WLAIC highlights for 2018 through early 2019

The West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community (WLAIC) has been busy in the last year! In addition to launching an excellent website and periodic newsletter, its committees have been active in the community, schools, and with the city government.  Below are highlights from the group’s three committees. 

WLAIC School’s Committee: 

  • Offered financial and community support to West Linn High School’s United Club students and their school-wide Unity Day workshops that confront racism and dis­crimination, promoting inclusion and acceptance. 
  • Provided parent workshops on the launch of “Equity Teams,” which allow parents to raise concerns in their schools about barriers to learning their children may face.
  • Worked with the WLWV School Board advocating for changes in policy to make schools more inclusive, diverse and welcoming for all. The School District and Board for­mally recognized WLAIC for its work to create a school community that honors everyone.

WLAIC’s Outreach Committee:

  • Sponsored half a dozen public presentations on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, including Conversation Projects in collaboration with Oregon Humanities and Building Bridges Conversations in collaboration with the West Linn Lutheran Church.
  • Participated in the West Linn farmers market, the West Linn Old-Time Parade and Fair, and other local area festivals.
  • Distributed window clings reading “All People are Welcome Here” to 60 local businesses. 

WLAIC’s Government Committee: 

  • Testified in arbitration hearings in support of the City of West Linn’s decision to terminate Officer Tom Newberry due to his racist social media postings.
  • Participated in the city’s interviews for a new West Linn Police Chief and contributed to the final decision-making.