Committee backs city welcoming signs


Aldermen on Evanston’s Human Services Committee voiced support Monday night for a plan to place signs proclaiming “All People Are Welcome” at city buildings.

Equity and Empowerment Coordinator Pat Efiom said the design for the signs had been developed by a staff committee. She said the committee also hoped to get city employees talking about what it means to be welcoming.

Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, who chaired the committee meeting said, “I think its a good way of branding the community” and added.

Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, asked about adding text in Spanish to the signs. Efiom said the committee had struggled with trying to decide whether to try to fit just one or several additional languages into the design.

She said the city needed to establish a broader policy about providing translation services and what languages to translate material into.

Efiom said the plan was to produce 11 of the signs at a cost of $110 each.

Fiske said she’d “love to see some decals we could give people” to place in their stores, on their cars, or on their front doors.

The sign program, Efiom said, is patterned after a Skokie Cares project that recently distributed yard signs reading “Skokie welcomes everyone” in that community. 

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