A Day of Remembrance with Khizr Khan

Gold Star father Khizr Khan made headlines when he offered to lend his copy of the Constitution to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump during a speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, asking him to read the document and “look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law.'” Khan will be speaking at Seattle Center on Sunday, February 19th at Densho’s 2018 Day of Remembrance–Our History, Our Responsibility–an event to honor Japanese Americans of World War II and stand in solidarity with American Muslims today. Continue reading “A Day of Remembrance with Khizr Khan”

Never Again: Japanese American WWII History and American Muslim Rights Today

Seventy-five years ago, approximately 7,000 Seattleites were ordered by the U.S. military to leave their homes and sent to incarceration camps. Most ended up at desolate Minidoka in southern Idaho. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, signed on February 19, 1942, two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, forcibly evacuated 120,000 Japanese Americans living on the Pacific Coast to one of ten concentration camps scattered across the country, where they would remain imprisoned for the duration of World War II until 1945.

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Minidoka War Relocation Center in 1943

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Give, Baby, Give!

 

I’ve been hearing a lot of people wondering out loud about what they can do to be involved in their community these days.  Maybe it’s the holiday season gaining importance now that the Presidential election has come to an end.  Maybe it has to do with a certain speech that many of us heard recently…

Whatever the reason, if you are wondering how you can help your community, here are a few places to start figuring out where you can give your time, money, or expertise:

City of Seattle – Information about volunteering and donating in Seattle.

United Way of King County – Search for giving and volunteering opportunities in King County.

Charity Navigator – “Your guide to intelligent giving.”  Search for charities by place and topic.  Includes a charity blog, articles, top ten lists and detailed information about what your gift is doing.

Volunteer Match – Match your time and talents to volunteer needs in the community. 

Idealist.org – International resource where you can search for volunteer opportunities, organizations, non-profit jobs, campaigns, and more.  You can also join or start an “Idealist group”, discussion groups from all over the world sharing ideas and information about community.

Charity Watch – The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) rates over 500 charities and provides excellent links to find out more.

The Seattle Public Library has a great list of volunteer information for teens, that has both teen specific and all-ages volunteer information.

Or, check out a book about giving and volunteering from the library!

If you have a suggestion for ways people can give to their community or find out about volunteer opportunities, please let Seattle know by leaving your comments. 

Give, Baby, Give!

Left on the Shelf


Nothing left on that DVD shelf at your local branch library?  You might want to take a closer look.

I decided to try an experiment in serendipity with the DVD shelves at the branch where I work.  I would select a movie to watch from what was left on the shelf, and, to make things a little more interesting, I decided to do this right at closing time.

“Not possible!” you might say if you have ever run in to your library at the end of the day in hopes of finding something, anything, to entertain on a quiet evening.  But this time serendipity won out and I came up with The Passenger (1975), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni of Blow Up fame.

A while back I went on a little Antonioni jag but never saw The Passenger.  So, I took it home with me and was pleased to find myself experiencing Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider (Last Tango in Paris) being all existential and egocentric inside of amazing Gaudi buildings in Spain! There’s the whole gun smuggling, assumed identity thing going on too.  Nicholson’s 70’s swagger next to Schneider’s languid intensity captured Continue reading “Left on the Shelf”