“Last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law The Religious Freedom
Restoration Act, which gives businesses in Indiana license to discriminate against
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals by denying services.
Given Oakland’s longstanding support for equal rights and opposition to any form of
discrimination, today, I directed the City Administrator not to approve the use of City
dollars for business travel to Indiana. I have also reached out to the Oakland City
Council, asking that they pass a resolution that would ban City-paid business travel to
As one of the most diverse cities in America, Oakland has been at the forefront of
promoting the equitable treatment of its residents and fostering an atmosphere that
promotes inclusion and the protection of our fundamental Civil Rights.
As Mayor of Oakland, I join with jurisdictions, private citizens, businesses and other
entities around the world in denouncing the State of Indiana’s action and will continue
to direct the City Administrator to deny the use of City dollars for travel to Indiana as
long as this discriminatory law remains in effect.”
Erica Terry Derryck