Meet our Founder and Leader!
Anti-Racist Communities was created to ensure that ALL feel welcomed and safe in their own homes.
PPAT - Chair
Andrew joined ARC after attending Savannah's rally July 4th, 2020. He was and continues to be passionate about Anti-Racism and a more equitable Bothell. He's lived in Bothell his entire life and graduated from Bothell High in 2016. When not fighting for social justice Andrew likes to play video games, hangout with his cat Napolean, and play basketball
Founder & Executive Director
Savannah is a young college educated Blacktinx (Black and Latinx) womxn who grew up in Bothell with her two brothers and parents. She graduated from BHS in 2014. Obtained her BA in Anthropology and her MA in International Law and Human Rights.
She loves video games, family and friend time, her dog Delilah Kora and demanding justice for her community. ✊🏽
Meets: 1st Thursday of the month at 7pm.
Description: This team works to achieve more equitable policing in Bothell, working with the Bothell Police Department to encourage racial sensitivity among officers, greater reliance on mental health and community services, and improved community oversight over police policy. We acknowledge that there is a deep-seated problem in the culture of policing in this country that cannot be solved by mere reform, but we are also determined to effect what change we can locally, and we communicate with our local police department in an effort to move towards that necessary shift.
Ongoing projects: Creating a Police Oversight Commission that will allow community members input into matters of police policy, use of resources, and accountability
Police Policy Action Team
CAT - Chair
Tamara Wood is a resident of Bothell since 2016 and moved to the Puget Sound in 2004 from Albuquerque, NM. She is a mom, wife, business owner, student at Cascadia College, community organizer and proud Hispanic/Indigenous woman. She is currently fighting for local Indigenous history visibility and recognition in Bothell through restoration and education as a way to honor our past and future generations.
Tamara’s motto is that anti-racism work is not something a few need to do perfectly, but something that everyone needs to do imperfectly.
CCIT - Chair
As a female Vietnamese-American immigrant in STEM, she knows the struggles of navigating an environment that is relentless and unforgiving as it is full of opportunities and potential. She also knows the value of community to help you conquer obstacles. "A strong network of empathetic friends is my shelter during the storm of injustices," she says.
She lends her talent (e.g. strategic planning and problem solving, art, story telling, and yelling into megaphones) and time where the town and team needs. Han wants to usher Bothell into a new age of celebrating our differences and equitable justice. After all, this town is full of potential.
CCIT - Chair
As an American Muslim, Rami has been a leader in civil rights for Muslims in the Puget Sound area. After 9/11, he co-founded the Seattle chapter of the largest Islamic civil rights organization in the nation (CAIR-Washington). Rami also co-established the Islamic Center of Bothell.
As a Palestinian American, Rami worked to bring to light the injustice committed against Palestine.
Rami is a long time resident of Bothell. He strives to ensure that Bothell is an equitable, embracing and just city.
WPCT - Chair
Sarah has worked with community groups in Bothell, Seattle, and Los Angeles. She is a nerd. She has two little kids and wants them to live in a world that, to echo the principles of this group, "ensures freedom and justice for Black, Indigenous and People of Color and by extension ALL people."
City Council Influence Team
Meets: 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm
Description: This team works to influence an anti-racist agenda within Bothell politics. We work with the Bothell City Council through email, public comment at meetings, individual meetings with councilmembers, and presenting our own candidates at elections. The team meets once a month (and more, as needed) to coordinate group strategy for influencing policy.
Accomplishments: Successfully petitioned the Council to add a staff position devoted to DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion).
Ongoing projects: Bothell Lands project, meant to honor the history of the Indigenous people who once lived in Bothell
Creating a Racial Equity Commission with community input to influence local policy
White People Canvassing Team
Meets: Every other Tuesday at 4:30pm.
Description: This group, organized by mostly white members of ARC, works to reach out to white community members and educate them on anti-racism. As white people, we take responsibility for the task of educating our fellow white people in the attempt to take that labor away from our BIPOC leaders and colleagues. This team organizes outreach and education campaigns for white community members and connects with other white ally groups in the effort to improve how we and others show up for our BIPOC community members.
Ongoing projects: Taking referrals to other white ally groups
Organizing a social media education campaign to introduce anti-racist concepts to Bothell community members
Community Action Team
Meets: 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm.
Description: This team works to raise awareness in the local community around anti-racism through organizing demonstrations, community projects, mutual aid actions, and education campaigns. This group also manages ARC’s social media and draws attention to inequities happening locally and nationally.
Accomplishments: Organized several marches and demonstrations in Bothell to draw attention to racism and anti-racism in our city Coordinated donations to several mutual aid campaigns
Savannah Jackson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Police Policy Action Team Chairs:
Jenne Erigero Alderks: email@example.com
Andrew Nelson: firstname.lastname@example.org
City Council Influence Team Chairs:
Han Tran: email@example.com
Rami Al-Kabra: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Action Team Chairs:
Tamara Wood: email@example.com
Hannah Mendro (not pictured... Coming soon):
White People Canvassing Team Chair:
Sarah Gustafson: firstname.lastname@example.org