Trikone Speaks and July Summertime Potluck Bonanza! (July 24th)

From Trikone Northwest:

“3-4pm: Trikone Speaks
4-6pm: Potluck

For July, we will be doing Trikone Speaks from 3-4pm and then the regular potluck from 4-6pm!

Also – a lot of shit has gone down since our last gathering. Let’s hold each other tight and support one another.

Trikone Speaks: Writing Circle

TrikoneSpeaks is an ongoing conversation group for LGBTQ+ (those questioning are welcome too!) South Asians. We strive to create a safer space where Queer South Asians can be open about their feelings and experiences, connect with each other, and build new individual and collective skills.

This month we will using writing as a way of connecting with ourselves and each other. No experience necessary! Just bring your favorite notebook, pen, a piece you are working on in any form or stage, your favorite friend, or just an openness to explore. Our aim is just to engage with our selves and each other through writing.

We will do some free-writes together to connect with the page and ourselves, some group sharing for those who would like to share, and will do some writing exercise that help us bring depth to our writing and our understandings of ourselves and other. This TrikoneSpeaks is inspired by VONA!

You are more than welcome to come for TS and the potluck, or just one of the two! Don’t know anyone yet? We will have ice breakers 🙂 Please bring a dish to share if you are able.

This month’s event will be at an apartment that is tucked behind the University Village.

Accessibility: There are at least 6-8 steps up to the front door and the pathway is actually pretty uneven and please move carefully. This is not a scent free space.

Parking: Street parking is almost always easy to find and pretty open. If people are driving they can park anywhere there is an open spot.

Buses: There are many buses that drop off near NE 45th Street and Union Bay Place NE/Mary Gates Memorial Drive NE. Some options are the 65, 75, 31 from campus and it’ll drop you off pretty close to the house.

Please RSVP for exact address to trikonenorthwest@gmail.com or call/text 206.659.8029.

Looking forward to seeing you there!”

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1748323498782941/

For more from Trikone Northwest, click here: https://www.facebook.com/trikonenorthwest/

Response to the Retirement of Jodi Kelly & Message from SU President Sundborg

From the MRC Student Coalition:

“Dear community,
On Thursday July 21st, Seattle University’s President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, SJ sent an email to the Seattle University community announcing Dean Jodi Kelly’s retirement from the school, alongside his praise of her history at SU and his appointment of her to the emeriti faculty in honor of her “distinguished service.” The email ends with a few sentences of reflection from Jodi Kelly herself.

The MRC Student Coalition recognizes Jodi Kelly’s departure from Seattle University as a success of years of organizing and a 24-day sit-in which prompted multiple investigations and countless testimonies. Fr. Sundborg’s failure to speak to the whole truth of the matter erases and disrespects all the trauma and pain suffered for years by students, alumni, faculty, and staff and the ongoing work currently being undertaken to address issues of culture, climate, and curriculum.

This email presents a very different narrative than what was depicted in a Seattle Times interview with Fr. Sundborg. In the interview, he admitted that eight Matteo Ricci College faculty wanted Jodi Kelly to step down, that there is campus-wide faculty solidarity, and that there is a history of complaints against Jodi Kelly. Fr. Sundborg even admitted: “I do have regrets … We should have been aware of it earlier on and responded to it more quickly,” going on to say, “Our number-one value is we listen to students first … I’m going to err on the side of listening.” Yet, his choice to praise Jodi Kelly and to award her after “listening” to his students, alumni, faculty, and staff indicates to us he has more listening to do.

This was a missed opportunity for Stephen Sundborg, Jodi Kelly, and the institution of Seattle University to take responsibility and demonstrate the Jesuit concept of cura personalis, or “care for the whole person.” Jodi Kelly demonstrated no learning nor responsibility as students, alumni, faculty, and staff publicly shared their experiences of harm and neglect. She had ample opportunity to do so, such as when she wrote to the SU Spectator publication, when she testified before SU Academic Assembly, and in her final note in this email from Fr. Sundborg.

Seattle University marketing says “Here We Dare.” One of the most daring actions a leader can take is to admit error and take responsibility for their actions. Instead of daring to challenge the status quo with accountable leadership, Fr. Sundborg chose to praise Jodi Kelly as well as award her with emeriti honor while ignoring the harm and trauma students, alumni, faculty, and staff have experienced. This is not justice. As a community, we all deserve better.

