Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Worthy publicity workshop!

June 24th, 2009
Publici-Tea: A High Value DIY Publicity Workshop

A Two-Hour Publici-Tea High Value DIY Publicity Workshop and Q&A Session with Puget Sound Business Journal. Are you tired of not having enough clients in the pipeline to keep your business humming along? Are you ready to deploy the impact of FREE PUBLICITY to your buzz building advantage to share your message over a wider audience of potential, perfect clients? If YES is your answer to these questions, help is close at hand. This information-packed event will educate, inspire, and support your efforts to earn do-it-yourself publicity so your business success story can be seen and heard.

Monday, June 22, 2009

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

People of Color Meet & Greet with 2009 Local Candidates

People of Color Meet & Greet with 2009 Local Candidates

12 Jun 2009 (Fri) 05:30 -07:30

Location O'Asian, 800 5th Ave., Suite Plaza 1, Seattle, WA 98104

More than a dozen candidates have filed for the 4 positions that are up on the Seattle City Council. At least 4 people are vying for King County Executive, the seat left open by Ron Sims. More people may come out of the woodwork before the filing deadline in June. None of these candidates are people of color. Are you going to know who to vote for in the August primaries? Who will understand the needs of our immigrant communities and communities of color? Find out by attending: People of Color Meet and Greet with 2009 Local Candidates Hosted by People of Color Political Action Committees for people of color to meet local candidates and find out where they stand on the issues impacting our community. Meet candidates for:Seattle City CouncilSeattle Port CommissionKing County ExecutiveMayor of Seattleand more…
When: Friday, June 12, 5:30PM
Where: O'Asian800 5th Avenue, Suite Plaza 1Seattle, WA 98104

RSVP by sending an email to lpacwa@gmail.com. or find us on Facebook! Hosted by People of Color Political Action Committees:Latino PAC of WashingtonNorthwest Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans - PACNative Women’s Political CaucusDisclaimer: The above races are non-partisan races and the organization of this event by the above PACs should not be construed as an endorsement of any one or all of the several candidates that may be in attendance. This event is designed to keep voters in our immigrant communities and communities of color informed about local races and the candidates that seek to represent them.

Friday, May 8, 2009

More events worth going to!

**FRI MAY 8, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, at University of Washington, HUB 106-B, Seattle; Patterns of INDIGENOUS MOBILITY: GUATEMALA, MEXICO AND THE U.S. A conference on indigenous migration presented by the Department of American Ethnic Studies in collaboration with the National Autonomous University of Mexico to mark the establishment of the UNAM's Office for the Pacific Northwest of the United States and Canada. info AES, 206-543-4343 or aes@u.washington.edu

*FRI MAY 8, 7:30 p.m., at Saint Mark Cathedral, Leffler House Living Room, 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle; Friday Film Nights at the Saint Mark's film night, is a community of film lovers, social activists, and lifelong learners who gather to watch and discuss compelling films from around the globe in order to expand our worldview about people, the environment, current issues, cultures, and global spirituality. Together we watch and discuss foreign gems, dramas, documentaries, family films, and American blockbusters. WOMEN'S REBELLION AGAINST TRADITION AND AUTHORITY Moolade (2004, NR, 124 minutes) "An inspiring story, set in Burkina Faso, about a group of women who stand up for their rights against the traditions of their village; When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female circumcision, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart. Moolaade illuminates the agonies of women in some parts of Africa and leaves you admiring their bravery and resolve." Winner: Cannes Film Festival, National Society of Film Critics Awards, Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival, Marrakech Int'l Film Fest. info Kevin Meadows FilmNights@saintmarks.org or http://www.SaintMarks.org

**SAT MAY 9, 10 am - 5 pm, International Humanitarian Law Today: The LASTING CONSEQUENCES OF WAR. In Honor of World Red Cross Day, the American Red Cross serving King & Kitsap Counties is putting together an INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW SEMINAR, which will feature speakers from the ICRC, Clear Path International, the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (W.A.R.N.), as well as a panel of Immigrants and Refugees. This unique event will provide the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear experts on International Humanitarian Law speak about their areas of expertise, and find ways of getting involved in your own community! Please RSVP to Andrea Kao at andrea.kao@seattleredcross.org or 206-726- 3554

SAT MAY 9, and subsequent 2nd Saturdays, 10 am, at Northwest Leadership Foundation, 717 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma; HATE FREE ZONE FAMILY MEETINGS: Please join us for a family meeting for those who have been AFFECTED BY DETENTION AND DEPORTATION. Families are encouraged to share their stories and learn about their human rights. Meetings are meant to provide support for families and an opportunity to advocate for change. info Deena 206-723- 2203 ext. 209 or deena@hatefreezone.org tollfree helpline 1-866-HFZONE1 (1-866-439-6631) [added 11/7/07]

SAT MAY 9, and subsequent 2nd Saturdays, please confirm at website, 10 am, at the cafe in Third Place Books- Ravenna; SEATTLE ESPERANTO SOCIETY, the Seattle chapter of an international peace movement. The meeting is an informal discussion and language practice; beginners are welcome. info http://seattleesperanto.org, Free online Esperanto lessons at http://www.lernu.net

