Seattle 2015 Activities Archive


Sunday, Dec. 6, 5pm
Anti-Nazi protest in Seattle
Cal Anderson Park



Several organizations are joining forces to call for a unified stand against a white supremacist, neo-Nazi group called the Northwest Hammerskins, who have threatened to march on Capitol Hill on Dec. 6. Radical Women has signed onto the call initiated by Rose City Antifa and allies, who are calling for antifascists in the Pacific Northwest to turn out this coming Sunday at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle, WA to show the Northwestern Hammerskins that we stand united against fascism and racism.

Radical Women will take part in a socialist contingent being organized by the Freedom Socialist Party and other socialists. The socialist contingent will gather at 4:30pm, at the corner of E. Howell St. and Nagle Place on the western edge of Cal Anderson Park.

The rally/gathering begins at 5:00pm. Bring banners, signs and flags.

Bring your friends, coworkers and neighbors and spread the word! In the past, large unified anti-Nazi protests – bringing together unionists, socialists, anarchists, the queer community, anti-racists, feminists and immigrants – have successfully stopped the neo-Nazis in the Pacific Northwest. We can’t afford to let them establish a foothold again.


Thursday, December 17, 7:30pm
Special Film Showing
Anita: Speaking Truth to Power



In October 1991, Anita Hill testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing about the sexual harassment she endured from U. S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Her explosive testimony captivated the nation, set off a firestorm of debates and transformed public opinion on sexual harassment in the workplace. This powerful documentary delves into Anita Hill’s impact on race and gender equality in the workplace, and the obstacles Hill endured after her testimony. An open discussion will follow the film.

Hearty dinner (with vegan options) served at 6:30 pm for $8.50 donation.

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle
$3-$5 door donation. On the #7 bus or six blocks southeast of Columbia City light rail station.

Hosted by Radical Women

For more information or to arrange childcare:
206-722-6057 • RWSeattle@mindspring.com
facebook.com/RWseattle


Thurs., Nov. 19, 7:30pm
Organizing meeting
Mad as hell? Get active with Radical Women!

Black Girls Matter! The police assault on a Black high school girl in Spring Valley, South Carolina is far from unusual. This meeting’s featured discussion takes off from the African American Policy Foundation report on how Black girls are systematically pushed out, overpoliced, and underprotected. What can be done to bring police under community control and to stop racist and unfair discipline in schools? Other reports: building local defense of reproductive justice and plans for ending the year with a splash! All are welcome.

Dinner (with vegan options) served at 6:30pm for $8.50 donation.

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S., Seattle
On the #7 busline or six blocks southeast of the Columbia City light rail station.

For info or to reserve childcare:
206-722-6057 • RWSeattle@mindspring.com
facebook.com/RWseattle


Friday, October 23, 7:30pm
Feminist Forum
Our Bodies, Our Lives:
Women Battle for Safety and Sovereignty

Speakers:
Acquanda Stanford
- coordinator of Seattle Black Feminists and graduate student in anthropology whose work and research focuses on breastfeeding among Black and African Americans in the U.S.

Hilary Bowker - prevention educator for a domestic violence agency. She brings a socialist feminist analysis to what is needed to end intimate partner abuse.

Sylvia Sabon - an Alaskan Native and community activist against police violence. She is the aunt of Oscar Perez-Giron who was killed by light rail cops.

No matter where you turn, women are under attack – in the home, the workplace and the halls of Congress. Full reproductive justice, an end to domestic abuse, stopping racist violence, and shutting down the prison industrial complex are just a few of the demands women are championing. Join a discussion led by local activists on these issues and more. Bring your ideas on what needs to be done.

Hearty Supper (with vegan options) served at 6:30pm for $8.50 donation.

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S., Seattle
On the #7 busline or six blocks southeast of the Columbia City light rail station.

