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Shaudé Moore, Vice-chair
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Joyce Clark, Secretary
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January 16, 2017
Workshop Sessions, 9:30 - 10:50 a.m.
at Garfield High School, 23rd Avenue at E. Jefferson, Seattle
photo above by Susan Fried of activists tabling during workshop session:
Harriett Walden and Verlene Jones
List of workshops, scroll down for descriptions
1. Mastering Your Mind for the Future Room 201
2. Bullying, Harassment, and Civil Rights Room 202
3. Behind the Kitchen Door: Racial Segregation in Seattle's Restaurant Industry. What it looks like and what you can do about it. Room 204
4. Words: The Dream's Blueprint Room 205
5. Dreams Deported: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation Room 206
6. The Veterans Resource Workshop Library
7. Equity in Funding K-12 Education Room 207
8. Issues that Prevent Unity Within The Black Community Room 211
9. Is It Time for Mandatory Ethnic Studies as a Way to Institutionalize Racial Justice in Seattle Schools? Room 212
10. Single Payer: Our Only Path to Equitable, Affordable Healthcare Room 213
11. The "Other" Changes the World: Power from the Marginalized. Room 215
12. #BUILD Community Engagement Strategy Room 216
13. Human Trafficking in the Communities of Color Room 221
14. "Bringing Your Best Voice": An Advocacy Speech & Content Guide for the Voiceless Room 223
15. Mindfulness 101, Resources and Self Maintenance Tips Room 224
16. The Power of Poetry and Prose Room 225
17. "Out of the Rough" African Americans Integrate Golf Room 226
18. Fighting for Labor & Civil Rights in the Trump Era
19. Cuba - Another world is possible! Room 232
20. Post Election: What's Changed for Worker Rights?
21. Following the Money: the Power of Investment/Divestment in Undoing Systemic Racism
22. Nuclear Weapons: Forgotten But Not Gone: Overcoming the Threat they Pose to Humanity.Room 305
23. Lessons from Defectors of the Hate Movement Room 309
24. "Black Lives Matter" #1 Back by Popular Demand
25. Black Lives Matter - #2, Back by Popular Demand, "Community Youth Agenda" Room 341
26. Central Area Chamber Micro Business Training 101.
1. Mastering Your Mind for the Future
This enter active workshop will explore the ancient instructions of "Mind over Matter." Giving us insights and direction into how we can re-craft our thinking and once again regain and reclaim our ability to have control over the mind. It is an opportunity to contemplate what has been lost and how we can regain it. The lessons from my research expose deep needs to get control of our minds and therefore get control of our own destiny. There is a great disconnect between our minds and our abilities. A disconnect that impacts our health, psyche, social well-being. Knowing how to effectively use our minds is all the more relevant to our continued and holistic survival. The skill of mind control by the usage of meditation is an ancient and affective method to maintain and regain stability in your life. The Brain is a muscle that needs exercise just like other muscles in our bodies. This workshop is entertaining, fun and at the same time challenging. It introduces three virtues Control of thought, Action and Steadfastness of Purpose.
Presenter. Nu Black Arts West Theatre Executive Director Kibibi Monie' is a professional public speaker, lecturer, play write, actress, director, singer, teacher and civil rights activist. Ms. Monie' is an active member of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Sixth Regional Diaspora Caucus (SRDC), Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization's (ASCAC) and Screen Actors Guild / American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (SAG/AFTRA).
2. Bullying, Harassment, and Civil Rights
This workshop will be a presentation and discussion on bullying, harassment and civil rights. Will Lew of OCA will talk about bullying and harassment, and how it relates to civil rights. The "Get Real" staff of Asian Counseling and Referral Service, led by lead trainer Cyrus Malapago, will talk about bullying, prevention, responding, and getting help within a discussion format with the audience. A short video on bullying and harassment might be shown. This workshop is being sponsored by OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates - Greater Seattle Chapter and Asian Counseling and Referral Services. Open to all but primarily designed for K-12 kids and their parents. Cyrus Malapago heads the "Get REAL" staff at ACRS (Asian Counseling and Referral Services). Get REAL is an outcomes-based program, developed from the evidence-based 4th R Curriculum produced by the University of Ontario. The 4th R was developed for High School students, but they have adapted it to fit the specific cultural needs and focuses of the middle and high school students. Mr. Malapago and his "Get REAL" staff are currently running middle school groups at Mercer MS, Washington MS, South Shore PK-8, and Madison MS. Additionally, we have utilized high school students as mentors from Franklin HS, Garfield HS, Cleveland HS, and West Seattle HS.
