'Time for Change' event in Alexandria Thursday to promote equality

Alexandria citizens, the Inclusion Network and other civic leaders have organized a peaceful “Time for Change” event to promote creating a community of equality.

It will take place Thursday, June 11 from 7 to 8 p.m at 1401 Jefferson St., adjacent to Alexandria Technical and Community College.

All who are in support of creating a community of equality are welcome. Attendees are asked to wear masks and support stay safe order guidelines.

The event will be livestreamed:

Organizers say the objective is to increase community awareness of the importance of creating a culture of equality — specifically racial justice — and inspire people to take positive actions going forward.


“The event will bring attention to the objective of equality by coordinating a peaceful, family friendly event, which includes speakers who stand for equality and/or have experienced and witnessed inequality in our community,” organizers said in a news release.

The event is being planned by a number of local citizens with input from several community stakeholders and in cooperation with key civic leaders.

Speakers will include Pastor Hans Dahl, Mattie Bogart, Niki Botzet, Jay Sieling, Kevin Taylor and Josette Ciceron, and a welcome by Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson.

The Inclusion Network’s goal is to make Central Minnesota an inclusive and welcoming place for people of all backgrounds to live and work by strengthening the region through an appreciation and understanding of diversity and cultural differences.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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