Thank you to everyone who contributed and shared! The $500 pledge was matched minutes ago, and campaign signs are being ordered. If you would like a sign for your yard and/ or to help distribute signs, phonebank, or doorbell, please email email@example.com . And if you have a strong color preference for the signs, feel free to post it below in the comments.
Great news! A donor has stepped up and promised to match pledges up to a total of $500 so we can get campaign signs printed! Whether 10 people donate $50, 25 people donate $25, or 50 people donate $10, let’s get to our goal by midnight Wednesday, July 18!
Today is a great day to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQIA community here in Pierce County, and to recognize we still have a lot of work to do.
Many children growing up do not feel like they fit societal roles and do not have anyone to safely discuss these concerns with. The effects of feeling like an outsider include increasing self-doubt, isolation, acting out in school and/ or at home, self-medicating through alcohol and/ or drugs, and self-harm. Bullying of LGBTQIA youth is a major contributing factor. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ website stopbullying.gov, “lesbian, gay or bisexual youth are more than twice as likely as their peers to be depressed and think about or attempt suicide (Russell & Joyner, 2001).” Per the National Center for Transgender Equality:
“Transgender and gender non-conforming youth face challenges at home, at school, in foster care, and in juvenile justice systems. A national survey by GLSEN has found that 75% of transgender youth feel unsafe at school, and those who are able to persevere had significantly lower GPAs, were more likely to miss school out of concern for their safety, and were less likely to plan on continuing their education.”
While the U.S, has made significant strides in equal rights for the LGBTQIA, rights are under attack at the Federal level. Our community’s health. Our community’s right to adopt or foster children. Housing, immigration, bathroom access, employment, and more. That’s why it’s even more important than ever to take a stand at the local level and assure our community we will stand up for each other. We will support each other. And we will make sure our government officials represent us.
What can we do today? We can begin to work on dismantling our own biases. Within the community, we must work to fight racism, ableism, classism, bi-erasure, misogyny, transphobia, harassment, and domestic violence. We must stand up against the federal government’s zero-tolerance immigration policy as deportations can be death sentences. We can provide a non-judgmental ear and direct individuals to the right resources. We can contact sitting government officials and hold them accountable. And we must vote to elect representatives who have proven their dedication to protecting our community’s rights. I would be honored to have your vote, and will continue to fight for equality and equity. I hope to see you today at Pride.
Tacoma’s South End Neighborhood Council (SENCo) voted to recommend Suzanne in the race for Pierce County Council District 5. The following is a message from the Chair of SENCo, Earl Brydson:
“I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation for Suzanne Skaar. She’s been a part of our council only for a few months [October 2017], but what an amazing impression she has made with her peers and the public.I actually met her about a year ago during a presentation she made before joining SENCo.
She is an intellect, a true believer of the truth, in other words, she does her homework before engaging in important topics. She speaks with passion about her beliefs and she stands ready to hold her ground. In May 2018, Suzanne volunteered to attend a national conference in Alabama called neighborhood USA or NUSA. Filled with excitement and new ideas, Suzanne presented an informative and thorough briefing for the council, the public, and city management.
In addition, she chairs our Social Outreach Committee, which highlights her knowledge and extensive volunteer background in communication and media. She is a trustworthy individual ready to take on more responsibility as Pierce County’s next brightest council member. I am confident she will work hard to become the best of the best.
Chair – South End Neighborhood Council”
On behalf of Suzanne, we’d like to thank the members of the South End Neighborhood Council for their continued hard work to make our community more equitable, and for their support in this important race. Share this message with friends and make sure to vote Suzanne Skaar for Pierce County Council District 5!
The following is a message from friend and supporter, Philip Bradford:
“Suzanne has impressed me for years with her tenacious advocacy for the south and east end of the Tacoma Metro area. Her credentials are superior: Suzanne has headed international non-profit efforts, assisted injured workers to reenter our competitive job market and made it clear our growing economy will be accompanied by environmental responsibility. Her education, ability to think as big as our expanding county and capacity to diplomatically and professionally stand up to cynical attempts to set us back make her the natural choice. It’s her time.”
Philip Bradford, Work Opportunities and Health Care Advocate
Suzanne has worked hard for this community and will continue to do so in the role of the District 5 Pierce County Council Member. Please make a donation today and tell your friends why you support Suzanne Skaar.
The following is a message from friend and supporter, Wemba-koy Okonda:
“I first met Suzanne when we worked for the University of Washington. I told her about my mission to help fellow Congolese refugees here in the United Stated and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and my dream of starting a non-profit (Okongo). She immediately helped with outreach, research, writing, and design. She served on the board for a few years in a support role, and actively worked to encourage a board which was led by immigrants and refugees. Suzanne’s cultural sensitivity and real-world knowledge of community resources would be of great benefit to the residents of Pierce County. Please support her.”
Wemba-koy Okonda, Candidate for Democratic Republic of Congo Parliament
The following is a message from Athena Brewer, South End Neighborhood Council Board Member:
Suzanne Skaar is an ardent advocate for us all in her holistic approach to supporting equal opportunity community engagement, environmental sustainability, and empowering citizens from all walks of life through visibility and accessibility to local leadership for the energized generation of today.
If you’re sick of the status quo, and the same old actors who only rely on rhetoric, and instead you want to see more fresh female faces in leadership who bring dynamic real-world solutions to the table, vote for Suzanne Skaar!
Athena will be hosting a House Party on July 13 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. for those who’d like to learn more about Suzanne’s campaign. Make your own Wood-fired Pizza and grab a drink at this limited seating gathering. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Details and directions will be sent with confirmation of reservation. There is a suggested donation of $25 in advance or $30 at the door.