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In response to President Trump’s announcement to end the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months, the City of Tacoma’s Office of Equity and Human Rights has compiled resources for residents on its Immigrant and Refugee Affairs webpage at CityofTacoma.org.

“Tacoma is a ‘Welcoming City,’ and we continue to support people who have moved to our city and help make Tacoma a rich and vibrant community,” Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland said. “We want those in the community to feel safe and we are committed to creating a community that is safe and welcoming for everyone.”

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project has created an advisory for DACA recipients and their families to help answer questions following the announcement and the Washington Dream Act Coalition will host a community forum in South King County at Highline College (2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, WA) on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. to provide information and resources.

“The City wants to help residents easily access resources and information to make navigating this issue less daunting,” said Diane Powers, Office of Equity and Human Rights director. “Our office will continue to provide links to Federal and State resources as they become available.”

To find links to resources from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Projects and from the Washington Dream Act Coalition, visit cityoftacoma.org/welcomingcities.



Hoping to attract those who are inclined to participate more actively in their local communities, Tacoma’s Neighborhood Councils are hosting a 25th anniversary celebration and information event on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 5:30-8 p.m. at STAR Center (3873 S. 66th St. in Tacoma).
“Our Neighborhood Councils recognize the power that individuals have to bring about positive, lasting change when working together toward shared goals,” said event co-chair Pennie Smith. “We encourage those who have ideas for creativity and innovation at the neighborhood level to attend this celebration and learn more about what Neighborhood Councils do.”
Gearing up for the possibility of 100-150 guests, event co-chairs Marion Weed and Pennie Smith plan to spotlight the legacy of service that the Neighborhood Councils have cultivated in Tacoma since its City Council passed legislation in September 1992 to establish the program.
Any member of an existing neighborhood group, resident, business owner, employee or property owner within a Neighborhood Council area can join a Neighborhood Council. Tacoma’s eight Neighborhood Council boundaries – in North East Tacoma, New Tacoma, the North End, the West End, Central Tacoma, South Tacoma, the Eastside and the South End – correspond to the City’s traditional planning areas.
Each Neighborhood Council serves as an independent, non-profit citizen organization to promote citizen-based efforts for neighborhood improvement.
More information is available at cityoftacoma.org/neighborhoodcouncils.


Mayor Marilyn Strickland has selected “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” by New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay for the Tacoma Reads Together program. This powerful memoir discusses the effects of trauma on self-image and weight and explores the author’s experience interacting with societal expectations around a woman’s appearance. Roxane Gay will be coming to Tacoma for a lecture, reading and book signing on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

“I chose ‘Hunger’ for Tacoma Reads 2017 because Roxane Gay’s brutally honest memoir explores issues that make us uncomfortable and are worthy of discussion such as body image, our relationship with food, assault, pain and our sense of basic human decency,” said Strickland. “Gay is a New York Times bestselling author and we look forward to hosting her for a book talk.”

Tacoma Reads 2017 events will include:

Book discussion hosted by Mayor Marilyn Strickland on Oct. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Wheelock Library (3722 N. 26th St. in Tacoma)

Lecture, reading and book signing with “Hunger” author Roxane Gay on Oct. 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Lincoln High School Auditorium (701 S. 37th St. in Tacoma)

“Miss Representation” screening followed by discussion led by Deirdre Raynor, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Washington on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Colored Women’s Club (2316 S. Yakima Ave. in Tacoma)

“Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” is available at Tacoma Public Library. The book will also be available for sale at King’s Books during the Oct. 18 and 25 events. For more information and event registration, visit tacomalibrary.org.

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