City taking applications for group focused on racial justice

The city of Langley is now accepting applications for community members wanting to be part of a new advisory group.

The group’s intent is to dismantle systemic racism and is forming as part of a resolution adopted by the city council earlier this month with the same goal in supporting Black, Indigenous and People of Color, people with mental illness, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQ+.

According to the resolution passed July 6, the multi-racial, intersectional, anti-racist working group will be created for the purpose of hearing the voices of community members impacted by policies and practices contributing to systemic racism, injustice, abuse, bias, inequity and compromised safety in Langley.

Langley council members Craig Cyr and Christy Korrow will be leading the group with Brigid Reynolds, the city’s director of community planning.

People interested in applying can live outside of the city’s limits. Cyr said Thursday that they have been receiving applications from South Whidbey residents as well as Langley citizens.

The working group will consist of 50 percent people of color and 50 percent white allies.

A one-page application is available on the city’s website, langleywa.org. When finished, the application can be emailed to Cyr at council4@langleywa.org.

Applications must be submitted by Aug. 4.

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