As Seattle University celebrates its 125th anniversary, we will continue to dare and challenge this institution and community to do better. While Jodi Kelly’s departure is a tremendous success, the university’s framing of her departure shows there is much work to be done. This institution of learning can and must center the people most vulnerable to institutional violence and empower us to leverage our many privileges towards collective liberation.
In an age of rising consciousness about systematic oppression all around the world, we need an education that leads to our liberation from these systems. Textbooks across the U.S. are being revised to be “patriotic” instead of truthful and relevant. Teachers in Oaxaca and Guerrero, Mexico are being killed fighting for their rights as teachers, for their migrant students, and for culturally-relevant education. Indigenous schools and educators providing relevant, decolonial education are being attacked across Mindanao in the Philippines. It is our collective duty to build a more just and humane world. We continue to demand a relevant education empowering all people to build that world together. Will Seattle University dare to provide it?

We end this statement in gratitude to the many people who labored before us, who labor with us today, and will continue to labor after us for our collective liberation.

In continued resistance and solidarity,
The MRC Student Coalition”

For the original post, click here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/mrc-student-coalition/response-to-the-retirement-of-jodi-kelly-message-from-su-president-sundborg/1743966639219810

For more from the MRC Student Coalition, click here: https://www.facebook.com/MRCStudentCoalition/

Solidarity Works Seattle: Boston School Bus Drivers Discuss Victory over Veolia (July 23rd)

Via Seattle Black Book Club:

“Come hear four of the victorious Boston School Bus Drivers talk about their fighting strategies, as part of their west coast tour.

Guest video appearance by Monica Lewis Patrick on Veolia’s role in the Flint lead poisoning crisis.

We will be live streaming on DecolonizeTV: Livestream.com/accounts/16219549/events/5926161

After more than two years of hard-fought struggle, last year the militant, fighting rank and file of the Boston School Bus Drivers Union — ­United ­Steelworkers Local 8751 — won a historic victory against global giant Veolia/Transdev, one of the most notorious capitalist union busters, as well as ­Boston Public School bosses, Boston Mayor ­Marty Walsh and their media mouthpieces.

Four fired union leaders, out of work since October 2013 on bogus charges of leading a wildcat strike, went back to work on Dec. 23, 2015. In addition to rein­statement of the four with full senior­ity rights and a substantial monetary payment, the local won a contract with economic justice and the protection of 40 years of the collective bargaining process.

Solidarity is key to the Boston school bus drivers success. “Team Solidarity” has been building power among the working class through a 40+ year commitment to racial justice, disability justice, LGBT*Q rights, local struggle and anti-colonial/anti-imperialist struggle including solidarity with workers in Palestine.

These drivers are truly an inspiration and have so much knowledge and experience to share with us about solidarity and building power among the working class to push corporate power back.

Co-sponsored by A. Phillip Randolph Institute & Stop Veolia Seattle with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 52, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Bayan PNW, Disability Liberation Front, Dyke Community Activists, Freedom Socialist Party, Got Green, Organized Workers Labor Solidarity (OWLS), Rachel Corrie Foundation, Seattle Black Book Club, Social Justice Fund Northwest, Transit Riders Union, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, Workers World

**Veolia has been in the business of union busting for centuries. How did the Boston school bus drivers prevail?**

A commitment to racial justice: USW 8751 is a rank and file union with roots in the antiracist struggles of the 1970s and the desegregation of Boston schools in 1974. Today the union is 98% people of color, mostly Haitian and Cape Verdean immigrants and African American, Latin@ and Asian. Members including President Andre Francois are active in the Black Lives Matter movement and the Haitian liberation party Fanmi Lavalas of Boston.

A commitment to anti-colonial, anti-imperialist struggle: USW 8751 sent money to support the ANC in South Africa fighting apartheid. The union consistently stands in solidarity with our Palestinian trade union brothers and sisters, marching in the streets to stop Israeli assaults, free political prisoners, and put an end to apartheid and colonization. The school bus drivers have extended their solidarity to workers all over the world, most recently to Colombian unionists facing paramilitary terror. Even in the midst of its own struggle, Local 8751 participated in the United National Antiwar Coalition’s “Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad” conference in May, which drew more than 400 delegates from the U.S. and Canada.

