Our Public Statement*
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We aspire to an Intercultural Saint Paul where cultural diversity is not just widely recognized and enjoyed, but intelligently engaged as a resource for innovation, creativity and growth. We aspire to a set of public
institutions, civil society organizations, businesses and media that have cultural diversity at all levels of responsibility; that demonstrate a genuine respect for the diversity of cultures, faiths, lifestyles and aspirations; that consistently act on principles of equity, mutualism, human
rights, democracy, and the substantive rule of law; and that actively prevents and condemns discrimination. We aspire to a city of leaders who demonstrate the ability to manage cultural diversity positively to realize this diversity advantage; and individuals who can contribute their whole
selves to the community and are actively supported to access the full range of rights and opportunities.
We call upon people across Saint Paul and statewide to embrace these values of interculturalism and join us in a shared vision of a city for all, in which everyone has the opportunity to co-create a shared political, social,
economic and cultural life. We call for the Mayor, City Council and a strong coalition of leaders from elected institutions, civil society, businesses, media, academia and the arts, to help consolidate and propagate the
intercultural vision for Saint Paul.
We are confident that this movement will grow and welcome new individuals and organizations that share our values and aspirations. We strive to be a leader for interculturalism in Minnesota, the United States and the world. We pledge to work jointly with city networks and all relevant organizations to share knowledge, ideas, lessons learned, and good practices, and to reinforce each other's efforts.