Building unity, addressing racism and promoting equity for all

Diversity board 2019 with Mayor Cassie

Mayor Cassie Franklin has directed City staff to pursue the following five initiatives:

  1. Foster engagement and mutual understanding with the Black, Indigenous people of color community (BIPOC), as well as other marginalized communities 
  2. Improve inclusion, equity and diversity at the City and create a culture of anti-racism, which actively addresses barriers to opportunities for all
  3. Identify and address inequities and bias in City systems, policies and data
  4. Remain a leader on pursuing firearm surrender orders via the court system
  5. Explore new and innovative sources of funding and strengthen partnerships to address violent crimes

Mayoral Directive: Building Unity, Addressing Racism and Promoting Equity for All (PDF)

On Sept. 22, 2020, Mayor Franklin issued a mayoral directive to build and expand on efforts to achieve our vision of “One Everett" – a connected and engaged community built on trust, inclusion and equity.

"The strength and vitality of our community comes from our rich diversity of cultures, experiences and faiths. I am committed to ensuring Everett remains a welcoming, inclusive and safe community for all who live, work and visit here.– Mayor Franklin