Flash justice leagues are being formed in Portland and Seattle, and they’re aimed at combating racial injustice.
“We want to start the year with something that’s going to be really fun for the community,” said Melissa Gee, president of the Justice League League for Color, which will be formed at the end of July.
“It’s about getting together and getting people together.
People are tired of being ignored, people are tired for things to be kept behind closed doors.”
The league has been meeting in Portland this month for its first public meeting.
“We’re excited to start it off in Portland,” said Gee.
“The community has been really supportive.”
Gee said the league is also looking to get the word out about its goal.
“The Justice League for Racial Justice is about doing something to change the world.
That’s what we’re about,” she said.
“I want people to know that there’s a Justice League, that there is hope, and there is a Justice league, that this is a good thing.”
The Justice league for Racial justice will be open to all, ages 6 and up, and has a membership fee of $20.
They will meet at 8 p.m. each week.
Gee said they’ll also hold community events like a concert.
“At the end, we’re hoping to get to the point where we can hold events for the entire city,” she added.
“There’s not a lot of opportunities to get together in person,” she noted.
“And then, if you can’t find a place to go, then there’s no way to have a social gathering, and no way you’re going to build community.”
Seattle-based Justice League is launching its first league this month in Seattle.
It’s aiming to help bring people together to stop racial injustice, as well as to support those who are experiencing racism.
“I’ve always been interested in this idea of what is a community,” stated Jason Ostrovsky, the league’s vice president of events and community relations.
“If I have the opportunity to meet a person in my community, I want to get that person to feel comfortable enough to say, ‘Hey, I feel like I can say this, too.'”
He said the League will also be able to help people who are victims of racism or discrimination.
“As an organization, we are trying to create change, but at the same time, we will also help those who have been discriminated against by the police or any other government agency,” Ostrovky said.
Gee hopes the league will be a good fit for the growing Seattle community.
“People are starting to see this as a national issue,” she explained.
“So we’re trying to figure out what that means for the Seattle community and what that can look like.”
The Seattle-based League is hoping to start up its league in Seattle and Portland in early 2019.
“There are so many opportunities out there for people to come together and be part of something that they feel is really important,” Ostrevky explained.
The Seattle Justice League said it has received over 100 applications for its league, but only a handful have been approved.
“One person who has been approved is my son.
I had this little girl in the backseat and this young man and he just wanted to know if there was any way that they could join,” Ostromvky noted.
Gees hopes that the league can help change the lives of people who might not feel comfortable coming together in the same room to talk about race.
“That’s something that we can bring out into the community.
I’m hopeful that it can change people’s lives,” she told KIRO Radio.
The JusticeLeague for Racialjustice is seeking volunteers to help with the league.
If you’re interested in joining, you can contact the JusticeLeague on its Facebook page or email them at [email protected]