Indivisible People of Color Working Group

The People of Color (POC) Organizing Working Group of Indivisible National has just announced a new working group for Indivisible group leaders, group members, and supporters who identify as people of color.

Far too often in the wider movement, people of color feel the heaviest weight of the work with the least amount of agency. The staff of Invisible National designed this working group to put the voices of those marginalized in our society at the center of conversations, and as an opportunity for people of color to speak freely on their experience with racial issues within progressive spaces. Please note that this invitation is meant ONLY for those who identity as a person of color.

If you are interested in taking part, please register for the inaugural call on Tuesday, June 25th 2019 at 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific Time. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V5mvUk7SQKGgcT4V8Dkc2Q. If you have any questions, please reach out to National directly at pocorganizers@indivisible.org.

For Non-POC Allies

Take an individual action to further your understanding of the challenges POC face in progressive spaces. Here are a couple of options, depending on your learning style:

  1. Read: "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn (on the "Summer Reads" shelves at all 12 local Barnes & Noble stores: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-peoples-history-of-the-united-states-howard-zinn/1117179418?ean=9780062397348#/; Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Peoples-History-United-States/dp/0062397346; There is a long wait list at the library, but here are the links: SPL: https://seattle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/3228205030; King County Library System: https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1707878082;

  2. Watch: Here's a playlist of racial equity videos, curated by Indivisible National's racial equity team https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLktpJ-JpCvLT_zH5mGLnAMpj6S2U_IH0j

  3. Listen: NPR's Code Switch podcast (https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch; NPR journalists of color cover race, ethnicity, and culture, exploring current events, important issues, and compelling stories); or sample other podcasts that cover current events through a lens perhaps different from your own. Here's a sample of just a few: https://humaneeducation.org/blog/2019/podcasts-for-teaching-about-racial-justice-issues/

Reminder: Events today:

Stop Deportations & Keep Families Together

11am-12pm

7th & Pike, Seattle

Seattle CityClub’s Choice to invite Jeh Johnson, who served as President Obama's Department of Homeland Security Secretary, to be the keynote speaker at their annual fundraiser was a mistake. The event is billed as promoting civility and security. There is absolutely nothing civil about the separation of children and families, the widespread abuse that goes on in these facilities, and in many cases, literal deaths caused by the inhumane treatment by ICE agents and the Department of Homeland Security. Under Johnson’s leadership, the Department of Homeland Security reached a record number of 2.7 million deportations leaving behind an immigration machine that profits from the detention of our communities and strips away peoples’ humanity. Though Secretary Johnson is no longer in this office, his successors under the Trump administration have expanded upon his practices.

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2019/06/17/40508450/immigrant-communities-speak-out-against-seattle-cityclubs-anti-immigrant-fundraiser-speaker

https://medium.com/@monserrat_82043/we-say-no-to-jeh-johnson-architect-of-the-deportation-machine-as-a-speaker-in-our-seattle-60d25facf54d?postPublishedType=initial

Local immigrant rights leaders contacted Seattle CityClub as early as mid-April and communicated that having this speaker would cause tremendous pain to their communities. CityClub decided to proceed with the event as planned. The leadership of our immigrant rights community felt betrayed and reached out for help. Seattle Indivisible joined with over forty organizations to stand in solidarity and demand either the format of the event be changed to include a dialogue including immigrant rights leaders or that Secretary Johnson be uninvited.

Well intentioned people and organizations make mistakes, but CityClub refuses to acknowledge any wrongdoing or accept any responsibility. They came across as tone-deaf, dismissive, and disrespectful.

CityClub likely does not understand the pain they are causing. Unfortunately, a lack of understanding does not change the very real harm being done by Seattle CityClub.

We would strongly prefer to call them in, but make no mistake. We absolutely will call them out on Tuesday!

https://www.facebook.com/events/432847987291968/

Seattle Indivisible Meeting

Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 pm (1st & 3rd Tuesdays)

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.