There are a number of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks that are aimed at building collective power and empowering marginalized communities. Join us for one or more!

Coalition to Resist Trump Town Hall: Saturday, 1/14, 12-2pm, Seattle City Hall. “The Resist Trump Coalition is joining forces with the immigrant rights organization, El Comité, to help build the biggest, most unified peaceful protests possible against Trump’s racist, bigoted, and anti-worker agenda on Inauguration Day, Friday January 20.” The event will help put people in touch with actions happening across the city on Inauguration Day. It will cover many important topics, and members of UAW 4121 will present on issues of immigration and sanctuary campuses!

Asamblea Popular de Seattle: Friday, 1/13, 6-9pm, St. Mary’s Church. In the week before Martin Luther King Day celebrations for civil rights, Casa Latina, El Comité, The Church Council of Greater Seattle, and United Way of King County are sponsoring an event for community members to “meet in solidarity and consider how to create an action plan to combat hate,” including sharing resources about DACA, hate crimes, the sanctuary movement, labor rights, and more.

UW MLK Week Events: The UW is hosting a number of events in the week surrounding Martin Luther King, Jr Day — you can check here for a full list. In particular, check out the Racial Justice Teach-In on Friday 1/13 from 9:30am-4pm, and a talk by former Communications Secretary of the Black Panther Party Kathleen Cleaver on Friday 1/20 from 6-9pm.

MLK Day Annual Celebration: Monday, 1/16, all day. Join us for the annual Seattle Martin Luther King, Jr Day Celebration! There will be a number of workshops at Garfield High School from 9:30-10:50, a rally at 11am, and a march at 12:30 from Garfield to the Federal Building.

Inauguration Day: Friday, 1/20, all day. UAW 4121 is coordinating with student and community groups across the city to plan a day of action, including workshops, walkouts, rallies, speakers, performances, and more! For more information and to RSVP, check out our Facebook event. Details are still coming together, but be on the lookout for an updated schedule of events soon.

Womxn’s March: Saturday, 1/21, 10am-4pm, Downtown Seattle. The day after the inauguration, we’ll join hundreds of thousands of people across the country marching in support of women’s rights, safety, and health. From the organizers of the main march in D.C.: “In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”

Democracy Vouchers: “If you’re a registered voter in Seattle, you should have received four $25 democracy vouchers in the mail around or after January 3. You can give these vouchers (in any combination) to qualified candidates in the Seattle City Council & City Attorney elections in 2017: two citywide Council seats are up for election. If you’re not a registered voter, but are a Seattle resident, at least 18, & a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or a lawful permanent resident (“green card holder”), you may apply for your democracy vouchers here. If you are eligible but not registered to vote, you may register here.

Democracy vouchers must be used by November 30, 2017. The municipal elections are November 7 2017. Democracy vouchers are non-transferable. A list of qualified candidates (updated regularly, candidates have till June 2 to qualify) to receive democracy vouchers is here.