West Seattle Event Calendar

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Trayvon Martin case discussion: Race and social justice forum @ South Seattle Community College
Apr 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by the college’s Office of Diversity and Retention. Open forum followed by small-group discussions.

Panel discussion on public education’s future @ Rainier Beach High School
May 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Not in West Seattle, but local organizers and a local teacher on the panel:

Parents Across America presents:

Moving Forward in Public Education: Ideas That Work
A Panel Discussion

Thursday, May 31st at 6:30 PM
Rainier Beach High School Auditorium
8815 Seward Park Ave. S.


Dr. Margit McGuire, Professor and Director, Seattle Universityʼs Teacher Education Program
Sharon Okamoto, Principal, Seattle Urban Academy
Rita Green, parent and PTA vice-president, Rainier Beach High School
Marquita Prinzing, teacher, Sanislo Elementary School

For more information e-mail seattle.paa@gmail.com or call 206-724-5556

Town Hall meeting with Mayor McGinn @ Southwest Teen Life Center
Aug 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Here’s the schedule:

5:30 to 6:30 pm: Community information fair

6:30 to 6:40 pm: Youth performance: Samoan Siva dance La’u Hani by The West Side Polynesian Club

6:40 to 8:00 pm: Open Q&A with Mayor McGinn and City staff

Public Meeting: Micro-housing Developments @ City of Seattle Council Chambers
Apr 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

With the “microhousing” trend expanding to West Seattle, including a new Junction proposal for 31 units in 4 stories on a 3770-square-foot parcel, questions are coming up here that already have been raised in other parts of the city, and four councilmembers have announced a public meeting aimed at answers:

WHAT: Micro-housing development discussion

WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

WHERE: Council Chambers, second floor
Seattle City Council, 600 Fourth Ave

WHO: Seattle City Councilmembers and Council staff
Representatives from Seattle’s Dept. of Planning and Development
Representatives from Seattle’s Office of Housing

Seattle City Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen, Nick Licata, Sally J. Clark and Richard Conlin today announced a public meeting on micro-housing developments on April 18, in response to questions and concerns raised in several Seattle neighborhoods.

“Several Councilmembers and I are sponsoring a two hour meeting to review what is occurring due to the strong interest and concern we are hearing in the neighborhoods,” Councilmember Tom Rasmussen stated. “A portion of the meeting will include an opportunity for the public to provide comments and recommendations on what, if any, regulations should be enacted for this unique type of housing.”

In addition to a public comment opportunity, representatives from the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the Office of Housing (OH) and City Council staff will discuss Seattle’s recent experience with micro-housing.

“I want to see more affordable housing built in Seattle along with our residential neighborhoods accommodating housing options that contribute to their character,” stated Councilmember Nick Licata, chair of the Council’s Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee. “I think both objectives can be accomplished and I look forward to this forum providing an opportunity to hear suggestions on how to fulfill both.”

“I’ve visited some of these micro-units,” said Council President Sally J. Clark. “They provide decent, often attractive housing for a range of people who don’t need or want a lot of space. They’re also appearing in greater numbers and more rapidly than some in the surrounding neighborhood want. This forum can provide a good airing of people’s support, concerns and ideas for appropriate regulation.”

“Microhousing can be an affordable option that works well with neighborhoods,” said Councilmember Richard Conlin, chair of the Council’s Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee. “However, it does not fit neatly into Seattle’s land use code, and we are looking for input on code improvements that will preserve the affordability while ensuring that these developments reflect both the letter and the spirit of our land use laws.”


In recent years, micro-housing has emerged as an increasingly common residential building product in Seattle. Since 2006, DPD has received permit applications for 44 projects. Those completed projects have a total capacity of about 2,000 people. In 2012, DPD received applications for approximately 15 micro-housing projects.

Micro-housing projects are generally comprised of apartment or townhome-style dwelling units, each of which contains several (often seven or eight) smaller living quarters clustered around a shared kitchen and laundry area. Each of the smaller living spaces within the dwelling unit is leased to an individual tenant. These spaces are typically 150 to 200 square feet in size and equipped with a kitchenette (refrigerator, microwave, sink) and private bathroom. Rent levels vary by location but are often in the range of $600 to $700 per month.

Developers have found Seattle offers a strong market for micro-housing, with completed projects leasing up quickly. Tenants often include students, service industry workers, and individuals who divide their time between Seattle and a residence in another location. Geographically, 52 percent of the projects are located on Capitol Hill and 30 percent in the University District, with the remainder spread throughout the city.

