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Open Letter to the East Wenatchee Community

Post Date:06/17/2020

Open Letter to the East Wenatchee Community

June 17, 2020



Mayor Thank YouEAST WENATCHEE, WA – Signs. Cardboard signs. Yard signs. Signs on Facebook posts. Signs of frustration, anger, and sadness.

I made a point to read every sign at the local marches and I’ve talked with individuals to get a better understanding of the meaning behind some of the messages. I’ve read the emails, editorials, and opinions of anyone who cares to share with me. I’ve had heartfelt discussions with other community leaders, peers, friends, family, and even people whom I’ve just met. You are heard and I am soaking it all in.

I would like to share a sign with you and my sign reads “thank you.” I say thank you to all of those that have thoughtfully and passionately shared their stories, wisdom, opinions, ideas, and voice. I have given a lot of thought to our current culture and I support everyone who is peacefully standing up for equality.
It would be reckless of me, as your mayor, to think that the status quo is ok. I know there is room for improvement in our valley and my words will mean nothing without action. In the days ahead, I will continue the dialogue with other community leaders to find opportunities to bring about thoughtful change and meaningful reform where needed.

This is a community effort, once again thank you to everyone who has maintained peaceful dialogue about true equality and a healthy, vibrant community. I hope that through your continued support, we can all help to make our world a better place.

Jerrilea Crawford, Mayor



Señales. Letreros de cartón. Carteles de jardin. Señales en publicaciones de Facebook. Signos de frustración, enojos y tristeza.

Me propuse leer cada Letrero de cartón en las marchas locales y he hablado con personas para comprender mejor el significado de los mensajes. He leído los correos electrónicos, editoriales y opiniones de cualquier persona que quiera compartir conmigo. He tenido conversaciones sinceras con otros líderes de la comunidad, compañeros, amigos, familiares e incluso con personas que acabo de conocer. Eres escuchado y lo estoy absorbiendo todo.

Me gustaría compartir un letrero con ustedes y mi letrero dice "gracias". Les agradezco a todos que han compartido sus historias, sabiduría, opiniones, ideas y vozes de manera reflexiva y apasionada. He pensado mucho en nuestra cultura de hoy y apoyo a todos los que defienden pacíficamente la igualdad.

Sería imprudente de mi parte, como alcalde, pensar que el statu quo está bien. Sé que hay margen de mejora en nuestro valle y mis palabras no significarán nada sin acción. En los próximos días, continuaré el diálogo con otros líderes de la comunidad para encontrar oportunidades para lograr un cambio reflexivo y una reforma significativa donde es necesario.

Este es un esfuerzo comunitario, una vez más, gracias a todos los que han mantenido un diálogo pacífico sobre la verdadera igualdad y una comunidad sana y vibrante. Espero que a través de su continuo apoyo, todos podamos ayudar a hacer de nuestro mundo un lugar mejor.

Jerrilea Crawford, alcalde


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