Welcome to The Seattle Globalist‘s first annual Globie Awards!
YOUR HOST : Ahamefule J. Oluo is a Texas-born, Seattle-raised musician, composer, essayist, and stand-up comic. He’s collaborated with artists like Das Racist and Hey Marseilles. Oluo was a semifinalist in NBC´s Stand-up for Diversity Comedy competition and works in close creative partnerships with comic Hari Kondabolu and writer Lindy West.
THE AWARD WINNERS
Jill Mangaliman – Social Change Reporting Award
Jill is a queer, Fil-Am, jack of all trades community organizer from Seattle, focused on issues of racial, gender, and environmental justice. They are a founding board member of Got Green, and a member of the Healthy Food Access Team, BAYAN PNW, and Pin@y sa Seattle.
Jill has written about urban poverty in the Philippines; burning an effigy of the president in Manila; juvenile justice in Seattle, and a flash mob to support women’s rights. Jill is a true Globalist–with an ear to the ground on what’s happening in the social justice world in Seattle.
Abby Higgins – Global Reporting Award
Abby is a travel writer and journalist who splits her time between Kenya and her hometown in Washington State. In addition to writing, she has spent the past three years working in development and women’s rights in East Africa.
This year she produced Slum Rising, a series of stories on the surprising innovations coming out of slums around the world. The series appeared on the front page of The Seattle Times and was co-published online by ONE and GOOD.
Muatasim Qazi – Commentary Award
Muatasim is a Pakistani journalist now living in exile in the US. He is assistant editor for The Baloch Hal, an online newspaper which reports human rights violations and religious extremism in Balochistan and has been banned by Pakistani authorities.
Muatasim is one of those journalists who can cover just about anything: he has written about everything from drone strikes in Pakistan to dating in Seattle. His stories, whether political or personal, always stir up powerful conversations.
Anna Goren – In-Depth Reporting Award
Anna is a native Seattleite who is carrying on the Jewish tradition of having strong opinions about food. She has taught community nutrition and cooking classes, collaborated with farmers markets to glean produce for food banks, assisted a local healthy grocery startup, and apprenticed on an urban donation farm in Berkeley, CA.
Anna has a knack for exploring complex policy issues and making them relevant to everyday life. She has written about diversity and farmers markets, the local food movement, and volunteering abroad–and she is the Globalist contributor with by far the best understanding of the all-powerful farm bill.
Liliana Lopez Caracoza – Youth Reporting Award
Liliana is a Seattle Globalist Youth Apprentice, a student at Tacoma Community College and is working to become a journalist.
In her year as an apprentice, Liliana has reported on everything from Mexican culture to immigration reform. In July, she ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to support an independent project in Mexico, and recently returned from reporting on indigenous women in the state of Veracruz.
Rita Zawaideh – Globalist of the Year Award
Owner, Caravan-Serai Tours
Board of Directors, Arab American Community Coalition of Washington State
Board of Directors, Salaam Cultural Museum
It was tough to get ahold of Rita Zawaideh to tell her she’d won the Globalist of the Year Award, because she was out of the country, leading a humanitarian mission in Jordan and Syria. She traveled with a group of 29 doctors from the US and a dozen local volunteers distributing medical supplies and care along the Syria-Jordan border. “Even if it happened in Seattle, we couldn’t take care of everyone. But then you put these people in a water-scarce country like Jordan, and it’s impossible,” Rita said.
One member of the nomination committee said, “Rita is a powerhouse of activism in the Arab community in Seattle. She has been active on civil rights issues for many years, Arab-American issues (like organizing training for teachers in the school districts of Iraq refugees), she founded the Arab American Community Coalition and then the Salaam Cultural Museum to help foster understanding between Arab Americans and the rest of the American society.”
Event Planning Committee
Alma Khasawnih, Karen Hirsch, Sara McCaslin, Jessica Partnow, Alex Stonehill, Sarah Stuteville and Megan Whiting.
Seattle Globalist Board Members
Jonathan Cunningham, Anita Verna Crofts, Joel Dodge, Ron Feemster, Eroyn Franklin, Roxana Norouzi and Sabrina Roach.
Seattle Globalist Advisory Group Members
Athima Chansanchai, Tarek Dawoud, Monica Guzman, Rahwa Habte, Naomi Ishisaka, Reagan Jackson, Eliachi Kimaro and Ann Magyar.
Thank you to our incredible Globie Awards volunteers!
Dacia Saenz, Maura Warshawski, JJ McCammon, Christian Zerbel, Shoko Toyama, Evan Swope, Lila Kitaeff, Lucas Anderson, Colleen McDevitt, Joshua Boulet, Sara Veltkamp, Marat Garafutdinov, Amy Scott, Katya Yefimova, Signe Predmore, Hannah Myrick, Jordan Eskenazi, Forrest Baum, Vange Spraklin, Gigi Noporat, Irene Wachirawutthichai, Emily Jo Testa, Mandy Hubbard, Niki Warncke, Illona Idlis, Lindsay Ryan and Pamela Wagner.
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