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LIFRC Weekly Community Update                    

October 18th, 2022

Happy Tuesday! 

As you know, LIFRC is deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. 

An important part of that work is sharing power, stepping back so that others can step forward, and following the diverse community voices and leaders who are forming the future here on Lopez. 

That sentiment is truly the bedrock of Voices and Visions (V&V), an amazingly talented group of leaders who work to amplify and elevate the voices and visions of people who are not generally seen nor listened to. 

Members of this group include Samish tribal members, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and Spanish speaking community members as well as Latinx and GSA youth, and parents and advocates of neurodivergent and disabled youth. 

V&V's three year plan aims to generate a deeper, more genuine compassion for all people, past, present and future. By creating safe spaces for living, meeting and celebrating history, culture, and human rights, they hope to cultivate greater inclusion and equity. 

Last year, the leaders of Voices and Visions approved, funded and supported:
  • Educational outdoor signs for the Samish Indian Nation and other tribes to teach their language and original use of the land we live on. 
  • Sending youth members of the Gay Straight Alliance to the Link Conference in Everett 
  • Monthly open mic poetry events and workshops. 
  • Children’s Day Celebration
  • Indigenous Day Celebration. 
  • Solidification of the new organization ALIGN: Advocates of Lopez Island Gathering for Neurodivergent and Disabled Youth. (Stay tuned for more on this group next week!)
This month they are at it again! 

Spanish speaking leaders of Voices and Visions are preparing to teach, share and celebrate with us one of their favorite Mexican traditions: Día de los Muertos.

Let's follow their lead. Come learn from the Latinx leaders of Lopez!

--The LIFRC Team

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