November 2021

poem Pick

Woman in white sweater with glasses sitting on a boat with Seattle landscape in background

Abby Anderson, Policy & Community Engagement Fellow

"Tomorrow's Child" poem by Rubin Alves

Tomorrow’s Child” Poem by Rubin Alves

“I find something new each time I read Alves’ poem, but it consistently reminds me that we all contain multitudes with hope being a necessary foundation. In the face of despair, complexity, and worry, we practice hope by creating a vision for the future and being change agents to make that happen.”

October 2021

Book Pick

Woman wearing a pink jacket stands in front of a brick wall.

Corina Yballa, Community Organizer

Book Cover reads: Angela Y Davis Are Prisons Obsolete?

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis

“I chose this piece by Angela Davis not only because she is someone I look up to but, because this work from 2003 feels just as timely as when it was first written. Nearly 20 years later, our society has never been closer to answering ‘yes’ to the question posed in this title and as our team dreams of a future free of carceral solutions, Davis’s book is one I’ll be keeping close at hand”

September 2021


Shaun Scott

Shaun Scott, Policy & Field Campaign Manager

Album cover: Daryl Hall & John Oates Along the Red Ledge

Along the Red Ledge, Daryl Hall & John Oates

“Along The Red Ledge is a Carter-era classic, released as average monthly welfare benefits in the United States peaked in 1978. The tragicomic ‘It’s A Laugh’ announces the end of American exceptionalism, while the gloomy ‘August Day’ warns of the coming climate crisis. This record is an anti-poverty masterpiece. Ronald Reagan could never.”

Book Pick

Selfie-style photo of man in a field with sunlight washing over him.

Omar Cuevas Vega, Policy& Field Coordinator

Book Cover with illustration of black cat reads: The Travelling Cat Chronicles Hiro Arikawa

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

“As a cat owner and animal lover, this emotionally poignant and quirky story about a cat named Nana and his owner shows us issues of friendship, grief, loss, and family through the eyes of Nana.”