Detail of former mural at 23rd Ave and Union St, Seattle. The mural was commissioned in the 1990s to pay tribute to three African American leaders: Madame CJ Walker (pictured), Malcolm X (see detail here), and Edwin Pratt (former executive director of the Urban League, murdered on his doorstep in Shoreline in 1969). The artwork was repeatedly defaced in the last year, and has recently been completely covered over, marking a great loss of community history.
Ever since the first Common Spaces Northwest took place last month, core participants drew back socially, went into a period of recovery, and changed focus to get back to the projects we had set aside for the last several months. The way this site is updated might change: we’ll evaluate how it has been useful, how it can be altered, or how it can be brought together with other means of sharing information. Nothing will be deleted from the site, and it will continue to be built as a resource.
A number of new and old connections have been made by this group that never made it to the site; all of these organizations are worth getting engaged in. In no order, the groups are here:
Social HeArtistry Educators, Puget SoundOff, Washington Bus, Boundless Art Theatre Company, eSe Teatro, Homestead Community Land Trust, Youth Media Institute, The Service Board, Hilltop Urban Gardens, NDNs for Justice, Seattle Icarus Project, From the Streets Productions, Black Orchid Collective, Autonomia, All Power to the Positive!, Seattle Street Youth Empowerment Program, 1stGenStudent, WAPI Community Services, People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, Capoeira Angola Seattle, and Rogue Scholar.
After three full months of focused planning, Common Spaces Northwest (CSNW) will be brought to fruition starting tomorrow, Thursday through Saturday, 21-23 April at various locations on UW Seattle campus and in the U District. Make sure to come by the Quad tomorrow between 11:00am – 2:00pm for the opening luncheon and to learn about organizations involved and the forum itself! The full schedule of the three days is available here.
“Common Spaces Northwest began from an idea: what sort of incredible fusion of prowess and flowering of community can happen if we just got people together to talk? What kind of concepts or changes can we inspire? So often the barriers between activism, theory, and feeling are so high–Common Spaces Northwest seeks to bring them down and open this conversation to everyone who wants to participate, everyone who’s concerned with these problems. Join us this weekend at Common Spaces NW and get this conversation started!”
You can also download a copy of the program here.
As a conclusion to the National Day of Silence, local student activist group Students Organizing for LGBTQ Equality (SOLE) will be closing the day by showcasing one of the more expressive forms of speech: poetry. From 7:00 – 10:00pm this Friday, April 15 in Red Square on the UW Seattle campus, there will be a night of outdoor poetry and spoken word. Please sign up here if you would like to perform!
“This event will conclude the Day of Silence, a day when LGBTQ folks and their allies choose to stay silent to symbolize the voices that are silenced by anti-LGBTQ slurs, bullying, and harassment.
Breaking the Silence will be a night of poetry and spoken word, with some scheduled performers as well as an open mic section. Anybody from the University community will be able to perform, and poets from Manic Mouth Congress are specifically invited to participate. Poets are encouraged to speak on bullying and queer issues.”
This upcoming Thursday, 14 April from 5:30 – 7:00pm in Savery 260 on the UW Seattle campus, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) will be host a “truth trial” to feature Carina Mieses, an employee of Sodexo who has traveled all the way from the Dominican Republic, as part of a national Truth Tour. The campaign to kick Sodexo off of campuses nationwide is running strong (you can read more about the local fight here, and check out the national USAS site for context).
Here’s the full notice for the event: “Come hear from Carina Mieses, a Sodexo worker from the Dominican Republic, as she exposes the truth about Sodexo’s global human rights abuses. Carina’s presence at the UW is part of a nationwide Sodexo Truth Tour that students have organized after 18 months of intense campaigning to transform Sodexo’s labor practices by urging universities to sever contracts with the company.
BUT WHY SODEXO?? Sodexo is the 22nd biggest company in the world and serves more food to U.S. college students than any other company. BUT it pays sub-poverty wages and flouts workers’ freedom of association worldwide, including on many US campuses.
Sodexo does NOT deserve to do business with OUR university. WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT!”
From 16-23 April, the Seattle Animal Defense League will be locally participating in the World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL); see below for their own description and a preliminary outline of the event series.
