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Free Minds, Free People
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – Jul 9 @ 5:00 pm


Early Bird Registration
for Free Minds, Free People has been extended! Register by June 16 for early bird rates.
Hotel Information and Deadline
Reservation deadline: June 16, 2017!
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor at a discounted group rate. Tell them you are with the Free Minds, Free People Conference.  There are only two weeks left to book your room at this rate.

Location: 300 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 (phone: 410.528.1234/Online Reservation)                  
Room options: Single room ($145 plus tax); Double room ($145 plus tax)

Dorm Information
We have also reserved dorm rooms at the site of the conference, Loyola University, and at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), closer to downtown. Please do not contact Loyola University or MICA about dorm rooms. For questions please contact Maria Cedillo at: or 443.979.1025. To reserve a dorm room use this form.

Loyola University: 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210
Room options: Single ($62/per person); Double ($57/per person)

MICA: 1300 W. Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217
Room Options: $75 per person

Plenaries and Workshops
We have planned exciting plenary sessions focused on our theme of Fighting for Our Lives including Ableism and Racism, Water is Life, Radical Healing, as well as an all-youth plenary session. In addition we have over 100 workshops, panels, research presentations, and young activists sessions (for 4-12 year olds).

Radical Professional Development
RadPD provides the opportunity for educators across content areas and grade levels to develop specific skills to take back to their local areas. This year’s RadPD will highlight the tensions and trauma of working for social justice in schools situated within a colonial context.  One of our key speakers for RadPD is Camika Royal. Add RadPD to your registration for an additional $30, which includes a free copy of Planning to Change the World.

Help Spread the Word
This conference is a grassroots labor of love so we need your help to spread the word. Please use your networks and social media to hype the conference:

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Discounted Early Bird registration ends June 16.
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EPIC Movement – 1st Thursday of every Month
Jul 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Greetings All!

As you know the No New Youth Jail Campaign is heating up along with the weather so we are dropping a new meeting schedule for the summer.
E.P.I.C. will continue general meetings on the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30pm at our usual spot, the Black Power Epicenter (6230 Beacon Ave S). There will be No New Youth Jail Action meetings announced throughout the summer to ensure we keep the pressure on our campaign targets and that we are building accountable, anti-racist relationships for the movement.
Exploring Race and Class Intersections
Jul 7 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm


Exploring Race and Class Intersections

July 7th, 2017
9:30am – 4:30pmWorkshop Group

2100 Building
2100 24th Ave South
Seattle, WA

Race and class are inextricably linked, and we need to talk about them together. Join Class Action trainers Anita Garcia Morales and Alan Preston for a daylong workshop exploring this critical intersection. Please note that this will be an interactive and experiential workshop, not a lecture or presentation. Read more here.

Register Here

Cost: $25-$150 based on ability to pay (Space is limited)

No credit card? Register by replying to this email and pay at the door.

If you are unable to pay the suggested minimum $25, please contact us to learn more about scholarships.


Alan Preston, Senior Traineralanpreston

Alan Preston, MBA, grew up with the advantages of class, race, and gender and is committed to using his privilege to challenge growing economic inequality. Alan has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership and currently works as the Director of Programs and Equity for Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project. Before joining Real Change in the Fall of 2009, Alan served as the Northwest Organizer for an initiative called Wealth for the Common Good, mobilizing high-income earners in support of progressive tax policies. Alan has also designed and facilitated programs around class, wealth and leadership for progressive foundations, giving circles, churches and nonprofit organizations. Alan holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in political science from Haverford College.  

Sarah Tran, Associate Trainer

sarah tranSarah Tran was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, by Vietnamese parents who came to the United States as refugees. During her earliest years, the family was solidly working-class as her parents worked hard to support their children while sponsoring relatives from Vietnam to come to the US. By the time she was four, there were ten people living in their little house. When her parents advanced in their careers, they were able to move out into a larger home, becoming the only family of color in a predominantly white neighborhood. Sarah grew up experiencing racism and sexism throughout grade school and struggled with becoming a class “straddler” as her family’s socioeconomic status changed. These experiences ground and guide Sarah‘s work today as the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Assistance Center – an organization dedicated to building capacity, resources, and leadership in communities of color and other marginalized communities.

