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Just Desserts: A Social Justice Extravaganza!

Category : Annoucement , Blog , Events

Dear Allyship Community!

On December 15th, 2013, Allyship is hosting our second Annual Fundraising Event called Just Desserts: A Social Justice Extravaganza at the charming and historical Southeast Seattle Senior Center, 4655 South Holly street in the Rainier Valley, from 6pm to 7:30pm. Click here to buy your ticket today!

‘Just Desserts’ will be an event highlighting gourmet desserts and other eateries from local restaurants and bakeries throughout Seattle to benefit Allyship’s programming to end LGBTQ youth homelessness, support community-led initiatives that strengthen the diversity of LGBTQ families, build connections between LGBTQ seniors and youth and promote advocacy solutions addressing disparities of both seniors and youth in the LGBTQ community.

Click here for the Facebook invite! 

Allyship’s ‘Just Desserts’ is also our largest fundraiser of the year AND this year we are asking for your support to insure LGBTQ seniors, youth and low-income families receive greater access to culturally competent health care and economic fairness. Tickets are $40 and a table of 8 is $320 or half a table is $160. VIP table is $400 and includes special recognition in all printed materials, social media and at the event.


Debbie Carlsen
Executive Director


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LGBTQ Community Town Hall On Police Accountability

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 21ST, 2013 @ 6:00PM-8:00PM
@SOUTHSIDE COMMONS (3518 S. Edmonds Street, Seattle, WA 98118)
(Located in Columbia City)


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Luzviminda Uzuri “Lulu” Carpenter,, 425-224-6511

Seattle, WA—Please join LGBTQ Allyship on Monday, October 21, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at
the Southside Commons in Columbia City (3518 S. Edmonds Street, Seattle, WA 98118) for our “LGBTQ
Community Town Hall on Police Accountability.” Food, beverages, and ASL interpretation will be
provided. During the month of October 2013, LGBTQ Allyship is working with Entre Hermanos to get
the word out to LGBTQ communities about opportunities to provide feedback to the U.S. Department of
Justice (DOJ) on the Seattle Police Department (SPD) regarding documented incidents of stops and
detentions, bias policing, and use of excessive force. Entre Hermanos will be holding a forum in
Spanish on October 17, 2013 at their offices on Capitol Hill, 1505 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
(contact for more information).

The community will be given information about the Department of Justice (DOJ) findings on the
Seattle Police Department (SPD) and recommendations from the Seattle Community Police
Commission (CPC) for police reform. Audience surveys and feedback will be documented and
included in reports from LGBTQ Allyship to the CPC.

LGBTQ Allyship, as an organization that works towards social and economic justice, wanted to add their
unique voice alongside the diverse voices across the LGBTQ community to this effort. We will present
DOJ research from their investigation of the SPD and ask for specific feedback about what will be court
mandated recommendations around issues such as use of excessive force and bias.

LGBTQ ALLYSHIP is organizing for social and economic justice and believes in making visible the voice
and experiences of the most vulnerable in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.
We have a long history of organizing, educating, and advocating for members within the LGBTQ
community who are at the intersections of race, class, age, and more. We have served and worked with
LGBTQ members from low-income, homeless, immigrant, women’s, and people of color, seniors, youth, and
working class backgrounds.
LGBTQ Allyship works towards connecting issues in alliance with others within Seattle and King
County’s broader social justice community and movements to fight for healthcare for all, homelessness,
immigrants’ rights, and more. We want to insure the voices of LGBTQ communities are heard and
considered around issues of police accountability, which is an economic justice issue.

Entre Hermanos and LGBTQ Allyship acquired a joint grant from the City of Seattle along with other
organizations such as Chinese Information Services, El Rey 1360AM (owned by SeaMar), One America,
the Public Defender Associations-Racial Disparity Project, Safe Futures Youth Center, Seattle/King
County Coalition on Homelessness, Sojourner Truth Technical Services in partnership with APRI &
Mother’s For Police Accountability, Teen Feed, Therapeutic Health Services, and Vietnamese Friendship
Association. Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC), which was formed after the 2010 shooting
death by Seattle police of First Nations woodcarver, John T. Williams, will provide technical assistance
to the above mentioned community organizations.

The CPC is an independent entity whose purpose is to engage the community and ensue public input to
police reform. After a federal investigation of the SPD, the City of Seattle signed a settlement with the
DOJ to reform SPD practices. The social service and community organizations chosen represent a
diverse populations within Seattle communities and will be acquiring feedback from the community for
CPC to gather into a report that reflect community’s recommendations. The settlement agreement
requires police reform with specific dates for revising policies and practices of the SPD. The CPC states,
“The U.S. District Court oversees the process and the work, and it has authority to ensure reform occurs
or to provide consequences.” This is why meaningful community input is crucial and has been built into
the process. The CPC will report on their findings to the City of Seattle, SPD, DOJ, and Monitor in early
November and then discuss reports and recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and the
community from all of the outreach efforts of all community partners including LGBTQ Allyship’s Town
Hall, Focus Group, and surveys. By the end of the year the court will decide whether to accept or reject
recommendations. For more information about the CPC process go to or contact them at 206-233-2664 or

LGBTQ Allyship is excited to be part of this historic citywide effort on Police Accountability, which
community members have been organizing around for years, to gather specific feedback from diverse
LGBTQ communities and their experience with police. Please support this effort by filling out our
survey (online, in person, and/or at one of our community events) and attending our events (focus
group and/or Town Hall Community Forum). To acquire information about surveys, event materials,

*** We will not be collecting testimony involving incidents involving police. Please contact the
Office for Professional Accountability (OPA) to make an anonymous complaint at opa@seattle.gove or
206-684-8797 or find them on the web at

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Over The Rainbow….

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With the age wave approaching, the first generation of openly LGBTQ-identified seniors will require in-home or institutional long-term care. Yet recent studies show that one-in-three Over The Rainbow 1
LGBTQ seniors worries about facing discrimination as they age. That’s one of the reasons why more than 200 people are expected Tuesday to discuss the specific needs of LGBTQ  seniors and develop a strategic plan to prepare for the aging community.  About 69,000 LGBTQ seniors currently live in the Washington, but that population is expected to swell to nearly 111,000 by 2030, according to statistical trends.
 With 200 attendees registered – this free event is SOLD OUT! But Allyship is looking for a few good volunteers to staff our table! Click here or email us if you would like to attend and volunteer! Join us on September 17th from noon to 5pmat SEIU Healthcare 775NW Auditorium, 215 Columbia St., Seattle. 
If you are on the waiting list for the Summit, it will be streamed live at

SPONSORS: SEIU Healthcare 775NW; SEIU Health Benefits Trust and Training Partnership; Ingersoll Gender Center; LGBTQ Allyship; Equal Rights Washington; Entre Hermanos; Jewish Family Service; Living Care Lifestyles; Human Rights Campaign; Lambda Legal; The GSBA; Washington CAN; Caring Across Generations; Seattle Counseling Service; AARP of Washington; Seattle Office for Civil Rights; CHC Services; Legal Voice; Jewish Federation; Washington Areas Association on Aging


Debbie Carlsen
Executive Director


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