This year, our 3rd annual event, we will be holding a MAY DAY celebration gathering! (Instead of a march.) 5:00 pm Sign Waving: Bring signs of solidarity and support for Workers Rights, Immigrant Rights and Human Rights. Help us Elevate our community with strong, positive messages of support as we occupy public space along 1st Ave at Kneeland Park (100 Turner Ave. Shelton WA 98584) We will have extra signs to lend out!
Join us on May 4th, 2018 as we once again march in support of our immigrant neighbors starting at Loop Field and ending at Kneeland Park. Join us at the park for a special children’s march with crafts, speakers, music and celebration. Keep the Dream alive!
In August, in coordination with Shelton CIELO, we helped organize several Know Your Rights events including arranging food for the event, as well as helping to edit translations of videos from Spanish and English into Mam and Quanjobal. The videos help to educate people on their rights when it comes to interactions with immigration and customs enforcement (ICE).
During the summer of 2017, Elevate had a informative booth at the Shelton Farmers’ Market helping to spread positivity and awareness of issues affecting our community. We hope to be present again in the summer of 2018, so please look for us there!
Elevate helped gather signatures for De-Escalate Washington, a group spearheading Initiative Measure No. 940. I-940 is a comprehensive bill providing de-escalation training for law enforcement statewide, and Elevate played a part in gathering the necessary number of signatures to get the measure on the ballot. I-940 was passed by the WA Legislature on March 8th. The new law requires training for violence de-escalation, mental-health issues and first aid, and importantly changes the standards for use of deadly force.
On April 30th 2017, the date of our first Neighbors for Immigrant Rights march in Shelton WA, we marched from Loop Field to Kneeland Park with an estimated 250 people marching in support of our immigrant neighbors and their rights! We gathered at the pavilion in Kneeland Park to listen to speakers share their experiences as immigrants and to celebrate our community.
We strive to make informative and relevant talks a regular part of the Elevate monthly meeting experience. Some of those speakers have included: Zoltan Grossman, professor of geography studies at Evergreen and author of Unlikely Alliances, who spoke on building diverse alliances to achieve racial justice within communities. Laura Porter from ACE Interface, who spoke on ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) risk factors, and their impacts on health, productivity, and civic engagement in Mason County, how these stresses in our lives can affect us even on the genetic level, and what we can do about it.