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Seattle Greenways Hosts Defining Community Safety Conversation with Aaron Dixon
31 August, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PDT
Join Seattle Neighborhood Greenways for a community conversation with Aaron Dixon, founding member and Captain of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party and Duwamish Valley Safe Streets Community Organizer Peaches Thomas. We’ll discuss community ownership of public space, how we define community safety, and community alternatives to policing. The Urbanist is co-sponsoring the event.
Monday, August 31, 5:30 – 6:30 pm.
About Aaron Dixon
Aaron Dixon, founding member and Captain of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. As Captain, Dixon helped launch the Free Breakfast for School Children Program, which fed over 10,000 children every day before school. Dixon was also instrumental in the opening of a free medical and legal clinic which later became the Carolyn Downs Clinic.
Dixon is also the founder of the non-profit organization, Central House, providing transitional housing for homeless young adults and a youth leadership project. He is a former Green Party candidate for US Senate, and an organizer of the Center for Social Justice based out of the Seattle Central District. Read more here or see his interview with the History Makers.
Peaches Thomas is a local Community Organizer with Duwamish Valley Safe Streets, a member of the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways coalition. She works to create opportunities for residents, specifically youth, to foster a culture of walking and rolling. Notable projects include SDOT’s pilot Home Zone project in South Park and the Georgetown to South Park Connection. Peaches recently received the Unsung Hero Award, presented by the South Park Neighborhood Association.
Peaches believes in empowering communities through advocacy, outreach, and education. In her experience working within Seattle’s South Park and Georgetown neighborhoods, residents feel safer when their shared spaces are equitable and accessible to all. She hopes to one day travel to Egypt, Ghana, and France.