Seabeck Conference — Workshop Descriptions

1 An Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence. Kingian Nonviolence is a philosophy developed out of the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King and the strategies of the Civil Rights movement.  This mini-workshop will include lectures, role-plays and small group activities.  Kazu Haga and Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm.

2 Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights: Sumud, Intifada and Nonviolent Struggle in the Movement to End Israeli Occupation.  A conversation with two committed activists about alliance building in the context of the current struggle. Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb and Amin Odeh. Amin is originally from Israeli Occupied Palestine. He was born in a UN administered refugee camp near the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank. He lived with his family at that camp until he moved to the U.S when he was in his early twenties. While living in Palestine he was detained many times by the Israeli army for resisting the Occupation and he spent months in Israeli military prisons. After coming to the U.S he went to back to school to continue his education and he currently works in IT. Amin also continued to advocate on behalf of the Palestinian people and in the year 2000 he and other Palestinian Americans and allies founded the group Voices of Palestine. The group’s main objective is to educate the public about the Palestinian struggle for freedom and Justice. Amin also serves as a Chairman for the Arab American Community Coalition in Seattle.

3 How to Show What We Know: Nonviolent Resistance is Hip, Creative, and Relevant. From writing her thesis on the use of humor in nonviolent resistance in Serbia to working with diverse groups during the Occupy movement, some who claimed violence was the only answer to today’s inequity, Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm has seen the urgency of making sure the next generation of activists knows that nonviolence is not a boring, passive way of addressing conflict. This workshop will include music, film clips, and interactive exercises and is designed to spark dialogue and generate concrete plans for using creative actions and strategic communications in nonviolent movements.  Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm.

4 Banner Making for Social Justice. Join Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb for a banner-making session.  Wear clothes suitable for painting on fabric. Three banners available, four people on each banner.  Session is limited to 12 participants.  Themes chosen by participants.  Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb.

5 Idle No More. A workshop starting with the 500 years of indigenous resistance that began in 1452. Outlining the history of systemic colonization, genocide, relocation, termination, forced assimilation, and continued oppressive legislation leading up to the global Idle No More Movement.  A brief summary of Canada’s federal government environmental legislation that will remove many protections for water, fish, and the environment. How the Idle No More movement began and grew to global proportions. What the Canadian and US legislative action (and in some cases the lack of action) will mean to us in Washington. Sweetwater Nannauck is from the Tlingit Nation of Southeast Alaska with a traditional background that provides a foundation for her work as a traditional dancer/singer, storyteller, cultural bearer and teacher, a Native artists/events promoter, community organizer, activist, traditional healer, and researcher.

6 Single-Payer Healthcare in Washington & Oregon. Is single-payer healthcare financing a possibility for Washington?  Health Care for All-WA has developed a blueprint: the Washington Health Security Trust. What is happening in Oregon? Learn about Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and how it differs from a Single-Payer plan.  Anne Thureson is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.  She has 40 years’ experience in the field of mental health.

7 Ending the Era of Mass Incarceration and the New Jim Crow.  What is the reality of mass incarceration in America and why is it being called “the new Jim Crow”? This workshop will explore as many dimensions as possible of this most recent wave of racist oppression, social alienation, and destructive dehumanization of people. We will also at least begin a discussion of alternative forms of justice: what does transformative justice look like?  Mary Paterson works with many other people in the No New Jim Crow Seattle Campaign, which formed in the spring of 2012 to read Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” The vision of the campaign is “to end mass incarceration in America beginning in Seattle and King County.” Its methods are collaborative, creative, social, political, economic, and nonviolent. It is working to build a society based on a transformative, compassionate sense of justice and respect for the dignity and well being of all people.

