the H.U.G. iT OwT WerQ PARTY (Work Party at Hilltop Urban Gardens!)

proudly presents
the H.U.G. iT OwT WerQ PARTY!
In support of the Hilltop Urban Gardens (H.U.G.) in Tacoma
Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Community Advisory Board of Zenyu are working hard to support Zenyu and would like to invite you to build with them and support one of our community partners, Hilltop Urban Gardens (H.U.G.) in Tacoma, WA.  Dean Jackson founded HUG in 2009 and has been cultivating their dream of food justice and sustainability.  We wanted to support that dream and cultivate healing justice by connecting our community to theirs.  Let’s grow together!  This WERQ Party is not a traditional work party, because we want to get GROUNDED with history, knowledge of food and healing justice, and EAT together!  So bring your laughter and some potluck items and get ready to WERQ it OwT and HUG it OwT with us on June 2nd!


This event is for all Zenyu members & folks interested in ZENYU or HUG.  That means everyone, especially LGBTIQQ people of color and family, friends, and allies.

12:00pm – CARPOOL, Meet at Washington Hall (153 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122) parking lot
12:45pm – ARRIVE at H.U.G. (2201 South Tacoma Way PMB 128, Tacoma, WA 98409)
1:00pm – Welcome/Grounding & History of H.U.G., Dean Jackson, Founder of H.U.G.
1:10pm – Meditation Circle, Christine Guiao, Co-Founder of ZENYU
1:30pm – Let the WORK begin*
3:45pm – Wrap up
4:00pm – Gathering Potluck & Land/Earth Story Telling & Knowledge Sharing about FOOD JUSTICE & HEALING JUSTICE**
5:00pm – CARPOOL back to Seattle

* In case of heavy rain, we will have an alternative work party & potluck inside that supports HUG
** Please bring a potluck item to share that will be warmed up and ready for you at 7:00pm when all the work is done.  Also, please bring your food, land, earth, and more stories to share and your curiosity about food and healing justice.
*** We need 25 participants and we want you there!

Donations of $5-$100 to support the work of H.U.G. No one turned away for lack of funds.  It takes a lot of work to be an independent urban farmer and non-profit organization director.  As a community partner, we want to encourage you to learn more about HUG and consider how to support monetarily, by long-term volunteering, and more.  Money will also go to support transportation and gas costs for people driving carpools.

RSVP by May 27, 2012 (Sunday) by sending this information to (we only have capacity for 25 participants) with SUBJECT LINE: RSVP for HUG

  • Name:
  • E-mail:
  • Phone:
  • Can you stay the whole time? (If no, what hours would you like to attend?)
  • Do you want to carpool or meet us there?
  • If you can carpool, can you donate your car or do you need a ride?  How many people does it hold (including you)?
  • Can you bring a potluck item?  (If yes, what shall you bring?)
  • Would you like to donate to HUG? (If yes, how much?

Please make checks payable to: 

Send to:
Attn: Zenyu WERQ Party
2201 South Tacoma Way PMB 128
Tacoma, WA 98409

For more information contact: 
Luzviminda “Lulu” Carpenter, Board of Directors Member,

Facebook invite:

The HILLTOP URBAN GARDEN (H.U.G.) mission is to develop systems for food sovereignty and create racial and economic justice. Our vision is communities that take care of each other. We strive to put the we back in me! HUG values interdependence, abundance and community building. We also recognize the importance of having a practical understanding of the issues that can act as barriers in our communities. While we dig our hands into the earth, HUG aims to build community-based solutions to these barriers.

ZENYU is a Seattle-based, multicultural organization that cultivates the holistic well-being and leadership of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Inquiring (LGBTQI) People of Color through meditation classes, wilderness excursions, and spiritual retreats. We support long-term social change by developing solution-centered leadership based on compassion, mindfulness and co-operation among marginalized communities. Zenyu creates a safe, accessible, and affordable space for LGBTQI People of Color to cultivate their total well being. Through our programs, LGBTQI People of Color develop mindfulness-based spiritual practices by deepening their connection to their bodies and their spirit, and exploring the healing power of nature.


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