If you didn’t make it to The Seattle Globalist’s first storytelling event “Stories of Finding Home” at the Rainier Arts Center, you can catch Wednesday’s great performances on our Facebook videos and take a look at a few of the photos we took at the event.
We plan to post more photos later this evening, as well as information on future broadcasts of the event.
The event was sponsored by Humanities Washington and Rainier Arts Center. Our media sponsors were the South Seattle Emerald and KUOW.
The story tellers Wednesday night were:
Hodan is a climate justice organizer at grassroots community organization Got Green. She has a background in labor and political organizing and began organizing with the Washington Bus as a Bus Fellow where she learned political organizing skills such as storytelling. Hodan is on Twitter @fearlesslyblack.
Monica is a South King County born-and-raised Chicana and the daughter of Mexican, immigrant farmworking parents. She’s an artist, poet, community organizer and everything else that her fluid identity embodies. Her early childhood experiences living in poverty shaped her later involvement in social movements. Her greatest passion lies in fighting for the disenfranchised and healing.
Felipe is the Director of Civic Engagement at Latino Community Fund of Washington State, and one of the community group coordinators with the Racial Equity Team, a network of activists, organizers, and lobbyists in Washington dedicated to advancing racial equity at the state level. He has contributed to LCF’s statewide policy and community organizing work with coalitions such as the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy and Front and Centered.
Nikkita is a Seattle-based creative, teaching artist, mentor, and organizer. She is an attorney in Washington State and is the 2014 Seattle Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion, the 2012 and 2013 Seattle Poetry Slam Women of the World Poetry Slam representative, and has served as Seattle Poetry Slam national team coach on numerous occasions. Nikkita is also a mentor-artist with Creative Justice, an arts-based youth diversion program that provides alternatives to incarceration for youth who are court-involved.
Jamila grew up in the High Point neighborhood of Seattle, and in the salon chair in the basement of her Nana’s duplex on 25th and Yesler. She is a constitutional litigator, serves on the board of the ACLU of Washington, and teaches Professional Responsibility at Seattle University School of Law. Jamila is on Twitter @Jamila22.
Myani is the Coalition Organizer at local grassroots organization Puget Sound Sage. Myani brings together the South Communities Organizing for Racial Equity, or SCORE, and is passionate about ending displacement in Seattle. She spends most of her spare time delightfully watching her kitten throw down during wrestling matches against her chihuahua.
Roldy Aguero Ablao
Roldy is a Seattle-based visual artist and educator whose work is inspired by the land, people and mythology of the Oceania. He is a strong advocate of the art as a way to educate and engage people, and works as Exhibit Specialist for the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle. He likes cats, thrift shopping, and social justice.
Gabriel is a musician and writer who first became known through the group Abyssinian Creole and reached an international audience with his critically-acclaimed solo debut Lovework. In 2012, he released two critically-acclaimed albums: “Colored People’s Time Machine” and CopperWire’s “Earthbound,” a space opera of a hip hop ride set in the year 2089 that he recorded with fellow Ethiopian-American artists Meklit Hadero and Burntface. Gabriel Teodros is on Twitter @GabrielTeodros.