For more information or to arrange childcare: 206-722-6057 or RWseattle@mindspring.com


Tuesday, September 29, 6:30pm
Discussion Circle
Get radical! Socialist feminist strategies for systemic change
Activism is booming in Seattle. Do you want to put this momentum into creating a completely different society? Be part of an open monthly conversation about relevant ideas and current events. This month’s topic will be “Capitalism vs. Socialism: creating the world we want.” Some questions explored include: what are the differences between capitalism and socialism? What would a socialist society look like? How can socialism bring about full liberation?

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S., Seattle
On the #7 busline or six blocks southeast of the
Columbia City light rail station.

For info or to reserve childcare: 206-722-6057 - RWSeattle@mindspring.com -
FaceBook.com/RWSeattle


Sunday, Sept. 20, 3:00pm
Author reading and signing at Elliott Bay Bookstore
Christina López, Miriam Padilla, Sarah Scott &
Gil Veyna present “Talking Back: Voices of Color”




Activists of color with Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party will read from their pieces and discuss a new intergenerational, multiracial anthology of writing by youth, political prisoners, immigrants, activists, community organizers and history-makers. Some of the topics include police brutality, quality education and environmental justice, indigenous land rights and international solidarity, film and book reviews, hidden histories of women of color, and tales of endurance and survival. The book is published by Red Letter Press, edited and with an introduction by poet-radical Nellie Wong.

The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
Free admission

For information, contact Radical Women at (206)722-6057 or RWSeattle@mindspring.com.
Elliott Bay event page: http://www.elliottbaybook.com/event/christina-lópez-sarah-scott-miriam-padilla


Thursday, September 17, 7:30pm
Hot off the picket line!
Support Seattle educators!

Seattle educators are taking bold action by standing for fair pay, working conditions and their students’ learning conditions. Come hear from a representative from Seattle Education Association (SEA) about the latest on the strike and what feminists and community activists can do to support them. Parents, students, neighbors - everyone welcome.

Hearty Supper(with vegan options) served at 6:30pm for $8.50 donation.

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S., Seattle
On the #7 busline or six blocks southeast of the Columbia City light rail station.

For more information or to arrange childcare: 206-722-6057 RWSeattle@mindspring.com.



Tuesday, August 25, 6:30pm
Potluck & Politics for Women’s Rights Day
All are welcome to this informal gathering at New Freeway Hall to commemorate the 95th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the United States.

Bring a dish to share and enjoy an evening socializing with passionate activists.

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S., Seattle
On the #7 busline or six blocks southeast of the Columbia City light rail station.

For info, rides or to reserve childcare: 206-722-6057
RWseattle@mindspring.com • www.RadicalWomen.org



Thursday, August 6, 7:30pm
Organizing meeting
Gettin’ Down to Radical Business!
All are welcome to this open meeting. On the agenda: Are presidential contenders Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders worthy of the support of activists for change? Preview plans for Radical Women’s August activities and how you can plug in. Plus other organizing nuts and bolts and discussions. Come throw your ideas into the ring!

Dinner (with vegan options) served at 6:30pm for $8.50 donation.

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S., Seattle On the #7 busline or six blocks southeast of the Columbia City light rail station.

For info or to reserve childcare: 206-722-6057 • RWSeattle@mindspring.com www.facebook.com/RWseattle

Tuesday, July 28, 6:30pm
Radical Women Discussion Circle
Curious about Radical Women? Do you want to change the world? Have you wondered how to get involved with socialist feminist activism? Come to this gathering for more information on how to join a dynamic bunch of female rebels.

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. Seattle
On the #7 busline or six blocks southeast of Columbia City light rail station.

For more info: (206)722-6057 • RWSeattle@mindspring.com
www.facebook.com/RWseattle


Sunday, July 19, 4pm – 7pm
Bon Voyage Party
for Chippewa elder, veteran Nazi fighter and all-around scrappy troublemaker
Ann Rogers



After decades of organizing for indigenous, women's, and workers' rights in the Northwest, Ann is moving to join family in Utah.

