The July meeting of the Tukwila Community Stewards group was a success!
BECU graciously hosted the meeting, and the room was a perfect venue for a community organizing session (thanks Karen Stevens!). The room was filled with familiar faces from the last two Community Stewards meetings as well as some new friends and neighbors.
The meeting opened with a brief overview of what Cascade Land Conservancy is all about, and introductions of all in attendance. The group was comprised of community members with a broad range of interests and backgrounds, including some TIBAC, Neighbors Without Borders, and Friends of the Hill members.
The group was first given an overview of the up and coming community garden project that will serve people from Burma and other neighbors. This project is still in the early stages of development, and the organizers are actively seeking community members to become involved and take on some leadership. A number of Community Stewards signed up to stay in the loop, and the group did some successful brainstorming of potential contacts that would help the project grow.
After a short break (complete with pizza), we launched into the core of the meeting: organizing community support for the cancelled Boeing Access Light Rail stop.
Brooke Alford and David Shumate, both active Tukwila community members, gave a history of light rail in Tukwila and fielded questions and concerns about the proposed Boeing Access stop. The main concern that came up was whether the new stop would negatively impact parking.
A discussion and lesson on how to achieve a campaign win followed. The most important take-home lessons were the importance of telling your story to get people engaged, and the power of building a strong network of people. The group was then charged with the first step of the campaign to gain the Boeing Access Stop: circulating a petition to Tukwila and surrounding neighborhood residents to endorse the Boeing Access stop, then presenting this to the City Council.
Sean Albert, Tukwila artist, Parks Commissioner, and active volunteer, has stepped up to take the lead on collecting completed petitions. (Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to get copies!) The meeting concluded with the Community Stewards ready to head out in to the community and spread the word about this exciting campaign. More information as well as a downloadable copy of the petition can be found on the North Tukwila Light Stop Facebook page.