3. Behind the Kitchen Door: Racial Segregation in Seattle's Restaurant Industry. What it looks like and what you can do about it.
Restaurant Opportunities Center Seattle (ROC Seattle) released the report "Behind the Kitchen Door" in 2015, shining a light on the challenges that workers face in our local restaurant industry. Many struggle with poverty, lack of access to benefits, wage theft and erratic scheduling. The report shows these challenges are magnified for workers of color, with significant findings of racial disparities in wages, hiring and promotions. Underlying the disparities is Racial Segregation, found both within restaurants and among sectors of the industry. Join a discussion about current working conditions, their impacts, and local efforts by workers, owners and diners to advance racial equity. Presenters include: Elena Perez, Director of ROC Seattle; Chase, a current Server and ROC Seattle member; and Chef Kristi Brown, a 28-year veteran of the industry and founder of That Brown Girl Cooks. The ROC United is a national network dedicated to improving wages and working conditions for the nation's 12 million restaurant workers.
4. Words: The Dream's Blueprint
This is a program designed to teach individuals how to turn their feelings, into words, then turn those words into inspiration and action. The four exercises are designed to help participants understand the importance of inspiration through creating their own spoken word or poetry piece. The four segments would include: an exercise on the perception of the past through the eyes of the present; an exercise on perception of the present through the eyes of the future; an exercise building depth by describing an action through their five senses; and lastly, an exercise finishing their piece using one sense they would like to elaborate on. The end result is an inspirational piece on what the audience would like to change, why they would want to change it through engaging imagery, and how they would change it for the better. Presenter Malik "Kilam Tel Aviv" Olanrewaju is Coordinator of the INJAW (It's Not Just Another Word) program.
5. Dreams Deported: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation
In this workshop, panelists will share both experiences of undocumented youth and families, as well as organizing efforts to stop deportations and mass incarceration and to fix the broken immigration system. Given the threatening statements by President-elect Trump regarding mass deportations, building a wall and mass registration of Muslims, progressive allies need to learn from effective strategies to stop deportations, as well as to support the civil and human rights of immigrants. This workshop directly connects to this year's MLK Day theme, "Stop the Hate, Come Together" because much of the recent hate language has been specifically anti-immigrant. Immigrants and specifically undocumented persons and refugees are being targeted and scapegoated for other systemic problems in society, such as low wages and joblessness. By also addressing how DREAMers and others targeted for deportation or mass incarceration are organizing, the workshop will provide examples and models for "coming together" as a progressive movement. Presenter Kent Wong is director of the UCLA Labor Center and has edited 3 books written by and about undocumented students. He launched the DREAM Summer fellowship program that has now graduated over 500 fellows. Kristopher Larsen is a core member of FIGHT (Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together - restoring hope beyond barriers) which assists and advises people of Asian Pacific Islander descent who are incarcerated or recently released. He has testified at various Congressional Briefings in Washington, D.C., to explain issues, particularly of Southeast Asians, regarding deportations and invited to the White House to speak on "prison to deportation". They will be joined by youth panelists.
