2022 Changemakers – Remixed!

We're switching things up! Join EOI for a unique evening of learning, collaboration, and fun!


After two years of gathering online, we are thrilled to bring Changemakers back in-person! We’ve re-imagined the evening to bring you more of what you love: connection, community, and conversation on the policy opportunities that bring us together.

EVENT DETAILS

September 15, 2022 | 5:30pm
Axis Pioneer Square
308 1st Ave S, Seattle WA 98104
Online option also available – more information coming soon!
See bottom of page for health and safety guidelines

What is Changemakers Remixed?

Instead of coming together for a traditional seated dinner and program, attendees will mix and mingle throughout the evening enjoying delicious food and drink, playing policy games, co-creating art, and building new connections within the progressive community. Instead of just one keynote speaker, we’re bringing you three “keynote conversations.” A keynote conversation is a unique and powerful conversation between two leaders of Washington’s immigrant, labor, racial, and economic justice movements. See below for our list of phenomenal keynote conversationalists!

Fundraising Goal

We’re aiming to raise $200,000 at Changemakers Remixed to power another year of policy progress to build a more equitable future for Washingtonians. Specifically, we are scaling up our work to advance a Washington State Wealth Tax in the 2023 legislative session. We have unique opportunity right now to make progress to amply fund the public services that support all of us and to be a leader in the national movement for wealth redistribution. You don’t have to wait until the event to make your gift- donate today and help us reach our goal!

PROGRAM DETAILS
Keynote Conversationalists

Shaun Scott | Policy & Field Campaign Manager, Poverty Action Network

Shaun Scott is the Policy & Field Campaign Manager for the Statewide Poverty Action Network. Together with Poverty Action Network’s field teams–as well as with parent organization Solid Ground–he works to build power and community for policies that alleviate the root causes of economic disenfranchisement.

Shaun is a Seattle-based writer and organizer. A member of the Seattle Democratic Socialists of America and an Executive Councilmember for the union Campaign Workers Guild, he is a former field organizer for Pramila Jayapal’s 2018 re-election campaign. He was the Washington State Field Director for Bernie Sanders 2020. Shaun is the author of the book “Millennials and the Moments That Made Us” (Zero Books 2018).

 

Brenda Rodriguez-Lopez | Executive Director, Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network

Brenda Rodriguez Lopez is an undocumented and unapolegetic organizer, strategist, and storyteller. She arrived in the United States at the age of nine, when her family left her home country of Mexico. She began organizing her community as a response to the deep racism and xenophobia she experienced growing up in rural Washington.

She joined WAISN in 2018, eager to fight back against those same structures: racism, xenophobia, and an out-of-control ICE agency. Based in Central and Eastern Washington, she focused on building and deepening the relationships, leadership, and skills of her community. Her lived experience has informed the creation of impactful programs, including courthouse accompaniments, a rapid-response hotline, and deportation defense strategies to reunite families & dismantle the deportation machine.

 

April Sims | Secretary – Treasurer, Washington State Labor Council

April Sims was elected Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO by its affiliated unions in December 2018, beginning her four-year term on Jan. 5, 2019. She is the first woman of color and the first black person to be elected as a WSLC executive officer.

Prior to her election, Sims had served as the WSLC’s Political and Strategic Campaign Director since November 2017, working to develop shared agendas with labor and community partners, to advance strategic organizing campaigns, and to recruit, train and elect political champions for working people. She first joined the WSLC in September 2015 as Field Mobilization Director, working with WSLC-affiliated unions and community partners to support and encourage the participation of individual members with many different political, legislative and community programs.

Kamau Chege | Executive Director, Washington Community Alliance

Kamau Chege is the Executive Director of the Washington Community Alliance, a statewide coalition of dozens of organizations of color working to secure a truly multiracial democracy in Washington state. He is currently a litigant in a national lawsuit to defend the constitutionality of DACA that is on track to be heard by the Supreme Court. Kamau got his start in organizing through our state’s immigrant youth movement, co-founding the Washington Dream Coalition. In 2014, he helped lead the effort to pass the Washington State Dream Act. Kamau is a graduate of Stadium High School and Whitworth University. He serves on the board of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, WinWin Network, and Balance Our Tax Code.

 

 

Liezl Rebugio | Field Director, ACLU of Washington

Liezl Tomas Rebugio is the Field Director at the ACLU of Washington, where she oversees the ACLU-WA’s coalition organizing program. In her role, Liezl leads a team of organizers to advance the ACLU’s legislative goals and provides campaign support for statewide ballot measures for the ACLU and their partners. In 2020, Liezl served as the campaign co-manager for the referendum to maintain Washington’s comprehensive sex education law. Liezl also works in partnership with organizations such as the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network and Asian Counseling & Referral Services on the leadership team of the Health Equity for Immigrants Campaign. She has been working in the social justice field for over 20 years, which began during her stint as a Jesuit Volunteer in Washington, D.C. Liezl earned her undergraduate degree at Gonzaga University and her Master of Social Work at the University of Washington. She and family live in South King County. In her spare time, Liezl enjoys baking and dreams of moving to Britain to compete in the Great British Bake Off. 

 

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Tammy Morales | Seattle City Councilmember

Councilmember Tammy J. Morales was elected to the Seattle City Council in 2019. As an experienced community organizer and advocate, Morales worked for the Rainier Beach Action Coalition and served as a Seattle Human Rights Commissioner. Morales is trained as a community and regional planner, and has spent her career working with frontline communities on local issues including food security, displacement in low-income neighborhoods and community-centered development. Morales previously served as a Legislative Director for a state representative in Texas, as a city budget analyst in New York, and ran a successful consulting firm on food access research and programming, with clients such as the City of Seattle and King County. Raised by a single mother who always worked two jobs, Morales is a champion for families who struggle to find affordable housing and childcare.

 

Stay tuned for announcement of Changemaker award recipients!

HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION
  • This will be a fully-vaccinated event. Be prepared to show your COVID-19 vaccine card or a negative test result at entry.
  • Please wear your mask at all times when you are not actively eating and drinking. We will have extra masks available.
  • If you have any suspected COVID-19 exposures within the past 5 days, or if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms on event day, please do not attend our event.
  • If you cannot attend, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another individual. Please email Melanie at melanie@opportunityinstitute.org to make arrangements. If you cannot use your ticket, it will be transformed into a donation to fund EOI’s work.
  • Health and safety guidelines may change based on current events. Please stay tuned for updates to this safety plan as our event draws closer.
  • Our event space has a fresh air ventilation system, and we will further promote air cleaning and circulation with open windows, fans, and HEPA filters.
Other ways to support EOI and Changemakers Remixed:

Now seeking Party Hosts and Changemaker Conveners! Can you bring together your community to power economic justice together? Join EOI as a volunteer Changemaker Convener to bring your community together, or as a Party Host to purchase a batch of tickets to distribute to people in your network. Click the links to view more information about each of these crucial but fun volunteer roles, or email Melanie at melanie@opportunityinstitute.org to get started.

Sponsorships still available! Support of EOI’s Changemakers Dinner powers our work building greater economic, racial, and gender equity across Washington State. Click here for our sponsorship packet, and reach out to melanie@opportunityinstitute.org or fill out this form when you’re ready to secure your sponsorship.

Make a gift and spread the word! Make a donation today to support EOI and Changemakers Remixed, and share the link with the Changemakers in your life.

Catering provided by Gourmondo, beer and wine provided by Georgetown Brewing and Precept Wines. 

Questions? Comments? Reach out to Melanie at melanie@opportunityinstitute.org or (206) 259-6350.

 

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