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Sat Dec 15, 2012, 09:41 AM

Events 2013

Lots of activist opportunities in the coming year.

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Sat Dec 15, 2012, 09:42 AM

1. Human Trafficking in an Era of Globalization--international conference in Seattle 1/11-1/12

Human Trafficking in an Era of Globalization: Forced Labor, Involuntary Servitude, and Corporate & Civic Responsibility

An international conference to examine the root causes of human trafficking and develop strategies to work towards not only preventing, but also eradicating the trade.

Friday, January 11, 2013:
Registration Opens at 8:30am
Program 9:00am-5:15pm
Forced Migration & Labor Rights
International Trade Agreements
Human Rights

Keynote & Reception: 5:30-7:30pm

Saturday, January 12, 2013
Registration opens at 8:30am
Program 9:00am-4:15pm
Public Health
How Survivor Services Can be Improved
Ethical Sourcing & Sustainable Development
Humanizing the Impacts of Human Trafficking

Location:University of Washington Husky Union Building (HUB), North Ballroom
Tickets are available for $150.
Seating is limited. Register today at:
http://humantraffickingconference.brownpapertickets.com/

Please contact Ashley Velarde (avelarde@uw.edu) for student rates.

Hosted by
UW College of Arts & Sciences
WA State Department of Commerce/
Office of Crime Victims Advocacy
Horizons Foundation
UW Department of Political Science
Center for Global Studies
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
UW Department of Global Health
ILWU Local No. 52
West Seattle Democratic Women
Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Sunrise for Children
University of Washington Women's Center

4101 George Washington Lane
Box 353070
Seattle, WA 98105-3070
Phone: (206) 685-1090 Fax: (206) 685-4490
http://depts.washington.edu/womenctr/

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:00 PM

2. Association for Women in Science; Seattle 1/16

AWIS Announcements Tofomalhaut2003@yahoo.com Please join the Seattle Chapter of Association for Women in Science for our January Science Policy Event.
Wednesday, January 16, 2012; 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Title: Science Policy: Current Hot Topics and What to Expect
Speakers:
Patti McKinnell Davis – Biotechnology and Biomedical Policy
Lekelia Jenkins, PhD – Environmental Science Policy


Event Schedule:
6:00pm – Networking and Refreshments
6:30pm – Panel Discussion
7:30pm – Networking

Location:
Pelton Auditorium, Weintraub Building
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
*Please enter through Thomas Building
*Free Visitor Parking

All AWIS meetings are FREE and open to both members and non-members!

**Please note that Eastbound Valley Street between Westlake and Fairview is closed due to construction. Traffic
will be rerouted onto Mercer Avenue. Northbound Fairview Ave N. is open and will provide access to FHCRC during construction.

Contact email address: Programs@seattleawis.org

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:43 PM

3. Poverty in America -It’s not what you think; movie in Seattle 1/25

THE LINE MOVIE
Poverty in America -It’s not what you think

The Line documents the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. They have goals. They have children. They work hard. They are people like you and me. Across America, millions are struggling every day to make it above The Line.

FROM EMMY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER LINDA MIDGETT

January 25, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church
2400 NW 85th Street, Seattle, WA 98117
206-783-7900

http://thelinemovie.com/





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Sat Jan 5, 2013, 04:30 AM

4. Palestinian Non Violent Resistance: Tacoma 1/12

Learn About Palestinian Non Violent Resistance: Tacoma 1/12

Iyad Burnat, nonviolent activist from Bil'in on the West Bank, has been on tour in the U.S. since November. He will be in Tacoma on January 12th. Participate in an evening about Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance, including an award-winning film, Palestinian food, and personal stories & photos from this visiting Palestinian resistance leader.

■What: See the award winning film Five Broken Cameras. Enjoy a light supper of Palestinian finger food. Hear Iyad Burnat, the brother of the film maker, tell about his life in the West Bank under Israeli occupation. Hear him explain how his group is resisting non-violently the Apartheid Wall and the occupation of their land.
■When: Saturday, January 12th at 5:00 p.m.
■Where: First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma.

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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:33 AM

5. 40 years of reproductive rights--program with Sarah Weddington in Seattle 1/22

Just a few weeks from now, on January 22, 2013, 40 years will have passed since the US Supreme Court ruled in the case of Roe v. Wade, granting American women the right to safe, legal abortion.

And yet, 40 years after the fact, women are still fighting for their rights.

Please join Planned Parenthood and special guest Sarah Weddington - the attorney who successfully argued Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court at the age of 27! - on January 22, 2013 to commemorate this historic case and look toward the future of reproductive choice in the Northwest.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is going fast - reserve your seat today!
https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=103923&JServSessionIdr004=g72ggnft31.app209b

We'll be gathering at Town Hall Seattle (1119 8th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101) on Tuesday the 22nd to hear first-hand accounts of life before Roe v. Wade, discuss the increasing number of attempts to restrict abortion in recent years, and learn what you can do to ensure women—not politicians—remain in control of their own health and lives. Doors open for this event at 6:30PM, with the program beginning at 7:00PM.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but registration is required - Click the button below to reserve your seats today! Also, please share this invitation with your friends, family, and colleagues – because only together can we ensure the future of ALL women’s reproductive freedom!

