Category Archives: Social Justice

Black Lives Matter in The Classroom: The Journaling of a Movement

by Donte Felder

[The following is a personal chronicle of last week’s teacher led Black Lives Matter demonstration that took place at Seattle public schools citywide.]

October 12, 2016

Dear Journal,

I am  shocked that the SEA (Seattle Education Association) Representative Assembly voted unanimously to endorse a collective statement that Black Lives Matter.  I’m also cautiously optimistic that Seattle Public Schools got on board and has also endorsed the day of “Solidarity” by proclaiming, “we stand united in eliminating the opportunity gap.” Continue reading Black Lives Matter in The Classroom: The Journaling of a Movement

Social Justice Film Festival Makes the Invisible, Visible

by Kelsey Hamlin

The Social Justice Film Festival kicked off last week with an array of documentary films lifting the curtain on extreme inequalities that pervade ordinary lives.

Last Friday’s film centered on worker’s rights, and immigration, including a short film featuring Eastern Washington farm workers impacted by pesticides. Another short highlighted the lives of janitors and immigrant workers in Europe. Both of these led up to the feature film, which followed an undocumented immigrant family in the United States, displaying their struggle to stay afloat in America. Continue reading Social Justice Film Festival Makes the Invisible, Visible

The New Woke (Part Two) Stepping Into Our Power

An Interview Series with Human Performance Specialist Berwick “Mahdi” Davenport

*Read Part One here

by Dustin Washington

 “Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is power.”

– Tao Te Ching

What is the #NewWoke? For me, it’s coming back to my truest and most beautiful self. The #NewWoke, for me, has been about re-connecting to a power within my soul that is ancient as time itself. Continue reading The New Woke (Part Two) Stepping Into Our Power

“Sue the Pants Off ‘Em!” Inside the Broken System of Police Accountability

 

by John Helmiere

I recently won a civil lawsuit against the Seattle Police Department. I felt varying degrees of satisfaction from: receiving the money, giving all the money away (Mothers for Police Accountability was a primary recipient), winning the lawsuit, and knowing that the officer who brutalized me would have a note in his file. Continue reading “Sue the Pants Off ‘Em!” Inside the Broken System of Police Accountability

Dismantling Racism Series Continues

“Hi. There are 3.3 million Muslims in the United States, and I’m one of them. You’ve mentioned working with Muslim nations, but with Islamophobia on the rise, how will you help people like me deal with the consequences of being labeled as a threat to the country after the election is over?”

Gorbah Hamed, whose question was addressed to both candidates for President of the United States

by Virginia Wright

Last night’s second Presidential debate contained at least one dramatic reminder that Islamophobia is a prominent component of the rhetoric of the campaign. Continue reading Dismantling Racism Series Continues

The New Woke (Part One) Breaking Through Ego

An Interview Series with Human Performance Specialist Berwick “Mahdi” Davenport

by Dustin Washington

During my 20+ years of anti-racist organizing work, I have often wondered why so many of us who verbalize language of justice and radical social transformation treat ourselves and each other in stunningly inhumane and unjust ways. At times, it has felt like every other day I was bombarded with stories of strife, division and turmoil within the Seattle organizing community. These painful stories would often leave me deeply depressed and wanting to distance myself from the movement. Continue reading The New Woke (Part One) Breaking Through Ego