The North Seattle Multicultural Events Board in partnership with North Seattle College BSU (Black Student Union) is proud to present a Conversation with Nikkita Oliver covering topics of abolitionism and how we can make positive changes in supporting marginalized communities.
Angela Davis asks, “Are prisons obsolete?” The framework around abolitionism is rooted in an imagination of a better world for all – without police, without violence, without prisons. Abolitionism envisions equitable change across classes and races and investing in our community instead of individualist greed.Imagine, for a moment. What would that world look like?
Event: North Seattle College Hosts Nikita Oliver on “Political Participation at the State- & Local-Level”
Time: Thursday, February 4, 12:00 -1:15 PM
Join Zoom Meeting @ https://zoom.us/j/96507588165?pwd=Y3RiMkdSdEJJSWZmMm82VUNzVktjUT09
Meeting ID: 965 0758 8165
300-person maximum, first come first served
(Biography from Nikkita’s homepage: https://www.nikkitaoliver.com/)
Nikkita Oliver (they/them) is a Seattle-based creative, community organizer, abolitionist, educator, and attorney. Working at the intersections of arts, law, education, and community organizing Nikkita strives to create experiences which draw us closer to our humanity and invites us to imagine what we hope to see in the future.
Nikkita has opened for Cornel West and Chuck D of Public Enemy, featured on the Breakfast Club, KUOW’s The Week in Review, Cut Stories, and performed on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert. Nikkita’s writing has been published in the South Seattle Emerald, Crosscut,the Establishment, Last Real Indians, The Seattle Weekly, and The Stranger. Nikkita organizes with No New Youth Jail, Decriminalize Seattle, Covid-19 Mutual Aid – Seattle, and the Seattle Peoples Party. Nikkita speaks and performs for events, at universities and conferences, and facilitates trainings on equity, law and justice, education, and arts activism all over the United States.
Nikkita is the co-executive director of Creative Justice, an arts-based alternative to incarceration and a healing engaged youth-led community-based program. Nikkita was the first political candidate of the Seattle Peoples Party running for Mayor of Seattle in 2017 narrowly missing the general election by approximately 1,100 votes; coming in third of 21 candidates.
There is no denying that we are living in extraordinary political times. Many citizens are hungry to share their voices and help facilitate productive political change, but they do not necessarily know how to do so. Nikkita Oliver (they/them) is a Seattle-based creative, community organizer, abolitionist, educator, and attorney. Working at the intersections of arts, law, education, and community organizing Nikkita strives to create experiences which draw us closer to our humanity and invites us to imagine what we hope to see in the future.
The Seattle College’s Chancellor Shouan Pan and North Seattle College’s Interim President, Dr. Chemene Crawford, will welcome participants. Then, Nikkita Oliver will speak for approximately 45 minutes, followed by Q&A facilitated by the North Seattle College Ad Hoc Civic Engagement Committee.
This event is open to faculty, staff, students, all Seattle Colleges and our Seattle neighbors. ASL interpreters will be provided. A recording will be available after the event.
Please contact Jill Lane, Political Science Faculty, @ email@example.com, Cristobal Borges, History Faculty, @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Deepa Bhandaru, Social Justice/Intersectional Studies, @ email@example.com.
This event is sponsored by:
- The Seattle Colleges’ Offices of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
- The North Seattle Office of the Vice President of Instruction, Faculty Development
- The North Seattle College ad hoc Civic Engagement Committee
- North Seattle College Student Leadership
- The Seattle Colleges’ Political Science Programs
- The North Seattle College History Program
- The North Seattle College Social Justice/Intersectional Studies Program