6. The Veterans
We will provide Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits and Community resources and services for Active Military and Veteran men and women, their families, Disabled Veterans, as well as Widows/ Widowers Benefits. We will help provide Veteran men, women, and their families with access to VA Benefits and Claims and Community resources and services including Housing, Jobs and Apprenticeship Programs, Seattle Discount Utilities Program, PTSD Counseling Services, Tahoma National Cemetery Burial Services, and more. Resource presenters will include: S.A. Roberts, Outreach Coordinator for King County,Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs; Jon Bersche, Job & Training Coordinator for Apprenticeship Positions (Labor Equity Program City Purchasing & Contracting Service) Dr. John Casteele, Ph.D Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Specialized in PTSD matters; Dr. Murray Raskind, Veterans Administration & UW Affiliates, PTSD Counseling & Therapist & Alzheimer's Research Study;Stephen Riggins, M.Ed., LMHC, WDVA Counselor, PTSD Counseling, The Veterans Advisor.Com; Minister Shirley Perry-Poston, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church Senior Care Support & Outreach Ministry Coordinator (SCSOM); Rodney and Ophelia Stokes, Mount Zion Baptist Church Veterans Committee; Ms. Donnetta Coleman, Tahoma National Cemetery Representative; State Commander Larry Dugger, National Association of Black Veterans Tacoma Branch; President Carl Hightower, Secretary Robert Stephens, and John Pruitt, members of the African American Veterans Group of Washington State (AAVGWS) and NabVets Seattle Branch; Commander Kennett Watts, the National Association of Black Veterans (NabVets); John Tyler, Vet Corps; Sam Blackwell, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church Armed Forces Military Council Representative, Artist (Various Art Portraits will be Showcased).
7. Equity in Funding K-12 Education
This workshop will examine a more equitable way of funding K-12 education. The Equity in Education Coalition (EEC) is a state wide coalition working towards a more targeted and comprehensive approach to improve educational achievement and growth as well as closing the opportunity gap throughout the State of Washington. As a Coalition representative of communities of color and low-income communities, EEC takes a strategic approach to closing the opportunity gap that takes into account the effects of systemic and institutional racism, the trauma of poverty, homelessness and hunger, family instability and the hurdles faced by children and parents whose first language is not English. Join our workshop for a great discussion. Presenters Sharonne Navas, Executive Director, Equity in Education Coalition, and Mary Fertakis, M Ed., Tukwila School Board.
8. Issues that Prevent Unity Within The Black Community
This workshop will focus on the barriers that have been instilled within black culture to prevent unity. In the workshop there will be a small panel that discuss the challenges to unity within the black community. One of these people will serve as a facilitator also. Towards the end of the workshop there will a period of time for questions to be asked. Some of the barriers that will be discussed are identity, propaganda, and carry over effects of slavery still evident in our culture today. There will also be discussion around resources for anyone that wants to continue studying how hate has torn apart the black community as well as solutions. Presenters: Chasity Jones has a Bachelors degree in psychology and a minor in history. She is a US-2 with the United Methodist Church serving at Faith Action Network as a community organizer. She has in field experience of how hate is perpetualized within the black community as well as studied the carry over affects that are psychological and cultural within the black community. Creighton Goodwin is a king county resident who is involved in youth mentoring. He has two years of experience mentoring under the 4 C Coalition and is currently working with various organizations to continue to rebuild the black and Latino communities.
9. Is It Time for Mandatory Ethnic Studies as a Way to Institutionalize Racial Justice in Seattle Schools?
Following the spread of ethnic studies across California, the Seattle King County NAACP plans to unveil a bold resolution calling for mandatory ethnic studies in Seattle at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. What are ethnic studies courses exactly and why have they been so effective in increasing academic achievement, attendance, and credits earned for our most marginalized students? Given that White Americans disproportionately elected into office Donald Trump, how do ethnic studies help White Americans better understand issues of race and racism? Hear from a diverse group of educators and activists regarding the importance of ethnic studies, how such courses can institutionalize racial justice in our schools, and the challenges of expanding racial justice during challenging times. As a post-election shroud descends over movements for social justice, is the time right to support the NAACP's resolution and bring ethnic studies into Seattle schools? Panelists do not necessarily represent the institutions listed. Presenters: Rita Green, Education Chair of the Seattle King County NAACP; Michael Peña, a public school teacher in Everett with an interest in the educational experiences of students of Color; Jon Greenberg, a public school teacher in Seattle and Contributing Writer for Everyday Feminism; Abraham Rodriguez-Hernandez, a coordinator of Seattle Public Schools' Department of Equity and Race Relations; Tess Williams, a graduate student who has researched ethnic studies extensively; Tracy Gill, 6th grade social studies educator at an international school with a focus on social justice education; Carolyn Riley-Payne, Vice President of the Seattle King County NAACP.
