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/

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/

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/

Farmworkers Walk Out

From Familias Unidas por la Justicia:

“For Immediate Release July 20, 2016

Farmworkers Walk Out of Sakuma Fields- Workers Ask for Fair Wages Again

Burlington, WA- Ramon Torres president of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), independent union, reported today close to 200 workers walked out of the Sakuma fields with growing frustration about the price per pound, and decreasing number of hours allowed to pick.

A smaller number of workers, members of FUJ, stayed behind trying to negotiate with Danny Weeden CEO of Sakuma Bros berries Farm. “Again we can’t say it often enough we need to negotiate a union contract to end the instability created by the piece rate wage process,” said Ramon Torres.

For Immediate Release July 21, 2016

Farmworkers Return to Sakuma Fields

Burlington, WA- Farmworkers at Sakuma Bros. Berry Farms that walked out from the fields yesterday morning due to with growing frustration about the price per pound, and decreasing number of hours allowed to pick, including members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), independent union, went back to work today when asked to pick in a different field.

Even tough workers agreed to go back to work, they were asked to leave the fields after only 4 hours and half of picking. Workers reported there were still many berries to be picked.

Sakuma farmworkers are professional berry harvesters; they can scope out a field and know the quality and quantity of the berries.

“This knowledge comes from years of experience not just harvesting berries but all kinds of fruit and vegetables along the West Coast,” said Ramon Torres President of FUJ, “this is why we know how to negotiate a fair wage for us and the company and why we need a contract at Sakuma, to stop these work stoppages, we need to work.”

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FUJ is an independent farmworker union in Burlington WA with 500 members fighting for a union contract with Sakuma Farms to ensure living wage salaries, fair treatment, respect and dignity of farmworkers”

For more from Familias Unidas por la Justicia, click here: https://es-es.facebook.com/FamiliasUnidas/

Call To Action: Andre And Bryson In Court (July 20th)

Via Full Circle United:

“On May 20th, 2015, Andre and Bryson were shot without cause by an officer of the OPD. Not only is the officer still on the street, Andre and Bryson are facing serious assault charges (!!!).

Please join us to show your support for Andre and Bryson in court as they fight these bogus charges and hold OPD accountable!

If you already have a shirt that shows your support, please wear it! If not, they’re coming soon so keep an eye out!”

Wednesday, July 20th @ 8:30am @ Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive Southwest, Olympia, 98502

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/984069998375349/

For more from Full Circle United, click here: https://www.facebook.com/fullcircleunitedolympia/

Against State Sponsored Murder (July 8th & 9th)

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(image from High Gods II, https://www.facebook.com/HighGodsII/photos/gm.1599444993719703/506018329596254/?type=3&theater & https://www.facebook.com/HighGodsII/)

“Our Prayers go out to the Children and family of Philando Castile St. Paul Minn & Alton Sterling Baton Rouge LA the most resent victims of State Sponsored Murder by Police Officers. You are in our hearts and prayers…” – Justice for Jackie, https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=296046767403676&id=221864218155265 & https://www.facebook.com/Justice-For-Jackie-221864218155265/

“To everyone who understands that our existence is resistance, especially to our Black siblings, peers, and loved ones. We acknowledge, too, that eradicating the oppressive conditions in which self-care is considered a revolutionary act is the ultimate call, and it is a call that must be met by all.#HoldOurHeartsClose #HoldEachOtherStrong

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” – Tacoma Stands Up, https://www.facebook.com/TacomaStandsUp/photos/a.1456034787997605.1073741829.1454814971452920/1718098498457898/?type=3&theater & https://www.facebook.com/TacomaStandsUp/

“Derrick Crocklem is the cousin of Alton Sterling. Wednesday night he came to a candlelight in honor of his cousin in Tacoma,WA. Upon talking to him later,  we found out that he may not be able to afford to travel home to Baton Rouge, LA to be with his family.

Please help us get Derrick and his wife home to say a final goodbye to his cousin Alton.

If you would like to donate by cash or check, you can write a check to Derrick of LaShaunda Crocklem, and drop it off to the Tacoma Urban Leauge.

Alton Sterling was killed by Baton Rouge police on camera. Due to the graphic nature of the video, we will not post it here.

Funds are being raised by the Tacoma Action Collective, but ALL of the money raised will go directly to the family. This campaign is linked directly to LaShaunda and Derrick Crocklem’s bank account, and they will receive all of the funds directly.” – Tacoma Action Collective, https://www.gofundme.com/2d6gf5xw & https://www.facebook.com/TacomaActionCollective/

“Friday, July 8th at 6:30pm-8:30pm at The United Churches of Olympia: This is a Call to Action for people sick of dealing with an unaccountable police force, and we’re not willing to have one more vigil after another black person is killed. We’re ready to take action. Are you?

Washington state has the most regressive laws in the United States regarding the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers. Under the current law, it is impossible to prosecute a law enforcement officer in a use of deadly force crime.

Initiative 873 seeks to change that law and hold cops accountable for their actions. This initiative needs signatures to get onto the ballot, and we’re asking our community to commit to getting those signatures. Come to the parking lot at United Churches of Olympia to learn more about the initiative and committ to getting 20 signatures from your friends, family, and neighbors.

