On November 16th, 2020 the Renton City Council unanimously passed an ordinance which will allow for a street mural which activists have advocated for locally. Other local governments across the country have completed or began commission on a similar project.
Notably significant is that this ordinance establishes “Black Lives Matter” as government speech, meaning that the City of Renton itself is declaring these words. More specifically the ordinance states “the indisputable fact that Black lives matter“. The ordinance was moved by Councilmember Ed Prince and seconded by Council President Ruth Pérez then unanimously passed.
The work is yet to be completed, but will be commissioned by the City of Renton as well. The Black Lives Matter street mural project has been supported by groups include The OWL Project, Renton Residents for Change, and the Renton-King County Alliance for Justice in addition to wide support from community members.