Because micro-housing is not well-defined in City codes it also may not be adequately regulated. Some of the issues and concerns the public has raised about Seattle’s growing stock of micro-housing include:

· Within micro-housing projects, DPD currently counts the several small living quarters that surround a common kitchen and laundry area as a single dwelling unit (e.g., one apartment with eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms). As a result, most micro-housing projects do not meet the threshold for design review. Normally the design review process also provides opportunities for neighbors to comment and offer input on proposed projects.

· DPD’s current practice of counting multiple living quarters within a micro-housing project as a single dwelling unit also complicates efforts to measure progress toward adopted growth targets in neighborhoods where micro-housing is located. It also can affect whether a proposed micro-housing project is subject to environmental review under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

· Micro-housing may not be an appropriate building type for all multifamily residential zones.

· Micro-housing projects are generally designed to house 30 to 60 individuals; however, on-site parking is rarely provided.

· The high cost of this housing on a price-per-square-foot basis.

Alzheimer’s Association Town Hall @ Providence Mount St. Vincent
Aug 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s and their families, and help persuade Congress to address those needs through legislative action!

On August 27, in the chapel at Providence Mount St. Vincent, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, the Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington State Chapter will hold a town hall meeting to highlight—and solicit feedback on—public policy initiatives, including the National Alzheimer’s Plan, an Alzheimer’s Disease Plan for Washington State, and Voices for Better Health in Washington State, a new initiative to improve health care for “dual eligibles”, older and disabled Washingtonians who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

The town hall will include a panel reflecting the breadth and depth of the Alzheimer’s experience. Federal, state, and local elected officials and/or staff are welcome to participate. The Alzheimer’s Association’s objective is to educate the public, solicit input, and provide an opportunity for the public to interact with elected leaders. All public input will be recorded and used to inform the Association’s work in advancing public policy priorities to better meet the needs of the individuals, families, and communities they serve.

Washington State residents, including those living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, representatives from federal, state and local government as well as the research, health and long-term care communities are invited to come and share their thoughts. Other town halls are scheduled for Issaquah, Sequim, Everett, Lacey, Renton, Mount Vernon, Vancouver, Spokane, the Tri-Cities (Richland), Bremerton, and Yakima.

Currently, Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death in Washington State and 6th nationally. More than 150,000 Washingtonians have Alzheimer’s and over 350,000 family members and friends provided approximately 368 million hours of unpaid care in 2012. In 2050, care for those with Alzheimer’s disease will cost the country more than $1 trillion, creating an enormous strain on the health care system, families, and federal and state budgets. Recognizing this growing crisis, the nation’s first ever National Alzheimer’s Plan was unveiled in May 2012 and now this plan must be swiftly and effectively implemented.

To learn more about a Town Hall taking place in a community near you, visit www.alzwa.org/

Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit www.alz.org.

Seattle City Council Joint Budget Committee public hearing @ Garfield High School Commons
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Seattle City Council Budget Committee and Town Hall Special Committee will have a joint meeting on Thursday, October 24, 2013 starting at 6:00 pm to conduct two public hearings. The hearing will be held in the Garfield High School Commons. Councilmember Tim Burgess will chair the hearings.

* The first hearing, scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. will be for comments on the City’s general revenue sources for the 2014 budget, including a possible property tax levy increase.

* The second hearing, scheduled to begin at 6:05 p.m. (or at the conclusion of the first hearing), will be for comments on the Mayor’s 2014 Proposed Budget and will continue until all in-person comments are received.

At the hearings, out of respect for everyone’s time constraints, it would be appreciated if members of groups with similar interests could combine their presentations and limit comments to five minutes. Individual comments will be limited by the Budget Committee Chair, up to two minutes or less.

For those wishing to provide public comment at the hearings, sign-up sheets will be available outside the entry of the Commons at 5:00 pm.

The Budget Committee hearing will be cablecast live on Seattle Channel 21 and webcast live at http://www.cityofseattle.net/council.

The Mayor’s 2014 Proposed Budget and accompanying 2014-2019 Proposed
Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is available online at http://www.seattle.gov/financedepartment. A
paper copy of the Proposed Budget is available at the Central Library. To purchase a printed copy of the Proposed Budget or CIP, please contact Zebra Printing at (206) 223-1955. For questions regarding the Proposed Budget, contact Andrew Dziedzic of the City Budget Office (CBO) at (206) 684-8687. For questions about the Mayor’s proposed revenue sources, contact George Emerson at (206) 733-9110. For questions related to the
Council’s review of the Proposed Budget and revenue sources, contact Ben Noble of the Council’s Central Staff at (206) 684-8160 or Nate Van Duzer in Councilmember Tim Burgess’s Office at (206)-684-8806.

Written and e-mailed comments on the Mayor’s 2014 Proposed Budget are welcome throughout budget deliberations and up to the date that the Council adopts the final budget. That could take place sooner or later than the target date of November 25, 2013. You may mail written comments to: Councilmember Tim Burgess, Attn: Emilia Sanchez, Council Clerk, P.O. Box 94728, Seattle, WA 98124-4728. Fax comments to (206) 386-9025.

E-mail comments may be sent to: Councilmembers at _council@seattle.gov. Written, faxed, and e-mailed comments will be included in the public record.

On-campus parking is extremely limited. Street parking is available nearby. Attendees are encouraged to attend using public transit. Plan your trip at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/.

This meeting location is ADA accessible. An On Wave FM hearing assistance (ALS) with a personal listening device will be available at the meeting. Print and communications and other accommodations may be provided by contacting Linda Diibon at (206) 684-8343 or at linda.diibon@seattle.gov at least two business days in advance of the meeting.

CANCELED – Town Hall meeting with Mayor Mike McGinn @ Delridge Library
Nov 2 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

*Library lost power during the windstorm and this is CANCELED per McGinn spokesperson Aaron Pickus’s e-mail at 1:30 pm*

Mayor Mike McGinn is hosting town halls throughout the city to speak with Seattle residents about their concerns, ideas and the mayor’s vision for the future.

Saturday, November 2nd, 2:30 pm
Delridge Branch Library
5423 Delridge Way SW, 98106

Metro Transit cuts? Community meeting @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Until and unless funding is found to replace what’s expiring for Metro Transit, they’re proceeding with plans for major cuts (as reported here November 7th), and want to hear from you. The second in a round of community meetings is planned for West Seattle.

34th Legislative District “Telephone Town Hall”
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

6:00–7:00 pm on Wednesday February 5th, State Reps. Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon (34th Legislative District) will be taking part in a telephone town hall to discuss legislative priorities with constituents, solicit their feedback and answer questions about the current legislative session.

34th Legislative District residents should receive a call from their legislators at about 6:00 pm on the February 5th. To participate, simply pick up the phone and follow the prompts. Reps. Cody and Fitzgibbon will deliver short opening thoughts and then will open up for questions. If you have a question for the lawmakers, simply press *3.

If for some reason you don’t receive a call, you can call into 1-877-229-8493 and enter 18646 to participate.

For more information:
Rep. Eileen Cody (eileen.cody@leg.wa.gov), 360.786.7978
Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (joe.fitzgibbon@leg.wa.gov), 360.786.7952
Staff: Billie Toyra (billie.toyra@leg.wa.gov), 360.786.7224

City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen at “Little City Hall” @ Southwest Library
Apr 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen out in the community at our Little City Hall meetings. Here’s your opportunity for a one-on-one discussion with the Councilmember and his staff about topics important to you. We look forward to meeting you!

Thursday, April 10, 2014
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
SW Branch of Seattle Public Library

Senior Center of WS Town Hall Meeting @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Nov 11 @ 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Senior Center of WS Town Hall Meeting
“Should we Stay or Should we Go?”

For more than the past 4 months the Senior Center of West Seattle (SCWS) has been dealing with challenges. We need your input to help us determine the direction of SCWS. Do we stay affiliated with Senior Services (SS) knowing they have proposed a different organizational model? Do we become our own entity relying on our members and community alone?

Please attend the Town Hall and/or email questions/comments to Cing828@gmail.com . (cutoff date for emails is 11/7/14)

Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 2014
2 sessions – 3 pm and 5:30 pm
4217 SW Oregon St.

Meeting: Measuring the Success of Seattle’s Urban Village Strategy @ Seattle City Hall
Jan 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Measuring the Success of Seattle’s Urban Village Strategy

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Seattle City Hall
Bertha Knight Landes Room
600 4th Ave (Enter on 5th Ave)

It’s been 20 years since the 1994 Comprehensive Plan established the urban village strategy. Presenting a summary of the strategy’s results and achievements, Peter Steinbrueck will share what we’ve learned so far and how the City should update the Comprehensive Plan through 2035.

