Monday, September 8, 2008

So many opportunities, one must be for you!

Hey all,

Good Afternoon, Here are some events coming up that are worth looking into, one is a radio program that I am excited about.
A Look at Human Trafficking on Voices of Diversity, Wednesday, September 10th, 6 p.m. on KBCS 91.3 FM or online at KBCS.FM According to a 2004 report, Washington State is considered a hub of human trafficking. Even with state legislators being the first in the country to make the practice a crime, a single conviction has yet to be made. How can we effectively challenge what many consider to be modern day slavery, and how best do we support its survivors? Voices of Diversity always values listener participation. To join the conversation call 425-564-2424. Guests include Liezl Tomas Rebugio, Anti-Trafficking Project Director for the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum Emma Catague of the Asian and Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center Diana Moller, attorney with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
This festival is on my birthday, so of course its going to be cool. I went last year and it is alot of fun, great food and really good conversations about cultural history in Central and South America, I recommend it!
Safeco Insurance Festál: Creates Hispanic Connections at Fiestas Patrias The Hispanic community from across the region gathers to honor its Independence Day at Safeco Insurance Festál: Fiestas Patrias (Patriotic Holiday) 12:00 noon-11:00 p.m., September 13 and 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m., September 14 at Fisher Pavilion and Center House. This festive celebration explores the cultural roots and aesthetics of Central and South America with an outstanding art exhibit, traditional dance, mariachi music, and forum featuring a panel of Latino scholars from the University of Washington speaking on the Chicano movement and "Spanglish" as a language. The festival offers a tempting taste of Latin life with a wide variety of traditional foods and children's activities, including youth soccer and boxing tournaments. A special highlight this year is a performance by the internationally renowned Banda Arkangel R-15. Festivalgoers will revel in the unique musical style of one of Mexico's top-selling ensembles as they perform from their 17-year repertoire of musical hits. Did you know? Latinos are the most decorated ethnicity in the U.S. Armed Forces and there are 1.1 million Hispanic veterans of the U.S. military. Fiestas Patrias is celebrated throughout various countries in Latin America to recognize freedom from colonial rule and has been celebrated in Seattle for the past 17 years, organized by the Seattle Fiestas Patrias Committee (SFPC). For more information on Safeco Insurance Festál: Fiestas Patrias as well as a complete listing of Seattle Center festival events, click on or visit the Safeco Insurance Festál website at: About Safeco Insurance Festál Seattle Center's Safeco Insurance Festál is a yearlong series of FREE cultural events that honors the richness and diversity of the Pacific Northwest. Safeco Insurance Festál plays a vital part of Seattle Center's efforts to connect our dynamic and varied community. This collection of events is produced by Seattle Center and individual cultural organizations, and is presented with generous support from Safeco Insurance, Western Washington Toyota Dealers, Wells Fargo, Verizon Wireless and KUOW 94.9 FM. Additional support is provided by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, The Boeing Company, Seattle Center Fund, the City of Seattle. More Information:

Here are some volunteer and board postions to look into. SLU Chamber of Commerce is up and coming and very busy , they are definitely worth checking out!_____________________________________________________________________
South Lake Union Chamber Volunteer Wanted (South Lake Union Neighborhood)

The South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce is looking for a part time volunteer to help collect and post "event" information on the Chamber's Website - Volunteers will also have the opportunity to write community interest articles in the SLU Chamber Newsletter. The area around Lake Union is bustling with community events and activities. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive list of all community events for the benefit of our residential and business community, as well as out-of-town visitors. This volunteer opportunity is well suited for anyone looking to learn about community organization at the grass roots level. Please call the South Lake Union Chamber directly with your inquiry – (206) 547-2577 or email The South Lake Union Chamber is non-profit business association,
Advising for curriculum is really neat because it will have an impact on what students learn, check out this opportunity for all you IT folks:

Advisory Committee

The Computer Network Technology program, at Renton Technical College, is in need of volunteers to serve on its Curriculum Advisory Committee(CAC). Applicants need to be employed or maintain a business within the Information Technology industry, preferrably in the networking field.
Generally, CAC members serve minimally a one year term, and meet 3-4 time per year (once per academic quarter). CAC members provide insight, evaluation, and recommendations to faculty and staff involved in the implementation and maintenance of resources (hardware, software, textbooks, curriculum content, etc.).
If you are interested in joining the Computer Network Technology Curriculum Advisory Committee, you may contact one or more of the following people:
Dante Leon (Dean of Technology) 425-235-2352 X5501; Bill Sanderson (Instructor) 425-235-2352 X5765; John Marshall (Instructor) 425-235-2352 X5765;
Additional information about the CNT program can be found at .
Last opportunity for the blog, really cool foundation and many ways to get involved. I live close to White Center so this work is close to my heart!

White Center Energy & Prosperity Project

Please join the Moontown Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending environmental, social, and economic injustice by empowering people to protect the planet and pursue social and economic prosperity. In conjunction with the Green Jobs Now National Day of Action on September 27, 2008, Moontown, along with an all-star cast of partners, is mobilizing 300 volunteers to canvass 7,800 households in the White Center neighborhood nestled between Burien and South Seattle in unincorporated King County. The community has long been challenged by economic and social hardships, with high levels of poverty, crime, and poor educational outcomes. Approximately 32,000 people live in White Center, of which over 50% are communities of color; yet one sixth live below the poverty line, twice the countywide average, and 16% of its residents live on less than $10,000 a year. The event, aptly called the White Center Energy Festival & Prosperity Project, is designed to educate residents on home energy efficiency, promote awareness of the emerging green job revolution, as well as raise funds for our Eco Apprentice Scholarship Fund. A Fund meant to help low-income youth and young adults acquire green trade skills and career training at local vocational and community colleges. Volunteers will supply residents with simple do-it-yourself solutions they can employ to conserve energy, reduce their carbon footprint, and save money on their utility bills. It is hard to believe, but most people do not know how efficient their homes are at using energy and that there are ways to shave hundreds of dollars off their yearly energy bill. This is especially important for families and individuals living at the bottom of the economic pyramid, as they spend a disproportionately high amount of their income on their energy needs. Additionally, volunteers will also distribute eco bags containing compact fluorescent light bulbs, low flow showerheads and timers, and a few other surprises. Special emphasis will be made to help residents understand how their individual activities at home directly influence the rise in greenhouse gases that affect global climate change. According to the Pew Center for Climate Change, 21% of all U.S. carbon emissions can be directly traced to residential homes, thus, it is vitally important that efforts to control global warming include an explicit focus on residential buildings. As far was we have been able to assess, no such project of this scale has ever been attempted in the United States. We have received countless endorsements from community leaders and elected officials, civic groups and labor unions, as well as the leading environmental non-profits (i.e., Sierra Club, Climate Solutions, and the Apollo Alliance. Through our relationship with, a green social networking company based on Vancouver Island, BC, we are producing an eco documentary of the event. For more information, please visit:

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