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Thu 12/9, 2021, 6:00pm
Event Format:Livestream Only
City of Seattle Human Rights Commission and the UW Center for Human Rights present
Overcoming Hate: Reflection on Healing Post-9/11
Human Rights Day 2021
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 6:00PM

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This past September marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11, an event that has irrevocably shaped American politics and culture in the two decades since. While every community has felt the lasting impacts of September 11, our friends and neighbors in Muslim communities have experienced a horrific backlash of discrimination and overt Islamaphobia over the last 20 years that continues today. In the past year, there has also been increased media attention around hate crimes directed at Asian Americans.

The past two years have been difficult and lonely, and though we are still not able to come together in person, we want to celebrate healing, resilience, and love with our Seattle friends, family, and neighbors. This Human Rights Day, the Seattle Human Rights Commission spotlights healing from hate crimes on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

State Senator Bob Hasegawa, educator and Vice President of AFT – Washington, Tracy Lai, Founder and President of World Without Hate Rais Bhuiyan, and others will join in a panel discussion about resilience and reconciliation from racially and culturally motivated hate. 

Human Rights Day commemorates the anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted on December 10, 1948.

The event is free and open to all. Please register here.

Nominate a community member
The Seattle Human Rights Commission celebrates and acknowledges those working tirelessly to fight for and uphold human rights in our community through the Human Rights Awards. As part of the Human Rights Day event, the Human Rights Commission will announce the 2021 Human Rights Awards for local individuals, organizations, and coalitions. To nominate a community member, coalition, or organization for their work supporting human rights, please visit

This event is accessible, including an ASL interpreter. Call 206-819-5729 or email to request an accommodation. Information about Seattle Human Rights Day is available in other formats on request.

Jaelynn Scott, M.Div., is the Executive Director of Lavender Rights Project and the founding member of the WA Black Trans Task Force. Jaelynn provides leadership in the community and with nonprofit organizations as they work to center Black life and especially Black trans life in their mission and organizational structure. She has helped religious organizations and nonprofits radically reimagine policies and procedures as well as expand and refocus their work towards racial and gender equity. Jaelynn is passionate about trans liberation, sacred practices for self-care, decolonized labor practices, and mindfulness in the workplace. 

Washington State Senator Bob Hasegawa represents the 11th Legislative District and is the Senate Democratic Caucus Chair. His Senate committees include: Rules; Ways & Means; State Government; Tribal Relations & Elections; and Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade (vice chair). Senator Hasegawa is a longtime labor and social justice activist, and seeks to build bridges between social justice organizations; particularly those serving the labor, environmental, religious, and Asian Pacific Islander communities.

Tracy Lai is a tenured historian at Seattle Central College where she also teaches Ethnic and Women’s Studies. She is vice president for human rights for American Federation Teachers, Washington, and serves on the national executive board of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, representing the Seattle chapter.  She co-authored The Snake Dance of Asian American Activism with Michael Liu and Kim Geron.

Rais Bhuiyan is a Human Rights Advocate, Peace Activist, International Speaker, and Founder and President of World Without Hate, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking cycles of hate and violence. A Post 9/11 Hate-Crime Survivor, Bhuiyan’s near-death experience sparked a profound journey and he has dedicated his life to transforming hearts and opening minds through restorative justice, building bridges, storytelling, public speaking, and facilitation. He has worked with the Obama Administration’s Domestic Policy Council and currently represents the U.S. Department of State as part of their speakers’ bureau, as well as the Office of International Religious Freedom. He serves as a member of the King County Equity Cabinet and as a 2021-2023 speaker’s bureau member with Humanities Washington. His story is chronicled in the award-winning book, The True American: Murder & Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas, has been featured in The Secret Life of Muslims documentary series, and is the recipient of numerous awards 

Presented by the Seattle Human Rights Commission and the University of Washington Center for Human Rights.

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