When an anonymous racist hate-letter was sent to an American Canyon Filipino family last month city officials reacted with a sign-waving rally and march, as well as a resolution rejecting bigotry and embracing diversity and celebrating all community members regardless race, religion or other differences.
The resolution, passed earlier this month, affirms “each of these differences blend to create the colorful and beautiful tapestry that is American Canyon.”
Last week the city continued to spread the good will message with the launch of a public sign campaign.
The signs, “We (heart) Everyone in American Canyon,” are sponsored by individuals and local businesses, with the name of a sponsor on the back of each sign.
“The signs that were prepared for our march from City Hall to Dental 32 were so attractive and distinctive that we produced a lot more,” Councilmember Mark Joseph wrote in an email. “Council members, as well as businesses and individuals, can ‘sponsor’ a sign for $3 per sign.”
American Canyon resident Linda Torres said she heard about the campaign on social networking site Nextdoor. She described it as “pretty cool.”
“I thought: ‘We love all our neighbors. Why not?’” Torres said.
The signs are free on request but the city suggests donations to the Parks and Recreation Sponsorship Fund benefiting American Canyon youth. All donations received during the sign campaign will be deposited into this fund and are tax deductible, according to a statement from the city manager’s office.