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Hate Has No Home in the Heart of Bellevue

April 7, 2021 - by Mason Luvera

Hate Has No Home in the Heart of Bellevue

No one should feel unsafe or unwelcome in Bellevue, plain and simple. That’s why the City of Bellevue is rallying the community around a clear message: hate has no home here.

As part of ongoing efforts to foster inclusivity in our community, the City’s Hate Has No Home Here initiative offers a way for residents, businesses and organizations to stand in solidarity with communities of color. It’s a direct response to recent hate and bias incidents across the nation and an opportunity for Bellevueites to unite under shared values of safety, inclusivity and positivity.

“No one in Bellevue should feel unsafe or experience the trauma of hate, discrimination or bias,” said Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson. “We are fortunate to all be a part of such a diverse community where neighbors care and support each other. I strongly encourage residents to show their support and report any targeted hate incidents. Let us be clear: hate has no home here.”

The initiative creates a visible message throughout the community while also compiling resources for folks impacted by hate and bias. The City has created a new online page with related resources, including support for those who may witness incidents or experience the effects of hate and bias. Free signs and stickers are also being distributed so folks can take a public stance against hate, whether in their business or at home. Campaign posters have also been hung across Downtown Bellevue, helping the campaign’s message transpire throughout the city center.

Bellevue Police, City leadership and the Bellevue Downtown Association encourage everyone to report all hate crimes and bias related incidents online or by calling the Bellevue Police non-emergency number at 425-577-5656. If a situation feels dangerous or a crime is in progress, call 911. The Hate Has No Home Here website also offers additional ways to report specific hate incidents. 

Our community’s strength is built on the diversity of every resident, worker and visitor. All are welcome in the Heart of Bellevue – join us and the City of Bellevue in showing your support.

This blog is part of the Heart of Bellevue: our campaign to showcase local businesses while connecting you with stories of activity, creativity and recovery. Find out about our campaign and explore more of what’s happening around Downtown.