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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 03:37 AM

6. Eviction Blockade Nonviolent Direct Action Workshop: Seattle 1/29

Tuesday January 29 in Beacon Hill

Eviction Blockade Nonviolent Direct Action Workshop in Seattle. We need to skill-up to fortify our homes and our communities from bank attacks. If you share our sentiments that housing is a human right, dawn your cape and come for the workshop to stand with us as home defenders! Call the Backbone office (206-408-8058) to reserve a space.

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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 06:45 AM

7. Dean Baker in Tacoma

Social Security
Preserve It. Strengthen It. Pass It On.

FEATURING
Dean Baker
Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Dean Baker,a renowned economist and author,will cut through the political rhetoric on Social Security. He'll talk about challenges and opportunities facing the program,a nd offer ideas to strengthen it for current and future generations.

ALSO WITH Marilyn Watkins Policy Director,
Economic Opportunity Institute

WHEN
VVednesday, Feb. 20th
5:30-7 PM
WHERE
UVV- Tacoma, Philip Hall
1918 Pacific Avenue

GETTlNG TO UWT & PHILIP HALL
Philip Hall is located at 1918 Pacific Ave.

By car: Park in a pay lot on S.21st Streetor find street parking.

Transit: There is a Link Light Rail stop directly in front of UWT on Pacific Ave. Bus service includes the 1, 41. 42, 48, 53, 400, 500, & 501.

Sponsored by: UW-Tacoma Center for the Study of Community and Society. Pierce County Labor Council. Leagueo f Women Voters-Tacoma/Pierce County, Retired Public Employees Council, Social Security Works-WA

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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:41 PM

8. Darcy Burner to host progressive salon in Snoqualmie 2/9

I've been reminded recently of the importance of community, and of making efforts to build stronger connections with each other. To that end, I'm starting a progressive salon series - I'll be inviting interesting speakers to come chat with us about issues of importance while we expand our understanding and enjoy the company of friends old and new.

The first salon will be Saturday, Feb 9 from 2-4 pm at the Snoqualmie Library. We'll be talking about the financial crisis, banks, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Dodd-Frank financial legislation, and where we can go from here with former Congressman Brad Miller, who was on the House Financial Services Committee and introduced the original legislation in the House to create the CFPB. Helping to host the session will be my friend David Goldstein (Goldy), who writes for The Stranger.

Please RSVP if you'd like to join us, or add yourself to the MeetUp group if you'd like invitations to future salons. I'm expecting to host about one salon per month myself, and other members of the MeetUp will be hosting events as well.

http://www.meetup.com/East-King-County-Progressives/events/101196642/


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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:38 AM

9. Carbon Neutral by 2050? Forum in Seattle 2/1


FRIDAY FORUM: Carbon Neutral by 2050?

WHAT
A discussion on Seattle's Climate Action Plan with Tracy Morgenstern and Sara Wysocki

WHEN
Friday February 1, noon-1:00 PM
WHERE
King County Chinook Building
Room 121, 401 5th Ave
Seattle 98104
Directions
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The City of Seattle has a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. We're talking net zero carbon emissions, a pretty bold step. And the city is developing a climate action plan to achieve this goal, prepare for the impacts of a changing climate, and make Seattle an even better place to live.


Recently, a group of 26 community, environmental, and business leaders, the Green Ribbon Commission, recommended a series of actions to include in this new plan. The Commission's recommendations include both short-term and longer-term actions that will help make Seattle more resilient, equitable, prosperous, and environmentally sustainable.

Join Tracy Morgenstern, Climate Protection Manager and Sara Wysocki, Communications Advisor at the City of Seattle to learn more about these recommendations and share your thoughts on this plan.

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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 01:28 AM

10. Wells Fargo paid no taxes last year! Demostrate for economic justice 1/30 in Seattle

Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action
Uniting Generations for a Secure Future


When: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 12 noon. If you are late, go straight to the Wells Fargo at 3rd & Madison.

What: Wells Fargo is one of the "Dirty 30" big corporations that pay $0 in taxes while lobbying for permanent tax breaks and cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. The only way to stop them is to expose their tax-dodging practices and to call on our Senators to take action to ensure that corporations pay their fair share.

Where: Meet at the Working Washington office: 215 Columbia Street, in downtown Seattle. The entrance to the Working Washington office is on 3rd and Columbia. We will walk 2 blocks to the bank and then one block from there to the Federal Building.

Why Wells Fargo?

Wells Fargo is one of the Dirty 30: behemoths that collectively earned tens of billions in profits between 2008 and 2010 but paid no taxes during that three-year period. These companies "so deftly exploited carve outs and loopholes in the tax code that all but one of them enjoyed a negative tax rate"-that is, they received money back from the U.S. Treasury.

The Dirty 30 have spent millions to get the tax code the way it is, and will likely spend millions more to keep it that way. In the three years studied by Citizens for Tax Justice, the 30 spent nearly half a billion dollars on lobbying Congress.

Together the 30, which include Wells Fargo, Mattel, Verizon, GE, and other well-known corporate brands, collected $10.6 billion in tax rebates during the three years Citizens for Tax Justice studied. Many of the companies on the list claim tax rebates while avoiding taxes altogether by parking profits in overseas shelters.

