What: 13th Annual May Day March and Rally for Workers and Immigrant Rights
Who: Thousands of workers and immigrant rights supporters. We’ll hear testimonials from community members, and will be joined by allies from labor, social justice, and faith based communities.
When: Wednesday May 1st, 2013. Program will begin at 1:00 p.m with a rally. The march will depart from the starting point at 3:30 p.m.
Where: The march will begin at St. Mary’s Church (611 20th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98144) and will end with a rally at the Federal Building in downtown Seattle.
The People’s Institute Northwest still has a few more openings for the March 21-March 22, 2013 Undoing Institutionalized Racism (UIR) workshop. If you or someone you know may be interested in attending, please contact Debbie Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the registration form on our website at http://www.pinwseattle.org/.
The Undoing Institutionalized Racism Workshop is an intensive two-day workshop designed to educate, challenge and empower people to "undo" the racist structures that hinder effective social change. The training is based on the premise that racism has been systematically erected and that it can be "undone" if people understand where it comes from, how it functions and why it is perpetuated.
This workshop is offered by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, a national multiracial, antiracist collective of veteran organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social change. The People’s Institute was founded in 1980, has trained thousands of people in hundreds of communities throughout the United States, and is recognized nationally for the quality of its training.
The workshop addresses the following areas:
Analyzing Power- Effective organizing requires accurate analysis. Analysis includes the systems that keep racism in place. The training examines why people are poor, how institutions and organizations perpetuate the imbalance of power, and who is responsible for maintaining the status quo.
Defining Racism – In order to undo racism, it must be understood. Organizers and educators who intend to build effective coalitions need to be very clear about what racism is and what it is not in order to avoid serious strategic and tactical errors.
Understanding the Manifestations of Racism – Racism operates in more than just individual and institutional settings. The dynamics of cultural racism, linguistic racism, and militarism as applied racism are examined.
Learning from History- Racism has distorted, suppressed and denied the histories of people of color and white people as well. A correct knowledge of history is a necessary organizing tool as well as a source of personal and collective empowerment.
Sharing Culture – One of the most effective methods of oppression is to deny a people its history and culture. The training process strongly emphasizes "cultural sharing" as a critical organizing tool.
Organizing to Undo Racism – How can communities achieve concrete results in dismantling the structures of racism? The principles of effective organizing,the process of community empowerment, the techniques of effective strategizing and the internal dynamics of leadership development are explored.
The UIR workshop is generally two days in duration, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and typically geared to 30-40 participants. Participants are asked to commit to the full two days of the session. The cost of the workshop is $300.00 per person.
You can register online at http://www.pinwseattle.org/ OR complete the attached registration form and mail one copy of the form along with your check to People’s Institute Northwest, P.O. Box 47437, Seattle WA 98146 . All check should be made payable to People’s Institute Northwest.
OR, if you are submitting the registration for payment to your department or organization’s payment office, please send a copy of the payment request. Credit card payments are also accepted. Please contact Debbie Green on (206) 687-3303 to pay by Credit Card.
You will be sent a confirmation letter this weeks informing you of the time and place of the workshop.
Please call if in doubt of your status. Sessions fill up quickly and are limited. Please check on availability prior to last minute registration. Questions? Contact The People’s Institute Northwest office at 206-938-1023 or via email at email@example.com.
People’s Institute Northwest
P.O. Box 47437
Seattle, WA 98146
Come out to the Caring Across Generations Advocacy Day on March 28th, and join Casa Latina in the struggle for immigrant rights, domestic workers’ rights, and affordable healthcare!
Transportation, lunch, childcare, and interpretation will be provided.
Visit www.wacarecouncil.org for more information about the campaign, and to ease the planning of legislative visits and other event logistics, please register below as soon as you can if you plan to attend.Please feel free to contact Katie (catherinel.parker) or Asher (wingfieldam) if you have any additional questions.
I hope to see you there!
Dear Care Council Supporter,
We are excited to invite you to join the Washington Care Council’s 1st Annual Lobby Day in Olympia on March 28th! Connect with people from across the state, share stories, and talk with our lawmakers about Caring Across Generations and how we can transform care in Washington State!
Caring Across Generations is a national movement making sure seniors, people with disabilities, and individuals needing care, get the support they need to continue to live in their homes, that the workers who provide that support have quality jobs, and that workers and consumers are treated with dignity and respect.
In Washington, our state-wide coalition of 31 organizations representing seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers, domestic workers, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and family members is working together for dignity and respect.
Thursday, March 28th
Colombia Room, Washington State Capitol
Transportation, lunch, childcare and interpretation provided
For more information and to see our 2013 state legislative agenda, visit our new website!!! www.wacarecouncil.org
Looking forward to seeing you in Olympia-
AMC2013: Media Strategies for a More Just & Creative World
ALLIED MEDIA CONFERENCE
JUNE 20 – JUNE 23, 2013 • DETROIT, MI
The Allied Media Conference advances our visions for a more just and creative world. It is a laboratory for media-based solutions to the problems our communities face. Since our founding in 1999, we have evolved our definition of media, and the role it can play in our lives – from zines to video-blogging to breakdancing, , to building radio transmitters and designing open-source software. Each conference builds off the previous one and plants the seeds for the next. Ideas and relationships evolve year-round, incorporating new networks of media-makers, technologists and social justice organizers. We draw strength from our converging movements to face the challenges and opportunities of our current moment. We are ready to create, connect and transform.
