Monday, October 27, 2008

great fall weather, engagement frenzy

Wow, an unbelievably busy week with lots of civic engagement all over the place as we prepare for the election. The fall weather has been unbelievable and all I want to do is be outside. This weekend I was at Islandwood leading a retreat around civic engagement and board participation. I have had the idea to have a symposium for young professionals that want to be civically engaged and/ or connect with the city, non-profit, for-profit and network through a series of engaging workshops around public service, civic engagement and politics. Myself and colleagues from the YMCA are hoping to organize this in March or April. If you are interested and/or have some thoughts on this idea for a symposium, feel free to e-mail me at

Also, here are some interesting events coming up:
Will Your Vote Be Counted? The Seattle University Young Democrats and the Political Science Club invite faculty, staff and students to a campus-wide film screening and panel discussion of Emmy award-winning director David Earnhardt's UNCOUNTED: The New Math of American Elections on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 from 6 to 9 PM in the Wyckoff Auditorium (see attached flyer).
Film Synopsis: UNCOUNTED is an explosive new documentary that shows how the election fraud that changed the outcome of the 2004 election led to even greater fraud in 2006--and now looms as an unbridled threat to the outcome of the 2008 election. This controversial feature length film by Emmy award-winning director David Earnhardt examines in factual, logical, and yet startling terms how easy it is to change outcomes and undermine election integrity across the U.S. (
Celebration, Fundraiser, and Community Event, featuring WA State Representative and Media Justice ally Bob Hasegawa with special guests Sharon Maeda - UFCW 21, Jonathan Lawson - Reclaim the Media, and Karen Toering - Reclaim the Media ** Tuesday, October 28, 5:30-7:30pm (short program starts at 6:30pm) Hidmo Eritrean Cuisine 2000 S Jackson St. Seattle, 98144 Enjoy delicious Eritrean cuisine appetizers and join friends at one of the Central District neighborhood's most essential community hubs. No host bar. Donations to Bob Hasegawa's re-election campaign appreciated. Please RSVP to Susan Gleason,, 206-931-2613 Sponsored by Friends of Media Justice ** Organizational affiliations are listed for identification purposes only. ____________________________________________
VOLUNTEER to Get Out the VOTE! Make a difference in this historic election by mobilizing immigrant and Latino voters on the Eastside! November 1st — November 4 Call Fatima Morales at 323-841-0033 or email at for more information. Washington CAN! is the state's largest non-profit grassroots community organization fighting for progressive social change. ¡Juntos podemos alentar el VOTO inmigrante y latino! Toma parte en esta eleccion historica y ayudanos a alentar el voto Latino e inmigrante en el este! 1ro de noviembre — 4 de noviembre Llame a Fátima Morales al 323-841-0033 o mande un correo electronico a para mas información. La Red Activa Comunitaria es la organizacion de base más grande del estado sin fines de lucro que lucha por los derechos de los inmigrantes y para cobertura medica para todos.
The White Center Community Development Association and Trusted Advocates present The 2008 Community Summit: "Celebrating our Community, the White Center Way" Saturday, November 8 Mount View Elementary School 10811 12th Avenue SW 8:00am – 3:00pm Free Admission This year's community summit will gather families, government agencies and local community-based/non-profit organizations in a fun, family friendly environment. Live cultural performances, ethnic foods, door prizes and children's activities are just a taste of what the summit has to offer! Come learn about the issues affecting your community and how you can be involved in a positive way. There will be information booths and workshops on health, education, jobs, housing, annexation, immigration and more. Translation services will be provided in Cambodian, Vietnamese, Spanish, Tigrinya, Somali, Amharic, Samoan, Arabic and English (other languages available upon request). Childcare will be provided. Please help us spread the word! Invite your neighbors, family, friends, co-workers and classmates. For more information, and how you can be an event sponsor or exhibitor, contact: Ebony Davis: (206) 694-1082 x168 or Ian Dapiaoen: (206) 694-1082 x175 or Event sponsors: White Center Community Development Association, Trusted Advocates, Youth Media Institute, City of Seattle, King County Housing Authority, City of Burien, White Center Early Learning Initiative, Southwest Boys and Girls Club , Seamar, Neighborhood House, White Center Public Health, Homesight, Para Los Ninos, White Center Library, PASEFIKA, Department of Social and Health Services, International Community Health Services, Red Cross, Roxbury Clinic, White Center Food Bank, Refugee Federation Service Center, International District Housing Alliance, YWCA Career Development, King County Food and Fitness Initiative, King County Public Health, Environmental Works, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, Homestead Community Land Trust, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Technology Access Foundation, S. & L. Realty LLC, Center for the study of Social Policy

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is David Earnhardt, filmmaker for "Uncounted." If anyone went to our recent screening in Seattle, let me know how it went. Eager to hear. Visit our website for more info about what you can do to help protect our elections - and to purchase a DVD copy of our film:

Thank you.