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September 2020, Volume 70, Issue 8

US Census 2020 -- Welcome to the 2020 Census! It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.

  • It's quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.
  • It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.
  • Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
  • Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.
  • There is NO question on citizenship.

The announced deadline for submitting a response is September 30, though the courts may extend it further. To complete the Census form, go to: https://my2020census.gov/

SCIDpda – The 2020 SCIDpda Annual Fundraiser: LIVE from the Bush Hotel! will be a virtual event broadcast LIVE from the Bush Hotel on Friday, October 2, from 6-7 PM, and hosted by Maiko Winkler-Chin and Jamie Lee! Come for the entertainment, see some familiar faces in the community, and most importantly — come for the good cause! With LIVE performances from Sara Porkalob and Sendai Era :)  #TheNeighborhoodNeedsYourLove  RSVP at: https://scidpda.giv.ng/e/2020-scidpda-annual-fundraiser-virtual-event

Asian Counseling and Referral Service – ACRS hosts a Virtual Benefit Gala on Saturday, October 3, from 6:00-7:00 pm online. Over the last four and a half decades, you have helped create a home – one where Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and others – immigrant, refugee or American born – can find help from more than 280 dedicated and passionate staff who speak over 40 languages and dialects. It is each of you – especially in these times – who fuels the hope and opportunity that ACRS represents to our community. Come celebrate with ACRS as they look forward to an evening of inspiring stories and great company online. Help raise funds to bring hope and opportunity to thousands of immigrants, refugees and others across our community! Contact events@acrs.org or call (206) 695-7551 for more information. Registration is open and free at:  https://acrs.org/events/gala/

Densho -- Densho hosts a Denshō Dinner @ Home from 5:00-6:30 pm on Saturday, October 24, 2020! Our history shows that in moments of turmoil, our connections to one another matter more than ever. While we can’t come together in person, we can still be in community with each other to collectively remember our past and affirm our commitment to action. Join Densho for an inspiring evening of community, remembrance and solidarity. Together we can transform this challenging time into a moment for powerful social change. #TogetherWeCan Registration information at: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/denshodinner2020/

Secretary of State – Washington's regularly scheduled General Election is on Tuesday, November 3. In 2020, it includes President/Vice President, Statewide Executives (such as Governor), US Representatives, State Legislators, Supreme Court Justices, Superior Court Judges, and some local offices such as County Commissioners. Also on the November ballot are six statewide measures, including four Advisory Votes, one Referendum, and one proposed Constitutional Amendment. Your ballot packet is automatically mailed to the address where you're currently registered to vote. Ballots are mailed no later than October 16. You may also register or vote in person at a local elections office or voting center until 8:00 p.m. on November 3. To find a ballot drop box location or for more information contact your County Auditor at: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/viewauditors.aspx or check your registration address at: https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx

Seattle Public Library, Densho, Heart Mountain WY Foundation -- Join the sponsors for an online release/book reading with author Shirley Higuchi to celebrate Setsuko's Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration on Sunday, November 22, 4:00-5:00 pm PST. As children, Shirley Ann Higuchi and her brothers knew Heart Mountain only as the place their parents met, imagining it as a great Stardust Ballroom in rural Wyoming. As they grew older, they would come to recognize the name as a source of great sadness and shame for their older family members, part of the generation of Japanese Americans forced into the hastily built concentration camp in the aftermath of Executive Order 9066. Navigating the complicated terrain of the Japanese American experience, Shirley patched together Setsuko's story and came to understand the forces and generational trauma that shaped her own life. Moving seamlessly between family and communal history, Setsuko's Secret offers a clear window into the "camp life" that was rarely revealed to the children of the incarcerated. This volume powerfully insists that we reckon with the pain in our collective American past. This is a Virtual Event – more information coming soon. https://www.spl.org/event-calendar