Excited to see you all Saturday! Invite your people. Please consider donating if you can’t make it out, or even if you can.
As many of you know, on April 5th there will be a large rally outside the Northwest Detention Center, a privately-run immigration detention center in Tacoma, WA. I hope you can come!
Details about this event, and a link to the petition you can sign are at the bottom of this email.
Whether or not you can join us Saturday, please consider donating to the families of detainees and hunger strikers. We are raising funds both for their organizing efforts, families’ abilities to stay in touch with each other (gas money to visit the detention center, money to make phone calls), and for the survival of families of detainees who are struggling.
Thank you so much to all of you who have generously donated already! Our goal is $5,000 byApril 5th. At this point, we have raised $4,453. Please give in solidarity with the hunger strikers at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
(Thanks to Leah Montange for some of the language above)
Come out to Tacaoma this Saturday to call for an end to deportations and justice for hunger strikers! #2Million2Many! (Link to Facebook invite).
What: Rally, Workshops and March in Support of Human Rights Leaders in Detention and the National Campaign to Stop Deportations
When: April 5, Noon to 5
Here’s the schedule:
12noon to 1 sign and art making
1pm-2pm workshops / teach-ins
Where: The Northwest Detention Center
Who: Speakers include Families of Human Rights Leaders; Jose Moreno, hunger striker who has been released; Maru Mora Villalpando, Sandy Restrepo, Carino Barragan and AngelicaChazaro, leaders of the Feb. 24th action and strike support efforts
Visuals: Giant whale puppet (humpback whales migrate) Many artistically done banners and homemade signs in English and Spanish that say You are not alone; Not1More Deportation; Deferred Action for All; 2 Million 2 Many. Several hundred people gathered making enough noise to be heard by those held in the immigration prison.
As part of the national #Not1more Deportation campaign and in support of those held inside the Northwest Detention Center on strike and in solitary confinement, several hundred people will gather outside the Northwest Detention Center for an afternoon of protest and education about the conditions inside, how the current immigration practices are tearing apart families and destroying communities; and what the Obama administration can do to end the destruction.
The protest is prompted by the record deportations under the Obama administration which are anticipated to hit the milestone of two million removals since he took office. They say their families can’t wait for relief and that the President doesn’t have to wait for Congress or a review to use his executive authority to stop the suffering. He could expand the deferred action program he created for immigrant youth and suspend deportations immediately. The Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations to the President will be unveiled. It is expected to outline eight steps that the President can take right now.
“We don’t need a review, we need the President to stop separating our families” explains Maru Mora Villalpando, one of the national report’s authors and event organizers. “If he feels our pain, he can give us relief with the stroke of a pen.” Mora-Villalpando, a successful political strategist and consultant, came out as undocumented when she took to the streets on Feb. 24th to stop the deportation buses. The 25 men locked in the immigration jail stated in their March 6 Call for Action: “Today we join ourselves to that effort and demand that the Federal Executive (Mr. President Barack Obama), use his presidential authority and order a total stop to the unjust deportations that are separating families, destroying homes, and bringing uncertainty, insecurity and unhappy futures to our children, our loved ones. We are being treated like the worst criminals, our freedom is limited in the name of laws that have no moral basis and that were in turn created during a moment of terror and confusion.”
The organizers cite the Secure Communities (S-Comm) deportation quota program, first activated in parts of Washington State in April of 2012, as an engine behind separating local families who could benefit from reform. Since its activation, S-Comm deported more than 2,600 Washington State residents.
Several months ago the four organizers came together to explore ways to dramatize the need for reform. They invited a small group of immigration activists to join the planning and in the early morning hours of Feb. 24th that blocked the buses and vans leaving the Northwest Detention Center, preventing the deportation of 120 people that day. Inspired by this expression of care, those held in the detention center decided to advocate for themselves and their families through a hunger strike. They begin it on Friday, March 7 and it continues. The Feb. 24th group with many new supporters have rallied around the human rights leaders inside the immigration prison and have a daily presence at the once ignored facility.
Retaliation was swift and both overt and subtle. Yet, the strike continues for an end to deportations and the separation of families, reasonable bonds, wholesome food, fair pay and respectful treatment.Their strike has received substantial local and even national coverage and sparked protests in Oregon, New York and Florida.
To stop deportations and immigration prisons, groups across the country are making April 5th a national day of action under the banner “Two Million Too Many,” saying that the President’s approach on immigration needs to change.
More information on activities across the nation can be found at:http://bit.ly/april5n1m and by following #not1more and #2million2many
Petition on behalf of Hunger Strikers and latest releases available at:www.notonemoredeportation.com/2014/03/10/detention-hunger-strike/
Join Casa Latina (as part of the We Belong Together campaign) in a one day fast on Sunday April 6th to call for fair immigration reform and an end to deportations. You can fast in solidarity from anywhere and show your support via social media. Register via the link below.
Make it a full weekend of action by fasting in solidarity after a day or marches and rallies at the Northwest Detention Center on Saturday April 5th (need more information on those actions, reply to luke.t.quinn)
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Hello CARW community,
Please see below for an opportunity to stand with the rest of the world for International Women’s Day.