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In addition to this call to action, there will be a Healing Space for Black People inside the church where black folks can take a breath, see each other and mourn togther. This space is for all self-identified Black People. We ask that non-black people respect our need for this space adn focus your attention towards the action going on outside.” – Full Circle United, https://www.facebook.com/events/1564685203834060/ & https://www.facebook.com/fullcircleunitedolympia/

“Every 28 hours, a Black life is taken by police. This is not an overblown statistic. We’ve seen this statistic realize itself in the past, and it has manifested in the last two days where we lost ‪#‎AltonSterling‬ and‪#‎PhilandoCastile‬ nearly back to back. These are the cases we know of – that are documented by video footage – and we know that the number of Black people brutalized by police could very well exceed this statistic.

We are in a state of emergency. We have been in a state of emergency. We are in a constant state of grief. Over 500 people have been killed by police so far this year. We will not proceed as if it is business as usual.

Join us this Saturday in Pride and Resistance, as we lift up the ‪#‎QTPOC‬community, remember those who have left us to racialized, cultural, and state violence, and reaffirm that ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬. We will hold a space of communal healing for our personal and collective grief and we will publicly demonstrate that the terror on Black lives must end. We will ask the world to see our grief and to rise up for justice.

Black women matter. Black men matter. Black kids matter. Black families better. Black trans lives matter. Black queers matter. Black immigrants matter. Black lives matter.” – Tacoma Stands Up, https://www.facebook.com/TacomaStandsUp/posts/1718056788462069

“The People’s Assembly: Pride & Resistance – Friday, July 9th at 11am-5pm at Don Pugnetti Park, 2085 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 98402: As Pride Week kicks off in Tacoma, we remember that Pride originally began as a riot led by trans women and gender non-conforming people of color resisting community and state violence.

In honor of the resistance that continues for full liberation and justice for the LGBTQ community, especially for queer and trans people of color, we will gather to:
-Reclaim and celebrate our communities
-Remember those who struggled for freedom and justice for queer and trans people of color
-Rise up against the disparities and violence faced by the LGBTQ community, especially queer and trans people of color

We’ll be marching from Pacific Avenue and 21st street and ending at Pacific Avenue and 9th street, where we’ll be invited onstage by Tacoma Pride Festival to share about the significance of the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 9th, reflect on our experiences last summer during our direct actions at that intersection, and call on movement-building that critically engages intersectional equity and liberation.

We’ll be running our own booth at the festival, too – stop by and say hi, pick up some swag, and take photos at our photo wall. We’ll also be collecting stories from those who’d like to share about their experiences in the health, education, and criminal justice systems as a part of a future advocacy project thatwe’re planning. Come through and connect!

*As this is a family-friendly event, we ask that you bring good energy and respect.*” – Tacoma Stands Up, https://www.facebook.com/events/286796028335018/

“No Peace Til There Is Justice – Saturday, July 9th at 3pm-6pm at Beacon Hill Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 2821 Beacon Avenue South, Seattle, 98144: the police are gunning down our people left and right, we see Alton Sterling then the same night Philando Castile making 115 black men killed by police this year. we must make ciable solutions ourselves, otherwise we will continue to be victimized by this white supremacist government and the modern day legionaries. #acab #ftp

‘this is not sponsured by seattle public libraries'” – High Gods II & Seattle Black Book Club, https://www.facebook.com/events/1599444973719705/ & https://www.facebook.com/HighGodsII/ & https://www.facebook.com/Seattle-Black-Book-Club-1508678139444060/

4 Años de Lucha: Marcha Por Un Contrato Justo (Julio 11)

SAVE THE DATE: JULY 11, 2016

GUARDEN EL DIA: JULIO 11, 2016

Dear Community,

Familias Unidas por la Justicia would like to invite you to join us and attend 4 Years of Struggle: March For A Fair Contract (4 Años de Lucha: Marcha Por Un Contrato Justo). As we enter into berry season, our fight for a union contract at Sakuma Bros. Berry Farm is at a critical juncture. Now more than ever we need community support and presence.

Join us on July 11th for the 4 year anniversary of FUJ’s historic formation and help celebrate the movement for farmworker justice.

Where: Gather in the parking lot at the corner of Cook Rd and Old Highway 99 in Burlington, WA. From there we will march (1.5 miles) to the Sakuma Bros. Farm Processing Plant for a short rally featuring FUJ members and supporters.

When July 11th @ 3:30pm

What to Bring: Signs, banners, bullhorns, and as many people as possible!

WAYS TO HELP

Help spread the word. Invite Friends, Family, and other community organizations. Share the flyer and the Facebook event for the march. Feel free to adapt the language in this message for newsletter blurbs, event calendars and social media.

For Questions please feel free to email Edgar at edgarf@foodjustice.org

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/975166839246615/

For information on the Sakuma Boycott, click here: https://boycottsakumaberries.com/

For information on Familias Unidas por la Justicia, click here: https://es-es.facebook.com/FamiliasUnidas/

For a perspective on FUJ and resistance to binary gender, click here (trigger warning not available): https://karani.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/we-make-the-road-by-walking-part-iv-dv-prevention-in-organizing/