In total, the top 30 companies dodged $67.9 billion in taxes over three years, costs that are passed on to American taxpayers and small businesses that lack the teams of tax analysts necessary to exploit loopholes in the code. Spread out over every individual tax filer in America, the taxes avoided by the Dirty Thirty break down to an average of $481 per taxpayer over the three years.

We will call on Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to make sure big corporations like Wells Fargo - and their wealthy executives - pay their fair share in taxes.

Conservatives in Congress want the middle class to pay for deficit reduction by cutting Social Security benefits, Medicare and Medicaid while refusing to close tax loopholes or end tax breaks for millionaires and corporations.

We need Congress to:

- End tax breaks and cap deductions that benefit the richest 2 percent.
- Place a tiny tax on Wall Street transactions to raise revenue while curbing dangerous financial gambling
- Oppose corporate "territorial" tax proposals that would exempt big corporations from paying taxes on profits earned overseas, and end tax breaks that allow multinational corporations to ship jobs and profits overseas to foreign tax havens like the Cayman Islands.

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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 05:58 AM

11. Future of Social Security: Tacoma 2/20

Long-time opponents of Social Security spun wild yarns about the debt and deficit this summer, and during the run-up to the so-called “fiscal cliff”.

Ignoring ten years of war and tax cuts for the wealthy (both purchased on the national credit card), as well as a pandemic of Wall Street greed that nearly sunk the American economy, they pointed their finger at America’s last stronghold of economic safety: Social Security. Now, one well-known economist has had enough – and he’s visiting Washington state to talk about how to defend and improve Social Security for future generations.

•What: a forum to hear economist Dean Baker and Marilyn Watkins, Policy Director, Economic Opportunity Institute talk about the challenges and opportunities facing our Social Security system.
•When: Feb. 20 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
•Where: University of Washington-Tacoma’s Philip Hall at 1918 Pacific Ave.
For more information, please visit http://ssworkswa.org/

Sponsored by UW-Tacoma Center for the Study of Community and Society, Pierce County Labor Council, League of Women Voters Tacoma/Pierce County, Retired Public Employees Council, and Social Security Works Washington.

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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:52 AM

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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 06:03 AM

12. Film about worker-owned companies in Tacoma 2/6

Shift Change Film: Tacoma 2/6
Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 15:38
SHIFT CHANGE is a documentary film by veteran award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin. It tells the little known stories of employee owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.


•What: Screening of the Shift Change documentary.
•When: Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m
•Where: The Grand Cinema, S. 6th and S. Fawcett.

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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:01 AM

13. Monthly anti-coal activists meeting in Bellinghame 2/12

http://www.facebook.com/events/122260134614280/

I hope you'll join us for the first monthly coal activists meeting since the end of the public comment period, on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 pm, 2309 Meridian Street, at RE Sources' Sustainable Living Center (above The RE Store).


It doesn't matter if this is your first activist meeting or if you've been closely involved in the past two years -- everyone is welcome to join and participate. It's a great place to learn more and get plugged in to some of the opportunities to volunteer.

The expected agenda for this month's meeting will include updates on the following:

VOTER EDUCATION AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT:

•More volunteer opportunities to grow the movement
•Framing the conversation for elected officials
•Building more support in Whatcom County ahead of important elections
•Finding and empowering more supporters on campuses, in Whatcom County and among union members
REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS:

•Otter Creek Mine, Tongue River Railroad and Longview coal export public comment opportunities
•State legislative agenda and environmental lobby day
•Efforts to encourage our new governor, Jay Inslee, to join us
•Updates on the area-wide EIS
OTHER UPDATES AND CALLS TO ACTION:
•Community rights ballot measures in Bellingham and Whatcom County
•Continuing developments on Idle No More indigenous rights movement and local leadership from the Lummi Nation
•Updates and opportunities on Canadian opposition to coal exports
•Updates on the area-wide EIS
There will also be an opportunity for announcements, questions, best practices and needs for other coal projects that you're working on (please try to keep it brief, though we would like to make sure everyone is up to date!)

Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served at the meeting. If you're interested in helping with set-up for the meeting, you can give me a call at 360-303-1660 or email mattp@re-sources.org. We would love the help.

Thanks again,

Matt Petryni
Power Past Coal Campaign Organizer


RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
2309 Meridian Street
Bellingham, Washington 98225
http://www.re-sources.org
360.733.8307 (office)
360.303.1660 (cell)

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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:07 AM

14. Association for Women in Science (AWIS) meets in Seattle 2/20

Please join the Seattle Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and Women in BIO for our joint February Program!

Entrepreneurship: Lessons From My Career

Stewart Parker, CEO, Infectious Disease Research Institute
Wednesday, February 20, 2013; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
****NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Please see below for details:

Event Schedule:
6:00pm – Networking and Refreshments
6:30pm – Introductions and Presentation
7:30pm – Networking

Location:
Pelton Auditorium, Weintraub Building
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
*Please enter through Thomas Building*

*All AWIS meetings are FREE and open to both members and non-members*
**Free Visitor Parking – Note Aloha St. Employee Parking lot will be open for visitor event parking. See AWIS flyer for map.**

Due to the large number of anticipated attendees, registration for this event is required. Registration is limited, but open to all, however priority will be given to AWIS members. Please register at the event registration website.