Down-Home Summer Buffet
$7-$10 suggested dinner donation

Roasts and Toasts at 5pm

Hiawatha House, 900 Hiawatha Place S., Seattle
Home of Andrea, Christina, Kathleen and Robby
(one block east of Rainier Ave S. & S. Charles St.,
on #7 bus line. Look for the turquoise house.)
Air conditioned house with outside patio.
Click here for directions

Everyone is invited to help give this rabble-rouser a send-off, whether you’ve collaborated with Ann over the years, or are new to town and want the chance to meet a Native American elder revolutionary who has left her mark on this region. Ann has been on the front lines defending abortion clinics, chasing Nazis out of Washington and Idaho, organizing with her sister/fellow Teamsters, and most recently, campaigning for the release of indigenous leader and political prisoner Nestora Salgado.

For more info: FSPseattle@mindspring.com or 206-722-2453

At Ann's request, proceeds will benefit her favorite charity, the Freedom Socialist newspaper.

Hosted by Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women


Friday, July 17, 7:00 pm
Special Guest Speaker
Dr. Sam Solomon on
Revolutionary Feminism


Dr. Sam Solomon, co-director of the Centre for Study of Sexual Dissidence at the University of Sussex, will discuss the rising interest in socialist feminist ideas and activism in the U.K. He will also discuss current activism, highlighting the lead taken by women of color against migrant detention centers. Solomon writes on the connections of queer and women’s liberation to economics. A native of New York City, Solomon is a lecturer on English and Creative Writing at the University of Sussex in England.

Door donation $3.00 • Doors open at 6:30pm
Desserts & Snack Plates $2.50-$7.00

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle
On #7 bus line and 6 blocks from Columbia City light rail station.
Co-sponsors: Radical Women & Freedom Socialist Party

For info, please call 206-722-2453 or email RWseattle@mindspring.com
To reserve childcare, please call two days in advance.

Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 pm
Discussion circle
Get radical! Socialist feminist strategies
for systemic change


Be part of an open monthly conversation about ideas and current events. This month's topic will be "Capitalism vs. Socialism: Creating the world we want". Some questions discussed include: What are the differences between socialism and capitalism? Why can't capitalism be reformed to be kinder? What would a socialist society look like? How can socialism bring about true liberation?

Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E Yesler Way, Seattle
On the #4, 8, 27 & 48 bus lines.

Hosted by Radical Women
For more information or to arrange childcare, call 206.722.6057 or email RWseattle@mindspring.com. www.Facebook.com/rwseattle


Thursday, June 18, 7:30pm
LGBTQ Pride Month Film Showing
Out in the Night


Celebrate Pride by viewing a powerful new documentary about the New Jersey 4, the young black lesbians who were criminalized for defending themselves against a violent homophobic attack in New York City in 2006. The women were charged with "gang assault" and attempted murder. Portrayed in the media and by the prosecution as a "lesbian wolf pack", "killer lesbians", and gang members, all four were convicted and served prison time.

This award-winning, one hour film follows what happened that night, the media smear campaign, the women's legal cases, and national defense efforts. It shows how justice was denied due to homophobia, race, gender, and class bias. The inhumanity of the prison system is wrenchingly revealed. An open discussion will follow the film.

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle
$3-$5 door donation. On the #7 bus or six blocks southeast of Columbia City light rail station.

Hearty dinner (with vegan options) served at 6:30 pm for $8.50 donation.

Hosted by Radical Women
For more information or to arrange childcare, call 206.722.6057 or email RWseattle@mindspring.com


Thursday, May 21, 7:30pm
Feminist organizing meeting
All are invited to this monthly gathering. Participate in analyzing current events and setting Radical Women’s priorities. This is a chance to get involved with energetic socialist feminist activists!

Dinner (with vegan options) at 6:30pm for $8.50 donation

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle
On the #7 busline or six blocks southeast of the Columbia City light rail station.

