Racism: The Elephant in the room
Group: Backbone Campaign and the Localize This! Action Camp participants
Facebook event page HERE
Racism: The Elephant in the Room (or Park)
Seattle, Washington, August 17, 2015 - People are invited to participatein a public interactive art installation to expose racism as the"elephant in the room".
On Monday, August 17, 2015, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm, at Westlake Parkin Seattle, the public is invited to join us in learning about racismand white privilege through visually rich, interactive art andengagement in positive dialog and seek skills for addressinginstitutional racism.
At 2 pm, the action moves from Westlake to the City Council chambers. There, activists will challenge City Council members to combatinstitutional racism by protecting Hookah Lounges, predominantly ownedby people of color and currently under attack. They will also call onthe Council to reject zoning that will permit the construction of anexpanded juvenile detention center, misleadingly called the "King CountyFamily and Children's Justice Center," stop the city-sponsoredgentrification of areas in the city that are home to people of color,and to end police brutality.
This interactive art exhibit and challenge to the City Council arecoming from a collection of activists who are from the Pacific Northwestand around the country that met at a Backbone Campaign's Localize This! Action Camp. As a group, we are predominantly white activists who are looking inwardsand reaching out to our peers to join us in this action. We arechallenging ourselves and others to move beyond denial and defensivenessto commit to taking one concrete step towards racial justice and toshare our challenge.