Growing Group Does Good For A Change
Volunteers Cleans Ravenna Park With Message: Diversity Makes America Great
Seattle, WA - Local residents who have felt frustrated by what they view as hateful rhetoric and policies from national leadership have decided to do something unique about it. Joining together to make a difference locally and nationally, 40 volunteers walked through Ravenna Park with trash bags in their hands and a message on their backs: Diversity Makes America Great.
This was the third event by the grassroots movement taking shape known as Good for a Change. The effort is being organized by Jeff Shulman, a marketing professor at the University of Washington who wants to remind people of American ideals. “E pluribus unum, on all our coins, means ‘Out of Many, One.’ We embrace being a diverse people who come together in one nation. This is not a Democrat motto or a Republican motto. It is the motto of the United States of America. We cannot let this be forgotten,” Shulman said.
Seattle City Council position 8 candidate Teresa Mosqueda was a distinguished participant at the event. “I believe in order to build healthy communities, we must strengthen our relationships with our neighbors in order to stand united against the attacks coming down from the federal level. Healthy communities are products of strong relationships and development from the grassroots!” said Mosqueda.
In its first month, Good for a Change has seen over 80 volunteers contribute over 175 volunteer hours in removing 77 bags of trash from community spaces. Seattle City Council position 9 candidate Pat Murakami was among the distinguished participants of Good for a Change Magnuson Park Cleanup in August, which also included staff from Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s office and City Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office.
Others interested in building a better future by doing good today can learn about future events at www.GoodForAChange.org. According to Shulman, “Good for a Change is not an organization. It is a movement; a philosophy that we can be the change we want to see. Anyone can wear the shirt and make positive change in their community while asking for change in rhetoric and policies of our national leadership.”