Cherry Hill Promotes Diversity in ‘Hate has no place here’ Video

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People of all ages, races and faiths in Cherry Hill are raising their voices in different languages to drive home a message of unity.


Mayor Chuck Cahn released a special video “Hate Has No Home in Cherry Hill”  Monday night at a township council meeting. He also announced the formation of a Human Relations Advisory Committee.


The actions come in the wake of recent threats against the Jewish community in Cherry Hill and elsewhere in the region and vandalism at sites around the country. A 19-year-old Jewish man suspected of being behind the bulk of the threats was arrested in Israel last week.





“We have a responsibility as community leaders to be proactive when our community needs us the most; to stand up for the most vulnerable among us, and to create a community where everyone feels welcome, valued and safe,” Cahn said in a statement. “Countless individuals, from private citizens to local civic and religious leaders, have reached out to us to express their own concerns, and to find out what we can do together to unite Cherry Hill, and to create a climate where everyone feels safe and welcome.”

The two-and-a-half minute video features township officials as well as community and religious leaders, students and others representing the diverse community of more than 70,000 residents. It opens with scenes from the township and the headline : “You couldn’t pick a better place.”

“In Cherry Hill our differences are our strength,” says Police Chief William Monaghan.

“It doesn’t matter the color of your skin, your religion, where you move from or with whom you live at home,” says school Superintendent Joseph Meloche.




The video was filmed and produced by broadcasting students at Cherry Hill West High School, one of two high schools in the district.

Cahn said the newly created 16-member Human Relations Advisory Committee will work with township officials to address issues of fear and anxiety expressed by residents in recent months. It will meet quarterly and includes township officials, school, civic and religious leaders, he said.

 

“Today, people across our community are standing up together to make it clear that hate has no place in Cherry Hill, only kindness,” Cahn said in the video.
























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