8 You. Me. Us. Extreme Energy and the Climate Crisis.  We will examine the Climate Crisis and some of its main components globally, regionally, and locally – including tar sands, coal, and extreme energy. We will then have an opportunity to ask ourselves the following questions: how bad will it have to get before I say enough is enough, and how can I be most powerful and effective in helping to avert the Climate Crisis?  Carlo Voli is an environmental advocate and activist based out of Edmonds, Washington, who has been very involved in the last couple of years in the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, tar sands, coal exports, and drilling in the Arctic, while at the same time working on solutions such as promoting community solar cooperatives, communal gardens, and lifestyles with a lower carbon footprint.

9 How to Live and Thrive as a Peace Activist for the Long-Haul.  We will share stories, strategies, and methods of managing our emotions and growing in our motivation, compassion, and skills as peace activists. This exploration will include discussion, communication exercises, and personal sharing to enhance our resilience in the movement. Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson  has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and a wide variety of progressive political issues, especially through the Fellowship of Reconciliation. David Lambert has been involved with the Fellowship of Reconciliation since 1979, particularly with the Tacoma Chapter, and has been a clinical social worker for over forty years.

10 Reclaim Democracy: Reform Campaign Financing.  We will focus on ways we can promote democracy by working to ensure that election results and government policies reflect the will of the people and not the power of money.  Alice Woldt is the Executive Director of Washington Public Campaigns.  Previously she served as executive director of Faith Action Network, Washington Association of Churches, and the Church Council of Greater Seattle.

11 Increasing Our Impact!  This session will build on the Religious Peace Fellowship (RPF) panel to explore some dramatic ways the RPFs are building the peace and justice movement.  It will include organizing strategies and projects focusing on gun control, drones, our bloated defense budget, the Middle East, veteran’s issues, youth and the military, and nonviolence training.  Coordinated by a team from both national and local RPF groups.

12 Sing Along for Peace and Justice.  Singing together builds community and lifts peoples’ spirits when faced with the challenges of effecting social change. We’ll raise our voices in song, singing easy-to-learn gospel tunes that became the sound track of the labor, civil rights, and peace movements of the twentieth century. Special tips will be given on how to have a hootenanny without songbooks.  Tom Rawson and his friends Bob Morgan and Lynn Graves.

13 Challenging Violence and Militarism. We’ll explore creative strategies to  ♦Reduce military spending while building diplomatic and nonviolence alternatives to our militarized foreign policy. ♦Support young people facing military service, e.g. conscientious objection options. ♦Challenge U.S. human rights and civil liberties abuses. ♦Assist veterans and learn from them. Coordinated by Glen Gersmehl. Glen has worked for peace and social change as an organizer, trainer, and parent, beginning with 8 years in the highest crime areas of NY City. His grassroots efforts have led to requests for testimony or consulting from 20 government agencies and committees, and to be the U.S. delegate to meetings in India planning the UN Decade for Peace. His innovative nonviolence training and computer activities on U.S. priorities and hunger have reached a million people. He’s led over 1000 workshops at the grassroots, and for groups from National Youth Gatherings and the Peace & Justice Studies Assoc. to a White House conference.

14 Active Hope for Peace Makers and Planet Lovers: How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy. This experiential and participatory workshop introduces Joanna Macy’s “Work That Reconnects,” which empowers us to transform despair into resilience and constructive power.  Rick Harlan is a public school educator, union activist and a core member of Seattle Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Vivien Sharples is a mediator, trainer and longtime peace and justice activist.  Vivien & Rick have studied the “Work that Reconnects” with Joanna Macy, and are part of an ongoing practice group applying the WTR framework.

15 Marching to Waziristan – A Pathway to End Drones as Instruments of War.  Last November Jody Mackey joined 33 other North Americans with Code Pink for a peace caravan in Pakistan. She’ll share about that journey, about the culture and politics of Pakistan, and about the current debate and actions concerning drones.  Jody and Douglas will briefly update you on the Afghan Peace Volunteers’ many actions to build a peace movement in Afghanistan.  Jody Tiller Mackey awoke from her military career and stepped into the FOR and Veterans for Peace.  She co-manages a fair trade store and journeyed to Afghanistan in 2011 with her husband Douglas Mackey.  She loves walking, talking, and fasting for peace.

