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MLK Day Workshops
Monday January 16, 2012

Workshop title Theme FacilitatorRoom Number
1

Building the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Beloved Community of Color in Seattle

Within our communities of color, people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer often find themselves marginalized and pushed even further away from Dr. King's dream of "beloved community." Police have not determined whether the murder of an openly gay Filipino man, Danny Vega, was a hate crime, but the attack nonetheless calls our attention to the danger faced by LGBTQ people of color. The speakers for this panel are active members of the LGBTQ community of color. Marcos Martinez105
2

Movement of Working Unemployed

Economic justice is a longstanding issue. The ninety-nine percent revolution has brought it to national attention. Now is the time to bring the people lost and left out, those who have been unemployed or underemployed for a major part, or all, of their lives, into the Beloved Community. Anitra Freeman107
3

Economic Oppression: Same As It Ever Was

This workshop educates attendees about one of Martin Luther King’s last campaigns, the fight to help sanitation workers in Tennessee win fair working conditions. Martin Luther King saw the inequity of wealth distribution as a fundamental flaw of this country and considered it the root of many other social ills. He saw joining together and demanding justice in the workplace as part of the solution to the problem of poverty. Next, in this workshop we will explore what has happened in the labor struggle since King’s death. Last but not least, we will highlight struggles by working people in present day and discuss how each of us can get more involved in supporting those struggles.Rhiannon Hemsted118
4

Minority, Veteran, and Women-Owned Businesses: Seeking a Level Playing Field

Many barriers exist prohibiting Minority, Women and Veteran owned businesses from equity in the marketplace. The discrimination that confronts these business owners is engrained in our system. Dr. King would deplore the economic apartheid/discrimination that causes communities of color to experience high unemployment, vastly lower family net worth, and that leads to social ills and high crime rates.Eddie Rye, Jr.201
5

Literacy, the Achievement Gap & Social Justice – What Can You Do?

Literacy has played a complex & revolutionary role in the US. Access to quality education has often been a battleground for civil rights, and literacy campaigns like the Freedom Schools of the 1960’s have worked to subvert oppressive political & social systems. As we enter 2012, education remains a key social justice issue. Recent research links 3rd grade literacy rates with drop-out rates. Meanwhile, 2010 Seattle educational data shows that almost 90% of white students & students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds were reading at grade level in 3rd grade, compared to barely half of African American and Latino students & students who qualify for free/reduced lunch. This panel will discuss the achievement gap in Seattle and how community members can get involved to turn the situation around.Darryl Smith, Deputy Mayor of Seattle 202
6

Paramount Duty: Walk-out, Sit-in, and Stand Up for Public Education! Combining with: You Are Revolutionary

A new movement for education has erupted in Seattle. On November 30th, over 500 students walked out of Garfield H.S. in protest of proposed State budget cuts—and two weeks later a walkout of over 1,000 students from around Seattle showed the movement is growing. Earlier in the month, Garfield teacher Jesse Hagopian had been arrested for protesting at the Capitol for more education funding. As Dr. King once said, "Much more money has to be spent on education of the children of the poor. The rate of increase in expenditures for the poor has to be greater than for the well-off if the children of the poor are to catch up."
We agree. This panel will attempt to strategize and organize the next stage of the movement to win the funds required to educate all children in Washington.
Seattle's future is about identifying and training youth today to be the face and future of leadership
Jesse Hagopian/ Royal Alley-Barnes and Sandra Boas-DuPree 217 Choir
7

The Global Spirit of Mentoring: Fighting for the Future of Our Children

The origins of mentoring are in Greek mythology. Mentor was the son of Alcimus. Mentor was a friend of Odysseus who placed Mentor and Odysseus ' foster brother Eumaeus in charge of his son Telemachus when Odysseus left for the Trojan War. Today we are in a war to secure the futures of our children. Our Beloved Martin Luther King, Jr. knew when he delivered his ""I Have a Dream” speech the state of emergency of the growing numbers of black, brown yellow and white children who were losing ground. Our workshop will explore, share stories of those on the ground doing work with young people so that one day each young people can write a new and glorious history emulating the vision and the message of Dr. King. It is our moral responsibility to live up to the dream, spirit and wisdom he left us!! Hazel Cameron203
8

The Good Food Revolution: Get Informed, Get Connected

Every day across America, people of all backgrounds are committing small acts of revolution. They are re-evaluating their relationship to food, health and sustainability.
The revolution is happening right here in King County, too. Seattle Tilth's Urban Peoples Farm works with immigrant communities to produce the next generation of small farmers. GroundUp Organics builds urban ecology leadership in youth and young adults in Seattle's Yesler Terrace. CRAVE: Cultivating Radical Activism Vitality Education promotes Food Justice in southeast Seattle.
So many opportunities. How do you create your own revolution at home and in your neighborhood? This workshop will share resources, activities and options to create a revolution of ideas to create your own healthy sustainable lifestyle.
"Karen Toering205
9

Civil Rights and Human Rights, Implementing Human Rights in the Seattle Community

There are many parallels between Martin Luther King's revolutionary spirit and the work of human rights. Both value and advocate for nonviolence, racial equality, economic justice, anti-war and anti-militarism, and civil rights. As the governing human rights document, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights outlines the basic, foundational human rights inherent to upholding basic human dignity for all. Two key additional human rights documents are the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economics, Social and Cultural Rights. Mariah Ortiz223
10

