Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013
Human Trafficking involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Human trafficking can occur in any industry, including agriculture, construction, domestic service (housekeeper, nanny), restaurants, salons, commercial sex work, massage parlors, and small businesses. Representatives from the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN) and the Providence Intervention Center for Assault & Abuse will provide an overview of human trafficking from a local, national and global perspective. With awareness, you can help to identify and report cases of human trafficking.
February 6th, 2013
For Black History month, Gerald Hankerson speaks about the criminal justice system. At age 18, Gerald Hankerson was tried and convicted of accessory to a crime that resulted in a life sentence without Parole. Hankerson was the alleged accomplice in a murder where others falsely implicated him, which resulted in his conviction and de facto death sentence. Hankerson was denied clemency in 2006, which caused many community and political leaders and Grass-root Organizations to form the “Coalition to Free Hankerson.” On April 9, 2009 at the age of 40, Gerald Hankerson was granted clemency and released from prison after serving 23 years. Currently he serves as VP of the NAACP in Seattle/King County, as well as an Executive Board Member of The Defender’s Assoc .(TDA). Hankerson travels around the State & Country discussing issues of the criminal justice system, as well as speaking at local schools and juvenile centers mentoring at-risk youth.
In honor of National Poetry Month: Chas Jackson earned his Bachelor of Arts in screenwriting with a minor in marketing. He tours the U.S. and facilitates workshops on creative expression. Chas currently writes for the award-winning web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl. Chas began performing poetry as a dare and hasn't stopped since. He was one of the breakout stars of the FX TV show, Black. White., produced by Ice Cube. Performing his original poetry, he received high praise for his work on the show that later went on to win an Emmy award. He has competed as a member of the 2006 Los Angeles Slam Team and 2008 Atlanta Slam Team. In 2009, as part of team San Francisco, he performed on the final stage at the national poetry slam, placing third out of the nation's 68 teams. Chas believes that poetry is the only way you can touch someone as heart without his or her permission.