The Election Season: The Cisarchal Agenda

The transphobic hate group Family Policy Institute of Washington has announced that their intervention into elections will include organizing events in the end of September and beginning of October. These events will be referred to under the campaign names “Defending Freedom” and “Equipping The Saints”.

“Defending Freedom” events are free public events in the evening. “Equipping The Saints” are lunch time events aimed at “pastors and church leaders”; an admission fee will be charged. All events require online registration.

The events will promote a broad agenda of hate. Included among the Christian fundamentalist rhetoric, misogyny and homophobia is the latest transphobic bile that has become the Institute’s stock in trade. The Institute seeks to use state power to advance their agenda. Laws are to be passed; elections are to be won.

So far locations announced are: Bothell, Buena, Federal Way, Kennewick, Tacoma and Vancouver. More may come. The details thus far are as follows:

  • Monday, September 26th, Noon-1:30pm at Life Center Tacoma (upper room), 1717 South Union Ave, Tacoma, 98405
  • Monday, September 26th, 6:30pm-8:30pm at Our Savior’s Baptist Church, 701 S 320th St, Federal Way, 98003
  • Wednesday, September 28th, 6pm-8pm at Keewaydin Park Library, 405 S Dayton St, Kennewick, 99336
  • Monday, October 3rd, Noon-1:30pm at the Friendship Room of Cedar Park Christian Church, 16300 112th Ave NE, Bothell, 98011
  • Monday, October 3rd, 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Chapel of Cedar Park Christian Church, 16300 112th Ave NE, Bothell, 98011
  • Tuesday, October 4th, 11:30am-1pm at U.S. Digital, 1400 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, 98684
  • Tuesday, October 4th, 6pm-8pm at Grace Baptist Church, 9400 NE 50th Ave, Vancouver, 98665
  • Thursday, October 6th, Noon-1:30pm at Monte de Sion, 820 Buena Rd, Buena, 98921
  • Thursday, October 6th, 6pm-8pm at Monte de Sion, 820 Buena Rd, Buena, 98921

Cedar Park Christian Church in Bothell had previously served as a “regional petition center” for Initiative 1515.

Keewaydin Park Library is a public library. Their phone number is (509)-586-3156. Call them and tell them not to give hatred a platform!

206 Trans Liberation calls for action at all of these events. Find your affinities, determine your analysis, and act! The popular struggle can defeat these antagonists! For materials to develop your actions, click here: http://206transliberation.org/analysis/

Election Season: The Cisarchy Ticket

The Family Policy Institute of Washington has announced that it will intervene into elections this season. The Institute is a Christian fundamentalist hate group that seeks to exercise ideology through state power. The Institute has previously created the Just Want Privacy campaign organization. In the winter and spring it supported the so called “Bathroom Bills” in the legislature. This summer it created Initiative 1515. So far all of the Institute’s efforts have been defeated by the popular struggle for trans liberation. We have, time and again, come together to defeat specific machinations like Initiative 1515, and in general reduce the harmful impact of the state. The time is once again upon us. Let’s make sure some politicians lose their jobs! The Institute has drawn special attention to these elections:

  • 5th District (State Senate)
  • 5th District, Seat 2 (State House)
  • 6th District, Seat 1 (State House)
  • 10th District (State Senate)
  • 17th District (State Senate)
  • 17th District, Seat 1 (State House)
  • 26th District, Seat 1 (State House)
  • 28th District, Seat 2 (State House)
  • 30th District, Seat 1 (State House)
  • 30th District, Seat 2 (State House)
  • 41st District (State Senate)
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Position 5 (State Supreme Court)

Darqness QTPOC Beach Party! (August 13th)

“QTPOC beach parrrrrtaaaaaay!

For our 2nd Anniversary of DARQNESS, we are doing something special and different and throwing a beach party at Golden Gardens park August 13, from 4 to 9pm.

