Standing with our Neighbors: Immigration | Lindsay MacDonald | Room 104 In this workshop we will explore the challenges posed to immigrants by the Obama Administration and now the Trump Administration. Trump's attacks on immigrants and proposed policies threaten to disrupt the lives of many in our community. What strategies are immigrants and their allies proposing? How can community members best support them and stand in solidarity with them? Panel members have deep connections with these questions, and participants are encouraged to bring their experiences, ideas, and questions.
Moderator: Lindsay MacDonald is a local educator. She has worked in the Bellingham schools since 1998 supporting the academic success of students who speak other languages at home.
Panel: Jeremy Louzao, Bellingham Public Schools; Jose Carrillo, Blue Group; Victoria Matey, Blue Group; Hannah Stone, immigration attorney
American History: Heroic or Tragic? A Showcase of Civil Controversy | Kulshan Middle School showcase | Room 105 Plato is correct: an unexamined life is not worth living. Adolescence is an important juncture in examining the human experience. The challenge is navigating from the shadows of self-interest into the public sphere. At Kulshan Middle School, this transition features four units, projects, and public exhibitions intended to connect the head, heart, hand, and helix (DNA). Currently students are concluding their second unit of inquiry, which focuses on questions related to the heart: Whose story matters? In an effort to gain greater appreciation of the struggles and strivings that have shaped the United States, students have been exploring America's “master narrative” as told by the History Channel and the US State Department, as well as “counter narratives” told by revisionist historians Kenneth C. Davis, Ronald Takaki, and Howard Zinn. Today’s student showcase represents the culmination of this process. Two teams have earned the opportunity to debate America's legacy this afternoon. Please witness and celebrate our youth as they model how to engage in civil controversy. Learn and Grow Together | Darrell Hillaire | Room 107/108 This is an opportunity to hear about Darrell’s current work, “Learn and Grow Together"; and to engage in a one-hour conversation centered on inspiration from stories of Coast Salish Elders. The stories of suffering, resilience, and ultimately joy are found in the Coast Salish lifeway, our She’lang’en. Our teachings are highly specific to our Salish culture and location, and yet at the same time, relevant to a developing an outward facing global understanding of earth indigenousness; consisting of relationships and responsibilities. This process will explore a call to remember our gifts and commitments and we will explore how to grow and learn about one another; to create purpose in these times.
Darrell has served as a coach, mentor, teacher, and leader for the Lummi Nation for more than twenty years. He has served on community boards, on the Lummi Indian Business Council, and as Chair of the Lummi Nation. He founded the visionary Lummi Youth Academy in 2008. In addition he is a writer, playwright, and film maker; and is Executive Director of “Setting Sun Productions.” Their production of the film, “The Earth is Alive ”; a First Nations film offering indigenous teachings, was shared at the 2015 UN Climate Change Summit. Darrell’s play, "What about Those Promises?" revealed the injustices experienced by the Lummi people in direct response to the Point Elliot Treaty of 1855. He is currently working on a book, “Learn and Grow Together,” a tribute to Coast Salish Elders.
“I'm Not a Racist" - Blind Spots and Hidden Biases of Well-Intentioned Folks| Kim Harris | Room 211 This workshop aims to raise the average person's awareness of their hidden biases. By the end, workshop participants will be able to:
Define bias based on the definition used by Blind Spot authors Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald
Identify their biases between insects and flowers based on the results of an Implicit Association Test created by Banaji and Greenwald.
Identify their biases between white people and African Americans based on the results of an Implicit Association Test created by Banaji and Greenwald.
Identify four types of resources (to include books, blogs, local social justice organizations) to continue their learning about bias and become advocates for justice.
The workshop will also include information about local activist groups where folks can get engaged in local action letting their lives be their message.
Kim Harris is a professional diversity trainer who resides in Bellingham. Kim has a master’s degree in education from Western Washington University, where she completed graduate courses in Cultural Pluralism and Group Dynamics. Kim has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Humanities. Kim was raised in the multicultural area of Los Angeles, California, where she lived in racially and economically diverse communities from attending schools in the inner city to attending Beverly Hills High School.
Heart Mapping - Writing and Listening from the Heart | Fialauia Lamositele & Jacqueline Rumble | Room 216 What matters most to you? If we want to create change in the world, it is useful for us to be able to articulate what it is that we are fiercely passionate about. Based on Georgia Heard’s “Awakening the Heart,” we will each create a visual “map” of your heart, placing people, places, times, memories, experiences, values, movements, that are important to you in relationship to the center of your heart.