10. Single Payer: Our Only Path to Equitable, Affordable Healthcare
Our current healthcare system is now causing millions to go without treatment because they can't afford the sky-rocketing premiums, deductibles and co-payments. It undermines state and local government as healthcare costs edge out other municipal priorities such as job creation, affordable housing and education. Trump's proposed health savings accounts and Medicare/ Medicaid privatization are devastating scams that will escalate obscene healthcare-industry profits. Inspired by MLK's call for human rights, we must organize toward healthcare as a human right. Single Payer, in place in almost every other advanced economy in the world, is dedicated to lower premiums and better care for everyone. Presenter: Kathleen Myers, retired dentist, United for Single Payer and Health Care for All-WA. Presenters: Q&A moderated by Betty Capehart, United for Single Payer and Board Member Physicians for a National Health Program.
11. The "Other" Changes the World: Power from the Marginalized.
Stopping hate was a founding call to action for these workshops. But in order for that to happen we must understand the system(s) in which hate exists; what is this system? How does is operate? Is it permanent or impermanent? We will explore how marginalized voices have within them the key to the Truth of a system, they can see it for what it is because privilege keeps us silent either in ignorance of the system or because we collude with it for our own ability to dominate. This particular workshop will focus on how to use these authentic voices that we share to build a community of action and how to sustain it through to a just system. Presenter Guru Dorje emigrated from Nepal to America. The son of Tibetan refugees into Nepal, his life has been filled with change, upheaval, and displacement. As an undocumented immigrant and high-school dropout, he eventually learned to navigate American bureaucracies such as the public school system, immigration, and King County. Through this navigation he was able to support and create systems to develop a small school to transition students that have dropped out to and through a college education tuition free.
12. #BUILD Community Engagement Strategy
BUILD (Brothers United In Leadership Development) proposes that the best way to "combat hate and come together" is by connecting community members to their community. Sometimes, people don't know how to be active in their because they don't know all the ways they can be or don't take into account in the ways that they already are. BUILD has outlined 3 ways to engage in your community:
* Politically: Participating in the political process by registering to vote and exercising your right to vote, joining your local party's caucus or running for a City, County or Federal Position
* Civic: Participating in city and county council meetings, attending school board meetings, joining a PTA, non profit organization, serving on the board of a non-profit or creating a non profit
* Socially: attending community events, creating a community event, patronizing local businesses, frequenting recreational establishments like parks, community centers and pools
BUILD wants to help bridge the gaps between the community members and above mentioned pathways to community building by creating a dialogue of concrete ways people can achieve community building and activism. BUILD will share information on organizations, events and organizers that need more involvement and support from community members. BUILD wants attendees of this workshop to make tangible commitments to one of these areas of community engagement prior to leaving.
Presenters Isiah Anderson, Andre Franklin, Tamao George Yasutake, and Kendrick Glover are all active in BUILD and other community organizations.
Social Media: Twitter @BUILD_206, Instagram @build_206, Facebook @BUILD206
13. Human Trafficking in the Communities of Color
Does race and ethnicity contribute to the likelihood of people becoming victims of trafficking? Seventy-seven percent of victims in alleged human trafficking incidents reported in the U.S. were people of color, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics Report. Presenters: Former State Representative Velma Veloria, and Emma Catague, founder, Filipinos Against Violence. Both were instrumental in the passage of the first anti-human trafficking legislation on a state level. Emma Catague is a service provider for domestic violence and is the founder of former API Family and Children Safety Center, currently known as API Chaya.
14. "Bringing Your Best Voice": An Advocacy Speech & Content Guide for the Voiceless
Easy and effective tips for addressing community concerns through writing, speech, and social media are offered in this solid but introductory guide for beginners. This short workshop is designed to aid motivated people who are young, under-educated, low-income, part of an under-represented/minority group, or that face more than one socioeconomic barrier (or any combination/all of the above).
This workshop provides:
- A solid, introductory and fun guide for using one's literal and symbolic 'voice' more confidently in search of rights, better services, more responsive institutions, and more meaningful interactions with political and authority figures.
- A strong primer on finding reliable online sources for research, news, and information;
- Overcoming fear of public speaking or social media posting.
