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Welcoming Kirkland is a community engagement partnership between the City of Kirkland and Leadership Eastside developed in response to expressed concerns that People of Color in general, and Black people, in particular, have lived experiences of an unwelcoming and inequitable community in contrast to the City’s stated goal to be safe, inclusive and welcoming for all. Developed to address concerns that were identified in a 2018 incident at a Menchie's in Totem Lake, Welcoming Kirkland seeks to engage Kirkland residents, businesses, nonprofits, and the City on how we function together for the health of the overall community. The process will include a review and recommendations for business and police protocols, plus town hall events and a community learning series envisioned and supported by Eastside for All, entitled "Kirkland Talks About Racism."
For more information, please contact Jen Mayo, Leadership Eastside Project Coordinator, at 425.445.0416 or Kirkland@leadershipeastside.com.
Topic #1: Preparing to Be Color Conscious and Color Brave
Topic #2: Driving While Black
Topic #3: Shopping While Black
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