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Social Justice Series

A COMMUNITY FORUM ON RACE

Protests and riots have erupted across the country and around the world since George Floyd, a black man, died on May 25, 2020, in police custody, while a white officer knelt on his neck. Peaceful protests have taken place in Wenatchee, throughout North Central Washington, and around the world following this event. A panel of local community members joined us on Juneteenth for a thoughtful, inclusive, and open-minded discussion about race. Thank you to all the panelists and participants who joined us on Zoom and on Facebook Live. .

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RESOURCES ON HOW TO BE AN ALLY

https://news.airbnb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/06/Black@_Airbnb_Employee_Resource_Group_Activism__Allyship_Guide.pdf

https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/being-antiracist

https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/race-and-racial-identity

pbs.org/wbgh/frontline/article/introduction-2/

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

https://www.davincisciencecenter.org/posts-press-releases/racism-and-our-commitment-to-making-meaningful-change/

https://www.pbs.org/parents/talking-about-racism

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/24/716700866/talking-race-with-young-children

teachingforchange.org/teaching-about-race

UNDERSTANDING SYSTEMIC RACISM

SYSTEMIC RACISM EXPLAINED

https://www.raceforward.org/videos/systemic-racism

https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/social-identities-and-systems-oppression

 

DIVERSITY IN THE OUTDOORS

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center in partnership with Wenatchee River Institute held a community forum on September 3, 2020 to discuss lack of diversity in nature and outdoor recreation and the many factors contributing to the disparities. North Central Washington is an outdoor recreation hub, with climbing, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, whitewater activities, gardening, and so much more. Yet, not everyone in our community is represented in these activities.

PANELISTS & RESOURCES

Karen Francis-McWhite: Mom, gardener, baker, writer

Chelsea Murphy of @shecolorsnature

shecolorsnature.com

Elisa Lopez: Project Director at Team Naturaleza

https://www.facebook.com/teamnaturalezawenatchee/

https://teamnaturaleza.weebly.com/?fbclid=IwAR0cSO1Sk4QLnq6oqQwE4KLGS2hlyqnV9Xm9drjd3mkypX8Wcitzzf1ZWgM

John Sirois (say’ay): Committee Coordinator at Upper Columbia United Tribes

https://www.colvilletribes.com/

Paige Castro-Reyes: Director of Programs, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

ccp.health.org

Julie Edwards: Colville Tribal Member

Nathan Isaac – Founder of STALYON

https://www.stalyon.us/

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DISMANTLING RACISM IN EDUCATION

Watch the Wenatchee Valley Museum and a panel of local educators discuss dismantling racism in education, a part of our Social Justice Series conversations. Sixty-six years ago, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that “separate but equal” education was unconstitutional; however, race and economic disparities continue to be barriers to education. Thank you to our community who joined us live on October 7 to engage in a thoughtful, inclusive, and open-minded discussion about systemic racism in education, about the inequities this creates, and about the steps we can take to begin to break down these barriers.

Panelists:

Wenatchee Superintendent Paul Gordon

Wenatchee School Board Director Maria Iñiguez

Eastmont Superintendent Garn Christensen

Wenatchee Valley College MESA Program Director Dr. Karina Vega-Villa

Wenatchee Valley College Instructor Dr. Bobbi Johnson

Wenatchee Valley College Instructor Dr. Awanthi Hewage

Resources:

26 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance

Teaching Tolerance

Resources to develop students’ understanding of Latinx heritage

Antiracists Books, Films, Articles and Podcast

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Watch the Wenatchee Valley Museum and a local panel discuss affordable housing, a part of our Social Justice Series. Research shows that increasing access to affordable housing is the most cost-effective strategy for reducing childhood poverty and increasing economic mobility in the United States. Yet home availability and affordability remain a problem throughout the country. Thank you to our community who joined us live on December 16 to engage in a thoughtful, inclusive, and open-minded discussion about the barriers to Affordable Housing in the Wenatchee Valley and its effect on our economic growth, and the health and well–being of families in our community.

