Saturday – Attend the LD-5 Candidate Forum and WIN DEI Series Starts!

Candidate Forum

The 5th LD Democrats are sponsoring a candidate forum for the State Representative seat being vacated by Bill Ramos, who is running for state senator instead. The forum takes place at the Maple Valley Library on Saturday April 20th at noon. Come out and hear from Kristiana de Leon, Victoria Hunt, Waylon Menzia, and Jason Ritchie moderated by our own Stephan Cox!

If you aren’t sure if you’re in the 5th after the redistricting, you can check Dave’s Redistricting app here. (You need to create an account to edit a map, but if you just want to look at the boundaries, you can hit “Dismiss” when it asks you to log in.)

The forum must start promptly at noon in order to ensure that the library room is cleared in time for the next group. Please plan to arrive at 11:45.

Organizing with an Anti-Racism Lens

In order to save our democracy, we must continually improve our ability to organize with an anti-racism lens by increasing our awareness, skills & language to be good partners & collaborators without doing harm.

The Washington Indivisible Network is holding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshops led by DEI consultants Lillian Hawkins and LaTricia Kinlow in April and May. Whether you are new to these ideas or returning to them, we hope you will join us and please share with others you think might be interested.

The trainers have already presented once to the WIN Statewide Leadership Team and the members of our group who were able to attend said the training presenters are fantastic! Due to the sensitive nature of the discussions, these trainings will not be recorded. If you live in the 5th-LD and miss the first session to attend the Maple Valley forum, we hope you will attend the other two days.

Register once to attend one, two, or all of these important workshops.

Understanding & Mitigating the Impact of Implicit Bias and Stereotype Threat 
Saturday, April 20 – 10:30am-12:00pm
Through video, interactive activities, and discussion of the research, participants are challenged to examine their own bias and learn ways to mitigate the impact of implicit bias in decision-making. As a result, participants deepen their appreciation of the challenges facing people of color and grow in self-awareness.

Intersections of Identity & Racial Privilege
Saturday, April 27 – 10:30am-12:00pm
Through lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises we will take a laser-like focus on unpacking racial privilege, exploring what it means to be White within a society that is racially stratified. We will discuss common ways that privilege manifests itself on an institutional level and how it influences relationships within and across cultures.
Racial Microaggressions: What Are They & Why Are They Harmful?
Saturday, May 4 – 10:30am-12:00pm 

When we engage in conversations across cultures, there is always the risk that what we say might offend someone. Oftentimes we don’t even know why what we said was offensive. But rather than risk offending many people avoid cross-cultural dialogue altogether or cling to “politically correct” terminology. The tightrope we walk and the mental labor that ensues is exhausting and often leaves everyone involved feeling unheard or misunderstood.  What has commonly become known as microaggressions will be presented