In September, the Wedgwood Community Council board members issued a statement honoring the Duwamish People – past and present – the current and ancestral lands of the Duwamish Tribe upon which our community lies. Additionally, we clearly affirmed the obvious yet necessary statement that Black Lives Matter. Finally, we acknowledged where we fell short in the past to actively foster a more equitable and inclusive Wedgwood. But these remain just words as was pointed out to us on Twitter.
Great question. As we say, this is Step 1. But excellent question.— WedgwoodCommCouncil (@WedgwoodCC) September 17, 2020
Since issuing this statement, the WCC board has been considering what was within our capacity to help positively contribute towards a more equitable and inclusive Wedgwood. We certainly are not able to undo centuries of systemic bias and racism, but we also are unwilling to do nothing. As a result, the board has committed to the following:
- We will make social equity a standing agenda item in our monthly board meetings.
- We will make a one-time $500 Real Rent payment to the Duwamish Tribe.
- We are going to evaluate what level of on-going Real Rent contribution we can sustainably commit to.
- And, we hope to educate our neighbors about the history of our community through storytelling.
These are just our next steps…not our final steps. There is much to do. If you have recommendations or suggestions for actions we should consider, please leave them in the comments below.