Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Back for more civic engagement

After a week hiatus, I am back and ready to blog. Lots of cool things are happening in Seattle to get involved in. I was just working with Bumbershoot this past week with One Reel, I hope some of you got to check out the festival and enjoyed yourselves.

Ok some things to check out:

Do you like sports?

Volunteer Youth Soccer Coaches Needed! (Seattle)

Description: The Apple Corps is looking for volunteers to help lead two after-school soccer programs for elementary youth in Seattle. Volunteers will help plan and facilitate eight - ten classes leading activities involving dribbling, shooting, rules and strategy.

Coaching training will be provided to all volunteers.

Recommended Requirements:
- Prior soccer experience.
- Experience working with youth.
- 16 years old +

Classes will be held once a week on Mondays or Wednesdays starting the week of October 6th. Classes will be held between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

For more information about the Apple Corps and additional volunteer opportunities, please visit: http://www.solid-ground.org/Programs/Nutrition/AppleCorps/

Foreign Policy Research Institute

On Thursday, September 11, 2008, the Foreign Policy Research Institute will sponsor two webcasts on what students should know about 9/11. Schools may sign up to view either or both webcasts live online and participate in the question-and-answer periods. All questions not answered during the session will be answered by email shortly thereafter. The webcasts will feature speakers drawn from FPRI’s Center on Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and Homeland Security. Please click here to register and for more information.

Which Way Seattle? Series: Black Elected Officials Thursday, October 23, 2008 7pm at Pigott Auditorium - Seattle University 900 Broadway; Seattle, WA Which Way Seattle? is an ongoing series of civic dialogues about local and political affairs that directly impact Seattle's African-American community. The CD Forum is pleased to host a timely panel discussing black elected officials and their impact on their constituents, specifically the Black community. We will explore whether or not Black representation makes a difference in the many issues faced in our community and address how racial politics impact a candidate's platform. Tickets: $7/$5 students/seniors; Order online at http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com or call 1- 800-838-3006. dish(course)! Our post event gathering moves to Grey Gallery and Lounge! Spend the night with history and politics? Absolutely! Check out our full Humanities Series schedule!

WASHINGTON STATE 2009 REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT CONFERENCE is seeking workshop and poster session presenters! Washington State's Refugee & Immigrant Conference will be held on March 13 and 14, 2009 at the University of Washington's Husky Union Building (HUB) in Seattle, WA. The conference will celebrate achievements and examine issues of concern to refugees and immigrants through: local and national speakers workshops local refugee entertainment networking opportunities community resource tables poster sessions Presentations on issues, successful strategies, and action and advocacy work are an important part of this conference. Refugee and immigrant community members, service providers, employers, policymakers, and community stakeholders are encouraged to participate. Are you interested in being involved? The Conference Oversight Committee is seeking thoughtful workshop and poster session presenters, as well as people who are interested in conference planning or volunteering. Please complete the following form before October 15, 2008. If you are proposing a presentation or poster, please provide a detailed description. If you are interested in being involved in other ways, please tell us about your areas of interest or expertise. Return this form to
WARefugeeConference@gmail.com Questions? Contact the email address above or visit http://sites.google.com/site/refugeeimmigrantconference/ We will consider all proposals, but are specifically seeking workshops and posters that address the following topics: · Youth and youth education · Early learning· Cultural preservation· Success stories celebrating business owners, students, educators, leaders, and/or families· Refugee and immigrant advisory councils · Legal/immigration issues including federal and state immigration policy and naturalization test changes· Immigrants and refugees in public housing/shelters· Housing for newly arrived refugees· Computer literacy programs for ELL adults · ESL & employment for preliterate adults· Career pathways: combining job training and ESL Education· Youth violence and crime prevention · Other (please explain) If you would like to propose a workshop or poster session, please request a proposal form by writing to WARefugeeConference@gmail.com Workshops Workshops are 90 minute in length, at least 20 minutes of which should be dedicated to Q&A and discussion. Whenever possible, workshops should do the following: · Describe a key issue of concern to refugees and immigrants· Highlight local, regional, or national best practice models pertaining to that topic · Give participants opportunities for action or advocacy Poster Sessions Poster sessions are opportunities for you to promote a project, program, research, or business. Each “presenter” will set up a table or poster using display materials such as pictures, graphs, and narrative text on tables and/or poster boards. During the 90 session, many conference attendees will walk through the session, so posters should quickly communicate information about the project. Participants will stand with their displays to answer questions and informally “present” their project on a one-to-one basis. If you would like to have a poster session, please describe the project, program, research, or business that you will highlight in 50 words or less using the space on page three. The description will be published in the conference packet. We will contact you at a later date with questions about equipment needs.

Free Civil Rights Forums The King County Office of Civil Rights is hosting a series of free community forums at King County Libraries to help people learn more about their rights and responsibilities under anti-discrimination laws. Civil Rights Specialists will be there to provide practical advice, focusing on civil rights basics, such as how to recognize discrimination, where and how to report it, and how to prevent discrimination from occurring. Everyone is welcome! Here’s the schedule for September: Wednesday, September 10, 4 – 6:00 p.m. Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave SE, Renton Friday, September 12, 3 – 5:00 p.m. White Center Library, 11220 16th SW, Seattle Wednesday, September 24, 4 – 6:00 p.m. Skyway Library, 7614 S. 126th St., Seattle These workshop locations are accessible and have free parking. For information, call 206-296-7592, TTY 206-296-7596, or e-mail to Civil-Rights.OCR@kingcounty.gov
Please join the Nonprofit Assistance Center, Former Secretary of State Ralph Munro & Former State Representative Velma Veloria for a “Meet and Greet” Date: September 10, 2008 Time: 5-7 pm Location: Rainier Community Center 4600 38th Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98118 Our elected officials need to hear from communities of color and refugee & immigrant communities! Meet with Senators Kline, McDermott, Murray Representatives Hasegawa, Hudgins, Jarrett, and McIntire King County Executive Sims City Councilmembers Burgess, Godden, and Harrell to raise our voices on issues that impact our communities. Thanking you in advance! We will see you there!

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