Happening nearby: Commission to celebrate World Diversity Day Thursday in Edmonds

World Diversity Day logoThe Snohomish County Human Rights Commission will celebrate World Diversity Day with a program at the Edmonds Senior Center from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

Speakers for the event include State Reps. Luis Saúl Moscoso and Lillian Ortiz-Self, State Sen. Maralyn Chase, Chris Roberts and Shahrum Ali. They will be sharing their experiences “as people who care about human rights and cultural diversity,” said Human Rights Commission Vice Chair Carin Chase.

According to Chase, the work of the Snohomish County Human Rights Commission is grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which “makes it clear that for rights to exist, they must apply to everybody.”

Chase said the discussion will be a timely one, given recent controversy over the building of a mosque in nearby Mukilteo. “The rich infusion of cultural diversity represented by the mosque is up against a framework of segregation and fundamentalism,” she said.

“This will be a discussion about the values we share in our county that apply to everyone and how do we move forward together,” Chase added. “Our hope is that by talking about and honoring cultural diversity and cultural pluralism, as an inclusive and necessary framework for our very survival, we can bring about a more peaceful community and county.

This nine-minute video on YouTube will serve as the framework for Thursday night’s presentation:

The Edmonds Senior Center is located at 220 Railroad Ave. in Edmonds.

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