Presentation on civil liberties organizing, seminar on homelessness in Seattle, movie screening on Bainbridge Island history


Over the next two weeks, hear about the legacy of redlined neighborhoods, discuss climate vulnerability, and explore local Black history. 

Urban-Related Events (For more, check out our calendar):

Tuesday – 2/8

They Never Can Jail Us All: My Life in the Freedom Struggle with Michael Honey, UW Tacoma 

Michael Honey, a former southern civil liberties organizer, is a scholar of African American, labor, and civil rights history and of nonviolence and Martin Luther King Jr. He is the Fred and Dorothy Haley Professor of Humanities at the University of Washington Tacoma. He will speak on his recent publication, which takes us into jails, into struggles against repressive laws and police violence, and into campaigns to free Angela Davis and all political prisoners—asking throughout, What is past and what is present in the struggle to be free?

6:30-7:30pm – Online event. 


Friday – 2/11

CSDE Seminar: All It Takes Is One Block: The Legacy of Redlining in Lethally Surveilled Neighborhoods

Join the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE) for a presentation by Dr. Alyasah Ali Sewell (they/them/their). Dr. Sewell is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Emory University and Founder and Executive Director of The Race and Policing Project. Drawing on historical data of state-implicated redlining, this study considers the interlocking web of violence between communities and the people designated by the state to protect them.  12:30-1:30pm – Online event. Registration required. 

Wednesday – 2/16

Meeting People Where they are in the Emerald City: Harm Reduction Approaches for People Experiencing Homelessness

Join the UW Center for Health Innovation and Policy Science (CHIPS) for the second of a four-part seminar series on homelessness. Speakers include Seema Clifasefi, from the UW Harm Reduction Research and Treatment Center (HaRRT) & Caleb Banta-Green, of UW Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute’s Community Engaged Drug Education Epidemiology and Research Group. 

12:00-1:00pm – Online event.

MOHAI History Café: Honoring Bainbridge Island’s Indipino Community

Award winning film “Honor Thy Mother” tells the untold story of Bainbridge Island’s Indipino community. Descended from Aboriginal mothers and Filipino fathers, the Indipinos reflect on their lives growing up mixed race with no sense of belonging in either culture. Their stories reveal the effect historical trauma had on their childhood as the children of mothers who attended Canadian Indian residential schools. Join MOHAI for a screening of the film and a chance to ask questions of filmmaker Lucy Ostrander and executive producer Gina Corpuz.

6:30-8:00pm – Online event. Registration required. 

Thursday – 2/17

Environmental & Occupational Health Webinar: “Climate Changes Health: How We Know and Where We Are Going” – Kristie Ebi, PhD

Kristie L. Ebi is professor of environmental and occupational health and of global health. Her research focuses on the impacts of and adaptation to climate variability and change, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security and vector-borne diseases. She focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments.

12:30-1:20pm – Online event.

Saturday – 2/19

EXHIBIT: The Green Book: More Than A Guide

Join the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) in applying a contemporary lens to segregation, Black migration, and the rise of leisure travel. Learn about Black & Tan Hall’s new digital Seattle Green Book Tour which follows the Jackson Street corridor and enjoy a special installation of oil paintings, The Black and Tan Collection.

10:00-5:00pm – MOHAI 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle WA, 98109

February is Black History Month!

Support local organizations like Wa Na Wari

Wa Na Wari is an immersive community art project that reclaims Black cultural space and makes a statement about the importance of Black land ownership in gentrified communities, including Seattle’s Central District. 


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