Category Archives: Social Justice

Op-Ed: Agree With Our Message, But Not With Our Methods?

by Michael “Renaissance” Moynihan

As a local organizer, I keep hearing over and over that people agree with the issues we are protesting, but that they disagree with our methods of protest. To me, and to anybody else who knows the history of Civil Rights and Black Power in the United States will recognize this as something right out of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963). While sitting in jail in Birmingham, Alabama after being arrested for yet another peaceful demonstration during Project C (for confrontation), King wrote a letter in response to many of the white clergy who chastised King for the methods the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) were employing. It is interesting that these clergy members chose to chastise King and SCLC, instead of Bull Conner and his police department for unleashing firehoses and attack dogs upon peaceful protestors; or for the segregation and discrimination that was rampant in the Birmingham at the time. The clergy were not writing to chastise the federal government and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for sitting idly by and watching Freedom Rider buses be bombed and the Freedom Riders beaten within inches of death. No, they chastised the oppressed for challenging their oppression in one of the only manners left for them to do so. These people that I am hearing agree with our message, but disagree with our methods sound and feel to me as being no different than the white clergy that King was responding to. Continue reading Op-Ed: Agree With Our Message, But Not With Our Methods?

Summer Social Justice Program Held at Rainier Beach High Raising Funds to Continue This Year

A summer-learning program at Seattle’s Rainier Beach High School that emphasizes community service and social action is hoping to raise enough money to continue this summer.

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Native Americans Gather in Seattle to Protest Disenrollment of Nooksack Tribal Members

by Alex Garland

(originally published on The Dignity Virus)

As the sun warmed the streets of Seattle on a hot Monday afternoon, Indigenous people from around the Pacific Northwest gathered at Westlake Park for a rally in protest of the disenrollment of 306 members of the Nooksack tribe and other tribes across the United States who have diesenrolled tribal members. The rally included speakers from the Nooksack tribe, tribal leaders from the Snoqualmie tribe, and disenrolled members from other tribes throughout Washington. Continue reading Native Americans Gather in Seattle to Protest Disenrollment of Nooksack Tribal Members

Bringing It Back: An EPIC Giving Project

by James Akbar Williams

ADDING DETAIL TO OUR DREAMS

The EPIC Giving Project is a partnership between the Social Justice Fund (SJF) and Ending Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) to develop anti-racist, community led models of raising money and distributing funds.  Over the next year, SJF and EPIC will work with a group of 15-20 community members to distribute $500,000 Seattle City Council allocated for Community Led Alternatives in the last budget cycle.  The EPIC Giving Project is the product of years of community struggle against King County pouring $210,000,000 into a youth detention center on 12th and Alder, calling for investment in community led alternatives instead.  Also, the EPIC Giving Project is what Anti-Racist Community Organizers demanded from the Seattle City Council after they passed the Zero Youth Detention Resolution last fall.  Personally, there are two primary reasons I’m invested in this work:   Continue reading Bringing It Back: An EPIC Giving Project