Urban Poverty Forum XI
Balancing the Scales
Challenging Institutional Racism in Our Criminal Justice System

​February 19, 2017

1:00PM, Sunday, February 19, 2017
 Downstairs at Town Hall - 1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Seneca Street)
Seattle, Washington 98101

This event is free and open to the public. 
Doors open at 12pm. The Urban Poverty Forum is from 1-3pm


People of color serve longer sentences than their white counterparts and are disproportionately represented in our jails and prisons. Hear from local leaders on the work happening in our community to address the racism that contributes to these issues.

The Mahogany Project will present an original new work, 'Revolving Doors',  a musically inspired dramatic presentation which will highlight these complex issues. 

Featured performers include: Jasmine Allred, Sheila C. Patton and Icesis Reed-El of Nubien.     

Speakers include Mary Flowers and Chief Judge Wesley Saint Clair. Flowers is an Executive Committee member and chair of the Prisons Committee for the Seattle King County NAACP. Judge Saint Clair is a King County Superior Court Chief Judge working on initiatives to serve youth and families at the Juvenile Courthouse. Additional speakers include Winona Stevens and La Tanya Horace. Stevens is the  Executive Director & Founder of Native American Reentry Services and a boards member of the Statewide Reentry Council (Governor appointed Tribal Affairs Rep.) Horace is  employed by THS (Therapeutic Health
Services) as Coordinator for the ROYAL (Raising our Youth as Leaders) program.  She is also the 
founder of The Silent Task Force which is an African Diaspora Anti-Violence Group

The Urban Poverty Forum is an annual educational event that brings speakers together around a common theme. Our mission is that we exist to open a dialogue about the systemic issues surrounding urban poverty, and to unite a diverse community of care including faith-based organizations, non-profits, and concerned citizens in addressing problems faced by the poorest among us.