Chamber of Commerce issues statement supporting expansion of Human Rights Ordinance

By NewsLine Staff

(From a release) The JAX Chamber Board of Directors on Tuesday strongly reaffirmed its 1992 Declaration of Community Values and urged the Jacksonville City Council to pass an all-inclusive ordinance to ensure everyone in our community has equal protection against discrimination.

“The Chamber has a long history of leading on issues of equality in our community.We know when all of our citizens have an equal opportunity to succeed, that’s good for business and good for quality of life,” JAX Chamber Chair Audrey Moran said.

In 1992, when the city was facing racial tension, the Chamber issued a Declaration of Community Values that read:

We believe in the dignity and goodness of all people. Prejudice has no place in our community. As one of America’s finest cities, we can tolerate no less. The citizens of Jacksonville have the courage and conviction to affect a positive difference. To be successful, everyone must have a chance to succeed. This is our pledge. This is our hope. This is our future.