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Welcome to one of our newest coalition members! Kids 4 Peace is an interfaith youth movement dedicated to turning divided societies into communities of lasting peace. They bring together Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and other youth from across the greater Seattle area to learn about each other, build community, and take action on social justice issues together.

If you know Eastside youth interested in participating, there are carpools to the Seattle programs. Kids 4 Peace is hosting an open house on Jan. 28th, 4-6pm for those who want to learn about the core youth leadership program. For details, contact Hannah Hochkeppel.

Come learn more about Kids 4 Peace at their holiday potluck on Sat. Dec. 16th, 5:30-8pm at the University Unitarian Church (6556 35th Ave NE, Seattle). Bring a vegetarian dish and meet new friends!

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We have two final events in 2017. Hope you can join us for one or both! And a special thank you to everyone who donated yesterday for #GiveTuesday. Didn’t get a chance? The donation platform is still open and we’d welcome any amount you can contribute. We also sent out our Year End Reflection for Activists and Advocates, so be sure to check that out.

ERIC Connection

Tuesday, December 5, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Host: City of Kirkland
Location: Kirkland City Hall, Peter Kirk Room (downstairs – enter from south entrance), 123  5th Ave, Kirkland

Our circle continues to grow! Come meet advocates, providers, volunteers, and others who are part of welcoming efforts in East King County. At this meeting we’ll discuss the Best Starts for Kids Grant due on Jan. 11th for partnerships serving “Place-Based and Cultural Communities.”

ERIC Connection meetings are open to members and guests interested in joining the coalition. (Not a member? You can sign up here!) Get updates on welcoming efforts with cities and schools, hear about emerging issues and trends in the community, and connect with others for joint efforts. Bring an item to share for lunch if you can plus business cards, flyers, etc. We look forward to seeing you!

Evening “Takeout” Social

Wednesday, December 13, 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Crossroads Shopping Center Food Court (between June Bakery and Mini City Hall), 15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA

Join us for an end of year gathering and enjoy food from local restaurants, many of whom are owned by our immigrant neighbors. If you can, purchase one entree to share from any of the Crossroads Shopping Center restaurants and bring it to the tables we have reserved in the food court. Just one, please – there will be plenty of food! Let’s support our local business owners, put 2017 to rest, and connect with friends and neighbors who’ve been organizing and/or participating in welcoming community events throughout the year. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you!

Greetings to all of you as we head into the final month of 2017. I remember this time last year was so overwhelming  … and it still is in MANY ways. But, we have a lot to be thankful for in East King County. More people and groups are coming together around equity initiatives. The quantity and quality of these efforts are unprecedented in the 20+ years I’ve been working in the community. That’s significant. It’s no longer a small group of the same people focused on equity. Our network is expanding. Every week I connect with people I haven’t met before who are doing the work, as well as people who are brand new to getting involved in advocacy and community building. Please remember that you’re not alone. If nothing else, this year has shown us that we have an incredible amount of support from all over the Eastside.

Our work remains to continue to support cities, school districts, organizations, and groups to operationalize their values. This requires persistent advocacy for concrete policies and practices, and it also means equipping our community with the competency needed at all levels and across all sectors. Soon I’ll be sending a summary of our 2017 efforts as well as our focus areas in 2018.

One of my personal priorities is to support all of you who are working to make a difference in the community, whether you do this as part of your job or as a volunteer and a caring member of the community. I know many of you are engaged in several different parts of your life.

This small gift is for you, as part of what ERIC offers to help you feel better equipped and supported to continue standing up and speaking out. The reflection exercise is a set of questions to guide you in taking stock of how you’ve been doing over the past year and to help you set intentions related to the issues and causes you’re most passionate about.

Last but not least, it’s #GiveTuesday! We would be so grateful for any amount you’re able to contribute to ERIC. Donations support the coordination of all our efforts including ongoing advocacy, Welcoming Week on the Eastside, community events (like this one happening tonight in Redmond), and building competency throughout the community.

DONATE to ERIC  … Are you reading this after Tuesday? You can still give. Thank you!

— Debbie

The Welcome Back Center, hosted at Highline College, assists internationally trained professionals who are living permanently in Washington State. WBC works with education and agency partners to assist people who want to re-enter their professions here in the U.S. International college graduates currently residing in Washington are eligible for the program.

  • Individualized educational case management
  • Assistance with planning a career and educational path that builds on participants’ skills, experience and previous education
  • Information about job opportunities and resume assistance
  • Orientation to licensing procedures and assistance in obtaining the appropriate professional credentials and licenses.
  • Workshops and classes to specifically meet the professional development needs of our participants.
  • Information on alternative healthcare career options and the types of jobs for which participants may be eligible.
  • Referrals to appropriated educational and professional resources.Opportunities for networking.

To receive assistance, contact WBC staff.

Come meet advocates, providers, volunteers, and others who are part of welcoming efforts in East King County. At this meeting we’ll discuss the Best Starts for Kids Grant due on Jan. 11th for partnerships serving Place-Based and Cultural Communities.”

Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 11:00-12:30 | Kirkland City Hall, Peter Kirk Room (ground floor): 123 5th Ave Kirkland WA 98033

ERIC Connection meetings are open to members and guests interested in joining the coalition. (Not a member? You can sign up here!) Get updates on welcoming efforts with cities and schools, hear about emerging issues and trends in the community, and connect with others for joint efforts.

Bring an item to share for lunch if you can plus business cards, flyers, etc. We look forward to seeing you!

ERIC’s Provider Appreciation Luncheon – Tuesday, Nov. 7th (Election Day – remember to vote!), 11-12:30 at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center. There are still some spots available for this event where we’ll hear from local health and social service providers and give thanks for the valuable work they do.

Bellevue Family YMCA Women’s Night – Nov. 11th, 6:45-9pm. 14230 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA. Bring a friend and enjoy this women’s only evening at the Bellevue YMCA.

Diwali New Year’s Celebration – Nov. 12th, 12-2pm at the Bellevue Family YMCA. 14230 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA. Free event with activities, crafts, Bollywood dancing, music, light refreshments and more. Register here.

Promised Land Documentary Film Screening – East Shore Unitarian Church invites you to a screening of the social justice documentary, Promised Land on Nov. 18th. Doors open at 6:30, film begins at 7:00The producers of the film along with Duwamish and Chinook representatives will be at the screening and will do a Q&A after the screening. The film is free, but we are asking for a good will donation for the Duwmamish and Chinook representatives who participate in the Q&A. Consider coming back again on Sunday for the 10:00 AM service which will highlight our Duwamish and Chinook speakers, and they will be honored at a potluck immediately following the service.  
Community Matters – What We Have in Common: 3 Faith Traditions
Nov. 28th, 7-8:30pm at the Redmond Library. Join us for a conversation related to the lives and faith of three friends – a Muslim interfaith leader, a Christian Pastor, and a Jewish Rabbi. At a time of growing divisiveness and misinformation in our country, share in this opportunity to learn more about the commonalities of three faith traditions, and how they are driven by their faith toward good works, unity, and justice for all. Registration recommended, but not required. Panelists: Aneelah Afzali, Attorney, Interfaith Leader, Director at Muslim Association of Puget Sound; Rev. Ellie VerGowe, Pastor at First Covenant Church; Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick, Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Am. Sponsors and Hosts:  Wellness Professionals NetworkEastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition, and the Redmond Library.
Interested in becoming an ERIC MEMBER? Join our welcoming efforts! Find out more here.