Our annual Social Justice Awards Breakfast was a huge success!
A sold-out room at New Holly Gathering Hall on Tuesday, November 15 helped us surpass our goal and raise more $38,000. This funding is vital to the work we do, and we couldn’t do it without the support of our sponsors and everyone who attended.
Revisiting some of the wonderful moments of the event, we gave out awards to a few of our most dedicated, enthusiastic, and resilient members and leaders. Joelle Craft received our Commitment to Justice Award. Roi-Martin Brown received our Grassroots Leadership Award. Robby Stern was recognized for his Years of Service. Maureen Caputo was presented the Deana Knutsen Award. Our Tacoma Leadership Team was given an Emerging Leaders Award for their work on ending Mass Incarceration.
We heard an engaging keynote address from Ron Sims. He read us a quote that makes note of the challenges we face ahead, “The devil whispered in my ear, you’re not strong enough to withstand the storm. Today, I whispered in the devil’s ear, I am the storm.” He told us about his time growing up in Spokane in the 40’s and 50’s when there were no laws against race discrimination. “People made it clear that I was not entitled to any equality whatsoever and they acted on that.” He told us not to dwell on the results of the election and that, “Strong people and people of morale character never retreat from their beliefs.” His passion, leadership and experience were evident in his time on the stage and brought the room to its feet at a very important time in the movement.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Seattle Education Association
NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Washington State Association for Justice
Washington Federation of State Employees
Washington State Labor Council
PNHP Western Washington
Sprague Israel Giles Insurance
SEIU Local 925
Fair Work Center
Social Justice Fund NW
Councilmember Kshama Sawant