For those still processing the results of the general election and the future promise of a Trump presidency, there are a number of events, forums and other gatherings taking place in Capitol Hill this Sunday.
Dance Fitness for Peace and Community
Hosted by AfroBeats to Zumba with Tricia Diamond, this free dance fitness event takes place 1-2:30 p.m. at Seattle Central College’s MAC, 1718 Broadway, and is meant “to build community and peace in light of recent political events.”
Formats include Zumba, AfroBeats, BollyX, Dance Powered, MixxedFit and Boss Chick Dance Workout.
Love Over Hate: A Rally for Inclusion
Harborview Medical Center mental health specialist Em Nelsen is organizing this “evening of love, support, and togetherness” 3:30-11:55 p.m. in Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave.
Nelsen states this is not an anti-Trump rally nor is it a protest, but a space where people can feel accepted and celebrated.
“Love wins, and this rally is to emphasize that point,” writes Nelsen.
As of Saturday evening, 2,400 people had stated their plans to attend, with nearly 10,000 interested, according to the Facebook event page.
Post-Election Community Gathering
Organized by Jewish Family Service and the Jewish Federation, this event takes place 4-5 p.m. Sunday at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1511 E. Pike St., and is an opportunity for the “community to come together for reflection and a chance to process in a safe and respectful space.”
Post Election Community Response Forum
“Don't let the ‘the New Normal’ sink in,” reads the Facebook post for this event. “A Trump Presidency is NOT Normal. One of the great threats of this election is isolation. Please come out and be in community on Sunday to process what happened, and develop next steps for protecting the people and lives we love. Come to get organized and fight a national dialogue of hate and to defend our rights.”
Kaya Axelsson is one of the organizers for the event, which will take place 5-7 p.m. Sunday at V2, 1525 11th Ave. Advocacy director for the Gender Justice League and former development coordinator at The Service Board, Axelsson already expects the event to reach capacity.
“This will not be a rally or a march, but an opportunity to have meaningful conversations with our friends and neighbors,” according to the post.
Post-Election Community Healing Circle
Recently opened performing arts incubator 18th & Union is hosting this event at its space at 1406 18th Ave., however, the event is not free. This is a sliding-scale event ($1-$10).
“It's over! We've been thinking about this election cycle and how stressful it's been. Friendships have been strained, even some family ties have been challenged,” the Facebook event post states. “This community gathering will focus on our coming back together in compassion, respect and acceptance. This not about politics, this is not about sides, it is about Beloved Community. Join us for an opportunity to share your experiences and your hopes for a positive future.”
Advanced reservations are recommended.
Tell them you’re going to church on Sunday
The newly formed Seattle Political Church — its inception reportedly based on the outcome of this election — will have its first meeting noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Caffe Vita, 1005 E. Pike St.
“A climate skeptic has been tipped for the EPA and a creationist for head of education; it's time to give in and go to church,” the Facebook event post reads. “Our first meeting will be a general discussion of how to move forward and ensure protection of at-risk communities, our free society, and our environment.”
Only several people have so far expressed an interest in attending.