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A forum to inform and connect individuals and communities working to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments and prevent and mitigate ACEs in Washington State.

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Plans afoot to bring stability to PACEs Connection

To all of you, who, like me, love this website and want to see it and its communities flourish as we work to prevent and heal trauma; build resiliency: please know there is a move afoot by a small group of strategic partners to find a suitable host for PACEs Connection. More will be announced in the coming days. In the meantime, friends, we are figuring out email addresses and other communications logistics and opportunities. PEACE! Carey Sipp, former director of strategic partnerships ...

Message from our CEO, Ingrid Cockhren: PACEs is Sunsetting eff. April 26th

Hello partners, members, and friends, It is with mixed emotions that I am sharing that PACEs Connection will be sunsetting all operations effective Friday, April 26. While it saddens me to see this chapter of PACEs work come to a close, this work is too important to end, and efforts are underway to identify a new home for PACEs to continue its work. At the same time, this presents an exciting opportunity for PACEs to reemerge stronger than ever. Although we intended a seamless transition,...

Activists celebrate new Washington state law requiring LGBTQ+ history in schools (

Photo: Shutterstock To read more of John Russell's article, please click here. A bill signed into law by Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee (D) will require schools in the state to teach LGBTQ+ history. First introduced in January, S.B. 5462 requires school districts to “[incorporate] inclusive curricula and [select] inclusive instructional materials that include the histories, contributions, and perspectives of historically marginalized and underrepresented groups.” That includes “people from...

Call to Action & Toolkit: Urge Congress to Support Trauma-Informed Legislation

It’s time to take action and make our voices heard to build healthy, resilient communities! The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) is organizing trauma-informed advocates, activists, and stakeholders to urge their U.S. Senators and Representatives to support two bipartisan, bicameral bills that would significantly help prevent, address, and mitigate the negative impacts of trauma through community-based/led initiatives.

Reimagining Resilience 1: Using a Trauma Lens

5/15/23 & 5/22 /23 4:30 - 6:30 PM Pacific Online via Zoom Register - “I’m Safe. I Belong. I Matter.” This is the way every child needs to feel in order to learn. How can you, as an adult who works with youth during the aftermath of a pandemic, help them experience emotional safety? Especially when we ourselves may be exhausted, and our own nervous systems are overwhelmed. In community with other educators, youth workers and caretakers, we will...

Washington State Department of Corrections is Providing Trauma-Informed Training

Community Resilience Initiative (CRI), the inspiration behind the Paper Tigers documentary, is partnering with the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC). For more than a decade, CRI has been providing trauma and resilience training to thousands of organizations across the country. What caught DOC’s eye, however, is CRI’s adherence to emerging neuroscience, specifically the focus on inclusive interactions. “Prisons are inherently stressful environments for both incarcerated...

Reclaiming Salish Canoe Culture in the Shadow of Tech Giants (

Architectural drawing of the planned Northwest Native Canoe Center Canoe Carving House on the southwest shore of Seattle’s Lake Union, scheduled to open in spring of 2024. ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF JONES AND JONES ARCHITECTS To read more of Frank Hopper's article, please click here. Jan. 6 was a typical overcast day in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Few of the tech workers from the nearby offices of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft were outside at lunchtime. Only a few could be seen...

Seattle becomes first US city to ban caste discrimination (

To read more of Max Matza's article, please click here. Seattle has become the first US city to ban discrimination based on caste after a vote by the city council. Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, who wrote the legislation, said the fight against caste bias "is deeply connected to the fight against all forms of oppression". Advocates of the ban say that it is needed to prevent caste bias from becoming more prevalent in the US. The caste system in India dates back over 3,000 years and divides...

Reimagining Resilience online - Thursdays, November 3 & 10 from 4:30 - 6:30pm

"Game changing. Strategies that I know will improve my practice & improve the experience that students have at school." “I’m Safe. I Belong. I Matter.” This is the way every child needs to feel in order to learn. How can you, as an adult who works with youth, help them experience emotional safety? Especially when our own nervous systems are overwhelmed. In our online, interactive Reimagining Resilience workshop , we cover the three R’s critical in building positive relationships with...

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