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West Sound for Social Justice is pleased to partner with Women’s March Kitsap Huddle to present #MeToo – A Night of Poetry, Music & Stories on Wednesday, January 31 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Cloverleaf Sports Bar & Grill, 1240 Hollis Street in East Bremerton.

Members of the community, #MeToo followers, and people who identify as survivors of sexual assault are invited to join us for an evening of solidarity and support as we share poetry, readings, and music. Those who have a song, story, poem, or reading to share are requested to contact Robin at 360.990.9191. Robin is also available to read for those who wish to share their poetry or stories but are unable to do so themselves.

Event organizers hope to expand the conversation around sexual assault, invoke individual and societal healing, and raise local awareness. Admission is free, but those who are interested are urged to RSVP at

As #MeToo founder Tarana Burke powerfully affirms, “We need a complete cultural transformation if we are to eradicate sexual assault in our lifetimes. It means we must build our families differently, engage our communities and confront some of our long-held assumptions about ourselves… [This] is an opportunity for all of us to take a hard look in the mirror and answer the question: When you hear #MeToo will you stand up to say #NoMore?” Follow the #MeToo movement at


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We will have music by Alisha Davis Freeman and Calina Lawrence.

Calina Lawrence

Vocalist, spoken-word poet, and activist Calina Lawrence joined friend Shailene Woodley on the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globe awards. Calina works to raise awareness of “POC racial injustice, police brutality, mass-incarceration, gentrification, misrepresentation of Native Americans in education & mainstream United States media, climate injustice, blood quantum and enrollment issues, foster youth, suicide prevention, and violence against women,” to name a few. You can visit Calina online, and watch her perform “Generations”.

The Women’s March Kitsap Huddle formed in the aftermath of the worldwide Women’s March. Its intent is to keep informed and stay involved — not just in resistance to the new administration, but also in helping the community grow. To learn more about Women’s March Kitsap, visit

The Cloverleaf offers a full dinner menu and bar.

There is no charge for this event.

Watch Robin perform some of her original poetry at our “Still Dreaming” event last summer.


Here are some statistics that reveal the scope of sexual assault:

Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted
1 out of every 6 women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime
82% of all juvenile victims are female. 90% of adult rape victims are female.

Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault.

1 out of every 10 rape victims is male
About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime

21% of TGQN (transgender, genderqueer, nonconforming) college students have been sexually assaulted, compared to 18% of non-TGQN females, and 4% of non-TGQN males

94% of women who are raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the two weeks following the rape
30% of women report symptoms of PTSD 9 months after the rape

American Indians are twice as likely to experience a rape/sexual assault compared to all races
41% of sexual assaults against American Indians are committed by a stranger; 34% by an acquaintance; and 25% by an intimate or family member

An estimated 80,600 inmates each year experience sexual violence while in prison or jail
60% of all sexual violence against inmates is perpetrated by jail or prison staff
More than 50% of the sexual contact between inmate and staff member—all of which is illegal—is nonconsensual

18,900 military members experienced unwanted sexual contact in the fiscal year ending September, 2014
4.3% of active duty women and 0.9% of active duty men experienced unwanted sexual contact in FY14

Source:  RAINN: Victims of Sexual Violence Statistics

MLK Day Vigil – Ground Zero Center


In honor of Dr Martin Luther King  Jr.’s birthday, the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action will hold a vigil at the Main Gate of the Trident Submarine Base at Bangor Saturday, January 13, at 11 am.
Everyone interested in honoring Dr. King’s prophecy and legacy is invited to attend the vigil.
Participants will gather at 10:00 am January 13, at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, 16159 Clear Creek Rd NW, Poulsbo, and will walk to the base for a vigil which will include songs, signs, banners and quotes from Dr. King.
According to Vincent Intondi, author of African Americans Against the Bomb, King believed that civil rights are inextricably linked to peace.
When asked in December 1957 about the use of nuclear weapons, King replied:
“I definitely feel that the development and use of nuclear weapons should be banned. It cannot be disputed that a full-scale nuclear war would be utterly catastrophic. Hundreds and millions of people would be killed outright by the blast and heat, and by the ionizing radiation produced at the instant of the explosion . . . Even countries not directly hit by bombs would suffer through global fall-outs. All of this leads me to say that the principal objective of all nations must be the total abolition of war. War must be finally eliminated or the whole of mankind will be plunged into the abyss of annihilation.”
King remained committed to the antinuclear cause throughout the Civil Rights Movement. In 1959, five months after being stabbed in Harlem, King addressed the War Resisters League’s thirty-sixth annual dinner, where he praised its work and linked the domestic struggle for racial justice with the campaign for global disarmament: “Not only in the South, but throughout the nation and the world, we live in an age of conflicts, an age of biological weapons, chemical warfare, atomic fallout and nuclear bombs . . . Every man, woman, and child lives, not knowing if they shall see tomorrow’s sunrise.” He asked, “What will be the ultimate value of having established social justice in a context where all people, Negro and White, are merely free to face destruction by strontium 90 or atomic war?” 
For more information contact or call Mary Gleysteen at 360 297 3894.

27th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights

The 27th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights is scheduled for Friday, December 15, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Olympic College in Bremerton. This year’s theme is “Historical Perspectives and Moving Forward.”kitsap-county-conference-human-rights-17

Tickets are on sale now via Brown Paper Tickets.Go to Ticket prices are $25 for youth 18 and under; $40 for adults; and $50 for adults including an informational table to share materials from non-profit organizations. All ticket prices include breakfast and lunch. Parking is free.

The Council for Human Rights is honored to announce the conference keynote speaker is Clarence Moriwaki, president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and founder and past president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and founder and past president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association. He will present “History, Honor, Healing and Hope: The timeless – and timely – story of the devastating impacts of fear, prejudice, intolerance and failure of political leadership during World War II, and the hopeful, healing power of redemption to let it not happen again.”

The conference also features a panel, workshops and networking opportunities.

Follow the link below for more information.

2017 Kitsap County Conference on Human Rights

Fundraiser for Earthjustice

Alisha Davis Freeman, a WSSJ member who has provided beautiful music for us at the BBQ in Jarstad Park, and at “Still Dreaming”, is sponsoring a fundraiser to support Earthjustice, who has filed suit to prevent the Trump administration from proceeding with it’s giveaway of our National Monuments to private industry.
The Executive Committee of WSSJ has pitched in $100 on behalf of WSSJ for this effort, and we encourage everyone to consider contributing to this most worthy cause.
More information is available on the fundraiser Facebook page:
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New climate action group in Belfair

A new climate action group is forming in Belfair.

Join with other community members on December 9 for a meeting in Belfair. To combat the scale of the climate crisis, we need bold action at all levels of government — but right now, starting from the ground-up is our best shot at securing lasting change. Working together, we will end the use of  unsustainable fuel and transition our world to 100% sustainable energy for all.


11:00 – 12:45 AM, December 9, 2017

North Mason Timberland Library,  23081 NE State Route 3, Belfair, WA 98528 and Climate Reality action plans