South King County leaders will hold a Community Unity Rally in response to recent crimes, including the shooting and injury of a Sikh man, Mr. Deep Rai, in Kent.
The organizers state: “South King County will not tolerate hate, discrimination or harassment of our neighbors, family or friends. This is not a political event. This is a unity event to stand together and celebrate the strength in our diversity. We are stronger together and we invite you to stand with your neighbors, friends and family to show our strength.”
Several community leaders are expecting to attend the event including: Kent City Council members Dana Ralph and Dennis Higgins, Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas, Kent School Board members Russ Hanscom and Karen DeBruler, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Des Moines City Councilman Dave Kaplan, Federal Way School Board member Claire Wilson, Tukwila School Board member Mary Fertakis, Pastor Jane Prestbye of Kent Lutheran and Rev. Leslie Braxton of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship.