“Never forget where we came from and always praise the bridges that carried us over.”

Fannie Lou Hamer

A Letter from our Director

How do you know when you’re on the right side of history? Is progress a choice or is it destiny? Did the hundreds of marchers led by 25-year-old John Lewis across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma know that they were marching toward history? When Fannie Lou Hamer was born in 1917 as the 20th child to sharecroppers Lou Ella and James Townsend, how could they know she would change our democracy? The right side of history is an elusive and inevitable challenge we must all embrace.

Read the rest of Felicia’s letter.

Felicia and Simon holding their Selma stones on the Fall 2015 trip.

Hopeful Representation

I first met Felicia Ishino, Project Pilgrimage’s Executive Director, five years ago on my first Civil Rights pilgrimage through the University of Washington. As a student leader, I worked closely with Felicia, who guided the student leaders in creating a curriculum that fostered reflection and vulnerability from the pilgrimage participants. Felicia’s prowess for critical thinking, supporting young leaders, and speaking her truth was evident when I first met her. Recently, I (virtually) sat down with Felicia to talk about our Asian American identities, the historical nomination of Senator Kamala Harris, and the importance of representation.

Read the rest of Simon’s piece.

(L to R) Nathan Bean, Eleanor Chang-Stucki, Tim Jones

Welcome to the Pilgrimage Team!

We are so excited to announce these new members of the Project Pilgrimage team! Join us in giving Nathan, Eleanor, and Tim a warm welcome.

Nathan Bean works with Project Pilgrimage as our Community Relations Manager. Before joining Project Pilgrimage in 2020, Nathan was the Assistant Director of Advancement at the UW School of Social Work building relationships and raising funds for one of the top social work programs in the country. He has a wonderful teenaged son named Miles and a beloved cat named Beyoncé.

Eleanor Chang-Stucki is a recent high school graduate at The Northwest School and our first intern at Project Pilgrimage. She worked to change the culture of her school by founding multiple social-justice, identity-based groups. Eleanor is a passionate anti-racist ally and a great addition to our team.

Tim Jones joins the Project Pilgrimage Board of Directors after co-leading many of the early trips. He is a Professor of Political Science at Bellevue College. Tim is married with two kids who keep him busy when he’s not working. He was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and the first member of his family to graduate from college. 

Join Us For Our Last Drive-In

Project Pilgrimage is excited to offer two nights of frights over the 2020 Halloween weekend. SURREAL! on 10/30 and a Halloween Double Feature on 10/31. Both nights feature work created across different identities and curated for you by our staff. Join us at University Unitarian Church for one or both nights and spend your Halloween in community. Proximate, yet physically distanced.

PARSE: Season Finale

PARSE (Podcasts Against Racism Supporting Equity) is our podcast club about race in the United States. PARSE began in 2018 with a small group of people who wanted to get together and have productive, brave, and even fun discussions about the issues that shape who we are. Our final PARSE of the year, Shut Up and dribble, stand up and kneel will happen on 11/10 at 5pm and we will be discussing athletes and activism. Please join us!

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