Seattle FOR program May 19, 2019, “Bridge Building with Native Americans”

Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation presents
Jonathan Betz-Zall on

“Bridge Building with Native Americans”

Sunday, May 19, 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

In the Tlingit language, “Nakani” Means “Go-Between”, and that’s the role of the Nakani Native Program, the direct successor to the American Friends Service Committee’s Northwest Indian Program. The Indian Program ran for 50 years, during which it influenced Judge Boldt to award the tribes a substantial share of the salmon fishery and helped found the Tribal Canoe Journey which sparked the Northwest tribes’ successful cultural revival. Board member Jonathan Betz-Zall will describe Nakani’s continuation of this work and how supporters can help.

Jonathan Betz-Zall is a long-time FoR member and environmental justice activist, currently the Treasurer of Western Washington FoR. He retired from a long career as librarian and college instructor to work with the Nakani Native Program. He still helps lead neighborhood sing-alongs and dances frequently.

Seattle FOR Program April 21 on Venezuela

Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation presents Marti Schmidt on

Venezuela and the Repeating Problem of U.S. Unilateral Coercive Measures

Sunday, April 21, 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

Martha L. Schmidt is a Seattle lawyer practicing equal employment and labor relations law. She has been a Chair of the World Peace Through Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association, and served as Co-Chair of the Peace and Disarmament Subcommittee and Vice President of the National Lawyers Guild. She now co-chairs a new Guild subcommittee on the Hawaiian Kingdom which will study international law of occupation to that heavily-militarized island state.

Marti has been a union organizer and an educator on labor rights and the global economy for King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, before the 1999 Seattle WTO protests. She also has taught university courses on social movements, human rights, labor studies and international law.

Marti was a rep from the NLG in the NW Disarmament Coalition which included FOR and has been a longtime peace and justice activist. In late fall 2013 she was part of an NLG delegation, serving as an acompañante, for the Venezuelan municipal, metropolitan and indigenous elections.

Program March 17, 2019, Observations & Impressions from Iran

Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation presents
Roger Kluck on

Observations and Impressions from Iran

Sunday, March 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

Roger spent 16 days in Iran in April on an interfaith tour for the Alternatives to Violence Project. Come to see pictures and hear his observations and lessons from the trip; and hear about the presentations from government officials and Ayatolahs. Hear some of the USA-Iran narrative we don’t get to hear in the U.S.

Roger Kluck is the director of Projects for a Civil Society, an NGO dedicated to nonviolence, compassion, empathy & trauma recovery.

The Alternatives to Violence Project is an international project conducting workshops in prisons and in the community. It was founded by prisoners and Quakers in New York in 1975.

Seattle FOR program Feb 17 on Civil Rights Pilgrimage

This presentation had to be postponed due to illness.  Please check back to see when it will be scheduled.

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.

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.

 

mlk19flyerhashtag

 

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.