The Anchorage Assembly is continuing its push to eradicate what it deems to be unwelcoming aspects of the community.

On Aug. 10, the Assembly will vote on a proposal to add an “equity pillar” to guide their social justice agenda. Introduced by Assemblymen Felix Rivera, Kameron Perez-Verdia, and Christopher Constant, the initiative’s roadmap will be based on goals laid out by Welcoming America, a left-leaning organization that aims to stamp out unwelcomed behavior based on immigration, race, LGBTQ identity and a host of other classifications.

Welcoming America is an umbrella organization that recruits cities around the world to work relentlessly in targeting specific practices and policies that do not reflect the organization’s “affirmative vision.” This includes affirming controversial notions such as the claim that America is deeply compromised and infected by systemic and institutionalized racism.

Welcoming America recommends cities launch “anti-rumor” campaigns to dispel what authorities consider to be misinformation.

“Acknowledge and address racism — individual, institutional, and systemic,” the Welcoming America website states. “Situate the work of welcoming in a local, historical context that recognizes how long-time residents may have experienced and continue to experience an unwelcoming environment.” The organization explicitly rejects traditional acts of charity and instead advocates for governmental and societal change to address systemic behaviors that it claims deliberately holds back certain identity groups.

“Understand that welcoming efforts begin with shared values and culminate in accountability — the accountability of our institutions to ‘we the people,’ with an ever-broadening understanding of who that ‘we’ encompasses,” the group instructs.

Welcoming America also recommends that cities launch government run “anti-rumor” campaigns that dispel what authorities consider to be misconception or misinformation. These campaigns employ trained “anti-rumor agents.”

Anchorage’s latest attempt to establish an “equity pillar” follows actions over the past two years in which the left-leaning Assembly has established the Office of Equity and Justice and the hiring of its first chief equity officer – a post charged with promoting the advancement of LGBTQ residents, communities of color, the disabled, immigrants and refugees. The equity officer is also tasked with presenting problems to the Assembly so they can eliminate perceived inequities through enforcement measures.


  • The Anchorage Assembly will meet on Aug. 10, at 5 p.m. Click here for information on how to participate.

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Anchorage Assembly set to vote on ‘equity pillar’ to eradicate unwelcome behavior

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Michael S Totten says:

    No surprise here. The communists in anchorage are still at it. Where is the resistance on this?

    • Dino says:

      I hear what you’re saying. In all honesty there is so much crap going on that if we took to the streets today and everyday a new issue, we would be out there until next November.

  • Timothy Colbath says:

    This looks like the new mayor’s first veto. This is California style Communist BS that has No Place in Alaska!

  • Sharon Turner says:

    My Bible addresses all. Especially “Do unto others, do not lie, Obey the Ten Commandments, Love thy neighbors, Gods hates a Haughty look/attitude those who work to tear down, Those hands which shed innocent blood (*Scholars say those in power who promote this murder), Be as a good Samaritan (*help truly** needy. Note: We are also told: “He who will not WORK, let him not eat. Work 6 days rest one, and He who does not support his own family is worse (worse)* than an infidel. Others like sloth( lazy), envy, greed are included here. ONE biggie : Gossip /spreading of rumors So we do not need any new ordinance, edict, laws, much less “pillars”. Perhaps Mr. Felix Rivera, Mr. Constant, and Perez-Verdia need only study the WORD, and get to their oath of working for WE the People as they swore* another Biggie- Keeping One’s own words/Oaths. Praying you “Get it” before too late for you. Grandma, Sharon T

    • Marilyn Cowles says:

      No such luck at their reading the Word of God. They are steeped in evil and are Satan’s operatives in this town. Let’s pray fervently for Mayor Bronson.

      • MICHAEL HUGHES says:

        And we have to pray for the people that are trying to oppress us, especially for God to open their hearts and minds to the Truth.

