Help us create the next RSJI Three-Year Plan!

Join the Race and Social Justice Initiative for a public meeting to kick off our strategic planning process.

Saturday, May 17
10:00 am—1:00 pm
Eritrean Association Center
1954 S. Massachusetts St.
Seattle, WA 98144

Light refreshments will be served.

Come share your ideas on how to end racial inequities in education, criminal justice, housing, and jobs.

RSVP by May 14 and let us know if you will need translation, childcare, accommodation or alternative format for a disability (facility is accessible):


Contact Maria Rodriguez: or (206) 684-0548

Seattle Globalist Reporter Shares Story of Her P-Patch

A wonderful story of how growing in our P-Patches can help different cultures share traditions and begin a dialog of understanding and engagement.

The Place to BEE Sunday, May 4!

Join us Sunday, May 4 for the second annual Bee Parade and Festival: a Neighborhood  Matching Fund supported event!

Parade Start Location: West Seattle Elementary parking lot (6760 34th Ave SW)
Parade Start Time: 11am
Festival Location and Parade End: Commons Park (31st Ave SW and SW Graham St)

Festival activities include food, music, crafts, face painting and vendors, as well as tours of the Bee Garden.

For more information:




Councilmembers to host spring ‘Community Budget Workshops’ around Seattle

City Councilmembers will host four “Community Budget Workshops” in Delridge, the Central District, University District and Columbia City over the month of May.  Councilmembers will engage with the public to ask their spending priorities for the 2015-2016 City budget. Members of the public can make suggestions about the specific departments listed for each workshop, as well as identify neighborhood needs and priorities. After a City Budget Office presentation, there will be small group discussions with Councilmembers, and a report back at the end. The public is encouraged to drop in during any of the scheduled times to talk about any issues concerning the City budget.

“We wanted to reach out into the community and hear what the public has to say about their budget,” said Councilmember Nick Licata, Chair of the City Council Budget Committee.  “I hope you’ll stop by to talk to us about any issues important to you.”

WHAT: “Community Budget Workshops” with Seattle City Councilmembers


DATE/TIME: Tues., May 6, 6p – 8p
DEPARTMENTS: Human Services/Housing/Economic Development
LOCATION: Rainier Community Center, Multipurpose Room (Columbia City)

DATE/TIME: Wed., May 7, 6p – 8p
DEPARTMENTS: Transportation/Land Use
LOCATION: Garfield Community Center, Multipurpose Room (Central Area)

DATE/TIME: Thurs., May 8, 6p – 8p
DEPARTMENTS: Parks/Neighborhoods/Libraries/Arts
LOCATION: University Heights Community Center, Room 209 (University District)

DATE/TIME: Wed., May 14, 6p – 8p
DEPARTMENTS: Public Safety/Civil Rights
LOCATION: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Room 111 (Delridge)

Seattle City Councilmembers

PACE Students Learn about Sustaining Involvement

The  2013-2014 PACE participants are getting ready to graduate! Last week’s session on Sustaining Involvement was the last of their 8-month journey to gain skills in leadership and organizing. The 26 participants have completed six community projects throughout the city and have attended eight skill-building sessions.

Sustaining Involvement focused on these questions: how do we sustain our organizations and how do we sustain ourselves so we can continue to serve our communities? Facilitators Marty Curry from University of Washington and Gregory Davis from the Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition emphasized the importance of evaluating the relevance and impact of groups we belong to, being inclusive, self-care, and collaborating across organizations. If you’d like to learn more about how good leadership and boards can help an organization continue to remain meaningful over time, here is one resource to help get you started: