Anti-racism event at Sammamish City Hall on Wednesday, March 30, at noon

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Release Date: Mar. 17, 2016

Join Deputy Mayor Ramiro Valderrama, representatives from the Eastside Race and Leadership Coalition and members of the Sammamish community in response to a racist incident that took place recently at Rags to Riches, a minority-owned consignment store in Redmond. In a public showing of solidarity, Sammamish residents and city officials will pledge their continuing resolve to end racism wherever it might appear.

The event will feature a traveling art piece, an archway adorned with small pieces of cloth carrying the written sentiments of residents in other communities. Members of the Sammamish community will have a chance to add their written sentiments to the archway at the City Hall event, scheduled for Wednesday, March 30, at noon.

The archway is currently travelling through other cities on the Eastside and will be displayed at Renton City Hall from through March 27.

Formed in 2014, the Eastside Race and Leadership Coalition’s purpose is to empower current and emerging leaders to eliminate racism and increase equity on the Eastside. The coalition includes Jo Anderson Cavinta, Nadia, Andrilenas, Wendy Armour, Alaric Bien, Tom Brewer, Stephanie Cherrington, Karin Duval, Alice Fong, Silvia Honores, Douglass Jackson, Suzanne Kagen, Joyce Kidd-Miller, Mike Murphy, MaSanda LaRaGadd, Mark Manuel, Tamia Pervez, Lourdes Salazar, Rana Shmait, Helena Stephens, Susan Sullivan, Mariama Suwaneh, James Whitfield, Ken Wong and others.