Fight for Our Lives was a year long performance series advocating for communities targeted by divisive politics and systemic oppression.
By showcasing local artists, writers, and performers, the series also benefited mission-driven nonprofit organizations. The goal was to connect nonprofit opportunities to audiences and artists across the Puget Sound area.
Fight for Our Lives was grassroots-led by writers Ruth Joffre and D.A. Navoti and ran until January 20, 2021—Inauguration Day.
Fight For Our Lives returned in solidarity of worker rights. Our event was hosted by writer and union organizer Alex Gallo-Brown and our readers included J.M. Wong, Dujie Tahat, Gina Myers, and Paul Hlava Cabello. Our event benefited these nonprofit organizations:
- Unite Here’s Relief Fund (COVID-19 Relief)
- The National Domestic Workers Alliance (Domestic Worker Relief)
- Leaders of the Washington State League of United Latin American Citizens (Wildfire Relief)
- Firelands | Workers United (Advocacy)
Fight For Our Lives co-founder Ruth Joffre led a community conversation with local literary talent. We’re thankful to writers Laura Da’, Frances Lee, Juan Carlos Reyes, Kristen Millares Young, and political activist Sherae Lascelles for an incredible community gathering (virtually, of course).
Fight For Our Lives partnered with Hugo House to virtually support four amazing readers and a special youth speaker representing Rainier Scholars.
And our nonprofit beneficiaries were:
Fight For Our Lives rallied for Black Lives Matter with a second reading in partnership with Hugo House.
We’re incredibly thankful for our four outstanding poets Jalayna Carter, Luther Hughes, Natasha Marin, and M’Bilia Meekers. Support Black stories and Black writers by buying their books and supporting them on social media.
Our feature nonprofit or grassroots organizations were:
The Seattle community rallied in support for trans & queer people at Hugo House in Seattle, WA, for Fight For Our Lives. Our event raised over $900 for two stellar nonprofit organizations Lambert House and Ingersoll Gender Center.
The event wast hosted by Ade Connere and featured writer Ray Stoeve, multidisciplinary artists Naa Akua and Amber Flame, writers Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Calvin Gimpelevich, Juan Jocom, and Callum Angus.
Photos by D.A. Navoti.