In message following Derek Chauvin verdict, mayor emphasizes need to support communities of color

Mayor Nicola Smith

Responding to the recent conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd in 2020, Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith emphasized the need to fight systemic racism and also pointed to the need for the city’s new race and social justice coordinator position.

On April 20, Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder and two other charges after killing Floyd last May when he knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes. In a message signed by Smith, the Lynnwood mayor said justice had been served but there was still work to be done.

In her message, Smith highlighted efforts being made by the city and the Lynnwood Police Department to make Lynnwood a “more safe, more welcoming and more equitable city for all people.” Smith also highlighted some of the city’s efforts to breaking down racial barriers, like the planned community equity survey and the recently advertised race and social justice coordinator position.

“We stand in solidarity with all Black, Indigenous and people of color and we hope this verdict moves our nation forward, towards a more just and equitable place for all,” she wrote.

Read the full text of the message below:

A message from Mayor Nicola Smith:

George Floyd’s murder ignited a demand for justice for Black Americans and police reform. This guilty verdict provides accountability to a horrendous act of violence by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derrick Chauvin. True justice would mean that George Floyd would still be alive today. It is imperative that we recognize the trauma that systematic racism has caused the Black community as well as Indigenous people and all people of color. It is our collective responsibility to ensure equity and justice for the Black community and all communities of color.

We must break down institutional barriers that exist in our schools, healthcare, housing, government, policing, and more. The City of Lynnwood along with the Lynnwood Police Department remains committed to becoming a more safe, more welcoming and more equitable city for all people. We stand in solidarity with all Black, Indigenous and people of color and we hope this verdict moves our nation forward, towards a more just and equitable place for all.

As a city, we will continue to work towards breaking down barriers and improving equity. We are currently hiring a race and social justice coordinator to help propel this effort forward. Additionally, we are launching a community equity survey to better assess our community’s wants and needs, and we need your participation. We ask that you join us in our ongoing efforts to create a Lynnwood where all are welcome and all belong.

To find out more information, or to apply for the Race & Social Justice Coordinator position, please visit www.LynnwoodWA.gov/jobs

 

  1. Thank you Mayor for a heartwarming and forward thinking message of empowerment for all our citizens. The diversity of our community is what makes the City of Lynnwood a great community to live in and raise our families. Your words of support are that of a servant leader who cares for our how our community treats her citizens. We must teach our younger generation that we care for their safety, educational success for without them our own community and society would wither. We need the influx for immigrants who want to invest their talents and energies to provide the diversity that makes a community interesting and a warm and welcoming way. In the early history of Lynnwood or the Alderwood area, it a was primarily a chicken farming area. Had our previous residents resisted changes, our City would not have become the true magnet that it has become. This is a city that was built by those who wanted to contribute their talents and energies for a wonderful place to live in. Lynnwood was a raw “gem” being slowly polished into to the brilliant jewel of South County; with the arrival of the Light Rail and the development of our City Center project, we, who collectively love Lynnwood have created a great place to live in, play and share our joys with others. Again, thank you for your message of support, hope and the timeliness of your efforts to create this much needed position in our local government. Although it is referred to as the Race and Social Justice Coordinator, it can become the true Ombudsman for our entire community. We have become a haven for our many seniors who themselves bring much cultural and societal knowledge that can educate future generations. Thank you for your leadership!

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