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NPARC Community Caucusing & Social Hour
Jul 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

NPARC invites its members to ninety minutes of caucusing (4:00pm-5:30pm) with a subsequent networking social hour at Eastern Cafe.

Note: Caucusing is open to NPARC members only.

If you are unsure if you or your organization is a current member, please email us at We can accept new membership forms and payments (check only, please) at this event, but we prefer that you attempt to complete the membership process before July 13. See all details, including the required annual dues, and complete the process here.

The social hour at Eastern Cafe is open to non-members.

Community caucuses (or affinity groups) allow folks who share a certain identity to discuss oppression related to that identity. The NPARC leadership team will be leading three simultaneous caucuses centering on race: people of color, multi-racial folks, and white people.

Through talking with people who are like us, we can gain new insights into our own beliefs as well as others. We can gain support. We can practice talking about difficult issues and unpack our own “baggage” before we join discussions in a mixed group. People who participate in caucusing gain mutual support and learn that they have a voice in making a difference. Participants also build new relationships and trust as well as explore different ways to work with others.*

Many workplaces have found caucusing to be a beneficial addition to other equity and inclusion initiatives, and experiencing caucusing for yourself may help you to see the value it can bring to your organization. NPARC also understands that many of us are doing this work without a built-in community, so we are seeking to provide this as a regular place for people to connect and share their experiences.

Once we have concluded our caucuses, we invite you to socialize and network with each other at Eastern Cafe, just up the street.

Note: Audio or visual recording, including photography, is not permitted at this event.

*This verbiage comes from Dialogue for Affinity Groups, a publication of Everyday Democracy.

Community Meeting Location:

Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) is on the ground floor of the Key Bank building two blocks east of Uwajimaya. Street parking is available, but we also encourage use of transit. The building is a five minute walk from the International District/Chinatown tunnel station. Enter the school on the west side of the building, down a pathway/ramp. There are no stairs to climb at this venue, and we ask that participants refrain from wearing scent or cologne in consideration of folks with sensitivities.

Social Hour/Networking Location:

Eastern Cafe at 510 Maynard Ave S is just one and a half blocks north of PSCS. Please join us after 5:30 for networking and socializing. Even if you are unable to make it to the community meeting, you are welcome at the social hour, no membership required!

Internalized Sexism & White Privilege: A Workshop for White Women
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am – Jul 15 @ 4:30 pm


Friday, July 14 & Saturday, July 15, 2017

The 2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

8:30am Check-in & light breakfast
9:00am-4:30pm Workshop

As we work in multicultural partnerships, it is beneficial to examine the unique dynamics of our socialization around gender and race. While white women face experiences of gender oppression, we also benefit from white privilege. In what ways do these two phenomena work together to create misunderstandings, missed collaborations, and acts of supremacy?

In this workshop we use a model to examine how our identities develop as we grow in our understanding of personal and institutional oppression. Over two days we use highly interactive methods including reflective writing, video clips, small group conversations, story telling, role-playing and many other ways to take a deep look into learned patterns of behavior.

Recognizing these patterns helps us name and practice strategies to better collaborate in multicultural settings. During our time together we co-create a community where our spirits are renewed and our commitment to social justice strengthened.

Participants will…

  • Analyze the complex intersection of internalized sexism and white privilege and how this plays out in our lives.
  • Learn and apply a model of white women’s anti-racist identity development.
  • Practice strategies to heal ourselves and counter racist and sexist socialization in order to improve our cross-cultural relationships and better advocate for systems change.

Ilsa Govan & Tilman Smith

$250 Early-Bird Rate available before June 23rd, $275 thereafter.
Includes free resources, a light breakfast & snacks.
No refunds given for any reason after July 6, 2017, although you are welcome to gift your seat to a colleague.

Clock Hours & CEUs:
This workshop has been approved for 6 CEUs by the Washington State Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Our provider number is #1975-369.

