Community Invited to Participate in City Hall for All September 18

Published on September 10, 2021

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Media Contact:
Joy Johnston
Interim Communications Program Manager
(425) 979-6562

KIRKLAND, Wash. – Everyone is invited to join City Hall for All 2021 on Saturday, September 18 and be part of creating a more equitable Kirkland where everyone has a sense of belonging. This virtual event starts at 10 a.m. and features important and collaborative discussions about how communities are shaped through planning and how to lift up all voices and get involved in these processes.

The keynote address features Mr. Delbert Richardson. Mr. Richardson is a self-taught Community Scholar, Second Generation Storyteller, of the National Award Winning The "Unspoken" Truths American History Traveling Museum.  With the use of authentic artifacts, storyboards, and the ancient art of "storytelling,” Mr. Richardson teaches American History through an Afro-centric lens which centers those voices of Black people who often are omitted and erased. This unique interdisciplinary approach to teaching challenges and inspires participants of all ages to be curious regarding their beliefs and perceptions as they relate to American History. Some sensitive images will be displayed. This session will consist of a presentation by Mr. Richardson, followed by a question and answer discussion period.   Attendees will be invited to ask questions or just listen to the discussion.

City Hall for All will also include an Equity & Planning Forum starting at noon which will be a facilitated discussion over Zoom. Much of how a city is formed and changes through time is determined through long-range planning. Parks, transportation, commercial areas, residential neighborhoods, public safety, water infrastructure, and local actions to protect the environment are all determined through planning processes, which are ultimately envisioned by members of the community. Come be a part of a facilitated discussion with James Lopez, Deputy City Manager for External Affairs, on how the City is incorporating equity into its planning processes and documents. The conversation will feature three planning efforts that are currently underway:

  1. Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Plan
  2. Surface Water Master Plan
  3. Active Transportation Plan

This session will consist of short presentations about the three planning efforts, followed by a facilitated discussion. Attendees will be invited to ask questions or just listen to the discussion.

Please register in advance to attend City Hall for All. Find more information at

This event is part of Eastside Welcoming Week. Welcoming Week is sponsored by Welcoming America, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that supports local outreach efforts to build bridges between newcomers and long-time residents. A full schedule of Eastside Welcoming Week events can be found at


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