TUES MAY 19, and subsequent 3rd Tuesdays, 6 - 8 pm, at Pacific Gender Center, 1812 E Madison, Seattle; Seattle Police Department/LGBTQ Advisory Council Meeting. The Seattle POLICE DEPARTMENT'S SEXUAL MINORITIES/LGBTQ ADVISORY COUNCIL is a Council established by the Police Department to increase relationships and communications between the community and the Department. info 206-684- 8760 or Daniel Dueball: Daniel.Dueball@seattle.gov or http://www.seattlelgbt.org [updated 12/21/08]

TUES MAY 19, and subsequent 3rd Tuesdays, but please confirm, 6 - 8 p.m., at Boards & Commissions room, Floor L2, City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, downtown Seattle; Public Meeting on POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY held by the Office of Police Accountability Review Panel (OPARB), info 206-684- 8146 or opareviewboard@seattle.gov, Listen to meetings in progress on the Boards & Commissions Listen 206-684-4718

Check out my blog: A young professional's guide to civic engagement in Seattle: http://www.involvedseattleite.blogspot.com/

"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours." - Cesar Chavez

Human Rights Events

The Economic Crisis and its Impact on Communities of Color. When: Friday, May 8, 2009 (12-5pm) Where: Seattle Public Library- Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 Yesler Way RSVP: Please email Sarah Studer at the Social Justice Fund NW to RSVP to this event. Space is limited, lunch will be provided. The event will include a keynote presentation on the racial dimensions of the economic crisis, a panel of community leaders who will talk about impacts on communities of color, and speakers from the philanthropic community who will talk about the implications for funding. There will also be a small group strategy session. Our goals are to 1) understand the economic crisis and its impact on communities of color, and 2) to identify strategies and best practices to better support communities of color. This forum is co-sponsored by the members of POCPN and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). It was inspired by a town-hall forum last December on the economic crisis hosted by IPS and co-sponsored by SJF. Also , the Network is operating out of and being staffed at the Social Justice Fund NW. I’ve updated http://www.pocpn.org to be a blog-based website which allows us to more easily update the site with job opportunities, workshops/trainings, and interesting articles from the field. POCPN is also on Facebook! Become a fan!

Saturday, May 9, The Lasting Consequence of War - including panel of refugees. The event, described below, will take place at Highpoint Library (3411 SW Raymond St., Seattle). The First Person Testimonials (3:15-4:00) will feature three refugee/immigrant community leaders from Burma (a recently arrived Karen), Sudan (Harriet Dumba, co-founder of http://www.hah-s.org [http://www.hah-s.org]), and Congo (Longondo "Das" Eteni). --- In honor of World Red Cross Day, the American Red Cross serving King & Kitsap Counties is hosting a full-day International Humanitarian Law event including speakers from the ICRC, Clear Path International, the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (W.A.R.N.), and a panel of immigrants and refugees. See below for the program agenda. Please RSVP with Andrea Kao at andrea.kao@seattleredcross.org [us.mc396.mail.yahoo.com] or (206) 726- 3554 and forward to any and all potentially interested parties.

Applications are out for 2009 Tyree Scott Freedom School!!! AFSC, Village of Hope, and People’s Institute NW brings you the 9th Annual: TYREE SCOTT FREEDOM SCHOOL July 27th - 31st, 2009 - Seattle, Washington 10:00am-4:30pm Daily Freedom School is for youth ages 15 21 to learn about racism and organize to undo it. We take field trips around the city, learn anti-racist community organizing skills, and listen to community elders. We learn about why people are poor and break down the education system, the media, and the criminal justice system. We come together to create change and share culture. Freedom School is completely free and lunch is provided each day. *It is important that everyone comes each day and stays the entire time* Please mail this application to: 814 NE 40th St, Seattle WA, 98105 or fax to 206-632-0976 or email to dwashington@afsc.org Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 30th Space is limited and Freedom School fills up quickly so apply right away! Questions, Contact Dustin Washington at dwashington@afsc.org or (206) 632-0500 x14

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Upcoming events of interest

Questions for City Councilmembers? Email your questions now for Councilmembers Jan Drago, Bruce Harrell and Tom Rasmussen on this month’s edition of City Inside/Out: Council Edition. The show premieres Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m., Cable 21, http://www.seattlechannel.org SEATTLE Do you have questions for Seattle City Councilmembers? What is the Council planning to do about the City’s $43 million budget deficit? How are the City’s new recycling rules working for you? What’s the latest on replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct? The April episode of City Inside/Out: Council Edition features Seattle City Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen, Jan Drago and Bruce Harrell answering your questions. Host C.R. Douglas will also raise the key issues facing Seattle. Send in your questions now by simply responding to this email or visit the City Inside/Out: Council Edition web site at http://www.seattlechannel.org/CouncilEdition any time the inspiration strikes you. Don't pass up this opportunity to dialogue with your elected leaders! Then tune in Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. on SEATTLE CHANNEL, Cable 21, to get answers.

