State of the City address next Tuesday morning at Idris Mosque

This morning the Mayor and City Council President officially announced a poorly-kept secret: that the State of the City address will be delivered next Tuesday morning at 9:30am at a special meeting of the Seattle City Council held at Idris Mosque in Northgate.

If you plan to attend, get there early. Doors open at 8:30am.

Here’s the full text of the announcement:

Mayor Murray, Council President Harrell announce State of the City to be held at Idris Mosque

 SEATTLE (February 13, 2017) — Mayor Ed Murray’s fourth State of the City address will be held on February 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at Idris Mosque, Mayor Murray and Council President Bruce Harrell announced today. The address will be given during a Special Council Meeting which will be open to the public and live-streamed by Seattle Channel. This will be the first time Mayor Murray has held one of his major speeches to Council outside City Hall, though previous mayors have done so. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m.

Idris Mosque was the first of its kind designed in the Arabesque architecture style to be built west of the Mississippi River, opening in 1981. The mosque has opened its doors to Muslims and non-Muslims alike in serving the Seattle community for more than 30 years. Both the City and Idris Mosque are committed to the American ideal of separation of church and state. With this address Mayor Murray and Council are standing with Seattle’s Muslim community in their house of worship as we fight state sanctioned discrimination by the Trump Administration. Throughout its history Seattle has stood with communities facing persecution from the government, including during the civil rights era at Black churches.

The Special Meeting will be gaveled into session by Council President Harrell at 9:30 a.m., and all guests must be seated by that time. Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis, including an overflow space downstairs. Attendees will either need to remove their shoes and place them in a cubby upon entering, or wear a shoe cover provided at the entrance. No food or drink, except water, will be allowed inside. All other City Rules of Conduct regarding City Buildings and Premises will apply. Additional viewing venues will be announced later this week.

Attendees are strongly advised to use public transportation, as nearby parking is limited. King County Metro routes 73, 75, 77 and 373 serve the corner of 15th Ave NE and NE Northgate Way. Northgate Transit Center is 1.2 miles to the southwest.

The Council meeting is scheduled to conclude at 11 a.m.



Mayor Ed Murray City Council

WHAT: 2017 State of the City
WHEN: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 9:30 – 11 a.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)
WHERE: Idris Mosque
1420 NE Northgate Way Seattle, WA 98125