A commitment to LGBT*Q rights: The very first contract of USW 8751 in 1977 had domestic partner benefits before this was widely recognized. The contract extended medical insurance, life insurance and all other benefits to partners of drivers in a “marital-like relationship”. In 1974 some of the founders of the union housed Leslie Feinberg (author of the cult classic trans* coming of age novel Stone Butch Blues) — they ran in the streets together standing up to racists and learned about being in solidarity with LGBT*Q folx and LGBT*Q struggles. This past year USW 8751 invited national trans* justice organizers to write the language around trans* inclusion and LGBT*Q rights which now appears in the new contract.

A commitment to disability justice: The union since its formation has worked in alliance with disabled folks under the leadership of the Disabled People’s Liberation Front. The union has worked with disabled activists to serve the disabled student population in Boston and in the broader disability rights movement marching for full accessibility and to defend gains they’ve been a part of winning, incl. full-service on the MBTA, and other state programs. USW 8751 has been a part of the campaign against so-called “sheltered workshops”, which exploit the labor of disabled people.

A commitment to local struggle: USW 8751 consistently stands and puts bodies on the line with those who are struggling in the local community — with other workers, students, parents, teachers, indigenous communities, communities being gentrified, disabled folks, LGBT*Q, immigrants, all who are oppressed. Together Team Solidarity and the community have so many impressive wins. The union local was a key part of the Coalition to Save Grove Hall Post Office, supporting all four postal worker unions in a successful fight that saved the post office in the heart of Boston’s African-American community.

Join the movement to fight corporate power and imperialism!”

Saturday, July 23rd at 1pm-4pm at the Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 1st Avenue, Seattle, 98121

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1759901497614669/

For more from the Solidarity Works Tour, click here: https://www.facebook.com/solidarityworkstour/ and here: https://solidarityworks.wordpress.com/

For more on the local struggle against Veolia, click here: https://stopveoliaseattle.wordpress.com/ and here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/289682758/Stop-Veolia-Seattle-Zine

For Seattle Black Book Club’s post on this event, click here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1615406705437869&id=1508678139444060

For more from Seattle Black Book Club, click here: https://www.facebook.com/Seattle-Black-Book-Club-1508678139444060/

Creating A Space For Radical Black Healing

Via Puget Sound Medic’s Collective:

“in the wake of relentless anti-black violence, healing spaces are currently being created in seattle by black organizers.

this is an opportunity for non-black people to financially support black-led healing spaces.  the intention of this organizing effort is to support black healing, so that folks in the midst of grief, terror, and rage can receive community support. the value behind this work is to back up the power & leadership of black organizing for healing, justice, and liberation.

all funds raised will be transferred directly to black organizers who are creating healing spaces in seattle. donations are currently being collected and tracked by bean yogi (a non-black person of color) and a small team of NBPOC volunteers. all money raised and distributed will be documented & available to view for transparency. if you have concerns about these fundraising efforts, please contact bean yogi (peculiarname@gmail.com).”

For the fundraiser page, click here: https://www.youcaring.com/healing-for-black-lives-599170

For more from the Puget Sound Medic’s Collective, click here: https://www.facebook.com/PSmedics/

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/

Block The Bunker Community Meeting (July 19th)

From Seattle Black Book Club:

“RSVP to this event and invite your friends

A block the bunker meeting is taking place July 19th at 7pm

The city of Seattle is attempting to spend 160 million dollars of our taxpayer money for a bullet proof, bomb proof new police department. The most expensive in the country!

We have no money for affordable housing or the houseless but we have money to fund a police state!

Show up ready for resistance! ✊✊✊
‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬

Tuesday, July 19th @ 7pm-9pm @ IntraSpace, 3100 Airport Way South Set 24-108, 98134

“Come join us in planning out actions against the proposed 160 million dollar bunker.”

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/249373658782926/

For the announcement from Seattle Black Book Club, click here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1611054535873086&id=1508678139444060

For more about Block The Bunker, click here: https://www.facebook.com/blockthebunker/

For more about Seattle Black Book Club, click here: https://www.facebook.com/Seattle-Black-Book-Club-1508678139444060/

FUJ & Boycott Brings Sakuma To The Negotiating Table

Earlier today Familias Unidas por la Justicia leadership met with Sakuma management:

“FUJ requests your support for a fair and transparent negotiation process with Sakuma Berries Farm that is free of intimidation.
Join us tomorrow at 1pm outside the Farmhouse Restaurant while FUJ leadership meets with Sakuma management to begin a fair, transparent negotiation process that is free of intimidation, that will lead to a union contract.

