PubliCalendar: Black Lives Matter Exhibit Opens at Columbia City Gallery

Today's picks for civic nerds

By Atoosa Moinzadeh April 8, 2015

SOURCE: Naomi Ishisaka

For Today

Black Lives Matter: Humanity Not Negotiable 

Black Lives Matter: Humanity Not Negotiable is a space for visual artists to comment on how state violence impacts Black lives. The Columbia City Gallery's latest installment showcases art by activists like Afam Ayika (who spoke out against the youth jail decision in February), and is curated by one of my favorite journalists, Naomi Ishisaka. Among other things, the artists look at the Trayvon Martin killing, the non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner killings. Powerful stuff. 

The gallery will open on April 8 and continue through May 17.

[Editor's note and full, excited, disclosure: One of Atoosa's photographs is part of the exhibition.]

The Black Lives Matter: Humanity Not Negotiable Exhibit Opening, Wed, Apr 8, 5pm, Columbia City Gallery, 4864 Rainier Ave S, Free

For Thursday

Flavors of the IRC: From Syria to Seattle

It's been four years since war erupted in Syria, and groups like the International Rescue Committee (IRC) have been doing the critical work assisting refugees–including folks right here in Seattle

The IRC's young professionals group, GenR, is hosting a fundraising event to celebrate helping hundreds of refugees rebuild their lives. Complete with music, networking, a raffle, and refreshments, Thursday evening's event will be a chance to learn how you can get involved and meet community members who are already working to make a difference. 

Flavors of the IRC: From Syria to Seattle, Thurs, Apr 9, 6pm, Impact Hub Seattle, 220 Second Ave S, $50

Advance Notice for April 17

Gender Identity in Seattle and Beyond

With trans activists like Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) and Janet Mock (Redefining Realness) making waves in mainstream media, it's time for the general public to educate themselves about the intersection of gender and identity.

Advocate and social critic Joe Wenke has just released The Human Agenda, which sheds light on issues trans and gender-nonconforming people face. He's the founder of Trans Uber, a publishing company that focues on promoting LBGTQ rights.

Wenke, trans model and activist Gisele Alicea, and Seattle Children’s Gender Specialist Aidan Key give their perspectives on the national conversation about gender, politics, and social interactions. 

Gender Identity in Seattle and Beyond, Fri, Apr 17, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Avenue, $5

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