “This is our way of building community with not only immigrants and allies, but with businesses that call Hudson home. As shown by this letter and the March 3 forum with Columbia County farmers and Senator Gillibrand, this issue is a human issue, community issue, and an economic issue," says CCSM organizer Gloria Martinez.


Letter Text

As business owners in the city of Hudson, we welcome and celebrate the vital cultural and economic contributions that immigrants make to our businesses and the broader community. We also understand that it is the responsibility of the Hudson City Police Department, in collaboration with the city and it’s residents, to keep all of our community members safe. 

It is in the interest of our businesses, the City of Hudson, and area residents to ensure that all community members and guests, including immigrants, are welcomed and safe while living, working and visiting our great city. 

The local enforcement of federal immigration policy, collaboration with federal immigration agencies, and the illegal profiling of people based on perceived immigration status distracts from the human and financial capital our city has democratically allocated to keeping our residents and businesses safe. 

Immigrants are less likely to report being a victim or witness to a crime when they themselves or their family members have concerns relating to their immigration status. They are also less likely to contribute to and visit our city if they feel that they and their families are not safe here. 

We, therefore, support the Hudson City Common Council, Mayor, Police Commissioner, and Police Chief in creating and subsequently enforcing policies that ensure the safety of all residents and community members in Hudson, including undocumented and documented immigrants.

Signatories 

Antigo
Carrie Haddad Gallery
Casa Urbana
Colonia
Fern 
Five and Diamond Vintage
Golden Grain
Hidden Gears
Hudson Clothier
Lil Debs Oasis
Limner Gallery
Look 
Mark Jaeger Antiques
Motto Coffee Machine
Musica
Oak Pizzeria
Peggy Polenberg Real Estate
Rev Cafe
September Gallery
Sideshow Vintage
Spruce
Taste of the Caribbean 
The Inn At Hudson
Timothy Doyle Antiques
Valley Variety
Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar
Wm. Farmer and Sons Boarding & Barroom
Warren St Market

(as of 3/16/17)

Add your business by contacting chair@hudsoncitydemocrats.org.