Fight For Our Lives: Worker Rights!


The fight isn’t over yet. Fight For Our Lives returns in solidarity of worker rights. Our event is hosted by writer and union organizer Alex Gallo-Brown. Our readers include J.M. Wong, Dujie Tahat, Gina Myers, and Paul Hlava Cabello.


Our event benefits nonprofit organizations who advocate for the rights of workers. Our beneficiaries are listed below.


When: Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020, 6:30-8:30PM Pacific

Where: Virtual (Zoom)

Tickets: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrce2tpj8uHdRgHJfRqMqix-AlDreH0O9m


Suggested ticket price is $10 (or pay what you can). Payment goes directly to our nonprofit beneficiaries and is paid during the event.



ABOUT OUR READERS

JM WONG (www.medium.com/@jomo206) is a queer child of the Chinese diaspora living on Duwamish lands (Seattle) via Malaysia/Singapore and many cities in between. They write about movements, desire, and longings across distances and bordered spaces. Of diaspora, of the logistical supply chain stretching over ocean waters, of connections transcending factories, hospitals and prison walls, of crossings over to the ancestral realms and into the future we behold. What we each journey through matters, and the futures we imagine begin from now.



DUJIE TAHAT (www.dujietahat.com) is the author of two chapbooks: Here I Am O My God, selected for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, and Salat, selected as the winner of the Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Chapbook Award. Their poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, Poetry NW, ZYZZVA, Best New Poets, Asian American Literary Review and elsewhere. Along with Luther Hughes and Gabrielle Bates, they cohost The Poet Salon podcast.



PAUL HLAVA CEBALLOS (www.paulhlava.com) has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Artist Trust, and the Poets House. His work has been published in Poetry Northwest, BOMB, the PEN Poetry Series, the LA Times, among other journals and newspapers, has been translated to the Ukrainian and nominated for the Pushcart. His chapbook, Banana [ ]: A History of the Americas, is coming out in 2021 from The 3rd Thing Press. He has an MFA from NYU and currently lives in Seattle, where he practices echocardiography.





GINA MYERS (www.gina-myers.org) is the author of two full-length poetry collections, A Model Year (2009) and Hold It Down (2013), as well as several chapbooks, including most recently Philadelphia (Barrelhouse, 2017). In Fall 2020, Barrelhouse will publish her third full-length collection, Some of the Times.




ABOUT OUR HOST

ALEX GALLO-BROWN (www.alexgallobrown.com) is a poet, essayist, and union organizer from Seattle. He is the author of "Variations of Labor" (Chin Music Press, 2019), a collection of poems and stories, and "The Language of Grief," a collection of poems.






ABOUT OUR BENEFICIARIES

COVID-19 Relief - UNITE HERE'S RElIEF FUND: “The COVID–19 pandemic is hitting hospitality workers especially hard as the industry shuts down and businesses lay off almost their entire workforce. As workers struggle to provide for their families, they continue to stand strong and demand that any industry bailout puts workers first. You can stand in solidarity with them by donating to the UNITE HERE Education and Support Fund.” https://secure.actblue.com/donate/unite-here


Domestic Worker Relief - THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC WORKERS ALLIANCE: “The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. Founded in 2007, NDWA works for respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers, the majority of whom are immigrants and women of color.” https://domesticworkers.org/about-us


Wildfire Relief -LEADERS OF THE WASHINGTON STATE LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS: "The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.” https://lulac.org/wildfiresrelieffund


Advocacy - FIRELANDS | WORKERS UNITED: "Firelands formed in spring 2019 as an organization of working people with a fire in the belly. We are grocery workers, bus drivers, mill workers, nurses, loggers, parents and students. We are organizing in the small towns and rural communities we love and call home to win an economy that respects workers, communities and the land." www.firelandswa.org



ABOUT FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES

Fight for Our Lives is a performance series advocating for communities targeted by divisive politics and systemic oppression (queer, trans, incarcerated, migrants, womxn, people of color).


By showcasing local artists, writers, and performers, our series also benefits mission-driven nonprofit organizations. Our goal is to connect nonprofit opportunities to audiences and artists across the Puget Sound area.


Fight for Our Lives is grassroots-led and time-limited until January 20, 2021—Inauguration Day.

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