Archive for May 19th, 2009

19
May
09

Enviro boogie

Do you know what’s coming up on Thursday? Yes, you’re exactly right. It’s your chance to show the EPA that Seattle supports clean air and strong environmental protections. And it’s easy to do, because on Thursday the EPA is coming to town to hear testimony, and we’re going to be there. We’re meeting up at noon down on the waterfront (Pier 66, aka 2211 Alaskan Way to be exact) and we’re all going to do the robot. Well, maybe not, but at the very least we can feel inspired by these guys as we show the EPA honchos what we’ve got.

This is how democracy dances!

Support clean air!
Thursday, May21st!
Rally at noon!
2211 Alaskan Way!
Enviro Boogie!

19
May
09

PowerCorps Countdown: 4

FantasticFour

Four days left to submit your PowerCorps application for the regular deadline! This Friday is your deadline like woah!

19
May
09

Take it to the streets

We’ve heard a lot about community organizing over the last year or so, but what is community organizing exactly? Well, in the last week there have been two great examples on two different sides of the Cascades.

New Yak City, we love ya.

New Yak City, we love ya.

First off the bat is BondFest, the high school student-organized rally in Yakima in support of the school bond that is on the ballot today (yeah, TODAY). The rally was  a massive success, with an estimated thousand attendees, marches from Yakima’s high schools to the rallies, and a huge push of positive publicity just before the vote.

Quaker power

Quaker power

Secondly, is the student-organized response to teacher layoffs in Seattle schools at Franklin High School. Hundreds of students rallied to demand that their voices be heard and counted by the teachers and the district. Student leaders collected contact information, and is reportedly driving attendees to upcoming school district events.

So what is community organizing? This! People, in this case young people, engaging their own communities and creating a united voice for that group. It’s not easy – all these students spent long long hours working to put these events on – but the outcome is massive. In one week, students on both sides of the state showed that they are an organized and effective force to be reckoned with. That is some goodness!

More pics below the jump!

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