5:30 p.m. – Open House
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Program

Please RSVP at

Seattle Public Schools tech ‘Town Hall’ @ West Seattle High School, cafeteria
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Seattle Public Schools wants to give everyone an opportunity to provide feedback and input into the district’s Technology Vision process. To accomplish this we are scheduling five “Town Hall” meetings around the District. One in each of the five major regions …

WEST SEATTLE REGION: Monday, March 2, at West Seattle High School cafeteria

Doors will open at 5:30 pm so that attendees can browse sample results from the Tech Summit. The structured meeting will begin at 6 pm. Interested individuals who are unable to attend any of the Town Hall meetings are encouraged to submit their vision, ideas, and comments to techvision@seattleschools.org

City Council District 1 Candidates’ Forum @ Fauntleroy Church UCC
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Westside Interfaith Network, the WIN group of churches, invites you to attend a public forum with the candidates for City Council’s District 1 Position on Monday, May 18th.

This is the first election whereby City Council people are chosen by geographic district. West Seattle is in District 1.

You are invited to meet the candidates, learn their views and plans for our area–and be a more informed voter!

Come to the
6:30 pm, Monday, May 18th at Fauntleroy Church, UCC

Doors open at 6 pm
Moderated forum with opportunity for questions from the audience

Co-sponsored by:
The Westside Interfaith Network (WIN)
The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County

Public Town Hall Meeting: Northwest Seaport Alliance @ Georgetown campus of South Seattle College
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

From the Port of Seattle Commission:

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Port Commissioners of the Port of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma will hold a public town hall to discuss and answer questions about the proposed Northwest Seaport Alliance between the two ports.

The town hall will begin at 7:00 pm at the Georgetown campus of South Seattle College, 6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle, Washington.

No final actions will be taken at this meeting.

Seattle City Council Debate: District 1 @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Moderators include WSB editor Tracy Record:

Town Hall and Seattle Channel present
Seattle City Council Debate: District 1
Lisa Herbold and Shannon Braddock
7:30PM, Thursday, September 17, 2015
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

This event is free, but registration is required. No late seating.

This year’s talked-about Seattle City Council elections–the first under a new districted system–shook up the primaries for some interesting results. At Town Hall we love a good political debate, so in the spirit of democracy and discussion, we’re teaming up with Seattle Channel to present a series of live debates (with moderated Q&A) for each of the seven districts. Learn more about the candidates running in your district–and don’t forget to vote on November 3.

District 1 debate: Lisa Herbold, legislative aide to Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, and Shannon Braddock, Chief of Staff for Seattle City Councilmember Joe McDermott.

Moderators: Lead moderator Tracy Record, Editor of the West Seattle Blog; community moderator Cecile Hansen, Chair of the Duwamish Tribe; community moderator Fernando Meija, Organizing Director, One America; and Q&A moderator Stesha Brandon, Town Hall Program Director.

Have a question for the candidates? Send your questions for the candidates to debates@townhallseattle.org help us shape the conversation. We may ask your question at the event. Please specify which district race you’re writing about.

Seattle School Board Candidate Forum @ First A.M.E. Church
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

There are several serious issues facing Seattle Public Schools and we need serious people making decisions about our childrens’ education.

To help you become a more informed voter, several education-focused organizations have come together to host a candidate forum. The League of Education Voters, Tabor 100/Excellent Schools Now, Seattle Alliance of Black School Educators, and the Seattle Chapter of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute will host a forum for candidates from Districts 1, 2, 3, and 6.

Please join us:

Thursday, September 24, 2015
6:00 pm–9:00 pm
First A.M.E. Church – Fellowship Hall
1522 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Forum issues will include disproportionate discipline rates, in school suspension, homework, business advocacy in education, class size, and ideas to improve Seattle Schools.

We hope to see you at this important event.

To register on line go to Eventbrite at the following link-

Public Forum: Candidates for City Council’s Districts 1, 8, and 9 @ Fauntleroy Church UCC
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Westside Interfaith Network, also known as the WIN Group of churches, invites you to attend a public forum with the candidates for City Council’s Districts 1, 8, and 9 on Tuesday, Oct. 6th:

Come to the
6:30-8 PM on Tuesday, October 6th
at Fauntleroy Church UCC

All six candidates, two candidates for each of the three positions, are planning to participate in the Forum. You are invited to meet all 6 candidates, learn their views and plans for our area–and be a more informed voter!

