2016 Social Justice Awards Breakfast

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.

Click this link to watch his speech in its entirety.

Thank you to our sponsors:
SEIU 1199NW
Seattle Education Association
NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
SEIU 775
Washington State Association for Justice
Washington Federation of State Employees
UFCW21
Washington State Labor Council
AFT Washington
PNHP Western Washington
Sprague Israel Giles Insurance
SEIU Local 925
WinPower
NoHLA
PTE 17
Fair Work Center
UAW 4121
People’s Action
Social Justice Fund NW
Uniting Generations
Teamsters 117
Councilmember Kshama Sawant

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