**Please note that Eastbound Valley Street between Westlake and Fairview is closed due to construction. Traffic
will be rerouted onto Mercer Avenue. Northbound Fairview Ave N. is open and will provide access to FHCRC during construction.

View an Event Flyer here or for general information about our organization visit the Seattle AWIS website . For additional event information please email programs@seattleawis.org.
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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:45 AM

15. Thriving Communities conference on Whidbey 3/21-3/23

http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1188806

Thursday 6pm - Saturday 4pm
The Whidbey Institute, Thomas Berry Hall


In these times of global challenge, how do we meet the needs of individuals, families, and local communities, while also nurturing a sense of belonging, a capacity for resilience, and the ability to thrive?

Join the Whidbey Institute and members of diverse communities at the 2nd Annual Thriving Communities Conference, as we explore answers to this question through the lens of a local living economy. Over three days, the Institute will facilitate conversations in an open space of learning that will enable all participants to share their stories and wisdom.

We know from the first year’s conference that this cross-pollination of sharing and learning leads to an increase in the health and vitality of our communities. Conference participants learn the new and innovative ways that people, organizations, and businesses are working together to grow relationships and economies, strengthening communal ties, creating a sense of belonging, and sustaining the well-being of people and the places where they live.

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Sat Feb 9, 2013, 08:59 AM

16. Bob Ferguson to speak at Open Government conference 3/9 on Mercer Island

http://washingtoncog.org/ogc_2013.php?speakerIndex=reg
Saturday, March 9, 2013
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Mercer Island Community Center - Mercer Room


$50 Registration for WCOG Members, Students, & Seniors
$75 Registration for Non-Members
Includes lunch and free resource materials.

*The price of registration after March 1, 2013
will be $80.00 for both members and non-members

Featuring Bob Ferguson
Washington State Attorney General

CLE Credit Pending

Sponsorships for this event are available.

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:30 AM

17. Climate change rally 2/17 in Seattle


The action isn’t all in DC.

It’s true that tens of thousands of people will converge in Washington DC for the largest action against climate change in US history, but we understand that not everyone can make the trip.

In fact, there’s important work to be done all across the country -- from divesting our schools and cities from fossil fuels, to keeping the pressure on politicians who want to build Keystone XL no matter what Obama says.

That’s why there’s a solidarity rally being organized in your area on the 17th, and we hope you can join. Here are the details:

WHEN: Sunday, February 17th, 11:30 AM
WHERE: Golden Gardens Park, Seattle, WA
WHAT: Walking Train Against Coal Trains

Learn more about the local and national movement to stop fossil fuel exports, and walk along the beach in a "walking train" of opposition. Wear red and bring something to make some noise!

Click here to RSVP: www.facebook.com/events/200722496738864/

Solidarity events like this are how we show there is a nation-wide climate movement united against Keystone XL and climate change. We look forward to seeing you in the streets, be they in DC or otherwise!

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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:43 AM

18. MLK, Jr's Principles of Nonviolence; Seattle 2/21


Civil Rights leader Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. to discuss Kingian Principles of Nonviolence
Join me in celebrating Black History Month by welcoming Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr., one of the preeminent authorities on non-violent social change. Dr. Lafayette first got involved in the civil rights movement as a student in Nashville, Tennessee in 1960. As a student leader he travelled to North Carolina, where he, John Lewis, and other Black student activist founded of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). As a SNCC activist Dr. Lafayette participated in many sit-ins and freedom rides that got him tossed in jails throughout the South. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. appointed Dr. LaFayette as the National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and National Coordinator of the 1968 Poor Peoples’ Campaign.

Dr. LaFayette is a distinguished Senior Scholar In-Residence at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and is considered America’s foremost authority on Dr. King’s principles—called Kingian principles—for building effective, non-violent social change movements. He travels around the country and world as a lecturer, strategist and consultant helping people develop viable race and social justice initiatives based on Dr. King’s teachings.

Dr. LaFayette will discuss the Kingian Principles of Nonviolence, the implementation of the Poor People’s Campaign, and community organizing and engagement at
Seattle’s Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He will share strategies and present his historical perspective to help improve the quality of life for all our residents:

Thursday, February 21
Reception Begins at 6:30pm, with Lecture to Follow at
7:00 – 8:30 pm.
1634 19th Ave., Seattle

This free event is sponsored by King County, the city of Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights, University of Washington’s Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity and Antioch University.
For more information about this event, contact Larry Evans (larry.evans@kingcounty.gov), Legislative Aide to Metropolitan King County Council Chair Larry Gossett. His number is 206-296-0396.

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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:39 AM

19. How can King County Metro avoid devastating cuts? Seattle, 3/1

Friday March1, 12:00- 1:00PM
King County Chinook Building
Room 121
401 Fifth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104

Your bus could be on the chopping block! Faced with declining sales tax revenue, King County Metro may have to resort to drastic service cuts. The temporary congestion reduction charge staved off these cuts but it expires in 2014. To make matters worse, state funds which pay for transit service during the Alaskan Way Viaduct construction run out next year too - two years before the construction ends!

