Monthly Archives: May 2012

Innovative Advocacy: Half the Sky

Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author of New York Times best-selling book, "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide", was the guest speaker at the YWCA Inspire Luncheon in Seattle this year! At the Luncheon, Sheryl and Firesteel Director Erin Murphy had the opportunity to discuss marketing and advocacy through social media and other innovative strategies.  Today we will get to see this interview and also hear from Firesteel marketing Intern Kelsie Reidy about Innovative Advocacy!

Photo Friday: Dan Lamont’s “Homeless in America” project

Dan Lamont is an award winning photojournalist who is involved in an ongoing multimedia series documenting homeless families in America.  Last month Firesteel highlighted the photo exhibit, Looking Into Light,  in our events section that contained Dan Lamont photography from the "Homeless in America" series.  Here are some of the photos from the exhibit...

We are Human. We are Home.

Today we get to hear from another YWCA Seattle I King I Snohomish staff member, Joanna den Haan!  Joanna is a Housing Case Manager at the YWCA and works with many undocumented immigrants.  In light of the May Day Immigrant Rights March in Seattle last week, Joanna shares some of the challenges that these immigrants face.  Find out what Joanna thinks some solutions to these challeges are..      

May Day: International Worker’s Day

YWCA represent! At the May Day rally for immigrant and human rights that is. Meet Devin, a Health Care Access Advocate at the YWCA Seattle I King I Snohomish. She was joined by other YWCA staff in support of the many families at the YWCA's East Fir and East Cherry locations who are immigrants and refugees, facing unique barriers in accessing safe housing, as well as educational and employment opportunities, and health services. Here Devin shares her reflections on the peaceful protest in honor of International Worker's Day. 

Photo Friday: Labor Rights are Human Rights

photo credit, Devin Seman, YWCA Seattle I King I Snohomish Health Care Access Advocate
photo credit, Devin Seman, YWCA Seattle I King I Snohomish Health Care Access Advocate

A photo tease for you today. May 1st saw a lot of protests and rallies in Seattle. We will be highlighting the immigrant rights rally next week and through the eyes of YWCA Seattle I King I Snohomish staff who directly serve immigrants in the Seattle community. What are some of the unique housing needs and challenges for immigrants? Stay tuned.....

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