“Each year from April 16th to 23rd, animal advocates and activists across the world come together to call for an alternative to the antiquated and unnecessary usage of animals in biomedical experimentation. Billions of tax dollars are wasted and millions of innocent lives are lost under the fraudulent guise of science. We at the Seattle Animal Defense League will be banding together with other activists worldwide to protest these atrocities for WWAIL. We ask you to join us at the events listed below:
Saturday, 16 April (12:00 – 2:00pm, corner of 15th Ave. and 45th St.): Kick-off demonstration at UW campus, with a Potluck/Prisoner support letter writing party, location TBA, at 7:00pm.
Sunday, 17 April (7:30pm, Wayward Vegan Cafe (5253 University Way NE)): SADL General Meeting/Vivisection 101 Workshop.
Monday, 18 April (4:00 – 6:00pm): Leafletting at the UW Medical Center.
Tuesday, 19 April (4:00 – 6:00pm): Demonstration and Leafletting at the South Lake Union Facility.
Thursday, 21 April (8:00pm): A candlelight vigil will be held at the corner of Montlake Boulevard and NE Pacific in mourning of all the unnecessary lives lost to the falsehood of vivisection.
Friday, 22 April (Meeting time TBA): We will be meeting at the Burke Museum on the UW Seattle Campus and marching to Montlake & NE Pacific with an ending demonstration in front of the medical center on NE Pacific.
Other events will be posted to the facebook page as the information becomes more available. Please join us!”
Also click here for a full-color PDF of the event poster.
Next Saturday, 16 April, from 10:00am – 2:00pm all around the south side of Seattle, the Duwamish Alive Coalition is organizing restoration work sites to improve areas along the Duwamish River. Examples of these sites include river cleanup by kayak and canoe, shoreline salmon habitat restoration, and native forest revitalization.
Afterward, from 2:00 – 4:00pm at Pigeon Point Park (part of the West Duwamish Greenbelt, by 20th Ave. SW and SW Genesee St.), Nature Consortium is holding the Duwamish Alive Festival with free food, live music, and hands-on arts activities. Here is a detailed map of the designated cleanup locations around Seattle.
Here is more information provided by the event website: “The event is hosted by the Duwamish Alive Coalition, which is a partnership of non-profit organizations, government agencies, community groups and local businesses. Restoration is on-going throughout the year, but it’s only during Duwamish Alive that our organizations come together to host hundreds of volunteers at multiple
sites to make a huge impact on the same day!
• No experience necessary — we will discuss safety and give an overview of the project.
•The event will take place rain or shine.
• Dress for the weather (rain gear in case of bad weather or sunglasses and a hat if it’s sunny).
•Wear sturdy foot gear (boots, sneakers, etc. but no sandals).
• Long trousers and long sleeves are helpful where there are blackberries
•Bring work gloves and weeding tools if you have them. Bring a refillable water bottle.
•We will provide work gloves, tools, snacks, and beverages.
•Children 10 and under must have one-to-one adult supervision.”
The 13 restoration locations are as follows:
Duwamish Waterway Park
River trash cleanup by kayak and canoe
Gateway Park/8th Avenue South
Alki: Seacrest Park
Delridge / Pigeon Point::
Brandon Street Natural Area
Puget Creek Natural Area
West Duwamish Greenbelt/ Pigeon Point
Herring House Park/T-107
Cecil Moses/NorthWind’s Weir
Duwamish Hill Preserve
In order to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 206 923 0853.
On 15 April, Voices Rising will be having a show featuring Evelyn Harris of legendary a capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. Doors will open at 7:00pm, and the show will begin at 8:00pm. There is a $10-$25 admission on a sliding scale, which you can access through Brown Paper Tickets. The show will be held in the historic Washington Hall (153 14th Ave).
Additional performers will be Rosco Kickingstone, Fabiola Romero, and Christine Cruz Guiao & April Nishimura.
The mission of Voices Rising is to “create a safe and nurturing community for LGBTQ artists of color and in so doing empower them to strengthen the whole LGBTQ POC community as they raise awareness of the community and its issues within the entire LGBTQ community and beyond to the majority community/society.” For more history on this dynamic project, check out the group’s site and past shows!