Join King County Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond for a discussion on what the future holds for King County Metro as they grapple with the challenge of keeping service in the face of an unprecedented loss of revenue. Hear about Metro's plans for potential cuts and how they hope to keep buses running in 2014 and beyond.

See you at the forum!

Shefali Ranganathan
Transportation Choices
Transit for all

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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:14 AM

20. Affordable housing incentives discussed by Seattle City Council 2/25

We support the Just Growth Campaign

Show Seattle City Council you believe in Just Growth

On Monday, February 25th at 2:30pm, Seattle City Council Committee on South Lake Union is scheduled to discuss affordable housing incentives. Help us pack City Hall with affordable housing supporters!
 Over the past several months, City Council has heard from Puget Sound Sage, community and allies that modest-wage workers should be able to afford to live near where they work. It is now time to show City Council we support Just Growth! 


Puget Sound Sage believes that developers should pay their fair share to help build a Seattle where all families can thrive. That is why we have signed our name to support rezoning that includes affordable homes in South Lake Union!

We all know our current incentive zoning and the current package will not meet our region's goals for growth.
 We cannot make the mistake of the past and settle for programs that do not do enough. We have an opportunity to move towards a vision of multi-racial, mixed income sustainable communities thriving along our high capacity corridors because zoning is fundamentally about creating public value.

Come to the meeting on February 25th, and show your support of Just Growth. Help us show City Council that we need leadership on equitable development and it starts with strengthening incentive zoning to create more affordable homes in South Lake Union.

The committee meeting is scheduled to begin at 2:30pm, immediately following the full City Council meeting. If you have a story for Just Growth please send to outreach@pugetsoundsage.org.

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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 04:27 AM

21. Free Mental Health Classes: Tacoma 2/28

http://www.thepierceprogressive.org/actionalertmentalhealthclasse

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 17:59
Supporting individuals and families as they manage the challenge of mental illness: Family to Family. Even though mental illness touches one in every four families, it is still difficult to get honest information and help. That is what Family to Family classes are all about.

•What: A free 12-week class for family and friends of individuals with mental illness.
•When: Starts Thursday, February 28 at 5:30-8:00 p.m. and runs for 12 weeks.
•Where: Classes will be held at the TACID Center, 6315 S 19th St in Tacoma.

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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:40 AM

22. Sandra Fluke at Planned Parenthood luncheon 5/23 in Seattle

When Congressional Republicans prohibited Sandra Fluke from testifying in 2012, it didn't stop her from speaking out on behalf of women's health--it motivated her.

She then testified on the importance of private insurance covering contraception before a House Democratic Committee, and despite ongoing attacks, continues to speak out today.

Please join us to support the work Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest does for women and hear this social justice advocate speak at our annual luncheon at the Washington State Convention Center on Thursday, May 23 at Noon.

For more information or to RSVP now and get your tickets, please call Gina at (206) 328-2969 or email gina@newmanpartners.com.

Join Sandra and support Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest in our advocacy and political work! Your donations and support make change possible in Washington, Idaho and Alaska.


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Sat Mar 2, 2013, 03:36 AM

24. Seattle Bisexual Women's network meets 3/5 in Seattle

Facilitated Meeting: First Tuesday of the Month
7:00PM - 8:30PM Check-in and Open Rap or Topic Discussion

Purr Cocktail Lounge
Couch area at the back of the bar
1518 11th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122

Come join our monthly facilitated discussion for women and women
identified women!

Meet and mingle in an engaging, feminist, bisexual-supportive
environment. Pose your most burning questions, and hear the most
interesting responses from a diverse group of lively self-identified
women, in a relaxing and laid back environment. The social salon time
is designed to accommodate the varying schedules of attendees, so
arrive when you can. Be a part of bisexual community in Seattle!

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Sat Mar 2, 2013, 05:19 AM

25. Forum on Open Records Act: Tacoma 3/12

http://www.thepierceprogressive.org/openrecordsactlwv20130312has set the bill up, but we have to help him move it forward.

Forum on Open Records Act: Tacoma 3/12
Friday, March 1, 2013 - 22:56
The League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County invites you to a forum on "The Open Records Act: What are the Issues?"

•What: A panel of experts will give information on current issues facing citizens and government agencies in release of public records. There will be an opportunity to ask your questions following the presentation.
•When: Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
•Where: The News Tribune – Baker Room, 1950 South State Street, Tacoma.
The members of the forum are

•Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor
•Joe Beavers, City of Gold Bar Mayor
•Tim Ford, Open Government Ombudsman, Attorney General’s office.
•Sean Robinson, TNT Investigative Reporter
Free parking, refreshments, and conversation are provided.

For further information, contact the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County, at 702 Broadway, Suite 105, Tacoma, 253-272-1495, tacomalwv3@juno.com

Funded by the League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund.

The League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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Sun Mar 3, 2013, 04:33 AM

26. Association for Women in Science to meet 3/20 in Seattle

Please join Seattle Association for Women in Science (AWIS) for our March program sponsored by Amgen!

The RANK/RANKL/OPG Pathway: From Discovery to Drug

Speaker: Allison Jacob: Scientist, Therapeutic Innovation Unit (TIU), Amgen - Seattle
****Amgen sponsored event****
Wednesday, March 20, 2013; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Registration is NOT required for this event – as there is no space limitation!

