I Only Have Five Minutes to Write, This is What I Want to Tell You

I don’t remember a time where I felt more busy. This week is so packed full with activism and special work events that I barely have a down moment. It pains me because I would like more time to sit here writing to you, diving deeper than I’m going to be able to right now.

I have to leave in five minutes to go to a gathering of African American Seattle business leaders at a historically black church in our neighborhood, First AME. I’m going to network for TeamChild, but I’m also very interested in finding out what they’re talking about at their meeting this morning.

Because I’ve been so focused on the following list of activities, I have not paid a lot of attention to the national news. It feels strange because there is a lot going on. Here is what my outside-of-work agenda has looked like this week:

Monday, June 5:

I spent the whole evening at the ACLU’s training forum with Washington Won’t Discriminate to help train new volunteers who will fight Initiative 1552, our state’s attempt at legislating hate against trans folks. This is a picture I took of the training and my friend Carlos Padilla who is leading Washington Won’t Discriminate.

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Tuesday, June 6:

I spent the entire evening door-knocking for Seattle City Council Candidate Jon Grant in Madison Valley. I was recently in this video advocating for him:

Wednesday, June 7:

I woke up early to meet with my good friend and activist Daniel Goodman to discuss a handful of initiatives we are trying to launch together. We only had time to meet very early, before going to work as we are both so booked this week.

After work, I helped TeamChild host a talk at a major law firm downtown, K&L Gates. We talked about how those attorneys can join us as investors to end the school-to-prison pipeline. This is a pic someone snapped on the 29th floor in their fancy office:

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Thursday, June 8:

Tonight will be a long night spent at the final planning meeting of a group we’re now calling #Queers4Oliver. It’s the final meeting before our event for Mayoral Candidate Nikkita Oliver Friday night at Re-Bar, an historic bar for the LGBTQIA+ community in Capitol Hill. Nikkita is our candidate for mayor. We’ve spent the past six weeks planning this event. This is what our signs for the event look like on the poles in our neighborhood:

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Friday, June 9: 

Tomorrow night is the Nikkita Oliver party we’re putting on. I’m so excited! This is what the event looks like on Facebook:

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Like I said, I’ve been so busy that I’ve been a bit out of the loop on national news, other than these sorts of major headlines from the Washington Post.

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Here’s how a friend of mine who lives in London and who is British is reacting to the election in his country, which is today:

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Also, another friend, this one in the U.S., had this to say on his Facebook status update and I think it is a very clear sign of the times:

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