Hate has no home here | Letter

Recently it was brought to my attention that fliers promoting racism and intolerance have been posted in our community. On behalf of the City Council, I want to state plainly that hate has no home in Kirkland.

On Jan. 3, 2017, the City Council proclaimed Kirkland a safe, inclusive and welcoming city for all people. The proclamation affirmed the city’s commitment to protect and serve everyone who resides in, works in, or visits Kirkland without discrimination. In Kirkland, we recognize the dignity, equality and constitutional civil rights of all people. In Kirkland, we do not tolerate hate, discrimination, harassment or any behavior that creates fear, isolation or intimidation. The fact that a group of outsiders has exposed our community members to these hateful messages is deplorable.

As your mayor, and as your neighbor, I ask that you please join me in condemning this type of conduct. But beyond just condemning hatred, I ask you to join me in focusing on spreading a message of love, inclusivity, and tolerance in your home, workplace, and neighborhood. Let us join our voices together so that our neighbors, the region, and the entire nation know that Kirkland is a safe, inclusive and welcoming city for all people.

Amy Walen

City of Kirkland mayor

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