Event Schedule:
6:00pm – Networking and Refreshments
6:30pm – Introductions and Presentation
7:30pm – Networking

Location:
Pelton Auditorium, Weintraub Building
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
1100 Fairview Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
*Please enter through Thomas Building*

*All AWIS meetings are FREE and open to both members and non-members*
**Free Visitor Parking**

**Please note that Eastbound Valley Street between Westlake and Fairview is closed due to construction. Traffic
will be rerouted onto Mercer Avenue. Northbound Fairview Ave N. is open and will provide access to FHCRC during construction.

Please share the benefits of Seattle AWIS and publicize our March program by Printing and Posting both our Discover AWIS Flyer and our March Program Flyer.

For general information about our organization visit the Seattle AWIS website .
For additional event information please email programs@seattleawis.org.
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Tue Mar 5, 2013, 05:30 AM

27. Freedom Sailors Book Talk: Tacoma 3/6


Join Greta Berlin and Bill Dienst, MD, co-editors of the new book Freedom Sailors, as they talk about the successful flotilla to Gaza in 2008. Bill was one of the organizers and a passenger on that first flotilla that actually made it to Gaza. Bill is a UPS alumnus. In the mid-80's he was doing his residency in Tacoma and was active in the early group called Tacoma Arabs Jews and Others for Peace. Bill now lives in Eastern Washington and practices medicine. The book is composed of many flotilla passengers' writings and perspectives.

•What: Book talk about the book Freedom Sailors.
•When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.
•Where: Kings Books, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma, WA 98402

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Wed Mar 6, 2013, 06:25 AM

28. Bicycle Dreams coming to Seattle on March 14; special showing for Bicycle Alliance


Bicycle Dreams, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the Race Across America (RAAM), will premiere for the first time in Seattle at the Harvard Exit Theatre on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. The screening is presented by the Bicycle Alliance of Washington.

The film, which has won numerous awards at film festivals all over the world, “is an up-close look at what RAAM riders go through,” says Stephen Auerbach, the director and producer of Bicycle Dreams. “They deal with searing desert heat, agonizing mountain climbs, and endless stretches of open road. And they do it all while battling extreme exhaustion and sleep deprivation. It’s a great subject for a film.”

We hope you'll join us for this special big screen showing of Bicycle Dreams. In addition to the movie, we will feature a brief presentation by Ben Robinson of Seattle. Ben, a past RAAM participant and former board member of the Bicycle Alliance, will share his personal experience riding this demanding event. There will also be a cash raffle with proceeds benefiting the Bicycle Alliance.

Tickets are $11 in advance and $15 at the door the night of the show. To purchase advance tickets, order online at www.landmarktheatres.com/market/seattle/harvardexittheatre.htm. The Harvard Exit is located at 807 E. Roy Street in Seattle.


Bicycle Alliance of Washington
314 First Ave S
Seattle, Washington 98104.

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Wed Mar 6, 2013, 07:15 AM

29. Food Sovereignty Workshop in Seattle 3/28

THURS March 28th, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Join CAGJ for March Community Meeting & Food Sovereignty Workshop!


New to CAGJ and curious about CAGJ’s projects? Already involved and want to brush up on CAGJ’s current organizing? Come to our next Community Meeting and learn more about CAGJ’s goals for 2013 and how you can help make this another successful year. The Food Justice Project will present our new Food Sovereignty Educate for Action Workshop as well! This is a great chance to connect with CAGJ’s activists and see what’s going on in other projects. Everyone is welcome! Food provided. Location: CAGJ’s Office, 606 Maynard Ave S. Rm 102, Seattle WA 98104, in the International District.

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Thu Mar 14, 2013, 05:42 AM

30. Celebrate Transportation Choices 20th anniversary.in Seattle 5/18

http://tccis20.eventbrite.com/#

Roaring into our twenties
Celebrate TCC's 20th anniversary.
WHEN
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
6:30 PM
WHERE
Westin Seattle
1900 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101


On May 18th, we are turning back the clock to celebrate 20 years of transportation advocacy. Our "roaring twenties"-themed party will feature dinner, dancing, and very special guest speakers.

We'll share some of our most significant accomplishments, pay tribute to the first inductees into our Transportation Hall of Fame, and unveil our vision for the next 20 years.

Early bird registration begins today.

Hope to see you in May!

The Transportation Choices team
P.S. - March 18th is Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Don't forget to recognize your drivers!

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Wed Mar 20, 2013, 07:07 AM

31. Workshops on how to connect across party lines at 3 locations in WA State

Public Citizen is sending Aquene Freechild to Washington. She will conduct three workshops on "How to connect across party lines." They will focus on the issues of money in politics, campaign reform, and reversing the Citizens United decision. These events are free and open to the public.


On Monday March 25 at 7 pm: Kirkland Library 380 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland WA 98033

On Wednesday March 27 at 7 pm: 660 Pleasant Street. Walla Walla, Washington 99362

And on Thursday March 28 at 7 pm: Liberty Park United Methodist Church 1526 E. 11th Ave. (at Helena) Spokane, WA 99202.

