Announcing: 2023 Priority 101 Series

We’re thrilled to announce our 2023 Priority 101 series.  From our overarching themes of Education, Healthcare, and Climate & Agricultural, the WaWF membership has selected one priority within each theme: Early Childhood Education, Reproductive Justice & Maternal Health, and Food Security and Sovereignty.  

Join us on January 23rd, 2023 for the first part of our deep dive on Food Sovereignty and Security. This first panel will focus on the creative programs happening in our communities’ access to culturally appropriate food via sustainable food systems, and food security created through ecologically sound production lines. We will hear more about the relationship between people, power and food production, and the impact that relationship to the land has on climate and agricultural justice.  

Tomas Madrigal of Food Justice, Amanda Sparks of Orcas Island Food Bank, Valerie Segrest of Tahoma Peak Solutions, and Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank will share their unique perspective during this panel discussion.  

On January 31st, 2023, community experts will educate us on Reproductive Justice and Maternal Health. We will learn about our community’s ability to maintain personal bodily autonomy, control reproductive choices, and access healthcare during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Panelists will share about the many ways reproductive matters impact our community and the holistic approaches to maternal health in Washington state.  

Jessica Whitehawk of Ttawaxt Birth Justice Center, Dila Perera of Open Arms Perinatal Services and Stephanie Courtney will share their experiences and expertise during this panel discussion.  

Rounding out our  101 series, on February 7th, 2023, leaders and change-makers will educate the community on Early Childhood Education. We will learn about the creative work being done in both formal and informal education and the many opportunities for early learners from birth to age 8, including the development of early literary skills. This panel will share how a focus on our youngest community members during a period of fundamental development is crucial to the health of the entire educational system. 

Meg McNulty of Childhaven, Hana Gregory of Children’s Alliance, and  Deeann Burtch Puffert of Childcare Aware WA will lead us through these crucial topics concerning Early Childhood Education.  

Register for these events below:

January 23rd: Food Sovereignty & Security 101 

January 31st: Reproductive Justice & Maternal Health 101 

February 7th: Early Childhood Education 101 

These events are free and open to the entire WaWF community, meaning they are open to all! We will record the panel discussions and share with those who register for viewing. For questions, please contact 

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