February 8th Community Conversation

Join Us for the First Community Conversation of 2017

Topic: Hate Crimes

We will hear from Jim Ritter with the Seattle Police Department’s SAFE Place initiative along with representatives from the Department of Justice on how the government is dealing with these issues. We will also be hearing the personal story of one of our own local businesses. Time has been allotted for questions and public comment.

Free Food will be provided courtesy of LakeĀ  City Future First from 6-6:30 with the Awareness Forum beginning at 6:30.

Lake City – Must Be A Safe Place For All

Response to Recent Hate Crime in LC

spd_safe_placeMany of us by now have heard that one of our long time businesses here in Lake City recently experienced a threatening and hate-filled note on the windshield of their car. The issue exploded on Nextdoor and the result was a great deal of support from the community and conversations about how we as a community will not tolerate this in Lake City.

Working with Christa Dumpys from the Department of Neighborhoods, LCFF had the opportunity to sit down with Aaron, the owner of Emerald City Tattoo, Jim Ritter from SPD’s Safe Place campaign, Sgt. Diane Newsom of the North Precinct, Knight Sor with the US Department of Justice and Diane Haugen from the North Seattle Chamber to discuss the incident and talk about getting our local businesses involved in the Safe Place campaign. This is a good first step toward making sure that all of our diverse business community and residents feel safe and supported.

While the Safe Place program is centered around crimes and harassment of LGBTQ community members, the decals indicate a safe place for anyone who is being harassed or victimized. The decals are prominently displayed on doors or windows of businesses that have committed to calling the police and allowing the victim to remain on the premises until help has arrived. Continue reading “Lake City – Must Be A Safe Place For All”