We’re excited to have the king of Seattle’s queer nightlife RIFF-RAFF (Night Crush) on hand, along with the return of Darqness/Soul-Fi zaddy GENERAL MEOW, our resident DJ goon squad REVEREND DOLLARS, NOME GOLDIE, and HOWIN, and host and resident vogue mutha JADE DYNASTY.

DARQNESS QTPOC beach party
2 years of DARQNESS!
August 13 // 4-9pm
Golden Gardens

$5-20 suggested donation
All ages

DJs //
Riff-Raff [Night Crush]
General Meow [Darqness/Soul-Fi]
Reverend Dollars [Darqness/Soul-Fi]
Nome Goldie [Darqness]
Howin [Darqness]

Hosted by // Jade Dynasty [Darqness/En Vogue]

Accountability // All Darqness Productions events are intended as a safer space for queer and trans people of color. Your racism, anti-blackness, anti-indiginity, transphobia, homophobia, misogyny, ableism, femmephobia, fatphobia, etc. etc. etc. ain’t welcome here, so don’t bring em. You will be kicked the fuck out.

Transportation // Golden Gardens Park is reachable by buses 17 and 48 via a steep path roughly a quarter mile in length. We heavily encourage carpooling.

Accessibility // Golden Gardens Park is ADA accessible. It is not a scent-free space but partygoers are asked to reduce their use of scented products. There are ADA accessible bathrooms, unfortunately they are gendered but we are working on this.”

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/756247367851813/

For more from DARQNESS, click here: https://www.facebook.com/darqnessseattle/

Queer Short Story Club (August 8th)

From Stonewall Youth:

“Join us on August 8, Monday, during drop-in at 4pm-6pm ~~~~ Queer Short Story Club is having their first meeting! For more info message us or email info@stonewallyouth.org!”

For the original posting, click here: https://www.facebook.com/StonewallYouth/posts/10153916581172746

For more from Stonewall Youth, click here: https://www.facebook.com/StonewallYouth/

Family Tim w/TUF (August 3rd)

From TUF:

“Come dance away the weekday doldrums with a rotating roster of TUF DJs, every first Wednesday at The Eagle!

+++++ IN THE NEST +++++

Ahold Of
Will Winston

w/ T.Wan

++++++++++++++++++++++

FREE + guaranteed good vibes~~~”

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/228435670888753/

For more from TUF, click here: https://www.facebook.com/TUFseattle/ and here: https://www.facebook.com/TUFseattle/

BlackLivesMatter – March on Seattle (August 9th)

From Justice For Mike Brown-Seattle:

“BlackLivesMatter – March on Seattle

This year,–The police have killed 533 people this year.

POLICE Are murdering people with immunity because of A unconstitutional law.- We need to change that

do #BlackLives really matter to you? Then Join us in the Streets

THIS HAS TO STOP-TIME TO MARCH On Seattle AND PUT A END TO the POLICE BRUTALIZING PEOPLE AND The police MURDERING PEOPLE AND TIME TO END Racism and anti blackness

WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND BE UNITED AS ONE AGAINST injustice ,racism,oppression,police brutality and get JUSTICE FOR Alton sterling,philando castile, Freddie gray,Mike Brown,Tamir Rice,Tony Robison,Sandra Bland and hundreds of other unarmed people of color KILLED BY POLICE

people must gather and make a very visible and loud demonstration and do what it takes to get justice for Alton sterling,philando castile,Mike Brown and Freddie gray,Mike Brown,Tamir Rice,Tony Robison and hundreds of other unarmed people of color KILLED BY POLICE and find solutions Including How to HOLD the POLICE ACCOUNTABLE ect!!! Bring signs and banners, bring cardboard and markers so other people can make signs.