Keep reading for more information, or go register now at amc.alliedmedia.org
The AMC supports learning of all different kinds and at all different levels. The workshops are hands-on and participatory. Knowledge is passed horizontally rather than from the top down. Everyone teaches and everyone learns. At the AMC, media creation is not only about personal expression, but about transformation – of ourselves and the structures of power around us. We create media that exposes, investigates, resists, heals, builds confidence and radical hope, incites dialogue and debate. We demystify technology, not only learning how to use it, but how to take it apart, fix it and build our own. We do it ourselves and as communities, connecting across geographic and generational boundaries.
The AMC is a network of networks – youth organizations, international solidarity activists, anti-violence organizers, technologists, educators, media reform advocates, community entrepreneurs, musicians and artists, disability activists, and many others – all using media in innovative ways. Some of these networks have sprouted from the conference, grown over the course of the year, then reconvened in Detroit larger and healthier. Others have adopted the AMC as an annual point of convergence and a space to forge new relationships. Through cycles of collaboration, question-asking and experimentation, our networks continue to grow, bringing new analysis, and new tools to the AMC every year.
The deeper our networks grow, the greater our capacity grows to take collective actions to transform our world. We recognize that transformation happens through our everyday movements. At the AMC, we develop new leaders and new forms of leadership, design new methods of problem-solving, cultivate the visions of our communities and build our power to make those visions real. Our strategies for transformation don’t begin or end with the three days of the conference. They evolve in our lives and our work throughout the year.
DON’T WAIT! REGISTER TODAY AT amc.alliedmedia.org
For those of you who work for human service non-profits, here is an opportunity to access some technical assistance to build capacity to address structural racism- See email below.
Dear human service non-profits,
I am pleased to let you know that funding was added to the 2013/14 budget of Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) for technical assistance to Seattle’s network of human services agencies to build their capacity to address structural racism ($60,000 in 2013 and $61,380 in 2014).
The attached document provides background information, and proposed principles to guide the use of funding, as well as an overview of the proposed process. I would like to invite you to a meeting where we will share information and get your feedback on the principles and process. The meeting will be:
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
9:30am to 11:30am
New Holly Gathering Hall
7054 32nd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118
Please register for the meeting – click here to register.
Please also hold the date for the “Open Space” that will provide an opportunity to collaborate with other human services agencies to share ideas for use of the money and to identify individual and common needs for structural racism technical assistance.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or e-mail me (contact info below) or Benita Horn (Benita.horn or 233-5199).
Julie Nelson, Director
Seattle Office for Civil Rights
there are just over two weeks until this workshop. There are still spots available but they are filling up fast, so if you are interested, please RSVP soon! Please email me with any questions.
Thanks – Paul
The Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites’
March Public Workshop
Sunday, March 3rd
1:00 to 5:00
SOAR Office at 23rd & Dearborn (801 23rd Ave S Ste A, Seattle, WA 98144)
*This workshop is for anyone interested in getting involved in CARW to support racial justice organizing in Seattle*
The Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW) is holding a public workshop on Sunday, March 3rd. This workshop is a free training opportunity for white folks new to anti-racist organizing in Seattle and interested in CARW’s work.
Starting in 2012, CARW’s monthly meetings are now specifically for CARW Member Organizers, and this public workshop is for those who are not Members but are interested in learning more about becoming a Member Organizer to support anti-racist organizing in Seattle. We also know there are many white people out there, including CARW Base Supporters, who have been interested in CARW’s annual White Anti-Racist Organizing Institute but have not been able to participate for various reasons. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to attend this workshop.
The 4-hour session will be present some of the anti-racist analysis that is foundational to CARW’s work. We hope this training helps propel you on your journey to becoming a stronger white ally for racial justice in your relationships, family, work, school, or volunteer activities.
This is the workshop to attend if you are a new to CARW or a base supporter who has not been through the Organizing Institute.
The March Public Workshop will include:
· Intro to CARW: who we are and what we do
· Anti-racism 101: building a common analysis for organizing
· The role of white folks in a movement for racial justice
· CARW’s work and how you can get involved
PLEASE RSVP (or send your questions) to Paul at kozemchuk.
Dear parents and allies—
The Coalition of Anti-Racist Parents would love to invite you to the next meeting of our group.
Our next meeting deals with race and children’s development– at what age do children become aware of race and racism, and how can we engage with them at each of these ages?
Our other work includes doing activities on race and racism with our kids; parent self-education and research on race and its impact on our families, schools, and relationships, and the criminal justice system; and creating a space for supportive social time.
We’d love to have families, interested teachers, and allies-of-parents (people who like playing with kids or would like to learn more about racism and parenting).
Join us for our third meeting! It will be Sunday, January 27, at Jackson Place Co-Housing at 10 am. Please write me (jaybthompson) for an address and detailed directions. We’d love it if you brought a dish and let us know of any food sensitivities you and your fam might have. This space is ADA-compliant and accessible. Children and partners are 100% welcome at this event.
Jay Thompson (and Cait Rippey and Phineas Thompson)