Notes & Questions About Registration:

When scheduling events and partnering with venues, we prioritize making the event physically accessible for all participants whenever possible. The 2100 Building is wheelchair accessible and the workshop is on the ground floor. Accessible parking is available in the parking garage. We ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances in order to keep this event accessible to community members with chemical sensitivity. To inquire about the possibility of additional accommodations, please contact Mercedes Robinson at the email listed above by June 23, 2017.

Hispanic Seafair Community Night
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Hispanic Seafair Scholarship Program for Women, accompanied by Latino Community Fund, invites you to attend the first annual Community Night, to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25 2017, at The Ninety in Pioneer Square. All ages. Admission is free, donations accepted.

Help us celebrate and learn more about our newest community representatives and role models. Axa Molina, Miss Hispanic Seafair 2017 and Karen Gamez, our first Hispanic Seafair Ambassador. Both young women are representing the Hispanic/Latinx community at the Seafair Scholarship Program for Women this summer.

We look forward to seeing old friends, welcoming the friends and family members of this year’s scholarship recipients, and introducing new friends to HSO, LCF and other amazing organizations in our community. Together as a community, we will honor hard work, dedication and triumph.

See you there!

Please share this event with your respective organizations and networks.

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This scholarship program wouldn’t be possible without you.

All Donations Are Greatly Appreciated.
Businesses or organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities or if you’re looking to get involved, please contact our program manager at 206.380.6080 or email Your support creates the opportunity for students to fulfill their dreams! Not only are you investing in their education today, but you are expanding their options for success tomorrow.

About the Scholarship program:

Every year Hispanic Seafair selects one deserving role-model in the community as Miss Hispanic Seafair, based on her academics, community involvement, public speaking abilities and other essential skills. She’s awarded with an academic scholarship to continue her studies, and a year filled with networking and career opportunities. In an effort to provide more scholarship and increase our community presence at Seafair and community events year round, Hispanic Seafair has opted to grant a scholarship to two different well-deserving young women.

Latino Community Fund is proud to offer fiscal sponsorship to Hispanic Seafair. LCF cultivates new leaders, supports cultural and community based non-profit organizations, and improves the quality of life for all Washingtonians. To achieve our mission and address the needs of Latinos, LCF programs create a vibrant community through civic engagement, healthy families, arts and culture. We offer fiscal sponsorship to organizations and programs in various development phases. Through this capacity building, LCF provides technical assistance, leadership development, and fundraising support to programs and organizations that provide value to the Latino community in our state.

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Seattle/Olympia Authentic Leadership Community of Practice
Jul 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Dear Friends,

I trust this note finds you well. It’s a little more than two weeks since 100 practitioners (many of whom were new to ALIA) came together at the ALIA2017 Summer Leadership Intensive at PLU. Here’s one of the harvests from the SLI, created by our incredible Harvest Team:
Now we’ve turned our attention once again to our continuing local practice.  As one of the co-hosts of our Seattle/Olympia Authentic Leadership Community of Practice (CoP), I’d like to invite you to attend our next Seattle/Olympia CoP “joint gathering” on July 29th, from 9-4 at the 2100 Building in Seattle, WA. Our joint gatherings are an opportunity to learn more about ALIA and check out our CoP. If you wish to join (no obligation!) following this experience, you can sign up as a member (there’s an annual fee), and participate in monthly meetings in Seattle or Olympia. This really is an ongoing practice of learning and connection.
Space is limited on July 29, so if you’d like to attend please register via this Eventbrite link. Cost for guests is $10 at the door. Please sign up no later than July 23rd so we can plan accordingly for food and set up. If you can’t make this event but have some curiosity about ALIA and the CoP, let me know and we can make time for a conversation.
Seattle Mariners for African American Heritage Day
Jul 30 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Join the Seattle Mariners for African American Heritage Day at Safeco Field on Sun, Jul 30 @ 1:10 PM PDT. Receive an African American Heritage hat when you purchase through this special offer.

