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The Rutland Board of Aldermen in Vermont unanimously voted to approve a resolution declaring that refugees are welcome in their city. The vote occurred two days before World Refugee Day on June 20.

The resolution states: “The Rutland City Board of Aldermen declares its support for the resettlement of refugees in Rutland, no matter their religion, race, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, or country of origin, and calls upon other Vermont communities to join them in supporting a stronger national effort to resettle the most vulnerable refugees.”

“The unanimous approval of this resolution perfectly embodies how much our community can accomplish with common goals and as a result of our shared humanity”, said Victoria Quint, a member of the Rutland High School Amnesty International chapter. “This was our community’s opportunity to do the right thing from a humanitarian perspective and welcome vulnerable people seeking protection.”

“With the unanimous approval of the resolution, Rutland City’s Board of Aldermen recognizes our city’s local role in a global crisis and welcomes all new neighbors in the hopes that they too can find solace in calling Rutland City home,” said Rutland Alderman Chris Ettori.

Rutland joins a growing chorus of cities, towns and school passing resolutions and declaring that refugees are welcome in their communities.

To see a map of similar resolutions that have been passed across the country, please visit https://www.amnestyusa.org/i-welcome-resolutions-map/