We hear you Snohomish. We heard the outpouring from your heart Tuesday night in the council meeting. We ache to hear the stories of racism in our town.
Snohomish City Council
Statement Against Racism
We hear you Snohomish. We heard the outpouring from your heart Tuesday night in the council meeting. We ache to hear the stories of racism in our town. We heard the fear and intimidation from our children, justifiably afraid at present to walk our downtown. We heard your anguish for our town. We heard your disappointment that Snohomish’s reputation was being harmed in this way.
We made a vow following that meeting to denounce racism, bigotry, and hate in all its forms and places, and respond to the outside forces of intimidation and menace that recently chose our downtown as a rallying point. They have no place in our town.
We don’t yet know what all those actions will be - what actions we can take as a Council, and what actions will have to come through other means. There are no easy answers given current laws. We are open to your suggestions. We will be with and among you to hear your stories, to fully understand what you’ve experienced, and hear your ideas to begin addressing these problems. Because it’s not just a policy problem. These problems are embedded in our homes, in our schools, in our institutions, in ourselves. They need to be faced and addressed.
We are so impressed by the passion with which you spoke Tuesday night. The compelling stories that you told. We honor you for these insights, as we honor the work of Snohomish for Equity, the Snohomish Youth Council, and the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that have gone forward peacefully during the past few days.
We stand by Resolution 1389. These are more than just words, they are a statement of intent and we will work with you to make them a reality.
Jason Sanders, Council President, Position 3
Donna Ray, Position 1
Judith Kuleta, Position 2
Tom Merrill, Position 4
Linda Redmon, Position 5
Larry Countryman, Position 6
Steve Dana, Position 7