Post election bridge the divide: Community invited to Unity event at Centennial Fields, November 13th

This Sunday, November 13, 2016 the Snoqualmie Valley Community is being offered a chance to come together – and as North Bend photographer Mary Miller says – have some fun, too.

According to event organizers, they recognize the strong divide in our country right now. “Some are hurting, scared, and disillusioned while trying to process everything and find the best, most positive way to move forward.”

So they invite the community to come together at Centennial Fields, Sunday, November 13th at 11AM – to remind friends and neighbors near and far that: “We choose love. We choose tolerance. We choose acceptance. We take care of each other.”

It’s a peaceful gathering to join together in unity, strength, and hope that a better future and be built for all. Organizer Niki Stryjak said they’ve received many questions about what the vision of the event is. She answered, “This is it, pure and simple.Our community, strong and together, united hand-in-hand in love and acceptance of each other.”

Snoqualmie Police will be at the event to greet the kids – handing out stickers. And Mary Miller will do one of her awesome overhead, aerial photo shoots to capture the moment – a circle of unity, with community members hand in hand.

Here’s an example of some of Mary’s past community unity photo shoots:





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  • Too bad this event has to be at the same time that many of us are in church, worshipping. Churches tend to be a fountain for unity, peace and forgiveness.

      1. Freddy is a good example of what we are always going to be bumping up against: some people will always reject tolerance, acceptance, and working together because they like being devisive, they must get some kind of sense of power from it. We each respond to the world according to our beliefs and perceptions. Embracing concepts such as working out differences civilly, accepting people who are different from yourself, seeing that we all get more when we work together rather than fight with each other, that it’s okay to help people who can’t help themselves, and such requires a kind of perspective that, apparently, about half the country lacks. Our present circumstances are proof that our education system is a massive failure. Too many Americans are taught to be spoon-fed their beliefs rather than to critically analyze information and form their own beliefs and conclusions. It’s going to be interesting to see how these forces play themselves out in our country. Thank you, Julie, for organizing this event. Unfortunately, I just found out about it.

        1. Let’s not forget, though, that kids come to school with whatever values have already been instilled in them by their parents or guardians. Thanks for the thanks, Steven, but it was Niki Stryjak who organized the event. I was there for the last half of it though, and it was truly lovely. Many thanks to Niki, and to fantastic photographer Mary Miller! Let’s do it again!

  • Semantics are so fascinating. “Being offered a chance” conjures up one of those scenes from Game of Thrones, or maybe a Hieronymus Bosch painting, but I’ll assume that wasn’t the intention of the person who posted it. I really don’t know who will show up to this event, I guess we need to take it at face value that Snoqualmie Valley Community members of all races and political affiliations will show up?
    If the voters of Mr. T show up, I hope they put on a graceful face (at least make the effort?) and be kind to those who voted for Mrs. H or someone else….because quite frankly, a massive and sincere apology is in order on behalf of their candidate’s racist, bigoted violence-inciting behavior. Citizens all across the country, including those of us who live in Snoqualmie Valley, are scared….for themselves, and for their friends and neighbors of color….for women….for folks with disabilities….and they all have a right to be. If I’m a supporter of Mrs. H, and I don’t hear acknowledgement from T supporters expressing embarrassment and an apology on behalf of their divisive candidate, I’d turn around and walk away. Because that’s the starting point of the conversation, it has to be….or there will be NO conversation until that acknowledgment takes place, as it should. And the shelf life for an apology is short. But best of luck, I hope this event is a turn for the better. Then again, the thing might get rained out anyway.

  • Specific politics aside, it is great to see a peaceful gathering in the spirit of unifying people after so much tension over the last several months. Additionally, I really like how photography is used in this event to tell the story visually. Our area is so beautiful…

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