Please save the date . . .
MARCH 8TH: IWD March & Musical Brigade “Bring the Noise! Sound the Resilience” co-organized by Pinay sa Seattle (soon to be Gabriela Seattle) and Green Bodies11:00AM Gather at Pratt Park
1:30PM Rally at Hing Hay Park2:30PM Finish
This International Women’s Day March and Rally will not be a typical rally and march. We will focus on women-identified people – especially women of color, low-income women, migrant women, students, queer womyn, trans women, working women – rising up and making noise! There will be performance at key intersections by political performers with messages of solidarity and fierceness. It is the idea of celebration and rejoicing in our survival, struggle, resistance, and continued resilience through song, dance, spoken word, speeches, chants, call and responses, theater, and much more.
In this effort, Pinay Sa Seattle and Green Bodies are outreaching to artists and musical groups to have a “musical brigade.” We need a wide range of individuals, organizations, and groups to make this brigade a reality through sponsorship and community outreach. “You Bring the Voice, We Shall Bring the Noise!”
To get involved, contact Pinay sa Seattle at pinayinfo
January Member Organizer Meeting
Building Community & Leadership
Wednesday, January 8th
*Potluck* at 6 pm // Meeting 6:30-9:00 pm
Downtown YMCA (909 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104)
ACCESS: This building is wheelchair accessible from entrance on 4th Ave. Currently no ASL or other interpreters are available. If you have accessibility needs or questions, please email Cori with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Anyone considering becoming a 2014 Member Organizer should join us on Wednesday!
Member Organizers in CARW make four main commitments:
- Monthly Meetings: Each month the CARW membership comes together for education, reflection, strategic discussion, and community building.
- Ally Group Organizing: Along with fellow CARW organizers, each member makes a commitment to working on campaigns, projects, fundraising efforts, and/or strategic support with a grassroots partner organization.
- Leadership Development: Each member commits to a leadership development tract, where one sharpens analysis, develops anti-racist organizing skills, and engages in meaningful organizing work.
- Mentorship: Each member is provided with a mentor to deepen reflection, leadership development, and build a community of support.
On the 8th, we will:
- Get to know other Member Organizers
- Learn more about Member Organizer Commitments, Mentorship, & Ally Groups
- Learn more about what to expect for the 2014 year
Looking forward to seeing new and returning faces!
The Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites presents…
Visionary Politics Panel
December 11th — Wednesday
Potluck: 6pm Panel: 6:30-9pm
Downtown YMCA (4th & Marion)
RSVP & Share via Facebook
Movement leaders come together to discuss how our day-to-day organizing can lead to transformative social change. Panelists will discuss strategy, grassroots campaigns, building multi-issue movements, the role of healing and collective care, and visions of liberation. This will be an exciting dialogue, with inspiring voices!
This event is open to all — the CARW base, friends from partner organizations, and broader public . This event will launch CARW’s 2014 organizing year.
- Soya Jung — Change Lab (info)
- Marisa Franco — National Day Labor Organizing Network (info)
- Dan Berger – Author & Activist (info)
- Nathan Shara – Generative Somatics (info)
We hope to see you there!
Join us Sunday Dec. 8 from 11-3 at 217 MLK Way for a holiday crafting fundraiser, with brunch and cocktails, in support of the typhoon relief work of BAYAN!
Knock gifts off your list and make something lovely for yourself or the people in your life.
We’ll set up stations and provide all supplies for making:
- Homemade liqueurs, including herbal and floral infusions and kahlua
- Bath bombs— add some sparkle and herbal scent to your bath!
- Tin can candleholders
- Slingshots– the real deal– ‘careful or you’ll put someone’s eye out!’
We’ll also set up a large workspace for you to bring your own craft projects, and supply ribbon, decorative paper, collage materials, glue, scissors, tapes, and hole punchers. Come make your zine, assemble a poster, make a card, whatever!
Food and breakfast cocktails provided.We’ll provide lots of brunch items; consider bringing something to add to the potluck.
This event is kid-friendly!
Please donate what you can, considering what you’d otherwise spend on gifts which your crafted item will replace. All funds go directly to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts supported by BAYAN-NW, the Seattle chapter of an international Filipino/a organization working for authentic democracy in the Philippines and against imperalism and racism in the US.
Accessibility: The space will be somewhat cramped but accessible. It is not scent-free. It is on the 8 bus, and near the 4, 14, 27, and 48.
See you there!
the CARW ally group supporting BAYAN-NW
This Friday, November 29 is Native American Heritage Day. Considering buying something? Visit the Duwamish Longhouse and support local Native artists!
Duwamish Native Holiday Gift Fair
Where: Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106 (Directions) When: 10:30am-4pm, Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 1st
Support the Duwamish at this free and fun Gift Fair! No registration necessary.
“The Duwamish Native Holiday Gift Fair is a chance to meet local Native American artists and have a bowl of Elk Stew and Fry Bread.”
* Actual time is 10:30am – 4pm