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Restorative Practices

9-minute excerpt of an interview with Michelle Strange on working through a restorative case, accountability, and …how Audre Lorde’s words of wisdom fit into restorative practice

Longer excerpt of an interview with Michelle Strange on how restorative practices can be approached at an institution

What do you do when you feel harmed by power dynamics at work, school or even at home?  Michelle Strange is the Director of Bellevue College Restorative Practices, a program that proactively builds community and responds to incidents of harm on campus. Restorative Practices has trained twenty, on-site restorative facilitators to date, and is working to bring in twenty more people trained in responsive facilitation. (to manage circles in response to harm) KBCS interviewed Strange about how restorative practices are implemented at Bellevue College and offers tips on how to respond when harm was caused and experienced.

Restorative Practices Resources:

Restorative Response Cards

Restorative Responses to Harm

Restorative Responses to Harms You’ve Caused

Producer: Yuko Kodama

Photo: Bellevue College

Message from the GM – February 2024

Dear KBCS Community,

I hope this month’s newsletter finds you well and tuned into the enriching programming on KBCS that we bring to your ears every day. As a noncommercial educational radio station, we rely on the support of listeners like you to keep this eclectic mix of local music, news, and educational programming alive and thriving over the air and online.

KBCS is committed to providing high quality educational content and local news programming with a social justice focus that you won’t find anywhere else. Our Community Radio format provides the opportunity for everyday people, from all backgrounds and all walks of life, who live here in the greater Seattle metro, the opportunity to produce and host their own music programs to share with their friends and neighbors across the Puget Sound and online everywhere. Now that’s true democracy in action where everyday people and not just professional broadcasters have access to the local airwaves.

We amplify local voices in our community, sharing their stories that are impactful in our community. Whether it is highlighting the talent of our local musicians or covering difficult subjects and stories about the underserved segments of our community that other news outlets don’t, KBCS is your voice on the airwaves.

Unlike commercial stations, we don’t bombard you with commercial advertisements. Your support ensures that KBCS remains ad-free, allowing us to focus solely on delivering meaningful content without interference or fear of offending an advertiser or large corporate entity.

If you haven’t already signed up to be a monthly donor to KBCS, consider becoming a sustainer to KBCS. Your consistent monthly support helps us plan and fund the amazing variety of programming on KBCS and the personal favorite shows you love to listen to. You can also make a one-time donation and every donation counts. Whether it’s $5 or $50 your support keeps the lights burning bright at KBCS. You can also support KBCS by spreading the word. Tell your friends, family, and colleagues about KBCS and encourage them to listen and contribute.

Join us for our annual Spring Fundraising Campaign beginning Friday, March 15th and running through Monday, March 25th. Tune in for special programming and exciting giveaways and drawings for special prizes.

Thank you for being part of the KBCS family. Together we can continue to grow this station and to educate, inspire, and connect our community through our community radio station that has been a Seattle tradition since 1973.

Dana Lee Buckingham

General Manager and Proud Sustaining Contributor to Community Radio KBCS.

Unmute the Commute: My Family and My Bus

May 15 is the International Day of Families as recognized by the United Nations. Today we celebrate all caregivers in families – parents, grandparents, siblings… all parental figures! For this week’s Unmute the Commute story, here is a parent who believes in raising her family on the bus. Produced by Hebah Fisher.


Street Conversation with Joel Rogers

KBCS’s Gol Holghooghi was in Rainier Beach and recorded this conversation with Joel Rogers who was picking up trash in the neighborhood.

Producer: Gol Holghooghi and Yuko Kodama

Photos: Gol Holghooghi

Mamie Clark

KBCS Producer Kevin Henry brings you a short reflection on the work of American Psychological  Researcher, Mamie Phipps Clark.

Producer: Kevin Henry

Photo: CUNY Academic Commons

All You Need is a Good Heart

What does it take to effectively demonstrate for human rights?  Community organizer and writer, Magdaleno ‘Leno’ Rose-Avila reflects on his first protest in high school. (more…)

A Day of Remembrance – A Week of Action

Each February, Japanese American communities nationwide observe the Day of Remembrance, the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 which led to the mass incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans across the west coast during World War II.

Some survivors of this incarceration and their descendants fight mass incarceration today, because of their community’s experiences during that time. You’ll hear from Tsuru for Solidarity, an organization of Japanese American activists, and La Resistencia, a group advocating for immigrants detained today. Interviews are with Stan Shikuma, Co-chair of Tsuru for Solidarity’s children and family detention campaign and Maru Mora Villalpando, Founder of La Resistencia.

Producer: Yuko Kodama

Friday, February 16
Press Conference
Federal Building 915 2nd Ave Seattle
Virtual Rally
Instagram Live @tsuruforsolidarity

Sunday, February 18
1pm Washington State Fairgrounds’ Agriplex 5th St SW Puyallap
2:30pm Northwest Detention Center 1623 E J St Tacoma

Tuesday, February 20
Press Conference
King County Airport Main Terminal 7277 Perimeter Rd S Seattle

Press Conference – Police Response to Feb 9 rally for Palestine

A press conference was held Monday morning by people who spoke out against police use of force during an event supporting end of US aid to Israel on  February 9thStudents for a Democratic Society and the Seattle Alliance against Racist and Political Repression chapters held a rally in front of the Seattle World Trade Center.  The event was part of the US Palestinian Community Network‘s week of action.  At Monday’s  press conference, participants in the Feb 9th rally spoke out about the use of force and arrests by the Seattle Police Department. Listen to excerpts of the press conference recording, and the Seattle Police Department’s statement about this event.

Producer – Yuko Kodama (Special thanks to Bob Barnes for help with this story)

Photo: flyer of Feb 9th event

Video: Special thanks to SamidounSeattle for the press conference footage


Nina Harding – Local Black Feminist Activist

Washington State legalized abortion in 1970, three years before Roe V. Wade.  Among the key people to advocate for this and many other issues around equity for women and communities of color was Nina Harding, a Black attorney from Seattle.  Nina Harding passed away in 2010, but KBCS’s Yuko Kodama caught up with her daughter, Stephanie Harding who now lives in Washington D.C.

Producer: Yuko Kodama


Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Day

On Wednesday Feb. 7, the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) and many immigrants and allies will gather at the state capitol building for a rally in support of WAISN’s 2024 immigrant justice campaigns.  The campaigns are for Health Equity for Immigrants to provide equal access to healthcare for all low-income Washingtonians, regardless of their immigration status, and Unemployment Insurance for Undocumented Workers to create a permanent, separate unemployment system that provides benefits to undocumented workers.
The Olympia City Council will also sign a proclamation designating February 7, 2024 as Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Day.
KBCS spoke with WAISN Executive Director, Catalina Velasquez about the work by immigrants and allies in the movement of advocating for immigrant communities, the campaigns and the event.
Producer: Yuko Kodama
Photo: WAISN