Here is the tea this Wednesday, June 16th (the last tea):
- We are celebrating one year of Renton Progress! The first article was published on June 15th, 2020 on the city’s second Pride flag raising. Since then more than 80 articles have been published to date on local demonstrations, community functions, and other current events. Renton Progress continues to focus on Greater Renton politics and strives to provide a progressive perspective on local issues.
- Local businesses and other organizations have put up Pride displays this month as part of Pride and the Renton Pride Passport. Nearby residents can print out the passports and then go to the businesses to receive a sticker or stamp for each participating organization. For the kickoff event on Saturday, June 5th, some businesses went all out for their displays. The Rose Gift House and Coffee had a special pop up event with a Pride bakery; Cugini Florists & Fine Gifts handed out Pride flags to those passing by.
- At the city council meeting on June 14th, the city council voted to refer to committee a double of the bonus of lateral-hire police from $10k to $20k and introducing a $1k bonus for entry-level hires. A lateral-hire is an officer hired from another department in Washington or another state. The city argues that hires from other agencies are cheaper than the costs of sending a new-hire through the necessary training.
- The City of Renton has joined the national Hate Has No Home Here campaign and has provided some materials for organizations to help promote it.
- At the city council meeting on June 8th, the city issued a pride proclamation for a third year. The Pride flag flew the first week of June at City Hall in recognition of Pride. This year the Renton LGBTQIA+ Community gifted the city a Progress Pride flag which includes chevrons with the colors black and brown, representative of BIPOC communities, and the white, pink, and blue of the Transgender Pride flag.