The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington on June 20, 2020 will not be postponed but will be transformed! We are going digital! We will hold the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people and people of conscience in this nation’s history. The COVID-19 global pandemic is exposing the already existing crisis of poverty in America, and we are going to bombard every member of Congress and the White House so that we raise up the demands of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. We will not be able to gather physically in Washington DC, but it is paramount that we have a forum where poor and low-wealth people can share their truths with a nation that needs its heart broken. If there was ever a time for a massive outcry, it’s right now. People are hungry for bold, visionary solutions, not just to this current crisis, but to systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. Poor and low-wealth people know the solutions we need. Stay tuned for more about how we are transforming our vision to adapt to the digital space. We may be isolated, but we remain united! Forward together, The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. Rooted, Inspired, & Ready! is the theme for General Assembly in June 2020. We are in touch with our theological roots, we are engaged in transforming our faith, and we are fired up to take action in the wider world.
We are proud to announce Naomi Klein will give our Ware Lecture at General Assembly in Providence . Naomi Klein is a climate activist, an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal. She is Senior Correspondent for The Intercept , a Puffin Writing Fellow at Type Media Center and is the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. The Ware Lecture is Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. General Assembly registration is required to attend.
Housing Opens March 2The UUA room block consists of major hotel chains, boutique and historical properties, as well as multi-bedroom dorm suites and single dorm rooms . Make your reservation beginning March 2 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern at uua.org/ga . Housing Options
The last four years in countering anti-Muslim bigotry has been quite a journey. We are so blessed that you have walked this journey with us!In the work that we do with you to counter anti-Muslim bigotry, we see five major issues:
- What is Sharia?
- Islam and Women’s Rights
- Islam and Peace
- Islam and Other Religions
- The Islamophobia Industry
For the past year, we have been working to create five animated videos in a three-minute format to address these questions. We are calling it the “Faith Over Fear Campaign.” You will see the videos, meet the animators and be encouraged by others working to counter hate and bigotry towards any group. Light refreshments will be provided.
When: Monday, February 10, 2020, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Muslim Association of Puget Sound, 17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA
Register Here: Registration limited to 90 people
Each year anti-Muslim hate groups spend over $30 million dollars to make people afraid of Islam and American Muslims. The websites, You Tube videos, books, white papers, lobbying, and media stars of these hate groups turn the hearts and minds of people against one another, paving the way for a more divided, fearful future. We don’t have to live in that future. Together we can build a future based on our shared values and vision for America! Yet Muslims and their allies are daily confronted with challenging questions by people captivated by fear, framed in ways that place them at a significant disadvantage. The Faith Over Fear four-hour Ally Training will give you tested strategies to use in response to these challenging questions - and the fears that underlie them.When: Saturday, February 1, 2020, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA https://www.facebook.com/events/547172202798126/
Whether you are a seasoned activist or new to race work, we invite folks who identify as White/of European decent to deepen your race awareness and gain tools to take action towards a more equitable, just, and healthy life for all people, in a supportive and creative environment.This highly participatory workshop, featuring Theatre of the Oppressed methods, will be informational, practical (action practice), as well as a chance to do some deep personal and collective work, including ancestor work, cultural appropriation, and more. Our process, despite the seriousness of the topic, can also be quite playful. More No one turned away for lack of funds.
(*There will be a related workshop for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, July 6 -7, 2020, led by Ashnie Butler & Cheryl Harrison. Learn more about the BIPOC Caucus.)
The White Privilege Symposium (WPS) Northwest is an evening followed by a full day event designed to examine patterns, cultures, and systems that contribute to identity, power, and privilege. In examining and challenging concepts of privilege and oppression, WPS Northwest offers solutions and team building strategies to work towards a more equitable world.
Special Guest EduTrainer Christian Paige. Registration Opens Feb. 14, 2020
Panel Discussion: Bringing Social Values to Life in Our Cities, Our Communities and Our Conscience, January 5th, 2020, Seattle WA
The Mount Holyoke College Club of the Puget Sound invites you to a panel discussion. Speakers:
Dr. Serin Houston, Professor of Geography and International Relations at Mount Holyoke College, and author of Imagining Seattle: Social Values in Urban Governance.
Dr. Anu Taranath, Principal Lecturer, Comparative History of Ideas at University of Washington, and author of Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World.
Ms. Sarah Mayes. Sarah has worked for four lawmakers, most recently at Seattle City Council. A transgender woman and single mother, Sarah produces and co-hosts a new podcast, By the Sound.
Free and open to the public. Download flyer here.
Dr. Pamela Taylor facilitates Peace Circles for Racial Healing which provide the space for transforming relationships with yourself and others.