This is the first election whereby City Council people are chosen by geographic district. West Seattle is in District 1; plus we vote for two “at large” positions: Districts 8 & 9.

6 pm – Doors open. Campaign literature available. Informal conversation.
6:30 – Brief welcome & introduction. Moderated forum: District 1.
6:50 – Moderated forum: District 8 and 9.
7:30 – Moderated forum: questions from the audience addressed to all 6 candidates.
8:00 – Informal conversation with candidates.

Co-sponsored by the Westside Interfaith Network (WIN) & The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County.

West Seattle Community Meeting: Seattle Housing Levy @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The City will provide information about the Levy, explain the Mayor’s proposal, and offer an opportunity for people to share their thoughts on their priorities for affordable housing investments. Comments can also be submitted online at www.seattle.gov/housing/levy.

West Seattle Community Meeting: Seattle Housing Levy
6:30 pm
at Senior Center of West Seattle

Gathering of Neighbors event @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Mar 12 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


On Saturday, March 12th, at 9:00 am at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, VieWS (Visualizing Increased Engagement West Seattle), Southwest Youth & Family Services, and the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association will present the 2016 edition of the Gathering of Neighbors. Our theme is “Growing Pains” and will focus on the challenges facing West Seattle as we see rapid growth in populations, jobs, and housing and the benefits and drawbacks that growth brings to our neighborhoods.

This year’s event will feature opportunities to learn about the recommendations by the Mayor’s Housing Affordability & Living Agenda (HALA) Committee, recent updates proposed for the 2035 Comp Plan, plans to renew and double the Housing Levy, what a Sound Transit 3 package might look like for your vote in November, and the recent declaration of a Homeless State of Emergency by Mayor Ed Murray and County Executive Dow Constantine.

Learn from invited experts about what is happening with housing, zoning, community centers, parking, transportation, and much, much more and how all this change is both creating new opportunities for us and our loved ones while also stirring up fears of increased inequality,
ongoing historical inequities, and permanent damage to the character of our neighborhoods.

As always, we will also offer breakout sessions where you can learn more about how you can get be part of shaping the impact all of these changes will have on our community and meet local leaders and organizations already involved in these issues.

The morning’s agenda will be packed:
· 9:00 am – Social/Refreshments
· 9:30 am – OPEN HOUSE & INFORMATIONAL TABLES: What are the Challenges Facing West Seattle?
· 10:30 am – Welcoming Ceremonies
· 10:45 am – EXPERT PANEL: What is Being Done about Growth in West Seattle?
Featuring a City Staffer, Urbanist, Elected Official, West Seattle Organization Leader, and Homeless Advocate
· 11:40 am – BREAKOUT SESSIONS: How Do I Get Involved in Shaping Our Community?
• North Delridge Action Plan update – David Goldberg (OPCD) & ACT Team members
• ST3 Planning – West Seattle Transportation Coalition + Rob Johnson, Seattle City Councilmember, District 4
• Land Use/Urban Village Growth – Cindi Barker and Deb Barker
• West Seattle Chamber conversation about business development
· 12:30 pm – FACILITATED DISCUSSION: Are We In a Homelessness State of Emergency?
• Michael Maddux, 43rd District Democrats and former City Council candidate
• Hanna Brooks Olsen, Seattlish writer, Project Manager for Civic Ventures
• Mercedes Elizalde, Policy & Engagement Strategist for City Councilmember Debora Juarez
· 1:00 pm – Wrap Up

Date: Saturday, March 12th, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW,

Visualizing Increased Engagement West Seattle (VieWS) is a non-partisan community organization comprised of local, volunteer citizens – your neighbors – who have come together to create programming to educate, engage, and mobilize West Seattle citizens to sustain and improve the quality of life and services available across our peninsula. Visit our website – www.VieWS.community – to learn more.

Southwest Youth and Family Services (SWYFS) has been providing services in the West Seattle area since 1979. Our mission is to empower youth and families through culturally relevant counseling, education and family support services in White Center, South Park, Delridge, West Seattle and other neighborhoods. We connect people to high quality services, and also to each other. As a result, our communities become stronger, the changes last, and the impact can be felt wherever you are.

