Washington State People of Color Legislative Summit

Dear PTA/PTSA leaders,

Saturday, October 12 from 10 AM - 4 PM is the 2nd Washington State People of Color Legislative Summit (POCLS). In 2018, Senator Hasegawa (11th Legislative District) worked with other WA State legislators of color, staff and community leaders to develop the first POCLS to bring diverse communities of color together and to elevate racial equity issues in the WA legislature. Senator Hasegawa's office is spearheading organizing the event again this year.

The goal of the Summit is to achieve a community driven legislative agenda that communities of color collectively support, and to catalyze conversation and build relationships between different POC communities. This is not meant to pre-empt any individual community’s legislative priorities.

This is a statewide summit with several separate meeting rooms sited at college campuses around the state, joined together using “Zoom” video conferencing. Each site will have a lead facilitator and staff to provide support and ensure a productive conference. 

In Seattle, the Summit will take place at the UW Magnuson Health Sciences Center. There will be regional break-out sessions based on topics, including one break-out session focused on education, and then there will be regional plenaries and a statewide plenary, all on the same day.

The SCPTSA is excited to help with planning and organizing the event. If you are interested in attending or finding out more please let me know. You can email me at legchair@scptsa.org. Depending upon interest, I may use a separate google group for communications.

Please note that the event is open to all people, and while white allies may attend, it is a POC-centered space.

Eddie Lin

SCPTSA Legislative Chair