This event is cosponsored by Spokane Move to Amend the Constitution (SMAC).

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Wed Mar 20, 2013, 07:08 AM

32. Camp Wellstone: Seattle; Apr 26 - 28, 2013



http://www.wellstone.org/events/camp-wellstone-seattle

Camp Wellstone is a 2 ½ day training running from 3-9pm Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday, and 9am-3:30pm Sunday. It is open to anyone interested in gaining practical skills in progressive political action. During Camp Wellstone, we provide focus areas based on your role in progressive organizing, each with a distinctive curriculum taught by some of the nation's leading experts in grassroots politics and organizing.

Registration is now open!
When you register, you choose from one of three tracks below and stay with that track throughout the weekend:

Activist Track: How to win on grassroots organizing issues
Working on a Campaign: How to win progressive campaigns as a campaign worker or volunteer
Being a Candidate: How to run and win a progressive campaign, for those running for office or considering running in the future

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Fri Mar 22, 2013, 07:23 AM

33. Help launch an effort to get Seattle to pass a local hiring ordinance 3/23

https://gotgreen.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=40

Come join over 100 community leaders and residents across South Seattle to launch an effort to ensure that their communities are able to get good jobs!

Community leaders and members will make the case to elected officials that a new city ordinance is necessary to create opportunity in the form of local construction jobs. It is time for the City of Seattle to have a "Targeted Local Hire" Ordinance!

The City of Seattle is positioned to create up to 3,000 good, living wage construction jobs annually for the next six years around major public works projects in the area. This is happening while unemployment in the Rainier Valley is increasingly higher than the rest of the City. A healthy portion of these jobs being created need to reach the disadvantaged workers in the most need of employment.

This Saturday, come join community leaders and members in conversation with elected officials in a Targeted Local Hire Ordinance. Our communities should be able to live where they work and have good, local jobs!

The Community Jobs Forum for Targeted Local Hire is this Saturday ( March 23) from 11am-1pm at Southside Commons Auditorium in Columbia City. Click here to RSVP! Come make your voice heard!

Address: 3518 South Edmunds St.
Seattle, WA 98118

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Sat Mar 23, 2013, 07:09 AM

34. Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity director in Seattle 4/23-4/24

•April 23-24th – Seattle has the repeat honor of hosting Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity. She will be in town with a garment worker as part of the “End Death Trap Factories” 10 city nationwide tour. We are collaborating with local coalition partners (Washington Fair Trade Coalition, UW-USAS, and OUR Walmart) to organize local events including: Support for sweat-free purchasing policies for Washington State ; a forum to hear from the Bangladeshi delegation and other workers in Walmart’s supply chain demanding justice; and an action in front of a Walmart store… more details to come! In the meantime, here is a New York Times story to refresh your memory of Walmart’s lead role in undermining fire safety efforts in Bangladesh :

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/29/world/asia/despite-vows-for-safety-walmart-seen-as-obstacle-to-change.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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Tue Mar 26, 2013, 07:17 AM

35. TPP Workshop & Strategy Session; Bellingham 4/8

April 8th
1-3pm

ReSources Sustainable Living Center

2309 Meridian Street Bellingham, WA 98225 WFTC, with local co-organizers, OccupyBellingham, Community to Community will give our Sure-To-Stop-The-TPP-Workshop for trainers and together we will plan local actions and future workshops.

To RSVP or for more information contact: Debbie 920-0981 Occupy Bellingham TPP Working Group

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Tue Mar 26, 2013, 08:03 AM

36. Bicycle Alliance work party 3/28 in Seattle

You're invited to join us for our Volunteer Work Party this Thursday, March 28, from 1-4pm, in our office located at 314 First Avenue South. This is a great chance to connect with fellow bicycling advocates, all while providing an invaluable help to the Bicycle Alliance's mission to support a bicycle-friendly state. We'll be preparing a mailing, connecting with each other -- and, of course, helping ourselves to a variety of delicious snacks.

If this is your first time coming to one of our fun afternoon hangouts, and/or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the number or email below. Also, please RSVP so I know how much food to procure.

Thanks for all you do,

Elliott Bangs
Bicycle Alliance of Washington
314 1st Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98104
206.224.9252 x300
www.bicyclealliance.org

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Sat Mar 30, 2013, 11:39 PM

37. Support Pierce County WalMart workers 4/6 in Lakewood

While OUR Walmart membership continues to grow across the country, Walmart has not let up on their anti-worker tactics. Unfair discipline and threats continue. OUR Walmart workers will not stop standing up for respect and in Lkjustice on the job. As they do so, we stand aside them to say “Not in our town!”

Please join us as Walmart workers in Pierce County hold their first ever anti-retaliation event:

Date: Saturday, April 6th
Time: 1p – 3p
Location: Lakewood Walmart ( 7001 Bridgeport Way W. , Lakewood WA 98499 )

Details: We will gather near the South parking lot entrance. Look for our canopy.
RSVP or Questions? Please contact Elena Perez (206.359.1885) prior to the event. For day-of contact, please call Reagan Jackson (206.405.0449)

For some inspiration, check out these great youtubes!

•2012 Making Change at Walmart Year in Review
•OUR Walmart ForRespect Rap by Picketman

Have a wonderful weekend!

