Aaina 2010: South Asian Women’s Focus

April 7, 2010

Aaina 2010: South Asian Women’s Focus
Co-presented by Tasveer and Chaya

Aaina, which in Urdu means mirror, focuses on and celebrates the artistic work of and about South Asian women. The variety of media includes film, performances, visual art, workshops and speakers aimed at highlighting issues relevant to South Asian women. We are excited to bring you another great festival this year! In addition to the programs below, Chaya will be releasing its first ever zine publication – a compilation of personal narratives, perspectives, and art to raise awareness about issues of violence and oppression in the South Asian community.


Friday April 09, 2010
6PM: Gupshup with South Asian Women Artists, Aaina Organizers (FREE). Light Refreshments provided.
8pm: Yoni ki Baat

Saturday April 10, 2010
2PM Community Speaks (FREE)
5PM Tasveer Picks, Best shorts films made by and about South Asian women
8PM Yoni ki Baat 1
10PM Aaina After Party -Chutney style

Sunday April 11, 2010
1pm Workshop and Discussion: South Asian Women in the Media (FREE)
3pm Lakshmi & Me 5pm Yoni Ki baat

Yoni Ki Baat: $10 students, $12 general, $15 door
–  Purchase tickets for Yoni Ki Baat at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/104025
Films: $8
Dance party: $5
And a FREE program daily!


Ethnic Cultural Theater & Center
3940 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105


Upcoming Immigration Reform Rallies

April 7, 2010

1. SEATTLE RALLY FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM! SATURDAY, APRIL 10TH, 2010 Noon, Occidental Park (Between South Washington and South Main St, in downtown. Even after over two hundred thousand people marched in Washington, D.C. to convince Congress and the White House to take action, communities across the country will be participating in a national day of action on April 10th to ensure our representatives know we want comprehensive immigration reform. The Washington Immigration Reform Coalition (WIRC) For America, an alliance of over 50 organizations, faith groups, community groups and labor unions, is organizing around one purpose – to achieve comprehensive immigration reform – and has been working to ensure that Washington’s Congressional delegation will support and lead on the issue. For more information about sponsorship, see http://www.weareone america.org/ april10.

RALLY AND DEMONSTRATION FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS AND JUSTICE IN SEATTLE, SATURDAY MAY 1, 2010. Rally at Noon, March begins at 12:30 at Judkins Playfield, behind St. Mary’s Church, 611 20th Ave S. Sponsored by El Comité Pro-Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social; Washington Immigrant Rights Action Coalition (WA-IRAC); and many others, including The Labor Center! Volunteers are still needed to work security. If you are interested, email to WashingtonIRAC@ gmail.com

SYPP Youth Blog: Say It! Story Telling as Organizing

April 1, 2010

Check out this amazing new(ish) blog!

About Say It!

Say It!: Story-telling as Organizing is a weblog featuring the work, thoughts, research, and voices of 15 youth organizers at Seattle Young People’s Project who are listening to the struggles, realities, and experiences of youth communities in Seattle and sharing their stories with you.

For us, story-telling is political. Every story raises young people’s voices, sheds light on their most pressing issues, and inspires visions and strategies for local social change. These stories are political beginnings of the political change we want to make in our homes, neighborhoods, communities, schools, and worlds.

Read on. Share your thoughts (yes, that means write a comment)! And, join the struggle.

INCITE! Launches Blog

March 31, 2010

Exciting news… check it out!

INCITE! is launching a community blog, which can be found here: http://inciteblog.wordpress.com/

The blog features items that promote a progressive or radical agenda for women of color, queer/trans people of color, and gender non-conforming people of color.

We invite you to submit announcements to post on the INCITE! blog!  Announcements might include events, statements, videos, images, news articles, press releases, art, job announcements, or calls for submissions for zines, conferences, etc. Please e-mail your announcement to incite.news@gmail.com.

Goals for the INCITE! blog can be found here: http://inciteblog.wordpress.com/about/.

Every 2-3 weeks, blog editors will list blog items and e-mail links to blog posts, which brings back the INCITE! e-newsletter.

You can subscribe to INCITE!’s e-newsletter here: https://lists.riseup.net/www/subscribe/incite

Also, please friend INCITE! on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/incitenews as another way to keep up with INCITE! news!

Save the date & how to support

March 9, 2010

Dear Community Member,

As you may be aware, Break the Silence student collective put on a conference last year (Break the Silence: Shattering the Culture of Violence). This year we are in the process of planning our second annual Break the Silence conference:

Creative Resistance: Confronting Legacies of Violence & Building Consent
Sat April 24th – Sun April 25th 2010 at Seattle University

Break the Silence is a student-led conference for members of the Puget Sound Region to explore and confront legacies of violence. The conference will examine the ways in which systems of violence interrelate in order to maintain one another. Through art, self-healing, and self-determination, this conference aims to develop creative strategies and build collective consent for addressing the pervasiveness of violence in our communities.

Through facilitated workshops, dialogue, and artistic self-expression, participants will:

  1. Increase their awareness and knowledge of histories of violence and the impact today on our communities
  2. Explore the role of consent in all facets and levels of relationships
  3. Build concrete strategies for addressing an array of issues related to a culture which normalizes violence and undermines consent.
  4. Develop mobilization and movement strategies to further sustain creative resistance in our communities.

We need your support! Please let us know if you can support Break the Silence in any of the followings ways, and we will include your name (and/or your organization’s name) on the program for the conference and you will be mentioned during the event itself

• Join the organizing committee by sending a representative from your organization. We meet Friday evenings, 5-6:30PM, Piggott 108, Seattle University campus. If you need help finding the room please call 206.931.8537!
• Make a donation!
• Volunteer on the day of the conference (i.e. set up, clean up, ushering, picking up food, registration, etc).
• Help with conference outreach: office posting, email list serves, include in mailings and calendar of events, tell your networks, etc. (see “Save the Date” attachment).
• Do you know local artists whose work relates to sexualized violence? We want to make art a prominent part of the conference and we are open to all forms, mediums, or styles! • Submit a proposal to facilitate a workshop.
• Encourage you/ your group to attend the conference.

Break the Silence Planning Committee

Precious Teach-In Flyer

February 9, 2010

Updates: 2010 Conference Planning and Events

December 23, 2009

Hey everyone!

It’s been two months since our last update, so today’s the day we are breaking the silence. 😉

Here’s what we’ve got:

> Planning for the 2010 conference is just getting underway. We are working on a location and finalizing the date. It looks like the conference will take place around mid-April. We are hoping to focus on creativity and healing as central parts of anti-violence work. Please send us an email if you are interested in helping plan at nwbreakthesilence@gmail.com . Everyone is welcome! The more voices and ideas the better!
> We held our first trial run of our consent workshop in November. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and who attended! We are hoping to incorporate suggestions and revise the content by early January. Please send us an email if you are interested in attending (or facilitating!). 🙂
> In early October, we hosted a successful open house for the BTS drop-in center (see post below for more info on the center). We are hoping to renew this project in the months ahead!

Take care and keep in touch!