Only 36% of the city’s population is white, yet this demographic holds over 80% of municipal jobs. We know how hard it is to go into city hall when nobody looks like us, talks like us, or shares our cultures and concerns. We know how hard it is for young people when their teachers and mentors don’t look like them. And we know how hard it is to bring our concerns to officials who don’t understand our many cultures. This lack of diversity limits our potential. New Lynn Coalition supports the creation of a strong diverse hiring standard for the City of Lynn and the Lynn Public Schools, with significant community oversight, so that everywhere our city serves, it serves all of us.