Film Screening: “The Fall of the I-Hotel”

June 10, 2011

When: Wednesday June 29th—6:30-8:30pm
Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 South Alaska St)

“The Fall of the I-Hotel” brings to life the battle for housing in 1970’s San Francisco. The brutal eviction of the International Hotel’s tenants culminated a decade of spirited resistance to the raising of Manilatown.

Join The Tenants Union with special guest Dr. Estella Habal, one of the lead organizers of the movement and author of an important book documenting the struggle.  Audience members can engage with Dr. Habal in a community dialogue on Seattle’s own fight to save affordable housing.

Suggested Donation $15 (Books & DVD’s available for purchase)


Film Screening “A Lot Like You”

June 10, 2011

1 pm,  Sunday, June 12th @ the Admiral Theater (2343 California Ave SW) in West Seattle

Directed by: Eliaichi Kimaro

Film description: What happens when a woman goes in search of her identity and discovers that the cycle of violence she’s been working hard to break in the US is part of her history and culture on another continent?

A Lot Like You raises questions about the cultures we inherit and what we choose to pass down, and reveals how bearing witness can break silences that have lasted lifetimes…

Seattle-based filmmaker Eliaichi Kimaro is a mixed-race, first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother.  When Eli was older and in an interracial relationship of her own, she wanted to better understand this world her father had left behind when he was 18.  So when Dr. Kimaro retired and moved back to Tanzania for good, Eli followed him to make a film about this culture she would one day pass down to her kids.

What Eli discovered on that trip – in Tanzania, in her family and in herself – is the subject of this personal documentary, A Lot Like You.  As both a cultural insider/outsider, Eli asked questions that most people who grew up there would never think to ask.  And the stoic women in her family opened up, telling Eli stories about trauma and survival that they’d never even shared with each other.

And so Eli must reconcile this culture she’s inherited with how she defines herself today–as a woman, as an activist and, perhaps most of all, as a mother.  And in doing so, she finds a way to translate her father’s culture on Mt. Kilimanjaro into her own personal legacy.

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Reminder: BTS Conference this weekend!

May 25, 2011

* Wheelchair accessible
* Please come as fragrance-free as possible (meaning no perfume/cologne, no strongly scented deoderant, makeup, or styling products, no smoke).  To read up more on multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), sometimes referred to as chemical disability, here’s an article by billie rain on some MCS basics:

Documentary Screening: “Blood, Sweat and Berries”

May 22, 2011


Thursday, May 26th, 2011 @ 12:15 PM, Wyckoff Auditorium, Seattle University

In October 2007, a front page article in The Seattle Times declared blueberries to be “Washington’s blue gold” as the state’s second-most-valuable crop per harvested acre. (

But who is picking the crops?

Join us for the screening of “Blood, Sweat & Berries,” a new documentary directed by a group of college students that portrays the harsh reality under which migrant workers live and work in the state of Washington today.

This event is sponsored by Latin American Studies, the Diversity, Citizenship and Social Justice Track, and Chican@/Xican@ students at Seattle University. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jenny Vlad at

PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} Screening with Q&A

May 11, 2011

May 23rd, 6pm, Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University

PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} Screening with Q&A
Reteaching Gender and Sexuality

Join us on Monday, May 23rd at 6pm in Pigott Auditorium for a presentation of the documentary PUT THIS ON THE {MAP}, followed by Q&A session with the film’s subjects and filmmakers. PUT THIS ON THE{MAP} was awarded best local film in the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film festival in 2010 and is also an official selection for the San Francisco and London LGBT film festivals.

Research indicates that queer and transgender young people are more than four times as likely to have attempted suicide in the past year than their peers, as well as face an increased risk of harassment at school, drug and alcohol use, and of being the victims of physical violence. Queer and transgender youth are also over-represented in the juvenile justice system and in systems of state care, where policies and practices often don’t meet the most basic safeguards. Educators, health providers, service organizations, and state agencies often lack confidence and competency to help or to address structural issues related to gender and sexuality.

This event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.  Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Triangle Club, and Seattle University Counselors for Social Justice. Contact Erin Getchman with questions:

RSVP @!/event.php?eid=221334167877399


May 10, 2011

Created be Basil Shadid from Dual Power Productions, is a web-based talkumentary series. Season one (12 episodes) runs from February 14 to May 2, 2011. individuals, couples and (un)couples get tipsy, get naked, get in bed, and get talking… the question: what does being in love mean to you?

Workshop Recording: 100 Years of Feminist Politics and Our Bodies

May 9, 2011

Recording #2… check out Pinay Sa Seattle’s workshop “100 Years of Feminist Politics and Our Bodies” facilitated at Break the Silence’s 2010 Creative Resistance conference.



Check out photos from the workshop here (many thanks to the lovely Nicole Kandi for taking photos!)

Workshop description:

March 8, 2010 will mark the centennial of the working class women’s struggle for equity and emancipation from imperialism, feudalism and patriarchy. Since the early 1900’s women have been campaigning for change during a time of great expansion in the booming industrialized world. Millions of women have paved the way for the women’s liberation movement worldwide demanding for better working wages, shorter working hours and voting rights. Women have fought long and hard to protect their families and communities, but in times of economic hardship and wars of aggression, women are often the most impacted.

Post modern and western feminist ideals often neglect to connect the struggle of women to the overall working class people’s struggle against imperialism, the real enemy of women. Reducing the women’s liberation movement to gaining individual rights or to a trivialized gender war against the opposite sex only further advances US imperialism and hides the fact that its real definition of equality is no more than the right to be as exploited and oppressed as the next property-less person or being as mere sex objects of male chauvinism.

Women of the Philippines have had a long standing history of fighting for change not only amongst themselves but for the people of the Philippines. Gabriela Silang, Lorena Barros, Tandang Sora and many others have left behind a legacy militant women fighting for a Philippines free from foreign intervention and exploitation.

This workshop will pay homage to our Filipina heroines as well as the many other women around the world united to advance the revolutionary struggle for women’s liberation. We will dismantle the common notion that the liberation of women is only achieved among and within the ranks of women, but is in fact necessary to work in alliance with all other oppressed and marginalized sectors of society. After all, even women can uphold the very same system that oppresses all other working class people.

We will also examine how our bodies as Filipina women is used and abused throughout the course of history. We will discuss issues ranging from human trafficking, prostitution, rape, labor exploitation and even the idea that the Philippines is often implicated as a female entity to understand the use of the female body within the system of imperialism.

In honor of the centennial of International Women’s Day, we commemorate the historic ties between the women’s movement and the proletarian movement for celebrating women and women’s militant inter-nationalism originated from the working class movement.

** Understand the historical context of the working class women’s liberation movement
** Re-define feminism and feminist politics from an anti-imperialist and working class perspective
** Learn about significant Filipina heroines who have contributed to the advancement the women’s liberation movement in the Philippines
** Dissect the impacts that imperialism, feudalism and patriarchy has on Filipina women’s bodies

More info on Pinay Sa Seattle:

Pinay* sa Seattle is a collective of Pinays celebrating our multifaceted identities, revolutionary history, and rich culture. We work to build a community in the Seattle area invested in educating, defending, and advocating for the human rights of Filipinas globally.