FUJ has and will continue to fighting for good faith negotiations, and your presence outside the meeting will show Sakuma consumers and community members that we want a negotiation process that is based on good faith.

Although Sakuma has failed twice before to hold past agreements and their own set rules, FUJ is still willing and looking forward to meeting with Sakuma management.

Until FUJ says to stop, we will continue #boycottdriscolls.” – from the event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1723256567947888/

This comes following their recent announcement:

Familias Unidas por la Justicia Response to Sakuma Press Statement on Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Burlington, WA – We at Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) are certainly encouraged that Sakuma Brothers Farms has relented to the pressure of the #BoycottDriscolls campaign and the workers voices in the fields to finally agree to begin negotiations.

We want to make three things very clear:

1. Sakuma Brothers Farms approached us at FUJ indirectly to begin the process.

2. We have agreed to meet on a date proposed by them.

3. They asked for confidentiality about this prior to our meeting with them.

While we certainly were encouraged by Sakuma approaching us initially, unfortunately, the recent press statements and actions by Sakuma, are far from encouraging.

First, FUJ did not receive the draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from Sakuma directly but rather indirectly through an intermediary. FUJ received it on July 4, 2016 not on June 27th as Sakuma stated.

Second, the draft MOU proposed by Sakuma Bros. Farms was slated to be mutually discussed by both parties in a meeting scheduled on July 14th at their request. This draft MOU has not been negotiated nor has it been discussed between FUJ and Sakuma.

Third, we the leadership and members of FUJ have in good faith honored the request to remain the preliminary process confidential until our mutually agreed upon meeting on July 14th. We are shocked at their decision to release this press statement. In further that it has so many inaccuracies and breached their proposed confidentiality.

“Despite Sakuma’s attempt to unilaterally impose an election process, FUJ has been and is ready to meet and negotiate a fair process for the workers to choose their union representatives without intimidation or coercion on July 14th or before if necessary,” said FUJ President Ramon Torres.

Farmworkers members of FUJ will be available to address this issue at the upcoming march on Monday, July 11th at 3:30PM at the Sakuma fields on Cook Road, Burlington.” – from the Boycott Sakuma site, here: https://boycottsakumaberries.com/2016/07/08/four-years-strugglethree-years-boycott-sakuma-finally-ready-to-negotiate/

The Boycott Sakuma campaign emphasizes “Continue to Keep the Pressure on Sakuma and Driscoll’s Berries to Support the Farm Workers at Sakuma Farms and in San Quintin, MX who pick the berries you eat. CALL & EMAIL DRISCOLL’S BERRIES, SAKUMA BROTHERS FARMS AND HAAGEN-DAZS TODAY!” (https://boycottsakumaberries.com/)

For the latest on the negotiations, click here: https://es-es.facebook.com/FamiliasUnidas/

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

API Parents Who Love Their LGBT Kids (July 10th)

From Trikone Northwest:

Sunday, July 10th at 3pm at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Avenue South, Seattle, 98144

Join us for a workshop to hear Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian parents share their experiences of confusion, fear, love, acceptance, and celebration of their LGBTQ children.

We especially welcome parents of LGBT kids who would like to talk with other parents who understand the unique cultural issues in our communities, as well as LGBT people who want to come out to their parents, or people who are struggling with families and want to understand different ways to bring families together. If you are already out to your parents, caregivers or other family members, bring them along!

We will be meeting in Room 309.

Speakers include:
Manjula & Balan, Indian parents of a transgender daughter
Marsha, Japanese mother of a transgender son


These works are part of a series of ten (10) family acceptance workshops across the country coordinated by parents and the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May) and LGBT Pride Month (June).
For a full calendar of workshops, go to: www.nqapia.org

Also, in the month of June, look out for pubic service announcement (PSA) videos of parents of LGBT kids on many Asian ethnic television station and international channels. Check local listings for air times.http://www.nqapia.org/wpp/api-parents-who-love-their-lgbt-kids-multilingual-psa-campaign/

NQAPIA acknowledges the generous support of the Arcus Foundation, David Bohnett Foundation, API Dream Team Giving Circle, CJ Huang Foundation, and Asian Pride Project.

