City Council approves proclamation to stand against racism; resolution supporting Sioux Tribe

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The Lynnwood City Council and members of the Lynnwood Police Department stand with the YWCA’s Shannon Gaule, who received the proclamation to stand against racism. (Photo courtesy the City of Lynnwood)

The Lynnwood City Council on Monday night signed a proclamation to stand against racism and a resolution to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

While the two initiatives were not connected to each other, some councilmembers saw them as related.

“There have been some strong opinions offered by other folks in my other profession that the original sin of the United States was racism,” Councilmember M. Christopher Boyer said. “There’s nothing we can do about (the past), but what we can do is stand up and say, ‘No more.'”

 

The proclamation to stand against racism was presented to Shannon Gaule, the homeless engagement liaison for the YWCA. The YWCA is co-sponsoring a “Step Up: Understanding and Implementing Racial Equity” conference at the Lynnwood Convention Center on April 28.

Councilmembers spoke about how standing up against racism can create a better community.

“I would encourage everybody, wherever you’re at, whatever your origin, wherever you are from, make yourself a student of people who are different than you,” Councilmember Ian Cotton said. “I think if we are humble in our approach to learn from our brothers and sisters we can do a lot of good just in that one simple thing.”

To read the full proclamation, click here.

The resolution to support the the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe unanimously passed.

Steven Greenebaum, minister at Lynnwood’s Living Interfaith Church, along with a handful of supporters holding “We Stand with Standing Rock” signs, were happy to see the resolution on the agenda.

“I just wanted to thank the five of you who talked about (the resolution) and said you supported it,” he said. “It means a lot. It means a lot to those of us who marched. It means a lot to the Sioux of Standing Rock who are still in litigation, who are still struggling for fairness.”

Though they all voted to approve the resolution, some councilmembers voiced concern about passing resolutions like this in the future.

“I would rather spend our time and energy and the small power we do have focused on things we can fix here,” Councilmember Shannon Sessions said.

Council President Benjamin Goodwin said he supports this resolution because he supports the cause, but also said he feels the Lynnwood City Council should have a stronger focus on Lynnwood issues.

Councilmember Ruth Ross, who marched with Sioux supporters in February, was proud to support the resolution.

“All I can say is, we can’t do much, but we can do this,” she said.

To read the full resolution passed by the Lynnwood City Council, click here.

–By Natalie Covate

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