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Social Justice


June 1, 2022

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

Juneteenth, variously known as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, Jubilee day or Liberation Day, is a holiday commemorating the June 19, 1865 announcement in Galveston, Texas of the emancipation of all chattel slaves following the end of the Civil War. The oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth –…


May 23, 2022

Support Summer Food Programs for Kids

Of the many ongoing consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most urgent is that more than 50 million people are experiencing food insecurity in the U.S., including millions of children and vulnerable seniors. In Washington state, those who cannot consistently put food on their tables has more than doubled in the past two…


November 16, 2021

COVID-19: A Child Rights Crisis

Each year on November 20th, the United Nations, countries, and individuals worldwide commemorate World Children’s Day to promote international unity, spread awareness among youth, and improve children’s welfare.  November 20 is significant in history as the day in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The declaration asserted that…


February 28, 2022

Defeating Water Scarcity One Project at a Time

Imagine walking six miles a day across hilly, uneven, or muddy terrain with a pack on your back that weighs 50 pounds. But this is not army basic training or a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. Now imagine you are hungry and quite possibly suffering from gastrointestinal illness–yet you still must undertake this ordeal…


February 17, 2022

World Day of Social Justice is February 20

Each year on February 20th, the United Nations, countries, communities, and individuals worldwide commemorate the World Day of Social Justice. This year, we celebrate this day to support international efforts to promote transitions to formal employment as a necessary condition for reducing poverty and inequalities, advancing decent work, increasing productivity and sustainability, and widening the…


January 27, 2022

Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month celebrates the achievements, influences and legacies of Black Americans. Black History Month, also called African American History Month – and, more recently, celebration of the African diaspora – was started by Carter G. Woodson as Negro History Week in February 1926. The celebration was officially recognized in 1976 by President Ford as a…


February 2, 2022

Support Local Food Pantries with Non-food Items

Of the many ongoing consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most urgent is that more than 50 million people are experiencing food insecurity in the U.S., including millions of children and vulnerable seniors. In Washington state, those who cannot consistently put food on their tables has more than doubled in the past two…


November 23, 2021

December 1 is World AIDS day

The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone, and for those living with chronic illnesses this is especially true. The pandemic has changed the way we work, celebrate and enjoy the world. Although this may still feel new and different, for many, this is not the first pandemic of their lives. The toll of the…


March 1, 2021

Choose to Challenge this International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8, marks a time to celebrate the achievements made by girls and women. We highlight the progress made and reflect on how women’s rights have changed. International Women’s Day reminds us that women’s right are human rights and gender parity uplifts all. This day represents a journey, a process of…


July 20, 2021

Getting out the Young Vote: Supporting Civic Youth Engagement

The 2020 U.S. election reported record voter turnout, up multiple percentage points across age, race and gender; particularly remarkable was young voter turnout. According to research by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, more than 50% of Americans age 18-29 voted, an 11% increase from the 2016…



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