Enter Promo Code: AAHD

***A portion of each ticket sold through this special offer will benefit the Urban League.***
Train the Trainer: Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race
Aug 10 @ 9:00 am – Aug 11 @ 4:30 pm


Thursday, August 10th – Friday, August 11th

The 2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

8:30am Check-in & light breakfast
9:00am-4:30pm Workshop

Through engaging and interactive exercises, you’ll learn helpful strategies and tips on how to successfully present sensitive information to a wide audience of learners. You will develop skills to take difficult conversations about race, privilege and power to a deeper level and learn strategies for working with resistance. The two-day workshop will give you time to practice applying the strategies in a variety of scenarios.

Both experienced and novice trainers are encouraged to attend and will learn new tools. However, participants in this workshop should have awareness of your own biases, privileges and internalized oppression, as well as some knowledge of institutional racism and white privilege in the United States. The more personal work you have done to understand these issues, the more you will get out of this workshop as a facilitator.

The skills developed in this two-day intensive are valuable for individuals who want to further equity work in their communities.  Organizations committed to instituting systemic change will also benefit by training a cohort of internal trainers to provide on-going, culturally relevant professional development for staff.

Participants in this workshop receive a free copy of our Train the Trainer workbook, filled with take-away resources and valued at $32.00.

Participants will…

  •     Gain tips for creating a welcoming environment.
  •     Learn ways to establish credibility and build relationships with participants.
  •     Identify your own triggers and learn strategies to engage people when they are triggered.
  •     Develop skills for handling common pitfalls and resistance.
  •     Explore different dynamics for facilitators of color and white facilitators.
  •     Cultivate the ability to address cultural tensions and conflict.
  •     Notice and address common expressions of white privilege in workshop dynamics.

Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D. & Ilsa Govan, M.A.

$275 Early-Bird registration before July 20th, $300 thereafter.
Includes free resources, a light breakfast and afternoon snacks.
No refunds given for any reason after August 3, 2017, although you are welcome to gift your seat to a colleague.

This workshop has been approved for 12 CEUs by the Washington State Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Our provider number is #1975-369.

How is this different from the “Activities for Trainers” workshop?
The “Train the Trainer” workshop focuses on the art of effective facilitation in any setting and with any activity. Unlike the “Activities” workshop, you will not learn any particular lesson plans. In this workshop, you will receive our book, while the other workshop comes with a complementary flash drive with resources. If you’d like to purchase extra copies of our book or flash drive, please visit our Products page.

Notes & Questions About Registration:

When scheduling events and partnering with venues, we prioritize making the event physically accessible for all participants whenever possible. The 2100 Building is wheelchair accessible and the workshop is on the ground floor. Accessible parking is available in the parking garage. We ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances in order to keep this event accessible to community members with chemical sensitivity. To inquire about the possibility of additional accommodations, please contact Mercedes Robinson at the email listed above by July 27, 2017.

Introductory Anti-Racism Training for White folks
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Are you new to anti-racism work?  Do you need more clarity around race, racism and how white folks fit in?

Please join us for an afternoon training on basics of anti-racism analysis and practice. The training will cover language and history and build alignment around a shared understand of structural racism. We will also practice talking about race and racism with family and friends, share info about CARW and ways to get involved in multi-racial organizing in Seattle. We will close with an opportunity for collective action.

Sunday, August 13
Washington Hall: 153 14th Ave, Seattle 98122
Suggested donation of $10-$50 to cover the cost of space and materials. Square Cash link:$carw (please make a note that you’re paying for this workshop if you use this payment method)

To register, please sign up here.

This training is open to CARW members and members of the public. CARW is a group of white people in the Seattle area working to undo institutional racism and white privilege through education and organizing in white communities and active support of anti-racist, people of color-led organization.  For more information about our work:

Please share information about this training with people in your network!

Accessibility: we will be on the ground floor of Washington Hall, which is wheelchair accessible; please refrain from using scented products in deference to folks with sensitivities; we will strive to provide childcare, please indicate childcare needs when you register. Other questions? please email Judy Blair at
We’re excited to see you!
CARW Education Team