Racial Justice

Events

In April, Missiongathering Issaquah will be hosting a two-part event in partnership with the Highlands Council and the YWCA. This two-part event will include a panel discussion featuring local residents sharing their own experiences of racism and their ideas for what a path forward looks like. Afterward, there will be space set up to enjoy and purchase the artwork of local artists of color. More details to come soon!

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Partners

YWCA Family Village – Issaquah

“The YWCA Family Village is a community with permanent, affordable housing in the Issaquah Highlands that provides resources and services for their residents and the wider Issaquah community. They will be leading the charge in a series of events in April aiming to continue conversations around racism in our own communities.”

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Resources

“Bernie Sanders, Black Lives Matter, and the Racial Divide in Seattle” by Ijeoma Oluo
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“To Understand White Liberal Racism, Read These Private Emails” by Isolde Raftery
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“What White Marchers Mean for Black Lives Matter” by Marcus Harrison Green
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Economic Justice

Events

Starting on May 13th, the Poor Peoples Campaign will be engaging in 40 days of direct action and civil disobedience across the United States in an effort to raise awareness for the rising economic and racial injustices facing our country. Missiongathering Issaquah will be participating in some of these actions and invite you to join us!

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Partners

Washington Poor Peoples Campaign

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. We need you to step up and join our efforts

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Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition

Thousands of workers from Seattle to South King County are making poverty wages in industries that are profiting by the millions. Workers struggle to support their families, while being subjected to hazardous working conditions and disempowerment on the job.

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Economic Justice – ACLU

The ACLU of Washington is the state affiliate of the ACLU.  We work to ensure justice, freedom and equality are realities for all people in Washington state, with particular attention to the rights of people and groups who have historically been disenfranchised. Such as the young man stopped by the police because of the color of his skin.  . . . the 10-year old immigrant girl forced to represent herself in court.. . . the disabled grandmother who is refused an apartment because of a decades-old conviction. . . . the woman told she may not have a hysterectomy in a religious-run hospital. . . . the gay couple refused service at a flower shop . . . and many more..

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Environmental Justice

Events

On February 18th, Missiongathering Issaquah, in partnership with the Highlands Council, will be hosting an event on the environment and spirituality. The event will feature a keynote speaker discussing the inter-connectedness of our individual and collective spirituality with the environment that surrounds us. This will be followed by workshop sessions set up at Blakely Hall where you can learn new and easy ways to positively impact the environment. Join us!

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Partners

Issaquah Highlands Council

“The Highlands Council is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the development of the Issaquah Highlands as a vibrant and caring community committed to service, diversity, and well-being. One of those commitments is to continue to insure that the Highlands remains environmentally sustainable.”

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Issaquah Office of Sustainability

“The Office of Sustainability develops and implements projects, programs and policies within the City and community to advance sustainability in Issaquah and to achieve the community’s interrelated environmental, economic and social sustainability goals.”

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Resources

Cascade Water Alliance

Cascade’s mission is to provide water supply to meet current and future needs of our members in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner through partnerships, conservation, acquiring, constructing and managing water supply infrastructure and fostering regional water planning

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Mountains to Sound Greenway

We are healthier and happier, and our communities are stronger, more equitable, and more economically competitive. Enhancing people’s connections to nature drives our mission.

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Environmental Justice in Seattle

The Environmental Justice and Service Equity Division (EJSE) helps SPU and partner departments to carry out the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative. Our aim is to deliver inclusive and equitable service to customers across the city. We look at the full picture of the community to account for service equity. We look for gaps in what we know and assume when we plan a project, program or policy. We look carefully for ways we might be making it difficult for people.

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Seattle University

Environmental justice is the empowerment of people to advocate for the health of natural and built environments and for the equitable distribution of environmental benefits and burdens throughout all communities. The “environment” is not some distant place we seek to protect, but incorporates the places where we live, work, play, pray and learn. Environmental justice advocates link social and environmental concerns. As the global environmental and political climate continues to change, it is vital that new policies and laws ensure the protection of everyone, particularly those who are most likely to be negatively impacted by such changes.

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