Note: This workshop is limited to 20-25 people. Please be prepared to present or write on a real social justice topic of choice or need.
Presenter Diane Beall is a media strategy consultant, media literacy advocate, and creative project manager with over 20 years of professional experience in news, magazines, art, radio and digital media. Beall, who considers herself a voice for the most-impacted in many ways, is also a community organizer and teacher, with more than 7 years of experience as a public speaking, media studies, intercultural, and group communication instructor. She currently consults small businesses and organizations, teaches the full workshop as Continuing Ed.
15. Mindfulness 101, Resources and Self Maintenance Tips
As two community doc's we are pleased to share some tools and inform you of resources that may help you learn how to breathe, create focus and have fun staying calm when your work, professional and social lives are very busy. We believe the disciplined practice of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is one way to address the trauma of everyday life and the disparities in health outcomes that exist in 2017 in striking similarity to the problems of 50 years ago. Science shows that daily practice of the disciplines of MBSR has these benefits: Reduce stress and chronic pain. Improve mood. Overcome sleep problems. Decrease anxiety. Increase immunity. Enhance resilience, joy and compassion. We introduce the practice of MBSR as one way to promote a community of emotional safety and harness the power and discipline of nonviolence as a health care imperative. The session is limited to adults and the first 20 persons. Presenters: Dr. Kim Ionia Holland was one of 4 Black teens who were shot in 1970 by a young white man during protests against police actions in New Bedford Massachusetts. "we offer an opportunity to seek personal wellbeing, health, justice and reconciliation in the daily practice of MBSR." Elizabeth H. Lin MD is a family medicine physician, a researcher of mind-body health, and a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator. Dr. Lin's research on improving depression and anxiety introduced her to the health benefits of mindfulness. She has a daily meditation practice for 25 years, and has learned directly from the founders of evidence-based mindfulness, and compassion/self-compassion programs. Over the past 5 years, Dr. Lin has been teaching mindfulness and mindful self-compassion courses.
16. The Power of Poetry and Prose
Utilizing the power of the pen and persuasive voice to bring African American historical events, situations, and figures to life. Inspirational, entertaining, and educational Spoken Word and Storytelling techniques will be used to encourage class participants to learn more about the value and significance of their history and ability to channel their voice as a beacon of enlightenment and change. Members of the African American Writers' Alliance, Dr. Georgia McDade and Jacqueline Ware, and guest artists, Elijah H. Muied and Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, Leija Farr, will demonstrate that the power of poetry and prose can transcend culture, color, age, and gender. Poetry can be almost cathartic as a way to express emotions. As we grapple with our feelings over the current state of our society, putting pen to paper and creatively expressing anger and frustrations can be therapeutic. There are a lot of angry youth struggling to understand and deal with the hostility, racism, and divisiveness plaguing this country. The prose, storytelling, and poetry workshop will strive to help them appreciate another format for channeling their anger and allow them to listen and practice writing, while releasing tension through the art of stories and poetry. We hope to leave them feeling hopeful, invigorated, and inspired. Presenters: Dr. Georgia McDade; Founder AAWA, Playwright, Poet, and Author. Jacqueline A. Ware; Spoken Word Artist, Stage Performer, Writer, and Poet. Leija Farr; Seattle's First Youth Poet Laureate, Poet, and Author. Elijah H. Muied; Writer, Author, Poet, and Spoken Word artist.
