“Cracking the Codes” Film and Discussion this Saturday, March 21

Join us Saturday, March 21 for a free screening of “Cracking the Codes” followed by a discussion facilitated by Darlene Flynn of the City of Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights.  Click here for more information.

People’s Academy for Community Engagement’s (PACE) Seminar on Advocacy Rocks the House!

Shared Five Tools You Can Use to Fight for your Cause

In December, 25 brave souls came out on a dark and stormy night to learn about how to fight for their cause. The seminar “Democracy Needs You! Five Essential Advocacy Tools that will Shape Your World” was facilitated by professor and long-time community activist Nancy Amidei at the UW School of Social Work. She covered the basic functions of our three branches of government, how a bill becomes a law, and gave effective advocacy tools. 

So what are the five tools to make your voice heard amongst our elected officials?  Here’s a quick recap if you weren’t able to make it*:

1)      Sign up for good “alerts”- Identify an advocacy group that works on issues you care most about and get on their legislative alerts in order to stay in the loop.

2)      Use the telephone or write to your elected officials about what you want them to do related to your issue. 

3)      Help others by making cards with websites, telephone numbers, and dates when legislature is in session for either local, state, or federal government.  Give them out to everyone you encounter and have them pledge to make one toll-free call or email every week the legislature is in session. 

4)      Advertise your issue.  Anytime you are around elected officials wear or carry something that identifies you with your issue or agency.

5)      Talk. Mention key bills, issues, and budget items at every opportunity.  Talk to anybody who will listen.  Get your key issues on other voters radar screens.

Want to attend future free seminars like this?  Contact Wendy Watson at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods about getting on our seminar notification list. wendy.watson@seattle.gov 

The People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) is a civic leadership development program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods that builds the skills of emerging community leaders. Applications for this fall’s 2015-16 program will begin this spring.

(*adapted from Nancy Amidei’s materials from the Civic Engagement Project)




Space Still Available for the Learn the Basics of Advocacy and how Government Works FREE Seminar

We still have a few spots left for our seminar this evening!  Please RSVP to Wendy Watson at wendy.watson@seattle.gov if you would like to attend.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) presents its fall seminar, “Democracy Needs You! Five Essential Advocacy Tools that will Shape Your World.” Forget the days of “Schoolhouse Rock” – our guest expert facilitator, professor, and long-time community activist Nancy Amidei is the real deal. This seminar will cover the basic functions of our three branches of government, how a bill becomes a law, and five effective advocacy tools.

Join us for an engaging evening of learning, networking, and fun. The seminar is on Wednesday, December 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Washington School of Social Work, Room 305-A.

There is a parking lot on 15th Ave NE and 41st St. across from the School of Social Work. Multiple bus lines serve the University District, so visit King County Metro for information.

This event is hosted by PACE, our nine-month civic leadership development program for emerging community leaders. To learn more visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/engage/pace.

City’s Leadership Program Graduates New Class of Civic Organizers

On May 20, 26 “up-and-coming” community leaders celebrated their graduation from the People’s Academy for Community Engagement, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON). Known as PACE, the nine-month program provides leadership training in community involvement and civic engagement to emerging leaders interested in serving their community. Deputy Mayor Andrea Riniker, City Councilmember Sally Clark, and Bernie Matsuno, director of DON, attended the event at Seattle City Hall along with family members, community leaders, and city staff.

The graduating class represents all sectors of the city and more than half are from historically underrepresented communities. “This PACE experience, along with their personal understanding of the opportunities and challenges of various cultures, will make their efforts to engage others in civic processes extremely successful,” said Bernie Matsuno, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “The graduates will strive to ensure that ALL people have a voice.”

In addition to attending sessions held at Seattle University, the participants had monthly homework assignments and put their skills to the test as they worked collaboratively on community-based projects which were presented at the celebration. A PACE graduates describes her experience with the program. “What I really have gotten out of the program is what it means to be an American,” said Muriel Lawty, one of the PACE graduates.  “Government is us! It’s all of us together finding ways to make it work. PACE really brought that home to me, and has given me the skills and inspiration to go out and do ‘neighborhood’ work.”

Information about PACE and future seminars which are open to the public will be available later this year. To learn more contact Wendy Watson at 206.684.0719 or visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/engage/pace.

2014 PACE Graduating Class

PACE Graduate                            Organization/Community Group

Matthew Anderson                          Senior Housing Assistance Group Resident Council

Eileen Canola                                 Victory Heights Community Council

Angela Davis                                  African American Community Advisory Council

Lloyd Douglas                                Cascade Neighborhood Council

Jim Erickson                                   East District Council

Dinorah Flores                                South Park Information and Resource Center

Alexis Gallegos                              Greater Duwamish District Council

Connor Haffey                                Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce

Yemaya Hall-Ruiz                          ELLA (Empowering Latina Leaders in Action)

Amanda Kay Helmick                     Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council

Michelle Hippler                             Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce

Katherine Idziorek                          Uptown Alliance

Cheryl Klotz                                   Community Gathering Space Movement

Michael Lanthier                             Squire Park Community Council

Muriel Lawty                                  Lake City Neighborhood Alliance

Damaris Pearson                             Leo Street P-Patch

Andrea Perr                                    Roosevelt Neighbors Alliance

Tod Rodman                                   Morgan Community Association

Paul Sivesind                                  Ballard District Council

Mark Temmel                                 Mt. Baker Community Club

Julianna Tesfu                                GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully)

Jodee Thelen                                  Seattle Housing Authority

Olu Thomas                                    Central Area Cherry Street Development

Jennifer Tippins                              Seattle Chinatown International District PDA

Ralph Weathers                              Fremont Neighborhood Council

Shelby Weitzel                               Seattle Public Schools Family Connectors