Mayor Dan Horrigan
Akron was founded by Simon Perkins in 1825 and developed into a canal town on the Ohio & Erie Canalway. As railroads replaced the canal system, the rubber industry grew under the entrepreneurship of Dr. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich, F.A. Seiberling and Harvey Firestone. The presence of B.F. Goodrich Tire, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Firestone Tire and General Tire led Akron to become the Rubber Capital of the World. Great cereal mills, such as the Quaker Oats Company, were also located in Akron.
Now, Akron is a world-renowned center of polymer research and development. The Polymer Science Institute of the University of Akron has made us an international leader in education in the polymer field. More than 35,000 people in the Akron area are employed in approximately 400 polymer-related companies. Akron is also home to many small manufacturing firms and has a large variety of retail establishments and shopping complexes.
To the People of Akron:
Whereas: Listening to each other and listening across differences for understanding is important in building respect and sustaining our sense of community; and
Whereas: Civil discourse is the free and respectful exhange of different ideas in a way that respects and affirm all persons, while hearing their perspectives; and
Whereas: Heated rhetoric and a dramatic shift away from collaboration leaves us unable to solve the challenges confronting our community; and
Whereas: Listening across differences for understanding and exercising civility assists in the process of working together, rebuilding trust and helps us to create lasting solutions to our most pressing challenges, while fostering respect among opposing groups; and
Whereas: Sharing our personal hopes, dreams, fears, and the definition of what being American means to us, can help us tell that story of what unites us over whar divides us, and can reunite us around shared values during this time when our country needs it; and
Whereas: Regognizing the importance of listening to each other, exercising civility in our discourse, rebuilding trust and reconnecting around what unites us, are key elements of the Listen to America bus tour of the Huffington Post in partnershup with the National Institute for Civil Discourse and the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
Now Therefore: I, Daniel Horrigan, Mayor of the City of Akron, Ohio, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2017 as: "Listen to and Revivie Civility Month" in the City of Akron, and ask all residents to practice civility by listening respectfully to people who have different views, avoiding language that is insulting or derogatory to others, and supporting efforts to work together across ideological and political lines.