AGENDA

 

1:00-1:10pm – Opening and Introduction

1:10-1:25pm – Keynote Address by Ximena Velazquez-Arenas, Neighborhood Action Coaliton: Building an Intersectional People Power Movement

1:25-2:00pm – Plenary, Movements for Change in Seattle and Beyond

2:00-2:15pm – Break

2:15-3:00pm – All workshops presented

3:00-3:15pm – Break

3:15-4:00pm – All workshops repeated

4:00-4:30pm - Closing, Music from Alexandra Blakely-Brown and Poetry from Yonnas Gedahunt

 

WORKSHOPS

 

Defending Immigrant and Refugee Rights: Strategies to Challenge The Trump Regime

Rich Stolz, Executive Director of OneAmerica, a Washington State immigrant and refugee organizing and advocacy organization, will present on challenges to immigrant and refugee rights under the Trump Administration, and what is being done to bolster protection here. Rich will point to groups working on the issue in the state, and how to connect with and support their work.  Rich joined OneAmerica in 2012, Prior to that, he worked at the national level organizing in communities ranging from Alabama to Arizona on immigrant rights and environmental justice issues.  Rich was born in Korea and raised in California and has lived in the Seattle area since 2010.

 

Displacement Is Not Inevitable: Tools to Maintain Community Control

The failure of Seattle’s growth and development to center on meeting the needs of low-income households and communities of color has resulted in rapidly escalating housing costs the displacement of Seattle’s most impacted communities. What tools exist to combat these trends and ensure that communities can stay and continue to grow in place? We will explore strategies for community control and address the crucial role of organizing in any anti-displacement efforts.  Presenters will be Giulia Pasciuto, Policy & Research Analyst at Puget Sound Sage, and Hana Alicic, Community Organizer & Tenant Counselor for the Tenants Union of Washington.  Puget Sound Sage works on equitable transit-oriented development, affordable housing, and land-use campaigns. Tenants Union works to counter displacement and ensure fair access to housing.

 

Equitable Taxation and Education Justice

Low-income households in Washington State are taxed at rates up to seven times higher than wealthy households. We have the most upside-down tax code in the nation! At the same time we are unable to adequately fund basic public duties of the state like education. The burden of taxation and all the problems of underfunded schools disproportionately impact communities of color. At this workshop we'll dive into our tax code and our education crisis, and discuss how we can start building a movement for tax justice right here in Seattle. Presenters are Michael Tamayo, Vice President of the Seattle Education Association, and an elementary school teacher and parent in Seattle, and Katie Wilson, who serves as General Secretary of the Transit Riders Union. She is a transit rider who is tired of funding the public transit system through regressive taxes.

 

Moving Beyond Car Culture

Seattle has the fourth-worst traffic in the nation, and yet Seattle and the state are still focusing on cars when it comes to new transportation spending. We're spending billions on a new tunnel and waterfront highway, yet our long-promised bike network is far behind schedule. We're spending billions on cars, which are parked 95% of the time. And yet many blocks in Seattle do not have sidewalks. The immense popularity of Link Light Rail, heavy King County Metro ridership numbers and passage of one transit initiative after another show that Seattleites support mass transit. Now, with Trump's new budget, many planned transit projects in Seattle are threatened. Learn how we can organize locally around transit, bicycling, and walking to put to move beyond car culture.  Presented by Beau Morton of Transit Riders Union and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Transit Riders Union is a democratic organization working to preserve, expand and improve the public transportation system.  Beau Morton serves as Assisting Secretary of the Transit Riders Union.  Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is an alliance of neighborhood groups working for better, safer bicycle and pedestrian access.

 

Worker Rights and Just Transition: Green Jobs for Seattle

What is an equitable definition of green jobs?  What is the history of workers’ rights? How are people redefining advocacy for workers’ rights?  How can we create green jobs in Seattle to meet the climate crisis? What are our potentials in mass-scale building energy retrofits and solar? This workshop features leaders from Got Green and Patrick Mazza of 350 Seattle to help answer these questions through panel discussions, interactive visioning and group discussions. Using the experience in the room, we can begin to create solutions for workers rights and green jobs within the context of a just transition.  Got Green is a people-of-color-led Seattle climate justice leader.  350 Seattle is a local center of grassroots climate organizing. Patrick Mazza is 350 Seattle Community Solutions Workgroup co-facilitator, and has a long background in climate and sustainability solutions