FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- Keep Fayetteville Fair, a group which opposes the repeal of the city’s Civil Rights Ordinance, is planning a campaign kick off event for Thursday, Nov. 13.
According to the group, the campaign will advocate for a vote against the repeal of the anti-discrimination ordinance.
The Fayetteville City Council passed the Civil Rights Ordinance on Aug. 20. The ordinance bans discrimination based on factors such as race, religion, sexual orientation and gender in hiring practices and real estate transactions and creates an administrator position to enforce the ordinance. On Sept. 26, the Fayetteville City Clerk certified more than the 4,095 signatures needed on a petition to force a special election. The special election, which will ask voters whether they want to repeal the ordinance, has been set for Dec. 9. The ordinance cannot be enforced until the outcome of the special election.
According to a release from Keep Fayetteville Fair, Thursday’s event will allow Fayetteville residents to learn more about the anti-discrimination ordinance and how they can become involved in the campaign against repealing it. Speakers will include supporters from faith groups, businesses and the University of Arkansas.
According to the Keep Fayetteville Fair website, the group believes “no one should be fired from their job, denied housing, or kicked out of a restaurant simply because of their race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.”
Opponents of the ordinance, who support its repeal, argue the ordinance will have a negative impact on businesses in Fayetteville.
On Nov. 7 the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce adopted a resolution recommending the repeal of the ordinance based on multiple factors listed in a document from the chamber. You can read the list here.
The Keep Fayetteville Fair campaign kick off event will be held at Fresco Cafe on Center Street in Fayetteville at 5:00 p.m.
On Nov. 10, Keep Fayetteville Fair held a public town hall meeting via teleconference to take questions and comments. According to a release from the group, they received over 1,000 phone calls.