With reform of police shooting inquests underway, King County will provide lawyers to families

More progress? I-940 to provide more and better training to police and to increase accountability around police shootings is also moving forward.

Dow Constantine has named two more members to the King County Inquest Review Committee and the King County Council has voted to provide public attorneys to the families of police shooting victims.

The new appointments were named Monday and join a committee convened to reform  the county’s inquest process. Inquests in the county remain suspended pending a review period.

DeVitta Briscoe is the founder of the McCaney Project, a grass-roots organization that aims to promote awareness and find solutions to the escalating problem of gun-violence among youth. She lost her son, Donald McCaney, to gang violence in 2010, and her brother Che’ Taylor, who was fatally shot by Seattle police in 2016.
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HEALING JUSTICE Premiere Film Screening and Community Conversation

The world is crying out for healing — healing of inequitable actions and of unfair, unjust systems. And, equally important, the world is crying out for the deep internal healing that allows us to more effectively come together to educate, organize and work towards dreaming and building a world that works for everyone.

This event is a community film screening and dialogue that is part of a multi-city tour of the new documentary film HEALING JUSTICE. This three-tiered event includes a: I) Film Screening and Community Conversation, II) Healing Justice Workshop, and III) Healing Justice Circle.

Use the drop-down menu to register for each component.


This film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of our current system of justice. The film explores:

  • What is justice, really?
  • Why is healing such an important component of justice?
  • How do our current structures discount and dehumanize young people of color as well as our poorest and most vulnerable citizens?
  • How can we transform our ideas, structures, and culture to produce a new story that popularizes the truth of our connected humanity?
  • How can we work towards a vibrant future where belonging, not bothering, is the norm what would that look, sound and feel like?

    Designed for dialogue, the film will address the youth-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and will highlight various healing methodologies. We want to support a national dialogue that investigates and considers alternatives to our current punitive model of justice.

The film screening is Thursday, October 26, 2017, from 6:00p-8:30p in the Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University.
General Admission: $15 minimum (pay more if you can to support access to this event)
Group Discount Rate: $10 (each for five or more registered together)
Student/Community Organizer: $5 minimum (pay more if you can to support access to this event)

Copies of the film will be available for purchase at this event.

This workshop is intended to help participants deepen their understanding of the systemic injustices in the justice system, consider alternatives, and participate in movements to change public perceptions and public policy. Using clips from her new film, Healing Justice, Dr. Shakti Butler will guide participants through the three major questions that the film asks:

  • How does each of us experience trauma and then pass it on?
  • What is justice?
  • What can healing look like?
  • How can we meet the needs of the victim, the victimizer, and their respective communities?
  • How can we embrace both compassion and accountability?

What are the words we can speak, the stories we can tell, the experiences we can share that will help us build the public will that is needed to make necessary change? Participants in this workshop will receive a complimentary copy of the film to take back to their communities to spark conversations and create change.

This is a half-day workshop on Friday, October 27th from 9:00a-12:00p in Casey Commons, also at Seattle University.

The workshop fee is $100 minimum (pay more if you can to support access to this event) and includes admission to the film on Thursday, October 26th. Inquire about partial scholarships.

Begin the healing by joining us in Circle. This healing justice circle will enjoin us to begin our healing journey, both personally and communally. And is for folks who attended the Healing Justice film and/or workshop.

A community of circle keepers will convene this circle from 1:00p-5:00p. This is free or pay what you can to support access to this event. Register early as there are very limited number of seats available in this circle. Pre-registration for this circle is separate and required.</strong>

2017 Urban Forest Symposium: Equity & the Urban Forest

Co-hosted by PlantAmnesty and University of Washington Botanic Gardens


Symposium flyer
Register: http://bit.ly/urban-forest
Contact: urbhort@uw.edu / 206-685-8033

The 9th annual Urban Forest Symposium will explore the intersection of social justice and urban forestry. Attendees will hear from arborists and environmental stewardship organizations who are working to engage and serve diverse audiences. Urban forestry professionals and community organization leaders will discuss strategies to increase opportunities for communities of color and low-income communities to receive the benefits of urban forestry. Learn about tools you can use to apply an equity lens to your hiring, training, communications and engagement. Come to ask questions, to hear your colleagues’ stories of how their equity work looks and feels, and to develop a more informed perspective on the importance of equity within the field of urban forestry.

Presenters include:

  • Ron Harris-White, Director of Urban Environmental Leadership and Diversity | Antioch University Seattle
  • Kathleen Wolf, Research Social Scientist | University of Washington, College of the Environment and US Forest Service PNW Research Station
  • Noah Enlow, Senior Economist, & Brody Abbott, Built Environment Analyst and Planner | Ecotrust
  • Cindy Tomashow, Co-Director of Urban Environmental Education Graduate Program | IslandWood & Antioch University Seattle
  • Representatives from Seattle Parks & Recreation, Seattle City Light, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Forterra, and Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition


Check http://bit.ly/urban-forest for the latest information.

Housing Justice Movie Night-Quinceañera

Join us for a housing justice movie night!
We will be screening the 2006 award-winning drama Quinceañera. The story centers around a young Latina teenager, growing up in LA’s Echo Park neighborhood, who finds herself pregnant and kicked out of her home before her 15th birthday, forcing her to move in with her great grand uncle. She is joined by her cousin who has been kicked out of his house for coming out as gay. Under the roof of a small backyard cottage, they each face their own challenges and find support in one another. Through these personal stories Quinceañera tackles issues of affordability, gentrification, and tenants’ rights that are major challenges for Seattle today.

