A peace rally organized by Plateaupians For Peace that was held next to the Klahanie park drew a crowd of more than 150 people on Sunday afternoon. The rally was held in response to a flurry of racist graffiti vandalism acts that took place last week in Klahanie.
People expressed rejection of the acts and called for neighbors to reach out to each other in a community strengthening effort. Some held signs that read “No Hate Makes Klahanie Great”, “We Are Family” and “Hate Has No Home Here.”
Klahanie residents woke up early this week to sprayed red graffiti of racists slurs, but it seems no specific resident was targeted and that the targets were randomly chosen.
The Sammamish community is acting to counter a series of racist graffiti vandalism in the Klahanie area, organizing a rally tomorrow (see below) and GoFundMe campaigns in support of the victims.
Some residents of Klahanie woke up Feb. 20 to racist graffiti scrawled over their property.
According to Sergeant Christine Elias of the Sammamish Police Department, 17 people were targets, with reports still coming in Friday. Property vandalized included cars, garage doors, mail boxes, street signs, and even a cement dumpster.
Lost in all the hoopla over the Legislature’s vote to exempt itself from the Public Records
Act and the drama over its repeal, State Rep. Jay Rodne (R-5th) announced Feb. 28 he won’t run for reelection.
Rodne vote for the exemption. He was nearly defeated in 2016 by Jason Ritchie, a Democrat who lives in the Klahanie neighborhood in Sammamish. Ritchie led Rodne on election night but the tide turned as votes were counted, and Rodne won reelection narrowly.
Ritchie ran the next year for Sammamish City Council and won.