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Race, Justice and Democracy forum, March 22

Join us for a discussion about one of the most difficult and important issues facing America: the relationship between a person’s race and his or her experience of justice and democracy in the U.S. today.

Seattle Channel and KCTS 9 in partnership with Seattle CityClub and Town Hall will host Race, Justice and Democracy: Where do we stand? 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22 at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. Update: The event is sold out, however there will be a stand-by line at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The panel will include Nikkita Oliver, lawyer, poet, and Seattle Black Lives Matter activist; Steven González, Washington Supreme Court justice; Ed Murray, mayor of Seattle and Marcus Green, executive director of the South Seattle Emerald.  KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna will moderate the discussion.

Seattle has a reputation as a progressive city, but when it comes to matters of race and justice how progressive is it? How do we view the activist voices of Black Lives Matter? As the Seattle Police Department operates under a Justice Department consent decree, is there progress being made in building trust with communities of color? What kind of leadership do we need to break down the barriers of institutional racism? The discussion will tackle these and other questions with the panelists and audience.

The event is free and open to the public but advance registration is required. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #RaceMatters. Submit a question in advance via KCTS 9’s web form.

KCTS 9 will live stream the March 22 event. Race, Justice and Democracy: Where do we stand? will air on Seattle Channel 21 at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, and KCTS 9 will broadcast the discussion 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 5.