This event was created in response to the recent decision by the Seattle hearing examiner to indefinitely delay an ordinance that would make it easier for homeowners to build backyard cottages (legally called Detached Accessory Dwelling Units or DADUs) like the home the main characters share in the movie. The hearing examiner decision came after a legal challenge by the Queen Anne Community Council, a neighborhood group that hired attorneys in order to delay these low cost housing options from coming to their neighborhood.

After the film, join us for a discussion on how we can take action on backyard cottages and other housing justice campaigns! Together we can show that everyone benefits when we promote diverse housing options.

This event is organized by the Capitol Hill Renter Initiative and Entre Hermanos (check out our Facebook event page for a growing list of co-sponsors). Representatives from each organization will be in attendance to discuss what they are working on and how you can plug in!

We are asking for a suggested donation of $3 to help cover costs. However, this is a free event and everyone is welcome.

Decolonize Your Sex Life Workshop


This is an event of the Queer Resurgence on Capitol Hill Poetry Slam Festival!

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods


Decolonize Your Sex Life: In this session attendees will understand the ways in which our relationships and sexual acts are rooted in colonialism, heteronormativity, and enforce a gender binary. Participants will be led through art both written and visual as well as discussion on ways that they experience these social norms. Following which, attendees will explore what it means to have gender-inclusive sexual practices and ways to have healthy, safe, and inclusive relationships. This workshop is QTPOC centered.

Guiding Questions:
What would your sex life look like without white, heteronormative ideals apart of that?
How do you create a space where you can explore your natural sex that compliments your gender?
Where do we see harm?
How is this revolutionary?
What is it to discuss sex in
How do we make sure that we are still bringing people in? – sex workers, people of trauma

Facilitator: Maisha Manson

Accessibility Information at: gaycity.org/access
Gay City is working towards being a fragrance-free space. Please do not wear fragrances and scented products to this event.

Meditating for Social Justice

Join Wise Orchid Taijiquan & Qigong in this special event to raise funds and awareness for social justice.

Fees are by donation only to the ACLU, Please bring check or cash, no credit cards.

Instructor Viola Brumbaugh with lead you through Joint Lubrication Qigong to open your energetic channels and loosen the body to gain more benefits from your practice. Then we will practice Silk Reeling exercises to coordinate upper and lower body, inside and outside, breath and movement, while letting go of unnecessary tension, leading to better postural alignment, strength and relaxation. Then we’ll work on alignment in standing meditation, cultivating and gathering energy for the cold months ahead, and circulation of energy for better health.

Wear loose fitting comfortable clothing – everyone welcome. No donation too small.

Please make all checks payable to the ACLU.

Contact Viola if you have any questions.

Standing for social justice, a fundraiser for the ACLU with Wise Orchid Taijiquan & Qigong

Standing for social justice, a fundraiser for the ACLU with Wise Orchid Taijiquan & Qigong


The Seattle Stand Down, a premier event of One Less Mountain (a 501c 3, not for profit, all Volunteer Veterans organization), is an event where Homeless and At-risk Veterans are invited to the campus of Seattle Central College to have an opportunity to address some of the issues that they may face.   Volunteers form versus organizations and staff from the VA, WDVA, KCVP and others will spend the day working with the Veterans in addressing issues such as Housing, Employment, Legal, Medical, Dental, Clothing, and Meals.

Consider supporting the Seattle Stand down with a Donation and/or by volunteering Please go to our web site for more information.

Please share this information with as many people as you can – we need volunteers, and we wish to assist as many Homeless and At-risk Veterans as possible.

We Are looking forward to seeing you at Fifth The Seattle stand Down event!

Dining for Women gathering – Hope Foundation/Bangladesh

Join us for the bimonthly gathering of the Woman’s Century Club chapter of Dining for Women. We meet on the first Monday, every other month, to share a potluck meal, learn about a project helping impoverished women and girls abroad, and donate as we’re able. Our donations are pooled with 400+ DFW chapters in the US and worldwide, so a little can go a long way! May’s beneficiary is the Hope Foundation in Bangladesh and its important work helping women with obstetric fistula. Bring an appetizer, salad, dessert, or beverage to share, or just bring yourself! Email any questions to scholarship@womanscenturyclub.org.

Seattle’s Lily Kempson & Ireland’s Easter Rising of 1916

Seattleite Michael McCullough talks about his grandmother, Lily Kempson, who served as a teenage courier during Ireland’s Easter Rising of 1916, then escaped to America and settled in Seattle, where she lived to the age of 99. He’ll be offering personal reflections upon the approaching centennial of the event and bringing family artifacts to share. Light refreshments available for a $5 suggested donation. Presented by the Woman’s Century Club (www.womanscenturyclub.org).


5th Annual GIRLVOLUTION Conference
A Powerful Voices

RAINIER VISTA BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB 4520 MLK JR. Way S, Seattle – Bus #8, 50, and Columbia Light Rail Station

WHAT: 100%Youth-Led, Social Justice Conference. Attend workshops and performances by youth. Build community through food, spoken word, art, conversation, and activities. Learn and make connections at our Community Partners Resource Fair.

WHO: Youth ages 12 and up and adults of all gender identities welcome.

COST: FREE for youth, $25 for adults. Adults accompanying groups of 5 or more youth get in free. See registration instructions on Brown Paper Tickets.

Register now: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/571990