17. "Out of the Rough" African Americans Integrate Golf
"Out of the Rough" 30 min. film details the lives and stories of some of the oldest surviving members of The Fir State Golf Club, which operates out of Jefferson Park Golf Course in South Seattle. The Fir State Golf Club was founded in 1947 as a means for African Americans to participate in men's and women's golf clubs here in Seattle. At the time, African Americans, because of their race, were not welcome in the existing golf clubs in Seattle. As the first African American Golf Club in the state of Washington, and the second oldest such club in the United States, they helped pave way for more acceptance on golf courses throughout the region. All the original 15 founding members of the club have since passed on, but film maker Rudy Horn set out to interview the oldest surviving members of the club such as Luscious Dean (91) and Bill Lynch (90) both members of Fir State for over 50 years. In a post Tiger Woods era, racism in the sport of golf has not disappeared. Horn's film aims to spark and ignite conversation about how far we have come in breaking down golf's racial barriers and how much farther we need to go. Today, less than 2 percent of teaching professionals around the country are non-white and there are now fewer Black golfers on the PGA tour than there were in 1976. In golf these days, we do not witness the same kinds of efforts we see in other sports to welcome and include all communities, as well as honor those that fought hard against the racial divide in the sport. The story of racism in golf in Seattle is an important part of our Northwest history. "Out of the Rough" sets out to honor and celebrate the oldest surviving members of the Fir State Golf Club for the hard community work they have done, including starting a Junior Golf Foundation that promoted youth participation and accessibility in golf. "Out of the Rough" is set to a soundtrack from local Seattle band "Septimus" lead by lead singer Frank Brown. Presenters: filmmaker Rudy Horn plus Bill Lynch and Robert Woodard.
18. Fighting for Labor & Civil Rights in the Trump Era
The workshop will open with presentations from the panelists, followed by a group discussion and strategizing session. All participants will be encouraged to engage and find ways to work together in the battles ahead. • Uncovering the racist roots of current "right to work" campaigns sprouting across the country. • Strategies for beating the ultra-right, racist Freedom Foundation's union busting, and their attacks on all working people. • Follow the money—the links between Washington state's Freedom Foundation, the Koch brothers, the John Birch Society and the KKK. • Ideas for building united defense campaigns—community and labor solidarity in the Trump years ahead. Presenters: Mark Cook - former investigator for the Public Defender's Office and leader in a successful unionizing drive, former Black Panther Party member and political prisoner who organized legal self-defense while "inside". Currently active in community and labor organizing campaigns. Maxine Reigel - founding member of Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity who co-organized recent protests against the Freedom Foundation. Retired Teamster member, shop steward at King County and a socialist feminist who champions affirmative action and immigrant rights.
19. Cuba - Another world is possible!
Cuba lies 90 miles off the coast of the US and its revolution and people have inspired many around the world. Despite US imperialism's war against this tiny island which has economically impacted Cuba's people, Cuba has been able to provide free healthcare including reproductive care for women, free education through college and free or low cost childcare. 99% of Cuba's population is literate and 43% of the country's budget is spent on education, health and social security while only 5% of their budget is spent on the military. While Obama opened up significant steps in normalizing relations with Cuba, Trump has signaled that he will reinforce the 56 year old embargo and may step up the war against Cuba. This workshop will show you the real Cuba and tell you the ways you can continue today to go to Cuba in an affordable and educational way. Hear from people that take delegations to Cuba and have traveled in responsible ways. Hear about the Cuban peoples' efforts to continue their struggle against racism, sexism and homophobia/transphobia. Presenters: Cindy Domingo is Chair, US Women and Cuba Collaboration and Chair of WILPF's Cuba Committee. Cindy has been leading delegations to Cuba since 1999. Garry Owens has traveled several times to Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade and will speak about the opportunities to travel with the Venceremos Brigade in 2017 and to work alongside Cubans. John Waller is the Chair of Seattle-Cuba Friendship Committee and is staff to Pastors for Peace/IFCO Cuba Caravan. He will speak about opportunities to travel to Cuba with the 2017 caravan. Angela Gilliam has studied race/racism in Cuba and will talk about her direct experience and knowledge of Cuba's campaign both domestically and internationally against racism in society.