16 Advocating for Service Members’ Right to Conscience.  Each year an unknown number of American military personnel declare their opposition to war and seek to exit the Armed Forces.  We’ll explore the circumstances that spark these changes in service members, their experiences after declaring their opposition to war to their military superiors, and what we can do as a community to support these courageous soldiers, sailors, and marines. Alex Bacon is a Co-Director of GI Voice, the non-profit that operates Coffee Strong and the GI Rights Hotline in Washington State.  Alex served briefly in the Coast Guard, enlisting right before 9/11 and getting discharged shortly after the invasion of Iraq.  Alex has almost a decade of experience advocating for service members as a GI Rights counselor and co-founder of Coffee Strong. Dennis W. Mills, PhD, is a retired professor who became an accredited independent VA claims to help veterans with their disability claims. He volunteers at Coffee Strong and has helped soldiers file for conscientious objector status. Dennis is also active with Olympia FOR.

17 The Jesus Understanding of Social Transformation. This workshop will explore how Jesus transformed the Bible’s holy war tradition into a method of nonviolent struggle against the forces of domination and alienation. Here the cross is understood as the way Jesus lived his life rather than simply the way his life was ended. John-Otto Liljenstolpe is a Lutheran pastor who marched with Dr. King in Selma and Chicago. During the 60’s he worked for the FOR in Chicago as a leader in the anti-Vietnam movement and later as a parish priest and peace activist in Sweden. Today he directs the Rauschenbusch Center for Spirit and Action as well as working with Pax Christi and the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign.

18 White Privilege & Social Justice Movements:  Organizing White Folks for Racial Justice. This interactive workshop will provide participants with a common language to understand and challenge institutional racism – in education, criminal punishment, and housing. Workshop participants will look at the origins of white privilege and unpack how it has been used as a tool to divide progressive social movements throughout history.  We hope to close the session by exploring the practice of allyship and share examples of strategies for ways white folks can show up for racial justice.  Sean O’Neill is a community organizer based in Seattle, who works to build multiracial movements grounded in values of love, interdependence, and liberation.  He is a member of the organizing collective of the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW) and leadership team member of the national-network Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ). Additionally, he works with Seattle-based Arts Corps, which works at the intersection of arts and activism to ignite the revolutionary potential of youth.

19 Embody Your Body: Free Your Creative Spirit. Make connections within your self and amongst others through gentle and inviting movement and vocal exploration. Safe, simple and fun improvisational structures, both playful and profound, enliven your senses and joy.  D’vorah Kost is a longtime social worker, cultural activist and movement artist. Her most gratifying creative involvements are those expressing themes of peace and justice, e.g. “Four Minutes to Midnight”, an anti-nuclear mime piece, and Seattle’s Middle East Peace Camp for Children.

20 Food Matters: Politics and Spirituality.  The workshop will focus on food justice issues: GMO’s, Free Trade, Agribusiness, Eating Locally, and Climate Change. You will leave with knowledge about emerging issues and tools you can use to influence change, both in your community and in your personal life.  Gail Sandlin has been involved in environmental justice nationally for several decades. She lectures on environmental and energy policy for Western Washington University’s environmental studies program, “Huxley on the Peninsula.” She is also active with the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe in the current debate about establishing the fish consumption rate.

21 Seeing for Myself: A Political Traveler’s Memoir. Traveling to “see for myself” people in the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa taught me a lot. And I always came home with more questions. How much can we learn in short trips to “hotspots”? Is there such a thing as a “citizen diplomat”? Do “rich” Americans have special obligations when traveling in poor countries? I will read passages from my book to spark an exchange of ideas and opinions about these and other issues. Ginny NiCarthy is a lifetime social activist, feminist, civil libertarian, pacifist, writer, and traveler – not necessarily in that order.


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