Seattle FOR program Feb 17 on Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation presents

Karen Schneider with a
Civil Rights Pilgrimage Presentation

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,
at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70 St, Seattle – Near #5 bus.

All are welcome!  Free, an offering will be taken.
Info 206-789-5565 or wwfor@wwfor.org

Karen Schneider will recount her experience with Project Pilgrimage in October 2017 as she visited historically significant sites in the Deep South from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. and met and travelled with  surviving “foot soldiers” from that era.  Project Pilgrimage builds interracial and intergenerational community in Washington and beyond by studying, understanding and gaining inspiration from transformational movements and individuals.

Karen retired from working with families in transitional housing with Compass Housing Alliance and continues as a volunteer in advocacy on issues of homelessness.  A long-term FOR member, Karen is active with the Washington Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonPPC/.  She is very involved in anti-racist work with the “Breaking White Silence” project which seeks to raise white people’s awareness by facilitating study groups using Robin DiAngelo’s book “What does it mean to be white? Developing white racial literacy.”  She is also a member of the Citizens Climate Lobby.

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Join Seattle FOR Contingent on MLK Day March Jan. 21, 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019, starting a Garfield High School, annual Dr. Martin Luther King celebration and march – Affirmative Action = Justice

Schedule:

8:30 – 11:30 a.m:  Opportunity Fair

9:30 – 10:50 a.m:  Workshops
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m:  Rally in Gymnasium

12:30 – 1:30 p.m:  March to Downtown
1:30 – 2:45 p.m:  Rally at Westlake Park (4th & Pine )

(Followed by):   Community Meal

Workshops & speakers will focus on the theme (Affirmative Action = Justice) and the goals of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – defeating racism, poverty, and war!

More information: see https://www.seattlemlkcoalition.org/

 

Join the Seattle FOR contingent – look for the big purple banner.

 

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Jan 20, 2019, program A Peacemaker’s Visit to Korea and Japan

Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation presents

Louise Lansberry on
A Peacemaker’s Visit to Korea and Japan

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,
at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70 St, Seattle – Near #5 bus.

All are welcome!  Free, an offering will be taken.
Info 206-789-5565 or wwfor@wwfor.org

Louise will share experiences and photos from her September 2018 trip to Seoul, the DMZ, Hiroshima, and Kyoto.  She was particularly interested in returning to these cities given her involvement in the Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Team with its focus on preventing war with North Korea as well as her work with Washington Against Nuclear Weapons.  This was her fourth visit to Korea and her second visit to the DMZ.

Louise Lansberry is active in Seattle FOR.  She lived in Japan and Okinawa for two years from 1970-72 and was involved there in anti-war work, helping GI’s who had decided to seek conscientious objection status.  She attends University Friends Meeting where she has been on the Peace and Social Concerns Committee as well as the Adult Religious Education Committee.

Seattle FOR Holiday Party Sunday Dec. 16, 2018

Seattle Chapter Fellowship of Reconciliation
Holiday Party

with Fellowship, Festive Potluck Dinner, & Music

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 5 – 8 pm
We will gather at the Sky Lounge of Horizon House, 900 University Street, downtown Seattle,
a block north of Virginia Mason Hospital with hosts Adele, Lynne, and Mary Margaret.

If you can offer rides, please phone the office by Dec 12, leave your phone number and say what neighborhood you are driving from.  Street parking is free.  Parking in the HH garage is $7.50 for 4 hours.  Metro Bus #2 from downtown stops at 9th and Seneca;  walk one block north to HH.  Enter HH on University Street, sign in at the reception desk and ask for directions to the Sky Lounge.

Vegetarian/nonvegetarian dishes welcome.  No cooking facility.

Free, a good-will collection will be taken.

Please bring donations of nonperishable food &
new gloves, hats, scarves, & SOCKS for needy neighbors.

Rosy & Jonathan Betz-Zall, Lynn Graves, and Bob Morgan will lead singing.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Information  (206) 789-5565 or wwfor@wwfor.org

Celebrate our commitment to a just & peaceful world!

Seattle FOR program Nov. 18 on Protecting Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation presents

Janet Gwilym on Protecting Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,
at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70 St, Seattle – Near #5 bus.

All are welcome!  Free, an offering will be taken.
Info 206-789-5565 or wwfor@wwfor.org

This session will provide an overview of what unaccompanied immigrant children face when seeking refuge in the United States.  Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of what takes place at the facilities in Washington State which provide for the care and custody of these children; the legal processes that the children face; and the impact legal advocacy can have on these children as they face deportation proceedings.

Janet Gwilym serves as the Managing Attorney for the Seattle office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), which provides immigration legal services to unaccompanied, undocumented immigrant children in Washington State. Janet has served on numerous boards and committees for the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Washington State chapter, immigrant and refugee rights organizations, programs serving survivors of domestic violence, and the public schools in Seattle. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Washington’s School of Law, where she discovered her passion for working in the intersection of immigration and juvenile law and especially with unaccompanied children. She is a member of Plymouth Church UCC and is active with Plymouth’s Immigration Ministry Team.

Seattle FOR program Oct. 21 on I-1000, Restoring Affirmative Action

Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation presents
Karissa Braxton on
Restoring Affirmative Action:  Overview of I-1000

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,
at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70 St, Seattle – Near #5 bus.