When: Jan. 7-Mar.17 – 6 sessions, 6pm-9pm
Where: Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church, 14724 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline
#1 January 7th - Holding Space & Bearing Witness
#2 January 21st - Exploring Racial Identity [National Day of Racial Healing]
#3 February 4th - Recognizing Racial Privilege
#4 February 18th - Managing Unconscious Bias
ADVANCING THE CONVERSATION
#5 March 3rd - Decoding Racialized Microaggressions
#6 March 17th - Framing New Narratives for Racial Reconciliation
Space is limited to 12 participants, so pre-register early. Cost for individual session - $65; $375 for all six sessions. (Pay more if you can to help support scholarships for those who need support.) For more information contact: Pamela Taylor, email@example.com or 206.851.9782
Saturday – November 23, 2019 When: 1:00 – 4:00 pm – Free of Charge Where: East Shore Unitarian Church - 12700 SE 32nd , Bellevue Panel & Discussion with:
- Dina Burstein, Jewish Coalition for Immigrant Justice NW
- Monserrat Padilla, WA Immigrant Solidarity Network & Coordinator for the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project
- Carolyn de Ford, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women & Puyallup Domestic Advocacy Program
- Nickhath Sheriff, Muslim Community Resource Center
Patrick O'Connor, Director of Thurston County Public Defense, will discuss new developments in the Thurston County justice system. These include bail reform as a part of a new risk-assessment tool for pretrial release; the First Look project that evaluates diversion potential for new arrestees; ICE arrests and the Keep Washington Working Act; and planning for an LFO Reconsideration Day.
When: Monday, Nov. 18th, 7:00pm
Where: Olympia UU Congregation, Olympia WA
Sponsored by Justice not Jails.
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St., Bellingham WA
3pm and 7:30pm. Choir of the Salish Sea, with guests the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Chalice Choir, presents a thrillingly eclectic choral program of healing and reconciliation for all the diverse people who call Whatcom County, Washington home. With songs from the Latinx, Japanese, Punjabi, Chinese, Indigenous and European communities, and music representing movements for peace and social justice in America, Africa and the Middle East, this concert will have you singing, crying, laughing and dancing in the aisles. Tickets $20/$5, available online from brownpapertickets.com: 3:00 pm performance at and the 7:30 pm performance. Photo by Paul Conrad, Bellingham Herald, 2018.
5th Annual Equity and Engagement Conference Focuses on Homelessness and Poverty, Oct. 12, Shoreline WA
Washington Family Engagement is pleased to present the 5th Annual Equity and Engagement Conference. This
Conference will bring together pre-K to 12th educators, parents, students and community partners to take an in depth look at all aspects of diversity represented in our schools and neighborhoods with a special focus on homelessness and poverty. We will learn from each other and with each other about what makes us different yet equal as human beings. Don’t miss this opportunity to better understand families you know and serve!
National speaker and generational poverty expert, Lynda Coates from Communications across Barriers in Portland, Oregon will lead a special Homelessness and Poverty Seminar for all conference participants. As a child growing up in a homeless family of seven and a consultant to health and educational institutions, she is uniquely qualified to help us identify, understand, communicate and serve
Educators, parents, students, and community partners together look at all aspects of diversity represented in our schools and neighborhoods with a special focus on homelessness and poverty. Program includes expert speakers and sessions on: Equitable Practices in Special Education; Allyship for Undocumented Families; Talking to Children About Race; Trauma of Discrimination; Helping Families in Poverty, and more!
Where: Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Ave. North, Shoreline When: Sat. Oct. 12, 8am – 4pmRegistration fee $180, Parent scholarships available. Includes breakfast, lunch, and materials.
Join the Statewide Poverty Action Network for our Communities in Action advocacy program, a FREE series of workshops that will focus on how to use your voice to influence public policy and create the social change you want to see!
Our Communities in Action program is a series of three workshops that will focus on skills-building for people interested in advocacy, policy, community organizing, and social justice. Participants will leave with the tools, knowledge, and resources to enter the 2020 Legislative Session as anti-poverty and racial justice advocates for their own communities. All participants will receive a $20 travel reimbursement for each session, as well as food and childcare! Note: As our work has traditionally been centered around the experiences and voices of low-income communities and communities of color, we ask only those to attend who self-identify as low-income.
Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation presents Karen Schneider Civil Rights Pilgrimage Presentation, Sept. 15, Seattle WA
When: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,
Where: Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70 St, Seattle - Near #5 bus.
Karen Schneider will recount her experience with Project Pilgrimage in October 2017 as she visited historically significant sites in the Deep South from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's. and met and travelled with surviving "foot soldiers" from that era. Project Pilgrimage builds interracial and intergenerational community in Washington and beyond by studying, understanding and gaining inspiration from transformational movements and individuals.
All are welcome! Free, an offering will be taken.
Info 206-789-5565 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Listening Forums on Implementing I-940 to Improve Police Procedures, May 2 and 8, Kent and Seattle WA
Initiative 940 is officially law in Washington State. However, the road towards implementation has just begun.
We have an opportunity to speak up on how this law is shaped and practiced. Two very crucial components are being developed: law enforcement training and independent investigations (when deadly force is used). We will provide an update on what steps have taken place since its passage and discuss what our communities envision for how this law is carried out. Comments shared at the event will be submitted to the Criminal Justice Training Commission who is responsible for finalizing the new training rules.