For more information or to arrange childcare, call
206-722-6057 or email RWseattle@mindspring.com


Tuesday, May 26, 6:30-8:00pm
Discussion circle
Get radical! Socialist feminist strategies for systemic change
Join in a refreshingly radical and open monthly conversation about ideas and current events. This month’s topic will be “Building Women’s Leadership in Movements for Social Change.” Some of the questions discussed include: what does it mean for women to take leadership? What is the socialist feminist view of leadership? What challenges do women still face in taking leadership? What experiences do women have in being leaders?

Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E Yesler Way, Seattle
On the #4, 27 & 48 bus lines.

www.Facebook.com/rwseattle

Saturday, May 2, 6-8pm
Justice for Freddie Gray – what will it take?

You’re invited to participate in an informal
Community Conversation

Thousands marched in Baltimore last week to protest the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. On Monday, when the city exploded in rage, troops and National Guard were called in. Politicians and pundits called angry Black youth “thugs” – but where is the outrage that Baltimore suffers from extreme poverty and a 50% unemployment rate?

Activists from Baltimore will call in a report from the large protest planned there on Saturday. Share your thoughts on what is happening in Baltimore and how it relates to our own crisis in the Seattle area with escalating police brutality.

New Freeway Hall
5018 Rainier Ave S., Seattle, WA 98118
On #7 bus line and near the Columbia City light rail station

Hosted by Radical Women & Freedom Socialist Party
Call 206-722-2453 or 206-722-6057 for more information.
RadicalWomen.org • socialism.com



Sunday, May 3, 1:00pm
Benefit movie showing
Young Lakota
The fight for reproductive justice at Pine Ridge


Join Full Spectrum Doulas and Radical Women for a film showing and discussion. Young Lakota profiles three Native American youth who dove into the controversy that erupted in 2006 when tribal president Cecelia Fire Thunder welcomed creation of a women's clinic on reservation land in defiance of South Dakota’s ban on virtually all abortions. The 83-minute film explores indigenous women's stake in reproductive rights and issues of sovereignty, economics and culture.

Door donation $5 - $10 (light snacks included). Childcare provided.

Hosted by Full Spectrum Doulas & Radical Women
www.FullSpectrumDoulas.org www.RadicalWomen.org

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S., Seattle
On the #7 busline or six blocks southeast of the Columbia City light rail station.

For more info or to arrange childcare:
sea@fullspectrumdoulas.org • RWseattle@mindspring.com



Friday, May 8, 7:00pm
May Day Celebration and Book Launch for
TALKING BACK: Voices of Color


Participate in the launch of a dynamic new anthology featuring voices of youth, feminists, political prisoners, immigrants and history-makers. Edited and with an introduction by poet Nellie Wong.

Readers will include local contributor-activists
Christina López, Hugo Orellana, Miriam Padilla, Ann Rogers, Sarah Scott, Annaliza Torres

Desserts and Snack Plates $5 - $10 • Free admission

New Freeway Hall , 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle
On #7 busline. Six blocks SE of Columbia City light rail station. Doors open 6:30pm.

Sponsored by the Comrades of Color Caucus of Radical Women & Freedom Socialist Party

Information: 206-722-2453, FSPseattle@mindspring.com.
To arrange childcare, please call two days ahead. Cheap parking lot 2 blocks away on S. Ferdinand, 1/2 block east of Rainier.

Tuesday, April 28, 6:30pm
Radical Women discussion circle
Get radical! Socialist feminist strategies for systemic change

All are invited to a refreshingly radical and open monthly conversation about ideas and current events. This month’s topic: "Race, Gender & Sexuality: How to build a multi-issue feminist movement."

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S., Seattle
On the #7 busline or six blocks southeast of the Columbia City light rail station.

For info, rides or to reserve childcare: 206-722-6057


Tues., April 14 – Sunday, April 19



Mexico has erupted in protest since the disappearance of 43 student activists from a rural teachers college in Ayotzinapa in the state of Guerrero, Mexico last September. Fellow students and parents of the missing students are touring the U.S. as part of “Caravana 43” to raise awareness about the human rights crisis in Mexico. They will be in the Northwest this coming week.

