Woodinville City Council,

I met Nicolas recently, when he joined the Facebook group I administer- Woodinville Social Justice Connection. Not only has he been active in dialogue and our organizational efforts, he quickly stepped up as leader in our group and has showed an immense dedication to social justice and inclusion efforts in our community.

Nicolas has provided more support to myself and our community than I can begin to describe, or thank him for. When I organized the Woodinville March and Demonstration in support of Black Lives Matter, and realized the scale of this event was going to be much larger than expected. Nicolas stepped up to support us at all hours of the night; with hours-worth of free labor, helping organize, communicate and ensure public safety. His entire family pitched in, and his wife worked tirelessly to make masks to pass out during the March and Demonstration.

Nicolas has worked to make sure members of our community feel heard and cared about. Not only does he hear us, he responds and acts and is a strong advocate for marginalized people in our community.

Working with Nicolas has impacted not only my life, but the lives of my group members and community, at large. His professionalism, empathy, kindness, selflessness and compassion are some of the first qualities I noticed about him.

I have worked for four years to bring attention to social justice issues and involve our city council only to be met with silence, and at times, outright avoidance and defensiveness. His support has helped me mentally and emotionally by providing resources and support to take weight off my shoulders and the members of our group. His advocacy work has advanced our social justice efforts into concrete action.

As a progressive woman leader, and a vocal social justice advocate in Woodinville, Nicholas has shown me his strong dedication to civic service and progressive values. He is both a strong ally, and a leader in our community. That is not afraid to speak truth to power.

I am appalled and disheartened to see the council ambush him, and other Councilmembers and Commissioners, in what appears to be an act of overt retaliation. The claims made against him are unsubstantiated, at best.

Myself and other community members watched the behaviors displayed at the city council meeting and city planning commission meeting the following evening. These claims do not reflect the Nicolas we know. His removal and the conduct of the City Council during these meetings, is a cause for deep concern.

Heidi Schauble

Woodinville

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