Over the past few weeks, Knowledge As Power has been busy hosting civic skills trainings for a variety of communities and organizations including Neighborhood House, Yesler Terrace Community Council, City Year, Home School High School Group, Jackson Park, Seattle Community Bloggers, and Seattle Housing Authority.
We’ve worked with a diverse bunch, and have had translators in Somali, Vietnamese, and Spanish at our trainings. Concerns ranged from education and housing redevelopment to LGBT rights and the environment. For some, this was a great opportunity to practice letter writing and emailing. For others, it was a real eye opener, and many seemed to change their ideas about legislators having interest in their concerns.
Overall, these trainings have been a big success, and have sparked lots of great discussion. They’ve given us a chance to hear what kinds of concerns citizens have about the legislative process, and we’ve been able to help them engage more effectively in this process and get their voices heard by lawmakers. We’re looking forward to more trainings in 2012!
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