20. Post Election: What's Changed for Worker Rights?
The federal laws prohibiting job discrimination were a result of the efforts and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the bedrock of the work of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to promote equal opportunity in employment and fight discrimination and harassment. The result of the Presidential Election has set off alarms: what's has changed for worker rights? Be informed about the laws that protect workers from harassment and discrimination on the job. How have the laws changed and how are they being enforced after the recent election? What are the federal civil rights employment laws, and what is the process to file a charge? Join this session to be informed and have a chance to ask questions. Presenter Rodolfo Hurtado is an Outreach and Education Program Manager at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
21. Following the Money: the Power of Investment/Divestment in Undoing Systemic Racism
In "Where Do We Go From Here," Rev Martin Luther King Jr. tells the story of the Sealtest boycott that successfully pressured A&P grocery stores to stop carrying Sealtest dairy products until Sealtest ended its racist exclusion of black people from its work force. Economic boycotts -- and divestment of money from institutions that perpetuate racist dominance and oppression -- are powerful, nonviolent strategies for removing the financial underpinning from destructive organizations. Everyone who makes purchases, pays sales and/or income tax, has a bank account, has a pension account -- virtually everyone, according to each's financial status -- can use the power of the dollar to end racism and poverty. Following the money and creating effective boycotts and divestment movements isn't all we need to do. But boycotts and divestment movements do bring us together, itself an act of love. This workshop will encourage attendees to come together with local divestment movements and use the power of the dollar to stop the destructive, hate-filled practices of private prison companies and fossil fuel pipeline projects. Presenters: Mary Paterson , a leader in the No New Jim Crow movement; Standing Rock Sioux tribe member Matt Remle and Paul Cheoketen of the Saanich Nation, both active in the No DAPL Wells Fargo divestment movement.
22. Nuclear Weapons: Forgotten But Not Gone: Overcoming the Threat they Pose to Humanity.
As Dr. King repeatedly said, militarism conspires with racism and poverty to undermine human survival. In his words, "When scientific power outruns spiritual power, we end up with guided missiles and misguided men." Our workshop will ask: how do we nonviolently challenge current U.S. plans to spend a trillion dollars rebuilding the entire U.S. nuclear arsenal? How do we redirect these resources to eliminating poverty, overcoming racism, and meeting the challenge of climate justice? After a 20 minute power point presentation/slide show, we will engage in Q&A about what workshop participants have been doing, plans currently underway, and new ways we might deal with the nuclear issues that continue to confront us. Presenters: Mary Hanson is co-chair of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action and has worked for nuclear disarmament since 1984 through direct action, writing, speaking and organizing. Mack Johnson, co-secretary of Ground Zero, was recently found not guilty by a Kitsap County judge after holding a banner in the road to the Trident base. Dr. David Hall has worked for decades for nuclear disarmament and is currently helping to form the Washington Coalition to Stop the New Nuclear Arms Race; he is also active in Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.
23. Lessons from Defectors of the Hate Movement
This workshop uses personal stories from 26 former radical extremists featured in the presenter's forthcoming book Defectors From Hate. Of greatest value is the catalysts or emotional events that caused former violent hatemongers to abandon the hate movement. The lessons from their lives help to connect how their experiences relate to the less extreme forms of racism, anti-Semitism, Islamaphobia, homophobia, and nativism – issues that affect the internalized biases of everyday Americans. All of the interviewees for this project served in a leadership role for a recognized hate group, were convicted for one or more hate crimes, served time in jail or prison, and have since turned their backs on hate. They have all faced the wrath of the former colleagues by being labeled race traitors; they were shot at, fire bombed, and received multiple life threats to them and their families. They have all abandoned their former ideologies and actively work to stop hate. The workshop covers: What caused their change of heart? What do their stories tell us about how to convert hate to love? This workshop also includes references to the EIGHT active hate groups in Washington State, including two in Seattle and one in Bellevue. Presenter Lonnie Lusardo is the principal founder of Seattle Race Conference and Out in Front, a leadership program for LGBTQ community activists.
24. "Black Lives Matter" #1 Back by Popular Demand
This Workshop offers a Intergenerational and Multicultural Focus. This workshop will feature a diverse panel of members of the Martin Luther King Committee, Community Advocates, UW Law Students, Lawyers, Social Workers and Professionals. Collectively we will embrace the various social, educational, legal, political and psychological barriers that are challenging us in our everyday lives as citizens. Our goal is to engage and empower the participants through constructive dialogue addressing these issues. The UW law students will share information from the "Know Your Rights Pamphlets." We will also discuss what steps individuals can take to report incidents where they feel they have been targeted unfairly and want to proceed cautiously to report civil violations. Our Community expert panelist will also address constructive ways to "Stop the Violence and ways that we can come together as a community to advocate for Stopping the Hate and Coming Together to March for our "Rights". Dr. King was quoted in his April 16th 1963 letter from the Birmingham City Jail," Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." We will combine a healthy community action dialogue with tangible resources that we can share with our families, friends, mentees and our community organizations that will further the goals of promoting social justice as we come together as a community.