Radical Women & the Freedom for Nestora Committee are among the sponsoring organizations and will be participating in the week of events and actions. Nestora Salgado, now a political prisoner in Mexico, collaborated with students from Ayotzinapa when she led the indigenous Community Police force in Olinalá, Guerrero – and they were among the first to protest her arrest. Please come show your support for these brave families!

Events for Ayotzinapa Caravana 43
April 14-15 in Olympia
April 16-18 in Seattle


OLYMPIA
Tuesday, April 14, 5:00-8:00pm
Panel presentation followed by fundraising dinner
Washington State Labor Council
906 Columbia St SW, Olympia
Grisel Rodriguez, Nestora’s daughter will join the families on the panel.
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Wednesday, April 15, 7:00-9:00pm
Panel presentation and discussion
The Long House
Evergreen State College

2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia
Jose Luis Avila, Nestora’s husband and Miriam Padilla of the Olympia Nestora Committee will be speaking along with the families from Ayotzinapa
Facebook event
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SEATTLE
Thursday, April 16
Noon – Forum at Ethnic Cultural Center at U.W., 3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
2pm – Press conference at Univision TV offices, 140 4th Ave N
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Friday, April 17
10:00am – Dialogue at Seattle University, 901 12th Ave, Seattle

1pm – Protest at Mexican Consulate, 2132 3rd Ave downtown
2:30pm – March to Federal Building for rally demanding end to U.S. military aid to Mexico. 915 2nd Ave, Seattle
Gina Petry will be making a statement for Radical Women at the rally.

7pm – Fundraising dinner at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church,
7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle
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Saturday, April 18
12pm – Community Forum at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1215 Thomas St
A dialogue where the caravanistas can learn about immigration, police brutality and Native American issues in the U.S. Jose Luis Avila is a panelist.

5pm – Cultural/political event and dinner, 3518 S Edmunds St, Seattle

Mexicanos Unidos en Washington are the lead organizers of the Seattle leg of Caravana 43. English and Spanish versions of the Seattle flyer are available on their Facebook page.


Tuesday, March 31 & April 28, 6:30pm
RW discussion circle
Get radical! Socialist feminist strategies for systemic change

All are invited to a refreshingly radical and feminist monthly conversation about ideas and current events. The first session will discuss the origins of women’s second class status and its relevance to today. Other topics will include the dynamics of race and gender oppression, the nature of capitalism and socialism and much more! Readings will be a springboard to dialogue about what’s happening in the world and social movements today. Free.

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle
On the #7 busline or six blocks southeast of the Columbia City light rail station.

For more info: 206-722-6057 RWseattle@mindspring.com - www.facebook.com/rwseattle.


Thursday, April 2, 7:30pm
Public meeting
Feminists step up and out!

Get involved with ideas and activism to liberate women and help change the world. The meeting will feature a representative from Sex Worker Outreach Project Seattle reporting on increased criminalization of sex trade, the unintended consequences of prohibition and sex worker rights movement in Seattle. Other topics include plans to help promote writings by activists of color and much more! Plenty of time for discussion, sharing ideas and getting linked in.

Dinner (with vegan options) is served at 6:30pm for $8.50 donation.

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle
On the #7 busline or six blocks southeast of the Columbia City light rail station.

For more info or to arrange childcare: 206-722-6057 RWseattle@mindspring.com - www.facebook.com/rwseattle.

Thursday, March 19, 7:30pm
Organizing meeting
Socialist feminism: from brassy ideas to brass tacks

All are welcome to this open gathering. Take part in a discussion of how intersectionality – the connections of race, gender, sexuality and class – plays out in today’s movements. Also on the agenda: formulating plans for 2015 and evaluation of current work.

Dinner is served with vegan option at 6:30pm for $8.50 donation.

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle 4 blocks south of S. Alaska St. at the Hudson stop of the #7 busline. Near the Columbia City light rail station.

