English Translation - June 1

Mayor’s Message:  June 1, 2020 

People of Holland, I’m your Mayor,  Nathan Bocks

Following a week that included the tragic death of George Floyd, and demonstrations and protests across the country, the people of Holland showed a positive spirit of action and community.

On Saturday afternoon several hundred people gathered peacefully in Centennial Park to proclaim that in Holland, Black Lives Matter.  Last night, members of our community held another peaceful march walking through downtown and our neighborhoods. Another positive community call to action.  I couldn’t be more proud.

I truly believe and have always believed that black lives matter. Cultural and ethnic diversity runs deeply in my family and in our greater community. 

Our City Council believes this as well.  Earlier this year the Holland City Council designated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion a top priority for the community.

More than ever, Holland is rich tapestry of people and cultures.  A loss to any part of the fabric weakens us all. The diversity of threads makes our community beautiful. Being woven tightly together makes us strong. 

Holland’s future lies in recognizing the value of our diversity.  By supporting each other, by lifting up those who need it most, and celebrating what each of us brings to our community, we can create a more welcoming community for all. 

Our diverse population has much in common. We must focus on our shared values of faith, and family, and community. We must work together to achieve our shared vision for the future.  It is up to our elected officials, our faith leaders, and our community as a whole to work together to continue to make Holland a place where everyone not only feels welcome, but included and celebrated.  I am dedicated to help make that happen.

I am very proud of the hard work done by our first responders to reach out, to recognize, and try to meet the needs of all of the people of Holland. They are an example for communities everywhere. But there is always more work to be done. And we are doing it. We are constantly looking for ways to listen, learn, grow, and engage in the community to be better public servants. 

Holland has always been a community of big dreams and big plans.  And we have always been willing to do the hard work necessary to achieve them.  Holland must be a place where everyone exclaims “And we get to live here!” I am ready to work hard for, and alongside all Holland residents to make that happen. 

I do not have all of the answers and we may not always get it right the first time.  But by listening to each other, and working together we will continue to move closer to our goals.

Because in Holland we celebrate the value of everyone who calls Holland home. 

This is Holland.  One Holland.  And we ALL get to live here.