As a citizen of greater South Whidbey, I’d like to personally thank the many Langley city residents who stood up over the past seven months in support of Langley becoming an inclusive city, and instituting real legal protections for those members of our community who are most at risk under the Trump administration.
Dozens of Langley residents diligently attended city council meetings and community events, sent emails and made phone calls, met with their council members, marched in the streets, wrote to the South Whidbey Record, and shared very personal stories about what this matter means to them and why it is so important that Langley acts to protect our most vulnerable neighbors. This is what democracy looks like and it was beautiful to witness it here in my hometown of Langley.
While the council ultimately voted not to pass an enforceable inclusive city ordinance, I’m grateful for the care and dedication of our bold Langley activists. They represent my deepest values and the values of hundreds of others here on South Whidbey, as demonstrated by the petition that was delivered to the Langley City Council with over 400 signatures of Inclusive Langley supporters.
These good citizens have my appreciation and respect for their thoughtful engagement in their city’s public process and for their commitment to making Langley a safe place for all residents and visitors, regardless of religious affiliation or immigration status. Thank you compassionate Langley-ites!