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Mayor Suthers responds to VDARE conference in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A group labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist hate group is expected to hold a conference in Colorado Springs next year.

Mayor John Suthers released a statement about the meeting Monday night. In it, he asks businesses to think more about what events they host. You can read the full statement below.

You can read the original article about's conference, here.

Mayor John Suthers' Statement:

"The City of Colorado Springs does not have the authority to restrict freedom of speech, nor to direct private businesses like the Cheyenne Mountain Resort as to which events they may host. That said, I would encourage local businesses to be attentive to the types of events they accept and the groups that they invite to our great city.

The City of Colorado Springs will not provide any support or resources to this event, and does not condone hate speech in any fashion. The City remains steadfast in its commitment to the enforcement of Colorado law, which protects all individuals regardless of race, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation to be secure and protected from fear, intimidation, harassment and physical harm."

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