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Join me for "The Vote: Women's Suffrage and Modern-Day Trailblazers"

Update 6/24/2020: Watch a recording of this KCTS event on YouTube.

As many of you know, I started anchoring "Crosscut Now" on KCTS9 (Seattle's PBS station) in March 2020. One of the best parts of my job is meeting modern-day trailblazers, like the four women who will be panelists in an upcoming event hosted by my news station.

I’m thrilled to moderate this discussion on the past, present, and future of women’s rights. Our panel will center on the Black women of the suffrage movement. We’ll also chat about how today’s voters can effect change as it pertains to racism and dismantling white supremacy.

Join us on Tuesday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m. PT. This virtual event is FREE to attend. If you have any questions for the panelists, send an email to To register, click here.

Meet the panelists:

Nikkita Oliver is a Seattle-based creative, community organizer, abolitionist, educator, and attorney. Nikkita was the first political candidate of the Seattle Peoples Party running for Mayor of Seattle in 2017. Her campaign missed the general election by approximately 1,100 votes; coming in third of 21 candidates.

KD Hall co-founded KD Hall Communications in 2013. She and the KD Hall team have been invited to the White House, received 10 proclamations, and successfully guided 24 students through an internship for the Inauguration of Women on the Rise.

Judge Anita Crawford-Willis was appointed to the Seattle Municipal Court bench in 2017 after nearly 30 years in public service as a Public Defender, Judge Pro Tem, and Administrative Law Judge. She is currently the judicial co-sponsor of the Seattle Municipal Court’s Race and Social Justice Initiative and a member of the Washington Supreme Court’s Gender and Justice Commission.

Cleo Barnett works at the intersection of storytelling and human rights. She is currently the Executive Director of Amplifier, a non-profit design lab that builds media experiments to amplify social movements.

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