**MON APRIL 20, 10:30 a.m., at Council Chambers, City
Hall, 600 4th Avenue, downtown Seattle; Seattle City
Council BUDGET COMMITTEE. Presentations on Proposed
changes to the 2009 General Fund Operating Budget, and time
for public comment. info and confirmation 206-684-8888 or

Washington Educators for Social Justice (WE4SJ) Advocacy - Activism – Action On the Road to Educational Justice 2nd Annual Conference April 25, 2009 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Pacific Lutheran University http://www.plu.edu Tacoma, WA The second annual Advocacy, Activism and Action conference is on the way! The 2009 conference will provide attendees with a range of opportunities to find their path to educational justice. There will be six interactive workshops this year, facilitated by leading scholars and social justice activists in the Pacific Northwest. The workshops will focus on: advocacy, social justice, critical issues, activism, frameworks, and new visions for the education system. The 2009 conference will also feature two plenary sessions by some of the most transformative leaders for social justice in the Pacific Northwest. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a film screening of a documentary on social justice. In addition, the 2009 conference will include poster presentations that represent diverse perspectives on educational justice and it will showcase an interactive timeline that highlights milestones or key events in the struggle for human rights. At the close of the conference, attendees will have an opportunity to synthesize the activities of the day and chart their course for educational justice. The goal for the 2009 conference is to build community and empower ourselves to embark on the long road to educational justice. This conference is open to all members of the learning community. NOTE: Clock hours will be available from Tacoma Public Schools. For more information and to register visit: http://www.we4sj.org <http://www.we4sj.org/> or contact: Washington Educators for Social Justice: we4social.justice@gmail.com <mailto:HYPERLINK "mailto:we4social.justice@gmail.com"we4social.justice@gmail.com>

Ending the Drug War Where: CAMP; 722 - 18th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122 What: Invitation to Workshop When: Thursday, April 30, 2009 / 6:00pm to 8:30pm Who: Racial Disparity Project, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Village of Hope, Peoples’ Institute Northwest Why: To develop an anti-racist collective of community partners to combat the War on Drugs You are invited to participate in a workshop on Saturday, November 22 from 10am to 4:30pm with other community members concerned about the disproportionate impact of the Drug War on Communities of Color. If you want to impact policies that affect our community and families, this workshop can help! This workshop is being conducted to develop an anti-racist strategy that community members and activists can use to End The War on Drugs. It is time to move from a criminal justice response to a public health model. Drug abuse and addiction is an illness that for too long has gone unaddressed and untreated. This workshop will include: w An anti racist analysis of the Drug War w Opportunities to share how the war on drugs has affected all of us and our work w Effective multicultural organizing strategies to shift the focus of the “war on drugs” to a public health approach Seating is limited. Respond immediately.. Members of the organizing committee will contact you regarding availability of seats. This workshop is free, but a suggested donation of $25 will be accepted. To register for the workshop, contact: John Page 206-250-7737 jpage@afsc.org

Monday, April 6, 2009

Scholarship for school during the recession

Gov. Gregoire attends announcement of new scholarship program for laid-off workersCity University now offering $10 million to help unemployed and community college students OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire today joined City University President Lee Gorsuch as he announced the university’s $10 million “Scholarships for Tomorrow’s Careers” program to help 1,000 laid-off workers as well as community and technical college students who may be unable to transfer to a public four-year university. “These scholarships represent not just an opportunity for Washingtonians to earn undergraduate or graduate degrees, they also provide Washington employers with more men and women prepared for the 21st century economy once this recession ends,” Gregoire said. “Hundreds of these scholarships will be awarded to recently laid-off workers, giving them hope and purpose to improve their lives and the lives of their families.” “The best long-term strategy in the midst of this global economic recession is to make yourself more competitive by getting your education,” Gorsuch said. “City University of Seattle is in a unique position, as a private, not-for-profit university, to be able to help our neighbors by funding 1,000 scholarships for laid-off workers and community and technical college students who may otherwise be unable to go to school. As the economic crisis continues to unfold, it becomes more important than ever for all of us to identify where we can extend a hand to our community and make a difference.” To help community and technical students now struggling to afford or find a slot at a public four-year university, City University is offering 600 tuition scholarships worth $10,800 each. The university is working with community and technical college leaders to identify potentially eligible students who will graduate with an associate’s degree this academic year. In addition, the university is offering 400 scholarships worth $10,800 each to Washingtonians who recently lost their job and want to complete their bachelor or graduate degree. “The more education and training people have, the more likely they are to get a job and keep a job, and they will typically earn more money,” said Employment Security Commissioner Karen Lee. “A college education truly enriches people’s lives.” Through the “Scholarships for Tomorrow’s Careers” program, students can afford tuition through a combination of the tuition scholarships, available student financial aid, federal Pell grants, and tax credits. The scholarships are discounts on tuition for two years. The program may be renewed next year following a financial and student need assessment next fall. For more information on City University, visit: http://www.cityu.edu/.