For more info or to arrange childcare: 206-722-6057 RWseattle@mindspring.com - www.facebook.com/rwseattle.


Sunday, March 8, 2:00pm
International Women’s Day Celebration
From Guerrero, Mexico to Washington State
Latinas Lead the Fight for Justice Across Borders

Speakers

Maru Mora Villalpando
Founder of Latino Advocacy, immigrant rights organizer leading protests at Northwest Immigration Detention Center in Tacoma

Grisel Rodriguez
Member of Libertad para Nestora Committee, daughter of imprisoned indigenous Mexican leader and Renton resident Nestora Salgado

Ann Rogers
Chippewa elder, Radical Women member, indigenous rights defender who led fight against neo-Nazis in the Northwest

Perla Villanueva
Organizing with Mexicanos Unidos en Washington and Frente Ayotzinapa USA against the killing of 43 student activists in Guerrero, Mexico

English-Spanish translation available

Sunday, March 8, 2pm
Door donation $2.00 (low-income $1.00)

Mexican Pozole Lunch, 1pm
$10.00 - Vegan options available (low-income $8.00)

New Freeway Hall
5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle
(On the #7 busline. Six blocks from Columbia City light rail station.)

Sponsored by Radical Women
For information or to reserve childcare or work exchanges, call 206-722-6057 or email RWseattle@mindspring.com Facebook/rwseattle • www.RadicalWomen.org

Friday, February 20, 7:00pm
A Call to Action: End the Siege on Black Lives
A Black History Month community meeting to strategize around critical issues of race and resistance. Dynamic panelists will kick off an open discussion on how to sustain the movement against police violence and address poverty, jobs, gentrification and schools.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Door donation $3.00, students $1.00
Hearty snack plates and desserts available: $2.50-$7.00

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle
On the #7 busline or six blocks southeast of the Columbia City light rail station

Sponsored by Comrades of Color Caucus
of Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party

For info, rides or to reserve childcare: 206-722-6057
RWseattle@mindspring.com • www.RadicalWomen.org


Thursday, February 5, 7:30pm
Organizing meeting:
Gettin’ down to business!
All are welcome to this open meeting. Get the latest updates on the fight to save public housing. Also on the agenda; planning for upcoming Black History Month and International Women's Day events. Your ideas are needed to make these events successful!

Dinner is served with vegan option at 6:30pm for $8.50 donation.

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S., Seattle
On the #7 busline or six blocks southeast of the Columbia City light rail station.

For info, rides or to reserve childcare:
206-722-6057 • RWseattle@mindspring.com • www.RadicalWomen.org • Facebook.com/RWseattle

Thurs., January 15, 7:30pm
Feminist response to new U.S. policy toward Cuba:
A leap forward or a grave danger?


Speaker: Anne Slater
Helped organize the Seattle contingent of the 1997 International Feminist Brigade to Cuba, co-sponsored by Radical Women and the Federation of Cuban Women

President Obama recently loosened the U.S. embargo against Cuba. This is a major victory for the Cuba solidarity movement. But the U.S. government is driven by a desire to restore capitalism on the small island. How will this affect pro-market changes already going on in Cuba? What does it mean for the tremendous social gains of the Cuban Revolution? The Cuban workers state transformed women’s lives and greatly reduced racism through its commitment to equality, full employment, housing, free education and healthcare. The U.S. is also pressuring Cuba to extradite Assata Shakur, a Black revolutionary and feminist living in exile on the island. Framed by the FBI in the 1970s, she is still on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. How can this brave woman be protected?

Explore these questions and strategize on what feminists in the U.S. can do to help Cuban workers and defend Shakur.

Thursday, January 15, 7:30pm
Hearty home-style dinner, with vegan options, served at 6:30pm for $8.50 donation. Everyone welcome.

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle
On the #7 busline. Near the Columbia City light rail station.

For more info or childcare call 206-722-6057 • RWSeattle@mindspring.com RadicalWomen.org • facebook.com/RWseattle

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