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posted Friday, March 20, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 12
Our Answer to Hate Crimes; Practical Solutions NOW
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Our Answer to Hate Crimes; Practical Solutions NOW

by Mac S. McGregor - SOSea Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming Outreach Director

I learned about the importance of self-defense as a small child when I watched my mother be physically abused by her second husband. I know the fear first hand of what it's like to be defenseless. I was too small to do anything. And perhaps it was in that moment that I dedicated my life to empowering others, so that they would never have to live a life of fear. I began my martial arts training when I was six years old.

No one should have to feel defenseless. I have trained forty-three years in the martial arts and have a fourth degree black belt or above in seventeen of the arts. From world champion to certified law enforcement defensive tactics instructor to bodyguard for the rich and famous such as Diana Ross and Amy Grant; my knowledge is vast and I want to offer it to you.

Why?

There has been a rise in crime specifically against the LGBTQ Community and the areas in our city where the LGBTQ community socializes and receives important social services. This affects everybody, not just Gay people. Capitol Hill is a trendy and enticing part of our city; and attracts visitors from all parts of Washington state. We all need to care about this. And our Mayor and some city council members have talked about long-term solutions for this problem such as the need for an LGBTQ Shelter and more affordable housing. These are important long-term solutions; but we have an immediate problem and Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) has been working on this since 2012.

We are now committed to ramping up these efforts, while the longer-term solutions are in the works. How could we stand by and wait; when ramping up our efforts to empower individuals could create change right now. Each time we train and support one person, we are supporting our defending our community from bullies, haters, and thieves. We can do this; we've done it before!

The LGBTQ Community and its Allies came together to pass the Marriage Equality Bill in 2012. We learned that coalition building and reaching out to others for help works. We can do it again. This time, let's come together to make our city safe. We are a community that takes care of one another; and we have a plan.

It starts with a donated van that is now available to help transport people who are concerned about their safety in Capitol Hill. This van is dedicated to making sure that you can arrive safely within the Capitol Hill area. It is called the SOSea Safety Shuttle and more information will be coming out soon about how to access this shuttle at our website www.SocialOutreachSeattle.com.

And, of course, we all know that safety starts with each individual and training.

As a board member/director, and with my years of professional knowledge, I have committed to the Founder and President of SOSea, the visionary Shaun Knittel, to create and teach a monthly training at the newly created SOSea Self Defense Academy for the citizens of Seattle. Not only that; we are doing it on a donation basis, so that this training is accessible to everyone. We are welcoming mothers, teenagers, all genders and sexual orientations, anyone who lives in fear of haters or feels vulnerable for any reason. It doesn't matter if you are in a wheelchair or have a physical disability. Everyone is welcome; because we care about everybody's safety.

Our next class is scheduled for April 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Neighbour's Nightclub at 1509 Broadway in Capitol Hill. No pre-registration is required. Just come. Not only will you learn skills to protect yourself; this class is held in a safe, supportive and fun environment. You will laugh, move, make new friends and leave feeling empowered.

Statistically, criminals choose their victims by taking the path of least resistance. Let my knowledge help you. The most frustrating thing to a good self-defense teacher is that most people wait until something happens to them or someone in their inner circle until they are motivated to take a class and learn something about self-protection.

So until, you can get to class, here are some simple safety tips that you can start using now.

McGregor's Tips For Not Being a Victim of Crime:
We can't always depend on law enforcement to protect us everywhere, all of the time.

We have to take some responsibility as individuals and as a community for our own safety.

o Pay attention to your surroundings.

o Don't walk with headphone in both ears.

o As much fun as talking while you're walking is; don't.

o Don't walk alone. Criminals like their prey to be isolated. o Walk like you mean it; confidence counts (head up, shoulders back, brisk steps).

o Your phone, wallet, laptop is not worth your life and not worth risking your life for.

o Do not go off alone with anyone you and your friends don't know.

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