Summer can be a slow time of the year, but the West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community (WLAIC) has maintained an active pace this summer. WLAIC co-sponsored a July 23rd event featuring Walidah Imarisha. Walidah’s talk entitled ‘Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon: A Hidden History’ was very well received by an audience of over 200 people. Read more in the West Linn Tidings article. WLAIC’s partners in organizing this event were Respond to Racism LO and Mary’s Woods Diversity Task Force.
The Community Outreach Committee organized WLAIC’s participation in the West Linn Old Time Fair with a booth and a group of members who walked in the Old Time Fair parade. The booth was visited by 143 of our neighbors during the three days of the fair. Children were able to make their own “Celebration Hats” and we appreciated the chance to hear from the community.
WLAIC also sponsored a booth at the August 7th West Linn Farmers Market and had 68 visitors. Children were able to plant seeds to take home while parents discussed WLAIC’s activities and goals. Hearing comments and ideas from the community provided a fun and informative evening.
WLAIC is one of the founding members of the Multi-City Equity Summit and the work on this project has continued throughout the summer. The event will be held on October 19th at Lake Oswego High School. Visit the Equity Summit’s website for more information or to register.
WLAIC is grateful for the high level of community interest in our activities. We have welcomed 24 new members to the organization during July and August. We are currently planning our schedule for the next year and we are excited with the ideas and topics being developed. We will keep you informed as new events are scheduled.