Local elected leaders want to hear from YOU! Do you feel welcome and safe in our community? After the most recent election cycle, community leaders called upon everyone in our community to welcome and support members in our communities who feel anxiety, vulnerability, stress, unsafe, or at risk of harassment based on their culture, personal characteristics, and beliefs. We recognize that in spite of some well-meaning efforts, there are people in Lane County who feel vulnerable and that harassment and discrimination based on race, place of birth, religion, gender, sexual orientation and other characteristics and beliefs are happening now and that they existed in Lane County and throughout the country long before the 2016 election. If you relate to any of the feelings or experiences listed, please come to this event and use this opportunity to help inform local decision makers about your experiences.
- Who: City of Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis, Eugene City Councilor Greg Evans, Senators James Manning and Floyd Prozanski, Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr, School Board members, and more. Our local leaders value all of our community members and want to focus their actions/decisions on ensuring that everyone feels valued, safe, and welcome in Lane County.
- Why: Action must come from listening and understanding the strengths and needs of the community. To better inform the many decisions they make, local leaders would like to hear from you about your experiences in our community since (and prior) to the election as well as your ideas about how to improve the community climate and inclusivity for all in Lane County.
- When: 6:30-8:00 PM, January 12 & February 2.
- Where: The Ford Alumni Center at the UO (1720 East 13th Ave., Eugene 97403)
Spanish language translation is available.