"... the greatest purveyor of TERRORISM in the world: my own country"

Madeleine Albright has said this: No Iraqi children would die if Saddam Hussein complied with what we demanded. She also said on 60 Minutes that the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children were “worth the price.” What the U.S. demanded was for him to be overthrown. It's a federal crime to “commit an act dangerous to human life ... to coerce or intimidate a government.” Realizing what the U.S. was doing to the Iraqi people -- especially the children -- that got me involved. The U.S. sued me to collect a $10,000 fine because I was unwilling to ask the U.S. for a license for a 1997 trip I took to bring medicine to Iraqi children. In 2004, I sued the government, arguing that the blockade of Iraq violated international treaties on human rights. Recently the case was thrown out of court, but the issues remain.Bert Sacks223
11

Literacy as a Human Right - The Cuban Literacy Campaign

At the time of MLK's death, Dr. King was advocating for human rights in the U.S. and abroad. Literacy has been key to the emancipation of people around the world and the avenue to full participation in societies, including the U.S. In 1960, as part of the Cuban revolution, the country embarked on a successful one year campaign to eradicate illiteracy. Today, Cuba continues to work to address peoples' human rights by eradicating illiteracy around the world. Meanwhile, illiteracy continues to grow in the U.S. and continues to be a major barrier to women and girls participation in society. Learn from the Cuban experience and watch the documentary, "Maestra," about the 1960 Cuban campaign. Cindy Domingo216
12

The Department of Justice Report: What does this mean for our communities?

A panel discussion on the recent report on Seattle Police Department, by the Department of Justice Dustin Washington211
13

Nonviolence Training Basics and Applications

Nonviolence Training energizes and empowers people to participate actively in the Movement. The Fellowship of Reconciliation, which conducted many of the trainings of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s under the leadership of Bayard Rustin, is still active in Seattle, promoting the same ideas. This workshop will demonstrate how today's activists can recapture that revolutionary spirit of ""Beloved Community"" using these methods. Jonathan Betz-Zall215
14

Addressing the Disenfranchisement of African American Males

During the Civil Rights Movement, African American males played a key role. While society as a whole benefited from the efforts of Dr. King and others, today a large number of Black males are fairing far worse in many ways. Educational underachievement, unemployment & underemployment, black-on-black crimes including homicide, gang activity, homelessness, and unprecedented incarceration rates are the reality for far too many Black males locally and nationally. A key element of "Recapturing MLK's Revolutionary Spirit" must have as a key component the hopelessness, rage, internalized hatred, and distorted cultural self-concepts of Black boys and men. This workshop will highlight their strategies, expose underlying root causes, and provide the opportunity for others to join in this effort. Andre Franklin & Larry Evans 205
15

Healing Through our Struggle

The objective of this workshop is to recapture MLK's revolutionary spirit in such a way that it energizes participants to keep fighting for social justice all year round. In this workshop, we will explore what motivates and inspires regular people like ourselves to enter and stay involved in this fight for social justice. We will engage in exercises to identify the privilege and inequality that still infest American society and are the root of many social ills, same way it was when Martin Luther King, Jr. lived. Also, we will review a timeline of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Revolutionary Work and talk about upcoming events we can attend or other things we can do to find the Martin Luther King, Jr. within ourselves. Sera Day 221
16

Saving the Leader Within

Saving the Leader Within is a workshop based on a book that captures one of many moments during the height of Dr. King's march in Detroit, June 23, 1963. Taking excerpts from chapters that describe the revolutionary spirit of that time, we will share the impact and impression those times had in shaping a young girl's journey to adulthood.
This workshop will provide a forum for individuals to talk about their own revolutionary moments and describe how they plan to continue to demonstrate its impact on them. They will write out this plan and place it in a self-addressed and stamped envelope that will be mailed to them one week later.
Doreen Cato, Ed.D 226
17

Overturning Initiative-200

I-200 the so-called "Civil Rights" Law of 1998 (RCW 49.60.400) has created great hostility to people of color in this state. The proponents of this regressive initiative misled the public, asserting that minorities were receiving preferential treatment in education, employment and in contracting with public agencies. The public agencies records in 1998 reflects limited participation of minorities in several areas and demonstrate their goals for minority and women involvement were not met before I-200.
Dr. King died seeking equality for Black garbage workers in Memphis and today some in our county and state are still being denied access and equal opportunity.
Eddie Rye, Jr.232
18

The High Cost of Non-Participation in the Political Process

The purpose of the workshop will be to highlight how advances are made if we participate in the political process at all levels. We will highlight historical gains made through active participation and show how current lack of participation results in policies that hurt underrepresented groups. The panel will include members of the Black Policy Foundation, Education Round Table, and other groups. Annette Anderson231
19

Recapturing MLK's Revolutionary Spirit Regarding Health Care

MLK stated the greatest injustice of all is the inequity of health care. No matter how much we try to cover it up or smooth it over or look at the good in it, the 2010 Health Care Reform Act will not erase this injustice, nor will it create the equity we deserve.Kathleen Randall225
20

Occupy Seattle and the legacy of MLK's Civil Disobdience

This workshop will help participants build a bridge between MLK's movement and the present-day Occupy Seattle movement.Mary Paterson219

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