Saturday, March 10, 2018. 9:00am - 6:00pm. Doors and light refreshments open at 8:30am.

University of Washington, Seattle Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room (225)​

A day-long conference dedicated to conversations among local activists on ways to join commitments and collaborate on transformative projects fighting for social justice, racial justice, gender justice, and workers’ empowerment in the current political moment.

Sponsored by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington. Questions? Call (206) 543-7946 or e-mail


Registration Has Closed

Registration has reached capacity for this event. If you have any questions, please call (206) 543-7946 or e-mail

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Conference Schedule

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM – Breakfast, Registration
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Welcome and Opening Keynote
  • Michael McCann, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
  • Lynne Dodson, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Bill Fletcher, Jr., author and activist
15 minute break

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM – Panel: Transforming Politics as Usual: Electoral Politics
  • Moderator: Megan Ming Francis, UW Political Science
  • Dulce Gutiérrez, Yakima City Council
  • Rosalinda Guillen, Community to Community Deveopment
  • Bob Hasegawa, WA State Legislature
  • Nikkita Oliver, Seattle Peoples Party
15 minute break
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM – Lunch

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM – Afternoon Keynote by Kent Wong, UCLA Labor Center

15 minute break

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Challenging Strategies for Advancing Social Justice Unionism
  • Moderator: Jonathan Rosenblum, author and activist
  • Faye Guenther, UFCW 21
  • Eunice How, UNITE-HERE Local 8
  • Dean McGrath, ILWU Local 23
  • Sandy Restrepo, Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
15 minute break
3:15 PM – 4:45 PM – Retaking Ownership of the Company Town
  • Moderator: Sarah Quinn, UW Sociology
  • Nicole Grant, MLK County Labor Council
  • KJ Moon, Democratic Socialists of America - Seattle
  • Matt Remle, Mazaska Talks
  • Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Council
4:45PM – 6:00 PM – Closing, Reception


Parking Information

Parking: If you will be driving to the event, free parking has been arranged in the University of Washington's central plaza parking garage, located immediately below Kane Hall. When entering the parking garage, stop at the gatehouse and advise the attendant that you have a parking code, 174135. You will be issued a free permit.  Driving directions to the garage, and Kane Hall, can be found here