The Olympia City Council is hosting a virtual town hall series on racial justice in an effort to provide a safe gathering space for the community to understand the issues at the center of institutional racism and discuss the opportunities for positive change driven by the Black Lives Matter movement.

The first Virtual Town Hall, “Racial Justice and the Justice System,” will be hosted by the full City Council on July 23 at 4 p.m. The moderated panel includes Larry Jefferson, supervising and senior attorney for superior court of Thurston County Public Defense, Donta Harper, senior administrator for community corrections of the Department of Corrections, Thelma Jackson,  Black Alliance of Thurston County co-founder, and David Owens, staff attorney of the Exoneration Project.

Residents can click here to register to attend the July 23rd Justice System Town Hall.

Additional virtual town halls include:

  • “Racial Justice and Economic Opportunity,” on July 30 at 4 p.m.
  • “Racial Justice and the Healthcare System” on Aug. 6 at 4 p.m.
  • “Racial Justice and the Education System” on Aug. 13 at 4 p.m.