SWYFS is a private non-profit, 501(c)3 organization; all donations are tax deductible. We are proud to serve as the fiscal sponsor for this year’s Gathering of Neighbors event. Visit our website at www.swyfs.org for more information.

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center is an inclusive, contemporary multi-arts space based in the Delridge Neighborhood of Southwest Seattle that incubates and inspires new arts participants, art-makers and organizations from our multicultural, inter-generational communities in order to engage in civic dialogue and meaningful community transformation.

What is Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association?
The Youngstown Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA), a private non profit organization based in West Seattle. DNDA is dedicated to engaging the community in creating a thriving Delridge.

Since 1996, DNDA has brought together Delridge neighbors, other non-profits, the business community and local government to build community, preserve affordable housing, design and build a trail along Longfellow Creek, bring a new library to the community, and assist dozens of groups with their community projects. Much of DNDA’s work combines multiple goals such as providing affordable housing while enhancing the pedestrian environment and supporting local artists. DNDA raised $12 million to acquire and complete the historic renovation of the Youngstown building as part of their “three projects | one community” campaign, receiving tremendous financial support from throughout the community.

Community Conversation: the Mayor’s Education Summit @ Neighborhood House High Point Center
Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the Mayor’s Education Summit Community Conversations! Mayor Ed Murray is interested in hearing what you and your family want for Seattle’s students and schools. This spring, the Mayor is asking the city to come together to put forward our best thinking on how we can ensure equity and excellence for each and every student in Seattle. The Mayor’s Education Summit is a community process designed to identify ways the City of Seattle can help address long-standing inequalities in our public school system.

The Mayor’s Education Summit begins first with a series of Community Conversations and other outreach events happening throughout March and April of 2016. They will take place in schools, community-based organizations, and businesses across Seattle. We’re asking community members, parents and families, students, teachers and school administrators, and business leaders and employers, for their ideas about ways to improve educational opportunities for all children and youth in Seattle. Educating our students is the responsibility of us all. Join the conversation, and make success a reality for all Seattle’s students.

West Seattle Date and Location:

Neighborhood House
Thursday, April 14, 5:00–7:00 pm
Neighborhood House High Point Center
6400 Sylvan Way SW

If you are unable to attend a Community Conversation, you can also leave your ideas about ways to improve educational opportunities for all children and youth in Seattle here at our
survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/SEAEducationSummit.

Town Hall with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal @ Town Hall Seattle
Mar 6 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

On Monday, March 6, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal will host a public town hall meeting at Town Hall Seattle. At the event, Jayapal will discuss her work in Congress and take questions from constituents. Town halls are an important way for constituents to connect with their representatives in government and hold them accountable.

What: Town hall at Town Hall Seattle
Who: Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)
When: Monday, March 6, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall Seattle, (Great Hall)

This will be the first in a series of town hall-style events in Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and surrounding areas including Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds and parts of Burien, Shoreline and Normandy Park.

Elected in 2016, Jayapal serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. She is also the Vice Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee.

Media interested in attending the town hall should RSVP to Ansel Herz at ansel.herz@mail.house.gov.

‘Living with Dignity and Freedom from Oppression: The Intersection of Human Trafficking and the Contemporary Immigration Crisis’ @ Kol HaNeshamah
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Intersection of Human Trafficking and the Contemporary Immigration Crisis
October 26, 2017

6:30 p.m. Gather | 7:00-8:30 p.m. Program

Kol HaNeshamah
6115 SW Hinds

How can we stand in solidarity as faith communities with our immigrant brothers and sisters? How is human trafficking and today’s immigration crisis linked? Come learn from experts in the community about how to support immigrant human trafficking survivors and what resources are available to them. The second half of the gathering will focus on how to empower those in your faith community who may be facing exploitation and abuse, but afraid to come forward to report.

Sponsored by the Multifaith Coalition to Address Human Trafficking through the Lens of Compassion
For more info, contact the Missions Office: missions.office@seattlearch.org | 206-382-4580

Let’s Talk Race series: ‘Migration and the World’ @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Jan 13 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Delridge Neighborhoods Let’s Talk Race Series Presents
Migration and the World

Saturday, January 13th 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW

What does it mean to be American, and how does this affect our understanding of race? For this half-day event we will explore immigration history and our own identities. We will use film, storytelling, and interactive activities to engage in critical conversations that connect us to our differences and our common humanity.

