National ‘art machine for social change’ finds a home in the Central District

You’ve seen the posters. They feature a woman with a stars-and-stripes dotted hijab, a dreadlocked kid, or Helen Red Feather of the Lakota tribe protesting at Standing Rock. Perhaps you know that they were part of the “We The People” poster campaign that swept the nation after the election of Donald Trump and his inauguration in January 2017. Or that Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal and Ernesto Yerena designed them.

But did you know that a Seattle-based nonprofit called Amplifier was responsible?

“That was a historic moment in our American history, and creating imagery that represented the demographics the Trump administration was most violently attacking (…) really shook people. You could tell it awakened them. It resonated and went viral around the world,” says Isabella Sisneros, Amplifier’s operations manager.

A Kickstarter campaign to print and distribute the posters raised more than 1$ million in a week thanks to over 23,000 donors.

“We broke a Kickstarter record for the most small donors,” says Amplifier’s deputy director Cleo Barnett, sitting in one of the brand-new looking couches of Amplifier’s recently opened Central District art lab and offices.

Describing what, exactly, Amplifier does is tricky, because it can easily sound vaguely artsy. Take their website language: “A design lab that builds arts experiments to amplify the voices of grassroots movements”  and “art machine for social change.”  Continue reading

May Day Celebration! From Petrograd to the Soviet of Washington: The 1919 Seattle General Strike in a time of revolution

From Petrograd to the Soviet of Washington: The 1919 Seattle General Strike in a time of revolution
A May Day Celebration!

Featured Speaker: Patrick Burns
Union carpenter who built lodgings for water protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota. Freedom Socialist writer and active with Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity.

Friday, May 3, 7:00pm
Strike Kitchen Supper 6:00pm
Hearty beef stew with vegan option

Door donation $3, strikers & students $1
Supper: $6 – $10 sliding scale

New Freeway Hall 5018 Rainier Ave S., Seattle
On #7 bus line & near Columbia City light rail station
For info: 206-722-2453 or
Please call two days ahead to arrange childcare.

Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party

Women Can Save The World – Fall Forum Series

3rd in FSP’s Fall Forum Series
WOMEN Can Save the World
• The 21st century rise of working women
• What does it mean to be socialist feminist?
• What about men?

Speaker: Guerry Hoddersen
Feminist and civil rights veteran who collaborates with women revolutionaries in Latin America. Affirmative action advocate and
co-founder of United Front Against Fascism.

Savory Pork Loin or Vegan Field Roast dinner at 6:00pm, Program starts at 7:00pm

Door donation $3.00, strikers and students $1.00
Dinner donation $9.00 (vegan option)

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S. Seattle
On #7 bus line and near Columbia City light rail station

Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party

For more info: 206-722-2453, or For childcare or work exchanges, please call three days in advance.

Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred Book Signing Event at the Rainier Chapter House

The Rainier Chapter would like to invite our neighbors and friends to a book signing event at our historic Rainier Chapter House. Seattle historian, Paul Dorpat, will be here to discuss his new book, Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred, his Now & Then column, and NW history. Book sales and signing will follow.

This event will take place at the Rainier Chapter House at 800 E Roy Street, Seattle 98102 on November 13th. Doors will open to the public at 12:45; event starts at 1:00.

The presentation will be held in the ball room on the second floor. Due to the historic nature of the house, the upper floor is not wheelchair accessible. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

Healing Hands and Bands

Rocking live music with lots of donuts, community, local beer, coffee, and kombucha. All for 15 bucks!! All proceeds go to Integrative Care Outreach providing free holistic health services to Seattle residents experiencing homelessness and low-income.

Integrative Care Outreach is a local 501(c)3 non-profit fighting for equal health care access for the underserved in Seattle.

Rainier Beer – Inaugural ‘R Day’

On Oct. 24, Rainier Beer is kicking off the first annual R Day celebration honoring the anniversary of restoring the Rainier R atop the Old Rainier Brewery. The festivities will entail a city-wide ‘Jubilee Jaunt’ through several Seattle neighborhoods. The procession will be led by a giant replica Rainier Jubilee Can, equipped with a photo podium, housed on a flatbed trailer. Also in tow for this year’s R Day celebration will be Rainier’s famous mascot beer bottles, the Grazing Rainiers, as well as screen printers from Seattle apparel and accessories company Casual Industries.

Scheduled to take place from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m., this year’s Jubilee Jaunt is slated to start at the Old Rainier Brewery and culminate on Capitol Hill after winding a path through Seattle with stops in Lower Queen Anne, Ballard, the University District, Fremont and Belltown. The public is invited to participate in the procession, celebrate at one or more of the stops and track the progress of the motorcade via Twitter and Instagram by following @Rainier_Beer or via the hash tag #RDay. Attendees will receive custom printed, limited edition tee shirts while supplies last.