Upcoming Black, African American community quarterly meeting set for Jan. 27

The third virtual meeting to be held via Zoom from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The third African American and Black Community quarterly meeting will be held Wednesday, January 27.

Hosted by Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, the meeting will feature a conversation with members of the Federal Way Black Collective. There will be an opportunity for public comment from attendees.

Viewers and participants may tune in via Zoom from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27, and must register at a Zoom link on the city’s website at least 15 minutes prior to the meeting’s start.

The first meeting took place on July 29 with more than 100 attendees, and proved the grassroots meeting had room to grow in regards to the agenda, meeting layout and goals of each gathering.

At the second meeting on Oct. 14, community leaders presented the mayor with a list of requests including a proclamation that racism is a public health crisis and that the city has no tolerance for racism; a proclamation and statement supporting Black Lives Matter and addressing peaceful protesting; a request for a full-time diversity, equity and inclusion position at the city; an independent community and resident board to review the police department; and more.

Since the autumn meeting, city officials have worked to accomplish some of the community’s asks, but still have several left to fulfill.

If you are interested in attending next week’s meeting, you may also call the Mayor’s Office at 253-835-2402 to request a Zoom Invitation via email.