U.N.I.T.Y. It’s About to Go Down

So, I had a shit day.  Too much to do, not enough time, and folks don’t give a damn about my timelines, intentions, or competing priorities.  Whatev. Well, my mood and outlook quickly turned around as I attended the city council meeting.  Yep, you read it right.

I know I know, these are generally not a fun fest.  However, this evening Mayor Strickland proclaimed that United Tacoma Day will be observed January 7, 2013, and every year thereafter.  It was on January 7m 1884 that old Tacoma and new Tacoma merged to incorporate as Tacoma.  This day will provide a reminder and platform to celebrate mobilization and connectivity among communities in the city.  This encouraged my heart in a time where, although Tacoma’s diversity is lifted up, our neighborhoods remain segregated and working in silos.

JD Elquist (center) with Travis Pranger (left) and Dorian Waller (right)

We have JD Elquist to thank for the proclamation.  JD, although relatively new to the Tacoma area, is extremely passionate about Tacoma, and committing his time and talent to cultivating a unified, thriving and just community in the 253.  JD is clothing designer by trade, but is immersing himself in city systems, community networks, and personal relationships to implement positive change in Tacoma.
Articulate and easy going, JD is modeling a movement proving that the young folk got juice.  As so many other movements throughout history, the vision and innovation of emerging leaders are an imperative in community development. JD is just the squeaky wheel young Tacoma needs to get good and motivated.

Keep your eye out for announcements and opportunities to volunteer and contribute to United Tacoma.  Mark your calendars for January 7, 2013.  The city needs some traditions to counter the negativity that continues to plague our reputation.

Join me in thanking JD for taking risks and believing in a united Tacoma. And google the brother. He’s the truth.  Here’s his recent TED talk to prove it:

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