Snohomish County organizations among those receiving Community Health Plan of Washington grants

 Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), the not-for-profit offering Apple Health (Medicaid), Medicare and individual and family plans on the health exchange, on Tuesday announced a $250,000 Advancing Equity Fund grant to be shared among 25 community-based organization in Washington state, including four with connections to Snohomish County. The investment aims to support these organizations’…

Local woman shares family’s traumatic experiences at Indian boarding schools

“Every one one of us bears the scars of what happened to our parents, our grandparents and beyond.” That was how Lynnwood resident Cathy Baylor described the impact of Indian boarding schools during a virtual Monday program presented by the Salish Sea Chapter of the Washington State Federation of Democratic Women. Baylor said she didn’t…

Reminder: Damaging impacts of Indian boarding schools topic of Oct. 10 meeting

Lynnwood resident Cathy Baylor, who serves as president of the Salish Sea Chapter of the Washington State Federation of Democratic Women, will speak on the damaging impacts of Indian boarding schools during a virtual program Monday, Oct. 10. Baylor will speak from the perspective of the descendant of a family with three generations sent to…

Edmonds School Board proclaims second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day

The Edmonds School District Board of Directors on Sept. 27 proclaimed the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day, and received several comments of appreciation for their efforts. While the second Monday in October has traditionally been celebrated as Columbus Day, the date in recent years has become known as Indigenous Peoples Day, and…

Save the date: 10th annual North Puget Sound Conference on Race Oct. 1

The Communities of Color Coalition, a South Snohomish County nonprofit, is sponsoring its 10th annual North Puget Sound Conference on Race, a hybrid event set for Saturday, Oct. 1 at Everett Community College. This year’s theme is Racial Community Healing. Keynote panelists are Ijeoma Oluo and Nikkita Oliver, with moderator and dynamic spoken word artist…

Red Dress art installation focuses on missing, murdered Indigenous women

This post was updated on May 11, 2022, with information regarding Kyra Isaac, who developed the event. Community members came together May 4, to remember the thousands of Indigenous women who go missing every year without a trace. Edmonds Lutheran Church created an art installation titled “The Red Dress Project” to honor these women. Around…

Annual Step Up racial equity conference back for 6th year

Leadership Snohomish County is gearing up to host its 6th annual Step Up: Moving Racial Equity Forward conference on April 29. Step Up brings together the community to engage in conversations around racial equity, provide resources and tools to implement systematic change. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding about racial equity and social justice in…

YWCA hosting Stand Against Racism event in Everett April 28

YWCA of Seattle King Snohomish is hosting its 11th annual Stand Against Racism event from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at the YWCA Everett Regional Center, 3301 Broadway, Everett. Acccording to a YWCA announcement, Stand Against Racism “is a national opportunity for communities across the U.S. to unite their voices to educate, advocate, and…

‘RACE to be human’ documentary, panel discussion set for April 18

Lynnwood-based Washington Family Engagement is presenting a documentary and panel discussion Monday, April 18 aimed at helping participants have open race and racism discussions in the classroom, the workplace and home to promote empathy and compassion. The virtual event, which runs from 7-8:45 p.m., will start with the viewing of the 46-minute film, “RACE to…

Affordable housing expert Chris Collier to speak at March 16 Diversity Commission meeting

Chris Collier, program manager of the Alliance for Housing Affordability, will be the guest speaker at the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission’s March 16 meeting. The alliance consists of 13 local cities, including Mountlake Terrace, along with Snohomish County and the Housing Authority of Snohomish County. Its aim is to increase affordable housing supply throughout…

Sno-Isle Libraries program explores the Asian experience in America

Sno-Isle Libraries’ Whidbey Reads program — in a virtual format available to all — is celebrating the Asian American experience with online events in March and April. The program culminates April 27 in a conversation with Charles Yu, author of 2021 National Book Award winner “Interior Chinatown.” Avid readers have gathered each spring since 2003…