Free Child Care and Community Dinner Provided

For more information and accessibility needs contact nafasi@dnda.org

LEARN MORE: www.dnda.org/raceseries

Living in the Shadows: The Human Toll of Current Immigration Policy @ Fauntleroy Church
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

First in a three-part series:

Living in the Shadows: The Human Toll of Current Immigration Policy @ Fauntleroy Church

Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Lonnie Tristan Renteria, executive director, clinical services, Puentes

An agency mobilizing mental health resources to help undocumented migrants and their families cope and flourish

Karen Gamez, University of Washington senior

An immigrant-rights advocate since high school now at risk of losing her DACA status

Supper 6:30 PM (freewill donation); program 7:00 PM, Fellowship Hall

Advance registration encouraged through the church office: 206-932-5600 or jackie@fauntleroyucc.org

From Detention to Deportation: Who Ends Up at the Northwest Detention Center and What Happens to Them? @ Fauntleroy Church
Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Second in a three-part series:

From Detention to Deportation: Who Ends Up at the Northwest Detention Center and What Happens to Them? @ Fauntleroy Church

Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Deborah Perez, volunteer coordinator, Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest

An organization assisting and advocating for detained immigrants and their families at the Tacoma-based, for-profit detention center – with 1,575 beds, one of the largest in the U.S.

Legal representative to address the legal process for those detained

Supper 6:30 PM (freewill donation); program 7:00 PM, Fellowship Hall

Advance registration encouraged through the church office: 206-932-5600 or jackie@fauntleroyucc.org

Welcoming the Stranger: How Can Religious Institutions Help Those at Risk of Deportation? @ Fauntleroy Church
Feb 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Welcoming the Stranger: How Can Religious Institutions Help Those at Risk of Deportation? @ Fauntleroy Church

Feb 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Michael Ramos, executive director, Church Council of Greater Seattle

An organization convening and catalyzing communities and people of faith to create a world of justice, in part through support of refugees and immigrants facing unjust detention and deportation

Phillip Lienau, co-chair, steering committee, Sanctuary Hub at St. Mark’s Cathedral

A project providing shelter and drawing other churches into its support network for people at risk of deportation

Supper 6:30 PM (freewill donation); program 7:00 PM, Fellowship Hall

Advance registration encouraged through the church office: 206-932-5600 or jackie@fauntleroyucc.org

Mayor’s Town Hall on ‘Students Stopping Gun Violence’ @ Chief Sealth International High School
Mar 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

As announced by the mayor’s office:

Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan will host a town hall at Chief Sealth International High School with Seattle and Puget Sound-area students, educators, parents, community leaders and public health officials to discuss reducing gun violence in Seattle and around our country. … The event, “Town Hall on Students Stopping Gun Violence,” will feature questions from students and will be moderated by KING 5’s Natalie Brand and KUOW’s Ross Reynolds. Seattle can join the conversation by tweeting their questions (with the hashtag) #SEAGunViolence.

U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s West Seattle Town Hall @ The Hall at Fauntleroy
Mar 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal will host two town halls in the month of March. The town halls will be held in West Seattle and Edmonds.

These town halls are an opportunity for constituents to raise concerns, learn what actions are being taken in Congress and discuss the path ahead as we continue the fight for justice.

What: West Seattle Town Hall with Rep. Pramila Jayapal
When: Tuesday, March 27, 6:00 p.m. PST
Where: The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136

Jayapal plans to host multiple town halls throughout 2018 across Washington’s 7th District. In 2017, Jayapal hosted eight town hall events throughout the district and three tele-town halls over the phone.

Elected in 2016, Jayapal represents Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and the surrounding areas, including Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, Edmonds, and parts of Burien and Normandy Park. Jayapal serves on the House Judiciary Committee; the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security; and the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. She is also the Vice Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee and the First Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

South Park stop on Superintendent Denise Juneau’s listening tour @ Concord International Elementary School
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Seattle Public Schools superintendent Denise Juneau brings her listening tour to Concord International Elementary School. Discussion to be conducted in Spanish with English translation. Child care and dinner provided.

34th District Legislators’ Town Hall @ Delridge Community Center
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

34th District Reps. Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon and Sen.-elect Joe Nguyen lead a town-hall discussion before the Legislature convenes. All welcome!

Constituents are encouraged to attend a town hall with 34th District legislators Saturday, January 12 from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Delridge Community Center. Lawmakers will share thoughts on legislative priorities and answer questions from constituents on a range of issues.