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Delegations from Seattle and Norway

Seattle Commemorates Fifty Years of Friendship with Bergen with Gift of Northwest Coastal Tribal Art

Contributed by Lori Ann Reinhall, President, Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association On Thursday, September 7, 2017, a Seattle delegation of eight from the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association visited local representatives at Bergen City Hall to present Mayor Marte Mjøs-Persen and the people of Bergen, Norway, with a gift to commemorate fifty years of friendship between the two sister cities. The following is a translation of president Lori Ann Reinhall’s speech, given in Norwegian, that accompanied the presentation of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association’s gift to the City of Bergen: “Honorable Mayor Mjøs-Persen, distinguished members of the City Council, good citizens of the City of Bergen: It is with great pleasure that I stand here today with a delegation...view

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A Message from Sister Cities International following Hurricane Harvey

Sister Cities International is deeply saddened by the disaster and tragedy taking place in Texas and Louisiana due to Hurricane Harvey. We send our condolences for those who have been affected by the terrible flooding and destruction.  We will continue to raise funds via our Network for Good campaign in order to help provide disaster in these areas so that they may begin to recover and restore their communities.  Do not forget that the important role of people-to-people and community-to-community diplomacy can play a part in our own communities as well as those abroad. If you can extend a hand to our sister city members in the affected areas, we urge you to do so in the name of peace.  view

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Leipzig Helps Sister City Houston with Charity Concert

After the winds and torrents of Hurricane Harvey blew through southeastern Texas and beyond, residents of multiple cities have been left with the formidable task of rescuing and rebuilding their communities. Thankfully, countless organizations are making efforts to help these cities in any way they can, from food donations to emergency health kits—even from over 5,300 miles away. Houston’s sister city partners in Leipzig, Germany extended a helping hand by hosting a charity concert where all proceeds went to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Leipzig, Germany and Houston have been sister cities for 25 years. It all began when the resolution of support and endorsement of the Houston-Leipzig Sister City Organization was unanimously approved by the Houston City...view

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