Panelists:

Alan Walker, Executive Director Chelan Douglas Community Action Council

Rosie Gudiño, Housing Justice Project and Outreach Coordinator Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services

Alicia McRae, Executive Director Wenatchee Housing Authority

Bryan Ketcham, Director Catholic Charities Housing Services

Laurel Turner , Executive Director Women’s Resource Center of NCW

William Bilderback, Landlord-Tenant Liaison Program Director Women’s Resource Center of NCW

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Ver en español en: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-ejNTIK9EY

Resources

https://www.unitedforalice.org/washington

 

ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION

Watch the Wenatchee Valley Museum and a local panel as we continue the conversation in our Social Justice Series by addressing Access to Transportation. Since transportation touches many aspects of a person’s life, adequate and reliable transportation services are fundamental to healthy communities. Lack of transportation is the number one deterrent to employment and community involvement across the country.

Panelists:

Maggie Kaminoff, Mobility Coordinator, Link Transit

Lynn Bourton, Civil Rights Coordinator, Link Transit

Karen Francis-McWhite, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist, Washington State Department of Commerce

Jeff Wilkens, Executive Director, Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council

Dave Bierschbach, Administrator, North Central Regional Office of WA DOT

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FOOD SECURITY

Watch the Wenatchee Valley Museum and a local panel continue the conversation in our Social Justice Series by addressing Food Security. Food security means access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life. Access to quality, nutritious food is fundamental to human existence, yet millions of Americans are either unable to acquire enough food to meet their needs, or uncertain of where their next meal might come from.

Panelists:

Thom Nees, Executive Director, Serve Wenatchee

Alan Walker, Executive Director, Chelan-Douglas Action Council

Kim Romain-Bondi, Executive Director, Classroom in Bloom

Bob Mark, Community Cupboard Program Manager, Upper Valley Mend

Tracy Falkner Carlson, Community Outreach, Wenatchee First United Methodist Church

We engaged in a thoughtful, inclusive, and open-minded discussion about the wide-ranging benefits of food security, how the COVID pandemic has affected food security in North Central Washington, and about the local efforts to provide food security for the most vulnerable in our community.

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LGTBQIA2S+ RIGHTS

Watch the Wenatchee Valley Museum and a local panel as we continue the conversation in our Social Justice Series by addressing LGBTQIA2S+ Rights. The LGBTQIA2S+ community recognizes June as the Official PRIDE MONTH, the month of June is the start of pride events all across the globe, extending over several months to folks from all walks of life. PRIDE is an annual celebration of LGBTQIA2S+ identity and a call for equal rights. LGBTQIA2S+ people of all ages continue to suffer from violations of their human rights through discrimination, harassment, and violence. Even state governments often fail to adequately protect LGBTQIA2S+ people from discriminatory treatment in the private sphere, including in the workplace, housing and healthcare.

Panelists:

Matthew Pippin, Exhibits & Facilities Assistant, Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center

Donny Guerrero (He/Him/His, Sr. Specialist, Community Engagement, Molina Healthcare of WA

Emily Spradling (They/Them/Theirs), Social service Coordinator & Activities Assistant, Colonial

Vista Lincoln Nere (He/Him/His), President of Wenatchee Pride Luz Estrada Gonzalez (She/They)

Dusti Mahoney, Programs Manager, YWCA NCW

Alexa Barcena, PhD (She/Her/Hers), Behavioral Medicine Post-Doctoral Fellow, Columbia Valley Community Health

Ashley Olson, MS.Ed. (She/Her/Hers) Management Analyst, Employment Security Department

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Resources

WENATCHEE PRIDE

https://www.wenatcheepride.org/lgbtq-resources

Children’s Home Society of Washington:

Weekly Virtual Support Group for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bi, trans, questioning, +) youth ages 12-18 who live in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counites.

Programs de Triple PointTriple Point Program