Jacqueline Rumble, WCC student (Physical Therapy program), ASWCC Student Executive Board Director of Campus Advocacy, Black Student Association member
Mindfulness for Compassionate Engagement| Tim Burnett | Stage Mindfulness training increases our awareness of what’s alive for us and others in the present moment. Through training in mindfulness, we become more attuned to our own thoughts, emotions, and attitudes as well as more aware of the signs and signals others are sending us. Mindfulness helps us be honest and realistic with ourselves about own biases and conditioning and more curious about and sensitive to the needs of others. Mindfulness also supports a sense of presence and increases resilience in the face of stress or threat. In this hands-on experiential workshop, we will learn the basics of what mindfulness is and how to train in it. Expect to leave with hands-on tools and a rich experience of mindful engagement.
Tim Burnett is a teacher of mindfulness and Soto Zen Buddhism. He is Executive Director and lead teacher of Mindfulness Northwest, founded in 2011, which offers mindfulness classes, trainings and professional development, and Spiritual Director of Red Cedar Zen Community, a Soto Zen practice community in Bellingham, Washington, that he co-founded in 1991. Tim believes passionately in the healing power of just being present for our lives and hopes that through our practice we will help to heal the world together. For more about Tim see www.MindfulnessNorthwest.com and www.RedCedarZen.org.
Afternoon 2-3:15 p.m.
13th: A Dialogue About Modern Slavery and Mass Incarceration in the United States | Tiana Noll & Safiya King | Room 104 An intricate look at the social and historical structures revolving around the United States Constitution’s 13th Amendment and its effects on the present institution that is the prison industrial complex.
Tiana Noll is a queer-identified, Black student activist. She facilitates the Black Lives Matter chapter in her city and is a lover of all things queer, fem, Black and progressive. She’s an advocate for womxn’s rights, Black liberation, socialism, and is dedicated to seeing a better world for the next generation.
Safiya King is a Black student activist majoring in Human Services. She facilitates Black Lives Matter in her city. She has a passion for human rights and social justice. She aspires to educate and enlighten folks about Global progressive change.
We The People 2.0 | Ronna Loerch | Room 105 Organized citizens in Whatcom County, led by the Lummi Nation, defeated a potentially harmful industry (GPT Coal Port) from building the largest coal port in the country at Cherry Point. While we were fortunate to have a treaty that stood on the side of the Lummi Nation other potential perils lie ahead. What you will see through this film is that it is the system of law itself that stands in our way of protecting community health and welfare. The system we have today protects harmful corporate interests at the expense of our community's health and welfare. And that's where CELDF and community rights organizing come in. It is a big, complex issue that goes beyond what one film can cover, but through “We the People 2.0,” we get a glimpse of what communities across the country, and the world, are doing to resist and change this system, and how these communities are building a movement for rights – rights that recognize our authority to protect our community's health, safety, and future.
Courage to Teach and Lead with a Growing Foundation of Equity-based Principles | Masa DeLara & Julie Mauermann | Room 107/108 Participants will explore basic REACH (Respecting Ethnic And Cultural Heritage) principles to deepen their capacity to develop in their awareness and journey towards understanding oppression and equity and increasing the development of cultural humility as an integral element of their identity.
Masa DeLara has worked in public schools for over 10 years, providing innovative programming for children from preschool through high school. She is a REACH, ACES and NEAR Sciences trainer working throughout Washington State. Julie Mauermann has been working in the early childhood education field for over 25 years, implementing programming in public school, community college and public library settings with a focus on increasing inclusion of all young children and their families. She is a REACH trainer.
Community Care and Cooperation | Lulu | Room 211 We will discuss community organizing and care from an anti-ableist perspective. How can we fight for justice while also taking care of each other? What does a sustainable and inclusive movement look and feel like? How can we balance our health with our passions to prevent "burnout," and continue unrelentingly as Dr. King encourages?
Lulu is a community organizer and proud queer disabled womxn. They are outspoken on the need for dialogue on ableism and disability justice within community organizing. They hope this will inspire a reframing of the way we view disability as a society, and help to build stronger communities and movements.
Peacemaking Circles | Shasta Cano-Martin | Room 212 Peacemaking Circles are a way to build and strengthen community and develop leadership through a tradition of deep listening based on Indigenous practices that honor the stories told by participants. The Lummi Peacemaking Circle process has been used for many purposes, including to: celebrate, learn together, find consensus from conflict, and create space for community healing from historical traumas. Come learn about the Lummi Peacemaking Circle process, by sitting in circle, speaking your truth, and listening to others.
Lummi Peacemaking Circle Leadership Team members: Shasta Cano-Martin and others
DACAmented | Victoria Matey & Jose Carrillo | Room 216 The Blue Group will cover what HB1079, WASFA and DACA are, along with work in this community. The focus at this workshop is on raising awareness of the undocumented community and breaking down facts and myths. The Blue Group has dedicated a lot of time to activism and educating others on this topic. Our group is stronger than ever and our numbers are growing and our stories need to be heard. Victoria Matey: I was born in Mexico City and came to the United States at the age of 3. I was a former student at WCC but have transferred over to WWU to finish up a Business Degree.
Jose Carrillo: Senior at Western Washington University studying Philosophy and Neuroscience. First year Blue Group member.