Dearborn Mayor Abdallah Hammoud's Statement about Dearborn libraries

28 September, 2022
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Dearborn Mayor Abdallah Hammoud's Statement about Dearborn libraries
Mayor Hammoud saidThere isn’t a day that passes that I don’t feel pride in being a product of our Dearborn Public Schools, and a patron of our extraordinary public library system. Our public schools and libraries are the sandbox of democracy, where youth learn to interact with different people and ideas, to build the foundation of citizenship. We’re at our best when our institutions include all of us, no matter one’s background, zip code, or native tongue. Everyone in our city has the right to pursue knowledge that betters their unique life journey, and we should refuse the false choice between parental responsibility and the freedom to learn. As a parent and as a Mayor, I believe we can have both.
Healthy debate is essential to any democracy, and no debate should vilify our fellow community members. At our best, Dearborn is a welcoming community that invites people from all walks of life to be unapologetically themselves. Even on issues as important as our children’s education, people can disagree on ideas without letting bad-faith actors tear our community apart.
Nationally, we have witnessed attempts to restrict access to information and literary works. But make no mistake: at their core, these are attempts to limit our freedoms and it will not stop there. The same dangerous ideology that once considered people like me “a problem” in Dearborn is now being revived under the guise of preserving “liberty.”
To my fellow parents, we have the responsibility of raising our children with the values we hold dear. And as attacks are being cast, remember that our children are watching. We have a duty to protect the dignity of our neighbors regardless of the views they hold, and to ensure our hometown never loses its welcoming spirit.
As Mayor, it is my responsibility to ensure our children have the tools to create their own future. Our libraries serve as a gateway to knowledge, a gateway to imagination, and a gateway to possibility. When it comes to our city’s libraries, for the sake of our children, no book will be removed off the shelves.

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