To view the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/254067944936391/

For more about Trikone Northwest, click here: https://www.facebook.com/trikonenorthwest/ and here: http://www.trikonenw.org/

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/

Decolonizing Our Activism (July 9th)

Idle No More – Decolonizing Our Activism

Saturday July 9th, 2016 10:30AM – 3:30PM

University Friends Meeting

4001 9th Avenue Northeast, 98105

Historically, environmentalism has focused on the experiences and goals of higher-income, white males. Today environmentalists that are looking to “diversify” the movement must put aside their own agenda, and seek to listen, learn from, and join the global movement of indigenous and communities of color.

The objectives for these workshops include:

  • Educate non-Native allies how to work with Native Americans and communities of color
  • Authentic alliance building that reflects indigenous-led organizing and strategies
  • Prepare participants for volunteer opportunities at Native community events
  • How to support Native activism rather than perpetuating colonial systems of oppression
  • Honor indigenous traditions without appropriating their cultures

Presenters:

Idle No More – Sweetwater Nannauck

MINE – Eleta Wright

Idle No More – Never Been Idle

This is a workshop about 500 years of indigenous resistance that began in 1492. With a Native American perspective and incorporating traditional teachings and stories, and how the Doctrine of Discovery was the foundation for the historic colonization, genocide, relocation, termination, forced assimilation of Native Americans.

To heal from historical trauma you must first understand how colonization has impacted indigenous people. By acknowledging our collective past and focusing on the present healing often leads participants to become aware of historical barriers that can be effectively removed in a safe and comfortable environment.

We will delve into the Natives connective with the land, environment, and Spirit. Explore how to incorporate ‘Spirit’ into the activism you do. Discuss how to start organizing nonviolent direct actions that are Spirit-led instead of ego/mind-led.

Idle No More – The 7th Fire

Explore how working with Natives toward common goals of social and environmental justice involves letting go of unconscious racism and privilege. Learn what it means to be a good ally, and how that taking the lead from indigenous activists and community leaders will benefit us all.

MINE – Building Bridges Across Differences

Meaningful Interpersonal Necessary Enrichment: What is mine is now yours to call mine.

Historically self-determination for African heritage people has been challenged and challenging due to the lack of information between the historical construction of our “race” and reality. A reality that recognizes the diverse experiences of all who have been homogenized for the sake of simplicity. Addressing the complexity of life and relationships requires a deep self-examination. It is from our experiences personal, familial, and communal that we are able to build bridges to one another.

The principles of Kwanzaa are the applied to meet the objectives of this workshop which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide tools that can be used immediately to talk about issues such as race, class and gender, in a more relaxed way
  • Inspire and generate connections using mundane, every day examples
  • Invite and re-ignite curiosity and thought-provoking conversations about our similarities and differences back into our everyday life

FOOD: Jeff Smith of American Friends Service Committee – Seattle Indian Program will be providing home-made spaghetti and beverages. Please bring a side-dish, salad, or snacks to share.

FEE FOR WORKSHOPS: there is no set fee to participate in these life-changing workshops, however we do accept financial donations. Thank you so much!

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:
From the North –
I-5 South
Exit 169 – NE 50th St/NE 45th St
Keep left to take the ramp toward NE 45th St/Univ of Wash.
Merge onto 5th Ave NE.
Turn right onto NE 42nd St.
Take the 1st left onto 5th Ave NE.
Turn left onto NE 40th St.
Turn left onto 9th Ave NE.
4001 9TH AVE NE is on the left.

From the South –
I-5 North
Take EXIT 169 toward NE 45th St/NE 50th St.
Keep right to take the ramp towardN.E 45th St/Univ of Wash.
Keep right at the fork in the ramp.
Merge onto 7th Ave NE.
Take the 1st right onto NE 45th St.
Turn right onto Roosevelt Way NE.
Take the 3rd right onto NE 40th Aly. (it’s immediately after construction building)
Turn left onto 9th Ave NE.
4001 9TH AVE NE is on the right.

PARKING lot on the north and south of building is pretty limited.
Metro Trip Planner: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/

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