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Virtual Summit 2020

 
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Equity is an ardent journey toward well-being as defined by the affected. Equity demands sacrifice and redistribution of power and resources in order to break systems of oppression, heal continuing wounds, and realize justice. To achieve equity and social justice, we must first root out deeply entrenched systems of racism. Equity proactively builds strong foundations of agency, is vigilant for unintended consequences, and boldly aspires to be restorative. Equity is disruptive and uncomfortable and not voluntary. Equity is fundamental to the community we want to build.

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Agenda

July 22, 2020

  All times listed are Pacific Standard Time  

Day 1

July 22, 2020

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Grounding and Centering Ceremony

Centering positive energy and acknowledging the First Peoples to Start the Day

9:30 - 11:00 AM

Opening Plenary

It’s Our Time: Showing up in Political and Civic Movements 

In addition to being an election year, 2020 will be remembered for being the year of a global pandemic which has severely impacted communities of color and as the year of a worldwide “Uprising” in response to police brutality. During this plenary session, presenters will share lessons learned from their experiences engaging in both traditional political and disruptive civic engagement movements.

12:00  - 12:30 PM

Edutainment

Arts and Entertainment help to establish the climate conducive to, educate about and provide support for social change. Enjoy the work of Artists in the Movement.

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Afternoon Breakouts

How Can You Help? Ways to Support *BIWOC Leaders

(For "Partners" in Social Justice Only - Explores ways that White-Bodied people can support *Black, Indigenous, Women of Color [including gender non-conforming, non-binary])

During this session, presenters from the 2019 Seattle Equity Summit will discuss how White partners move on from missteps and continue to support people of color in social justice and political movements.

Nuts and Bolts - Understanding How Elections Work From Voter Registration to the Electoral College

 (YOUTH LEADER SESSION - Open to All Youth)

This session will equip attendees with basic knowledge needed to participate effectively in the political process. The session will cover the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and will provide tips and suggestions to help to empower members of the electorate.

How Can We Help? Ways to Support BIWOC* Leaders

(*Black, Indigenous, Women of Color [including gender non-conforming, non-binary])

This session will identify ways for people of color to unite in support of candidates for office and behind those leading movements. Discussion will involve tearing down artificial barriers within and across communities of color and creating scaffolding to enable concrete support of individuals as well as of political and civic efforts.

Nuts and Bolts - Understanding How Elections Work From Voter Registration to the Electoral College

This session will equip attendees with basic knowledge needed to participate effectively in the political process. The session will cover the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and will provide tips and suggestions to help to empower members of the electorate.

Grassroots Organizing: Indigenous Perspectives on Starting a Movement

Indigenous people recognize that a political presence will not be given; it must be taken to be owned. Such an approach to empowerment is not new. However, the manner in which empowerment takes place is new. Rather than prepare for, or simply await some revolutionary restructuring, indigenous people will share how to build real people power.

Things You Should Know When Deciding to Run for Office

This session highlights everything you should know if you are considering running for office. The information provided will be useful to prospective candidates for elected office, organizers of social movements and anyone aspiring to be a leader, in general.

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Call to Action

Recap of the day. Action steps leading up to the Seattle Equity Summit 2021

5:30 - 6:00 PM

Welcome Party! VIP Half Hour

By Invitation Only

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Welcome Party!

Open to Everyone

July 23, 2020

Day 2

  All times listed are Pacific Standard Time  

July 23, 2020

Open to Women of Color Only

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Wellness Activity

Morning Yoga!

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Grounding Ceremony

Centering positive energy for the day

9:30 - 11:00 AM

Morning Plenary: The Impact of Media Coverage on Political Campaigns

The ways that overt racism and implicit bias influence reporting and the depiction of BIWOC candidates will be explored. Drawing attention to these concerns will help to collectively increase awareness and allow for structured public responses that will lessen the negative impact.

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Midday Breakouts

Artistic Expression in the Time of Uprising

 (YOUTH LEADERS SESSION)

Youth Leader open space.

Grassroots Organizing: Indigenous Perspectives on Starting a Movement

Indigenous people recognize that a political presence will not be given; it must be taken to be owned. Such an approach to empowerment is not new. However, the manner in which empowerment takes place is new. Rather than prepare for, or simply await some revolutionary restructuring, indigenous people will share how to build real people power.

Running for Office or Starting a Movement, What Does it Take to Be Successful?

How to - Learn from experienced political and civic leaders tools, tips, and strategies for a "blueprint" for launching your own political campaign.

The Art of Advocating for Policy, Legislation, Ballot Content

Learn the process for creating policy through the political process - taking an idea to a proposal to ballot initiative or bill to a law/policy. Understand how to create and promote ballot and legislative initiatives that promote the common good. 

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Afternoon Breakouts

BIWOC to BIWOC: A Candid Conversation on How We Can Support Each Other

(YOUTH LEADERS SESSION)

This session will allow people of color to drill down on specific ways to unite behind, uplift and support candidates for office and leaders in the forefront of social justice movements.

Holding Elected Officials Accountable

Campaign promises are easy to make. And far too often, once elected, public officials seemingly forget that they are accountable to the people who elected them. Hear suggestions for ensuring that the concerns and needs of the electorate are centered and met.

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Closing Plenary and Call to Action

Summit closing. We will review the messaging and learnings from the Summit and discuss the path toward taking power and utilizing it for the betterment of communities of color.

5:30 - 6:00 PM

Virtual Wrap Celebration

 
 
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Ready for Equity!

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