Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler — in partnership with the Eastside Race and Leadership Coalition — is joining a larger Eastside effort to express solidarity following a racist incident that occurred at Redmond's Rags to Riches consignment shop.
The City is hosting an event at noon March 2, 2016, that will include members from the coalition, local Issaquah leaders and others, who will deliver a short program near the steps of City Hall,130 E. Sunset Way, at The Blue Door — a landmark that symbolizes friendships between diverse cultures. The door was a gift from Issaquah's sister city of Chefchaouen, Morocco.
Attendees will then be invited to join the community's rejection of racism by writing specific steps they will take on pieces of fabric and attaching them to a traveling peace arch display.
The exhibit, which has already visited Redmond, Kirkland and Bellevue, will then be on display at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, in Issaquah, through March 9.