INVITE EVERYONE –Lets see who can invite the most to THIS EVENT

PLEASE RSVP IF YOUR GOING TO COME — come rain or shine

Family friendly— come rain or shine

Media relations-206-334-6007-Text Preferred”

Tuesday, August 9th at 6pm at Westlake Park, 401 Pine Street, Seattle, 98101

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/261727184214508/

For more from Justice For Mike Brown-Seattle, click here: https://www.facebook.com/Justice4mikebrownSeattle/

Umoja Fest (August 5th-7th)

Via Umoja PEACE Center:

“Umoja Fest brings the soul to Seafair! Celebrating the best of the African American community and African Diaspora culture in northwest featuring Music, Food, Culture and family fun! Attractions include the Africatown Heritage Parade featuring dance troops and drill teams, Children’s Day & Family Fun Village, Soul N The Park, Afrobeat & Roots Stage, Heal The Hood Basketball Tournament & Hip Hop 4 Peace stage and deliciousflavors of the African diaspora from restaurants and food trucks, vendor marketplace and community resource Fair and more!”

For the event site, click here: http://umojafamilyfest.com/

For more from Umoja PEACE Center, click here: https://www.facebook.com/umojapeacecenter

StandTogether4LOVE! (August 5th)

Via NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC:

“We are thrilled to be working with 1Love Movement in this action to continue working to end detentions and deportations. Join us in Tacoma!‪#‎Not1More‬ ‪#‎Right2Return‬

“JOIN US, as organizers, activists, fighters and believers from around the country and across WA, converge in Tacoma to rally for love, family, and community at Northwest Detention Center!

We believe in our RESILIENCE.
We believe in our LEADERSHIP.
And we believe in our SOLIDARITY to one another.

We will gather at Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA at 5PM on Friday August 5th to show our collective power and demand #Not1Moredeportation and the #Right2Return of our deported communities.

This site is significant for many immigrant and refugee communities, because our people are locked up there, our people are separated from their families in there, and our people are deported from there. This site represents broken hearts, crushed dreams, and inhumanity.

We will STAND TOGETHER 4 LOVE here, and build unity and solidarity among us in this movement for our humanity, our dignity, and our lives. JOIN US!

If you’re unable to attend in person, please stay connected to the event through this page, and help share our posts with #Not1More #Right2Return to spread the word far and beyond!

Co-Sponsored By: 1Love Movement, FIGHT, Latino Advocacy, Northwest Detention Center Resistance, Families For Freedom, Immigrant Defense Project, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Immigrant Justice Network, Studio Revolt, National Immigration Project, Asian Law Caucus, National Immigration Law Clinic, Freedom Inc, PrYSM, US Human Rights Networkand ASPIRE”

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1220482141309830/

For more from NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC, click here: https://www.facebook.com/NWDCResistance/

Re-Imagining Race-Based Conversation (August 4th)

From PARISOL//Pacific Rim Solidarity Network:

“As we venture into serious race-based conversations with friends, family members, or co-workers we should ask ourselves – are we truly ready?

Do we understand race and racial privilege – do we have the tools and the abilities to hold the space and move the conversations to a higher level?

For people of color confronting racism over the course of their lives, discussing hurtful and traumatic experiences can be painful.  How can people of color support one another?

How can white people start and continue their own journey?

For POC and white people without the ability to have productive conversations on race and racial privilege, individuals will continue to find it impossible to critically analyze racial ideologies, increase their compassion for others, address implicit bias, and dispel racial stereotypes and misinformation.

In this pilot workshop, participants will explore why race conversations are difficult, and learn practical techniques they can use to initiate quality conversations about race in family, community, and in workspaces. In mixed race trios and small groups we will explore our connection to race and race relations.  Through experiential activities we will integrate and envision new conversations.

Let’s deepen our understanding of race through connection and building community.”

Thursday, August 4th from 3:30pm-5:30pm at Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E Yesler Way, Seattle, 98122

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/219277948470704/

For more from PARISOL//Pacific Rim Solidarity Network, click here: https://www.facebook.com/parisolseattle/