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Seattle Luncheon 

21st Annual Seattle Luncheon
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
The Westin/ Downtown Seattle
1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Stand with fellow advocates across the region to protect access to care for the thousands of people who rely on Planned Parenthood, and to fight back against any and all attacks on reproductive health and rights - from the White House, from Congress, and from state and local politicians across our four state region - no matter what.


Keynote Speaker

“If those of us who are the most marginalized are safer and more protected, it will improve the lives of everybody.” – Charlene Carruthers, founding national director of BYP100.

Bio from her website:

Charlene A. Carruthers is a Black, queer feminist community organizer and writer with over 10 years of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development movement work.  As the founding national director of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), she has worked alongside hundreds of young Black activists to build a national base of activist member-led organization of Black 18-35 year olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. Her passion for developing young leaders to build capacity within marginalized communities has led her to work on immigrant rights, economic justice and civil rights campaigns nationwide. She has led grassroots and digital strategy campaigns for national organizations including the Center for Community Change, the Women's Media Center, ColorOfChange.org and National People's Action, as well as being a member of a historic delegation of young activists in Palestine in 2015 to build solidarity between Black and Palestinian liberation movements.

Her work has been covered in several publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Reader, The Nation, Ebony and Essence Magazines. She has appeared on CNN, Democracy Now!, BBC and MSNBC. Charlene has also written for theRoot.com, Colorlines and the Boston Review. Charlene's essay, "Remnants of Survival: Black Women and Legacies of Defiance" will be published in the forthcoming book "The Burden" by award winning journalist Rochelle Riley. 

She is recognized as one of the top 10 most influential African Americans by The Root 100, one of Ebony Magazine's "Woke 100," an Emerging Power Player in Chicago Magazine and is the 2017 recipient of the YWCA's Dr. Dorothy I. Height Award.

A believer in telling more complete stories about the Black Radical Tradition, Charlene provides critical analysis, political education and leadership development training for activists across the globe. Charlene has served as a featured speaker at various institutions including Wellesley College, Shaw University, Princeton University, Northwestern University and her alma mater Illinois Wesleyan University. Charlene also received a Master of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

Charlene was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago where she currently resides and continues to lead and partake in social justice movements. Her inspirations include a range of Black women, including her mother, Ella Baker, Cathy Cohen, Marsha P. Johnson and Barbara Ransby. In her free time, Charlene loves to cook and believes the best way to learn about people is through their food.

Charlene’s forthcoming book Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Our Movement will be published in the Fall of 2018 on Beacon Press.