Reminder: Cascadia Art Museum to host Day of Remembrance event Feb. 20

Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds is hosting a Day of Remembrance event next month to commemorate the signing of Executive Order 9066. The order began the incarceration of people of Japanese descent. Cascadia will commemorate this day on Sunday, Feb. 20 and also celebrate the last day of the Kenjiro Nomura, American Modernist: An Issei Artist’s…

Four professionals join Leadership Snohomish County board of directors

Leadership Snohomish County (LSC) welcomes four new members to its board of directors. The new members were approved by the current board and will serve three-year terms. They are: DeLon Lewis Everett Community College LSC Young Professionals Program, 2021 Garry Clark Economic Alliance Snohomish County Sandra Huber Verdant Health LSC Leadership for Racial Equity Cohort,…

City of Mountlake Terrace issues proclamation for Black History Month

Mountlake Terrace Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright Tuesday signed a proclamation recognizing Black History Month, an opportunity for the community to acknowledge the history and challenges faced by African Americans. The proclamation also “pays tribute to this community for its strength, perseverance, character, and contributions, all of which enrich our lives,” a city press release noted….

Edmonds College to host virtual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Jan. 20

Edmonds College will host a free Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Thursday, Jan. 20 for both the campus and community. Join the college virtually via Zoom from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. as the college community celebrates the life and teachings of Dr. King with an inspirational message from keynote speaker Christian Paige. The theme of…

Co-founder of Millennia Ministries, Concern for Neighbors Food Bank to be honored during Dr. King Tribute event Jan. 17

Edmonds resident Leilani Miller, executive director of Millennia Ministries in Everett, and Mountlake Terrace Concern for Neighbors Food Bank have been selected as the 2022 recipients of the Lift Every Voice Legacy Beloved Community Awards for advancing values that lift the standard of well-being among marginalized citizens throughout Snohomish County. The awards will be presented by the…

Reminder: 4th annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in Edmonds Jan. 17

Join the Lift Every Voice Legacy (LEVL) for its fourth annual tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. This year’s program, “If I Can Help Somebody,” features Sean Goode, executive director of Choose 180, a restorative justice non-profit in King County, as…

Reminder: League of Women Voters sponsoring DEI Storytelling Workshop Jan. 8

“DEI Storytelling Workshop: Initiating Action” is the topic of an interactive virtual event sponsored Saturday, Jan. 8 by the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County. According to an event announcement, the workshop’s purpose “is to help you understand the power of personal storytelling and see how it can encourage your listeners to act with…

4th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tribute Jan. 17 at Edmonds Center for Arts

Sean Goode, executive director of restorative justice nonprofit Choose 180, will be the featured storyteller during the fourth annual tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — Inspiring a Beloved Community in Song, Spoken Word and Dance — at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at Edmonds Center for the Arts. With a theme this…

Lynnwood-based Project Girl on a mission to mentor young women of color

According to the Education Trust, “Black girls face some of the greatest barriers to educational opportunities because of racial and gender biases embedded within school discipline policies, dress code and codes of conduct that target their cultural identity.” Lynnwood-based Project Girl Mentoring Program (PGMP) is committed to addressing that bias. Since 2012, the organization has made…

Economic Alliance Snohomish County launches SnoCODE diversity, equity and inclusion initiative

Economic Alliance Snohomish County on Wednesday said it is launching a new diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative  in collaboration with regional partners and major employers. SnoCODE (Creating Opportunities Diversity Equity) is a partnership between EASC, Leadership Snohomish County, Snohomish County government, and non-profit and for-profit entities. “EASC has brought together a diverse group of partners…

Reminder: Edmonds Schools Superintendent to address MLT Diversity Commission Sept. 15

The City of Mountlake Terrace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission on Sept. 15 will welcome guest speaker Dr. Gustavo Balderas, the superintendent of the Edmonds School District. Balderas joined the district in July 2020. He previously served as superintendent in Eugene, Oregon, and once was named National Superintendent of the Year. The child of migrant…