All are welcome!  Free, an offering will be taken.
Info 206-789-5565 or wwfor@wwfor.org

Washington State I-200 made it illegal to use one of the most important tools to “level the playing field” in employment and educational opportunities.  Affirmative action provides pathways towards equity for people of color and women, and other groups that experience disparities.  I-1000, now in the signature gathering phase, would reverse I-200, re-instate affirmative action, and expand its coverage.  Ms. Braxton will give us a general overview of I-1000 including what policies it entails. She will tell us about who is supporting the initiative, what the process for passing the initiative will be, and how we can all get involved in passing I-1000.

Karissa Braxton was campaign manager for School Superintendent candidate Erin Jones.  She works part time for the city of Seattle, and is currently the campaign manager for the I-1000 campaign.

Here are some links to further information about I-1000

http://www.yeson1000.com/

https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_Initiative_1000,_Affirmative_Action_and_Diversity_Commission_Measure_(2019)

 https://sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/initiatives/finaltext_1568.pdf

 

Seattle FOR program Sept. 16 on Supreme Court Appointments

Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation presents

Lynne Wilson on
Why We Should Care About Supreme Court Appointments

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,
at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70 St, Seattle – Near #5 bus.

All are welcome!  Free, an offering will be taken.
Info 206-789-5565 or wwfor@wwfor.org

Despite considerable opposition within the Senate and from civil organizations, Senate Republicans will likely have enough votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the US Supreme Court in early October.  The question for progressives is what an ultra-conservative Supreme Court means for the issues we care about such as voter suppression, the corporate takeover of our culture, health care, abortion rights, police brutality, and racial oppression.  Lynne will give an overview of how the Court operates, what a hard-core conservative majority might look like and what options we have.

Lynne Wilson is a civil rights attorney who has practiced in Seattle for over 30 years.  She has handled police misconduct and prisoner rights cases in federal courts.  She was a member of the ACLU Legal Committee for ten years and participated in one first amendment case that was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Seattle FOR program June 17, 2018, with Activist Youths of MYPF Program

Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation presents Reports from Activist Youth of  the MIKE YARROW PEACE FELLOWS Program

Sunday, June 17, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70 St, Seattle – Near #5 bus.

All are welcome!  Free, an offering will be taken.  Info 206-789-5565 or wwfor@wwfor.org  or https://forseattle.wordpress.com/

The MYPF program for youth from high school age into their 20’s is a mentorship and training program for upcoming nonviolent activists.  Several Mike Yarrow Peace Fellows will report on their peace and justice activism this year.  They’ll also read reports from other students unable to attend. This year’s projects have included working with immigrant children, climate change, supporting black young men, starting social change groups, and awareness of sexism at their schools.

Seattle FOR program on Climate Change activism May 20, 2018

Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation presents Chris Covert-Bowlds on

Supporting the Clean Air Clean Energy
climate change voter initiative

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,
at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70 St, Seattle – Near #5 bus.

All are welcome!  Free, an offering will be taken.  Info 206-789-5565 or wwfor@wwfor.org

We have already seen the consequences of a changing climate: last summer, smoke from wildfires hung thick in the air.  Taking action on climate will yield immediate health benefits, but we must act quickly.

I-1631, the Clean Air Clean Energy voter initiative, needs all hands on deck to gather voter signatures.  Chris Covert-Bowlds hopes to inspire others to join in this effort.  We have 12 weeks to gather over 300,000 signatures from Washington voters. With your help, we can do it!  Anyone of any age can gather signatures.

I-1631 will create local jobs by investing in clean energy, healthy forests, clean air, energy, and water. We can accelerate Washington state’s transition to clean energy, increasing the resiliency of our state’s waters and communities to the impacts of climate change, with a carbon dioxide emissions fee on the state’s largest corporate polluters.  This initiative was developed by a coalition of over 200 groups, including organized labor, environmental advocates, communities of color, faith communities, sovereign tribes and many others.

Chris Covert-Bowlds is a family doctor at the Kaiser Permanente Northgate clinic.  He is Co-chair of St Patrick’s Catholic Church Social Justice committee and is a member of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility Climate Change Task Force. Climate Change activism is a passion for him, for the sake of his family, and all the people, especially the poor, and animals and plants of Earth.

Chris has gathered hundreds of signatures for I-1631, including the day he biked the Viaduct during the Emerald City Bike Ride.

Seattle FOR program on North Korea April 15, 2018

Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation presents Linda Lewis on

Engaging North Korea:
Quaker Work for Peace on the Korean Peninsula

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,
at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70 St, Seattle – Near #5 bus.

All are welcome!  Free, an offering will be taken.  Info 206-789-5565 or wwfor@wwfor.org

The Quaker-affiliated American Friends Service Committee has been working in North Korea for over three decades; by 1998, AFSC had established an on-going agricultural development project with cooperative farms, and today it is one of only a handful of American NGOs actively engaged in the DPRK.  Linda Lewis, AFSC’s Country Representative for China/DPRK, will discuss AFSC’s program in North Korea, the challenges of working in this isolated nation and the impact of sanctions, and opportunities for peace on the Korean peninsula.

Linda Lewis, the American Friends Service Committee Country Representative for China/DPRK, is responsible for AFSC’s North Korea program, including its long-standing agricultural development project.  Dr. Lewis is a regular visitor to North Korea and has organized numerous study tours and exchanges outside Korea for DPRK partners.