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Town Hall Seattle: Civics Series

The Civics series at Town Hall shines a light on the shifting issues, movements, and policies, that affect our society, both locally and globally. These events pose questions and ideas, big and small, that have the power to inform and impact our lives. Whether it be constitutional research from a scholar, a new take on history, or the birth of a movement, it's all about educating and empowering.

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Town Hall is a gathering place where ideas are planted and movements grow. It’s where we come together as a community to listen and be heard—to ask and answer the big questions facing our city and our world. Annually, we present hundreds of artists and scholars, and collaborate with more than 150 grassroots groups in our self-produced programs. Rooted in the belief that we all deserve a voice, our programming reflects—and inspires—our region's best impulses: creativity, empathy, and innovation. With our podcast series, we take one more step towards making our programming accessible to all. 

Apr 2, 2018

The #MeToo movement is illuminating many ways in which men cause harm, consciously or otherwise, by not having a clear understanding and respect of boundaries and consent. Since the rise of #MeToo, many have grown to connect the phrase “be a man” with emotional repression and disconnection—and view the traditional culture and expressions of masculinity in patterns of dominance, violence, and power. Jordan Giarratano, founder of feminist martial arts dojo Fighting Chance Seattle, joined us onstage to explore strategies to evolve a masculinity that is empowering, balanced, and founded in integrity.

After Jordan’s presentation, this hybrid event segued into a series of intimate group sessions, where participants were invited to open up about challenges in their life due to gendered expectations. Guided by Galen Erickson, relationship coach and facilitator, participants were invited to embrace connections with one another through a collective discussion redefining our expectations of gender and what it means to be a man, at home and in professional life. (People of all genders were encouraged to participate!)

Galen Erickson is a men’s work facilitator and relationship coach. He is committed to dismantling toxic masculinity and creating a culture of empowered, compassionate manhood. For more information about his work please visit him at

Jordan Giarratano is a martial arts expert, teacher, and speaker. He is the founder and head instructor of Fighting Chance Seattle, a feminist karate and kickboxing dojo in Ballard. He’s appeared on Good Morning America, KIRO, King 5, and Q13 to provide self-defense strategies. He continues his own training in consent and boundary-setting, compassionate listening, nonviolent communication, and practical self-defense with a variety of internationally- recognized instructors.

This event will feature an introduction by its curator Erik Molano, Town Hall’s 2018 Inside/Out Neighborhood Resident representing the neighborhoods of Capitol Hill and the Central District. Erik is a graphic designer, prolific event organizer, and co-founder of Photon Factory (a hybrid organization that is half design studio and half community space). He lends his design background to connect Seattle’s creative professionals with social justice organizations. His current focus is on building authentic human connection while understanding and transforming toxic masculinity.

Recorded live at The Summit by Town Hall Seattle on Friday, March 23, 2018.