    • Proud Alaskan says:


  • Mo says:

    Yah!!! Der fuhrer would be proud of dish, no? My gawd, does not the Anchorage assembly have anything better to do then foment bigotry?

  • Ralph says:

    The kids are running the school..

  • G Aleution says:

    There is a fun gus among us, evidently.

  • Dino says:

    I’m gonna say VETO. Thanks Lefties!

  • Wisdom Cries in the Streets says:

    I drive from Eagle River to Anchorage on Sundays to attend church. I pass over a half dozen issues that ought to be addressed by the Assembly: public intoxication, open containers, public indecency, illegal drug sales, unkempt public common areas, dangerous and derelict buildings, panhandling, deteriorating roadways, shuttered and struggling businesses to name a few. Stay in your lane, Assembly!

  • Bait and Switch says:

    The other day I saw a commercial for Anchorage tourism. My husband and I looked at each other and said “where is That?! We want to go visit there!”

    Go walk the streets of Anchorage, Assembly. That ought to help you focus on the relevant issues.

  • Vicki Riendl says:

    This is a racist agenda, it has no place in our all inclusive community.

  • Ken says:

    Biblical Citizenship is a far cry from the Anchorage Assembly. They need to study not only the Constitution but the founders Federalist writings and reasoning.

  • Eric Thomas says:

    Y’all are just mad because the Loussac Library wont let you burn crosses on the front lawn.

    • MICHAEL HUGHES says:

      wow, really?

      • Eric Thomas says:

        Yeah, really. Also, Joel Davidson wont wash his own ass because touching a mans ass is gay.

      • Lobo says:

        Interesting.. Eric.. And, how do you know about Joel’s a$$ washing preferences ? As for Loussac Library: How do you know this ? Have you tried to burn a cross there ? Sounds like y’all would make campfire buddies.

      • Eric Thomas says:

        That’s sweet of you to defend Joels honor.

  • James says:

    You wonder why folks ate turning away from the churches because we see folks demonized folks of color and realize we’ve been worshipping next to racist thus whoke time.


    I remember sing a song called Jesus loves the children of the world in church. If the church says Jesus loves all the children in the world and were God’s children the one would think TRUE BELIEVERS would want to take every effort to make sure none of God’s children are being mistreated. I see nothing but hypocrites on the article complaining.

    Every story I’ve seen from watchman has been centered on white rage white fear white supremacy.

    The one before thus that I read reeked of the angry black woman trope and it only fueled the desire to combat racism. Just put your hoods on and burn your crosses already we see yall

    • Jen says:

      I say the same thing about those not attending churches. I have recieved the most exclusion and cruelty from employers and co workers of the world probably just as much as I Recieved from active church going members. You know who apologized to me when they were humbled, confronted and admitted they hurt me, the church members when confronted. I had not one person outside of church who has apologized to me for an offence they done to me at work. The world can care-less about who they hurt. The world lives by the phrase “let bygones be bygones” no matter how the worlds people had treated people.

      So your attack agianst the church needs work…

  • Kenneth Wells says:

    What the heck is an ‘equity pillar’?
    Good grief.

    • Eric Thomas says:

      Some made up word salad BS Joel Davidson’s puppet masters told him to say.

      • BackcountryBoy says:

        It’s literally in the assembly proposal.

      • kenneth wells says:

        I read all the words in the proposal. I understand the definitions of each and every word in the proposal.
        However, the sequence in which the words are ordered are baffling.

  • Jen says:

    What would they do if You just stop asking people how do they identify?
    I don’t even tell people who are my family and where they come from. I leave them with I am an American and I been born and raised in Alaska all my life.
    You should see the frustrated look on the persons face that I don’t divulge my family’s origin. They always frustratingly speak, “no! Where do you come from!?” I am an American and I refuse to talk about Racial things, we, personally, need to stop talking about racial and cultural distinctions about ourselves and start focusing on the creator who allowed those distinctions take form at the tower of babel.