Welcome to Seattle Center
The RSJI Summit is a virtual event that brings City of Seattle employees together to increase our collective capacity for race and social justice work. Here, you’ll find inspiration from local leaders, reflections from community activists, and knowledge from City of Seattle staff who organize for anti-racist change.
The 2022 Summit begins with a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Day, featuring remarks from:
|MONDAY, JANUARY 17: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. UNITY DAY
Recordings available January 17.
Remarks from Mayor Harrell
Mayor of Seattle Bruce Harrell shares his vision for how the City of Seattle can lead with equity.
Remarks from Council President Juarez
Seattle City Council President Debora Juarez shares a message of unity in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Michele Storms, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA), shares her thoughts on a more just and equitable society in the time of a pandemic. She identities some of the opportunities ahead and gives advice on how to survive while doing the work.
About the RSJI Summit
The RSJI Summit and MLK Jr. Unity Day build on the activism of City of Seattle employees who are dedicated to the pursuit of racial equity in government. We reflect on the previous year’s race and social justice work while also looking forward. We set the coming year’s agenda for the continued fight against white supremacy culture and the harm that it causes communities of color.
This event provides an opportunity for City of Seattle staff to come together in ways that move our institution towards being truly inclusive and anti-racist. We also gather for collective care. We reflect and develop strategies for combating the internalized racial oppression, trauma, and burnout that accompanies the work of anti-racist organizing.
In addition, the Summit gives a platform to people and organizations who are doing important work in the community, so that the City of Seattle can better align its racial justice work with local grassroots movements.
Like all race and social justice work, the RSJI Summit is rooted in the collective power of grassroots movements that advocate for systemic change. Our work is indebted to the many activists that came before us, and the many people in Seattle who continue organizing today. They inspire our continued efforts to shift our institution so that government plays its deserved role to ensure that institutional racism can be undone.