The panelists are two Members of the UW Law Students, primary rep is Astor Kidance, JD Candidate 2017
Lawyer Faye Chess, Loren Miller Bar Association and Vice President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Member of Greater Seattle Chapter of Links Building STEAM for young ladies of Gen X.
Representative Jesse Wineberry, sponsor for the Dr. Martin Luther King Legislation in King County, Local CEO, community advocate and MLK Committee member
Clifton Wyatt, retired community advocate, veteran member of the MLK Committee, community advocate
Oscar Eason, retired engineer, former Chair of the Commission on African American Affairs, appointed by the Governor, NAACP, Community Activist and Advocate, veteran member of MLK committee
25. Black Lives Matter - #2, Back by Popular Demand, "Community Youth Agenda"
Modeling the national cares mentoring movements referenced at www.caresmentoring.org : The local chapter has embraced A NEW WAY FORWARD, by celebrating local mentors and mentoring programs that serve to Educate, Inform and Empower our "Youth". Durell Green, our kick off speaker was appointed by the Governor to the new Washington Statewide Reentry Council founded last year by Bill 2791, sponsored by state Rep Eric Pettigrew. Durell, a Bremerton native will frame the workshop with a Spoken Word that reflects his youthful works and mission in promoting mentorship. Hazel Cameron and Don Cameron, founders of Seattle Cares Mentoring will introduce the UW Husky's that will be co-leading the outreach discussions with the young men in attendance. Mona Bailey, Retired Educator, Assistant Superintendent and 17th Past National President for Delta Sigma Theta, will be the lead presenter for the "empowering our youth with a special lens on our young ladies. This workshop is designed to showcase the work of the local mentors and mentoring groups with the goal of recruitment and retention that builds future leaders. This promises to be a lively engaging intergenerational discussion that will serve a two-fold purpose of modeling ways that our youth can respond to the challenges and opportunities that they face trying to "Stop the hate and come together in their schools, home and in the "Village" Communities that they represent. The recommended ages are middle school and above, parents will need to give permission to middle schoolers. The primary focus and targeted population is 14 and above.
The Key presenters and key specialty panelist and experts are as follows;
Leads ' Hazel and Don Cameron, Seattle Cares Mentoring, Spoken Word artist, Durell Green, Youth Partnership Outreach, ( 4Coalition outreach grantees are targeting young males for the MLK 2017 project) UW Huskies 2016/2017 Cares Mentoring Movement volunteers and L'maud Lancaster, Rainfield Counseling, Community and Home based counselor, Violence Prevention support.
Lead ' Mona Bailey and Q'uinita Cobbins, UW, PHD Candidate," African American Women Studies" Representing Delta Sigma Theta, Mona Bailey, Stem Day/ Pacific Science Center, Gems, Betty Shabazz Academy; Winona Hollins Hauge, MSW GAGV, Greater Seattle Chapter of Links, Building Steam
Resource Expert panelists are from the Community Village are as follows; Dr. Chalon Ervin, (Personal Empowerment Tips) Clinical Psychologist, THS Contractor in private practice, Dr. Debra Pond, Molecular Biologist, Volunteer seeking lab students to mentor; Linda Taylor, Financial Empowerment and Wealth/Housing Director, Seattle Urban League; and Rachel Collins, Garfield High School Career Center/Workforce Youth Jobs Developer, NAACP/ACTSO, Carolyn Riley Paine, or Alt/REP
26. Central Area Chamber Micro Business Training 101.
This workshop teaches how to start a successful home-based business. The professional trainer is Mr. Kevin Amos, a seasoned micro business builder who will instruct the participants on how to approach their passion for setting up a new business enterprise . Each participant will receive a free manual as a part of their participation. Dr. Martin Luther King's dream was to empower poor and other underserved community members so that they could attain economic power along with self dignity. This year more than any other year we need to build our own economic base and start being less dependent on the system. Presenters: DeCharlene Williams, CEO and President Central Area Chamber of Commerce, and Kevin Amos, a seasoned micro business builder.