Elena Perez
Coordinator
Making Change at Walmart, Puget Sound coalition
Mobile: 206.359.1885

Facebook: fb.me/ChangeWalmartPugetSound
Twitter: @changeWAwalmart





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Tue Apr 2, 2013, 05:28 AM

38. Climate change presentation at REI in Seattle 4.8

2012 was the hottest on record in the continental United States. And Washington State is vulnerable to climate disruption: it threatens our snow-fed drinking water supply, jeopardizes our thirsty farms and destabilizes hydro-electric power.

Join us at REI next Monday to learn more about climate disruption in Washington state and what you can do about it.

As President Obama calls for more action to confront climate change, it is up to all of us to educate ourselves and each other, and learn the best ways to fight climate change in our communities. That's why we're inviting you to join Sierra Club and Dr. David Peterson at REI to discuss climate change in Washington State.

Event details:

WHO: Sierra Club, Dr. David Peterson -- and you!
WHAT: A presentation on Washington state and climate change
WHEN: Monday, April 8, 2013, 6:30 p.m. - 8p.m.
WHERE: REI Flagship Store, 222 Yale Ave. N., Seattle (map)

QUESTIONS? Email graham.taylor@sierraclub.org
RSVP here: http://action.sierraclub.org/REIClimatePresentation

Dr. Peterson is a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize and works at the Pacific Northwest Forest Service Research Station. He has conducted extensive research on the effect of climate change on mountains and forests throughout the western United States and has published more than 200 scientific articles and three books. He'll share this knowledge with us at REI next Monday.

Climate change is a scary proposition, but knowledge is power. Join us next Monday to learn more.

Thanks for everything you do for our environment,

Graham Taylor
Sierra Club -- Washington State

P.S. Share this event with your friends and neighbors. You can also help spread the word on your social networks with these handy links:

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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:12 AM

39. Midnight March in support of Seattle Metro 4/6

http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/

Midnight March for Metro

What: A march, organized by the Seattle Transit Riders' Union, to draw attention to the impact of looming cuts to King County Metro service.
When: Saturday, April 6, 11:00 PM (march will end at roughly 12:15 AM)
Where: Meet at 1541 15th Ave W, in front of Staples at the foot of the Magnolia Bridge.
Learn more

Hope to see you soon!

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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:23 AM

40. Transportation Choices Coalition 20th birthday 5-18 in Seattle

Roaring into Our Twenties
Transportation Choices Coalition


Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)
Seattle, WA

http://tccis20.eventbrite.com/

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Thu Apr 4, 2013, 07:59 PM

41. Demonstrate agains WalMart retaliation in Lakewood 4/6

Please join with Walmart workers in Pierce County as they hold their first ever anti-retaliation event.

PSARA Executive Board members, Tim Burns, Richard Champion & Jim Grayson will be there with the PSARA banner to give support to these workers!

Our Walmart, the association of Walmart workers, continues to grow around the country but Walmart continues their ant-worker tactics. Unfair discipline and threats continue. We want to stand with Walmart workers as they fight for respect and justice on the job.

Date: Saturday, April 6th
Time: 1- 3 p.m.
Location: Lakewood Walmart, (7001 Bridgeport Way, Lakewood, WA) Gather near south parking lot.

What: Start with a barbecue for everyone; Sign the petition pledging support to workers if there is retaliation; delegates of community allies will deliver the petition to management of the Walmart store.

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Fri Apr 5, 2013, 04:11 AM

42. Food Justice Project Meeting in Seattle 4/17

WED April 17th, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: CAGJ Office, 606 Maynard Ave S #102, Seattle, WA.

Come learn about our Educate for Action project, upcoming workshops and our trainer-the-trainer workshops! Get involved in our Hike-a-Thon! We’ll be planning and scheming for this great event at the meeting and we need interested folks to help us in the important planning stages! We’ll also be discussing our Solidarity Campaigns and what local initiatives we can ally with! Help us decide and maybe get inspired to help! The Food Justice Project works in solidarity with campaigns in the following five areas: 1) Food Justice Everywhere: Work with the Washington Fair Trade Coalition to stop the new NAFTA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership; 2) Food Chain Workers: Support food chain workers’ rights with the Making Change at Walmart Campaign. Campaigns to be chosen in 2013: 3) Right to Good Food; 4) Local Family Farms; and 5) Farmworkers.

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Sun Apr 7, 2013, 04:03 AM

43. 3rd Annual Duwamish Princess Angeline Native Tea Party; Seattle 4/13

http://www.duwamishtribe.org/events.html

The 3rd Annual Duwamish Princess Angeline Native Tea Party will be held Saturday April 13 from 1-3pm at the Duwamish Longhouse, 4705 W. Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Native and English teas, scones and finger sandwiches will be served. Princess Angeline's great-great grandniece (and chairwoman of the Duwamish tribe) will preside. Music by Native American Flutist Paul Wagner. Suggested donation $10. RSVP to 206-431-1582 or http://www.brownpapertickets.com

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Tue Apr 9, 2013, 06:23 AM

44. Protest Providence tax breaks for overpaid execs in Seattle 4/11

PSARA members are invited to participate in a short action:

What: Providence: Don't use our taxes for your execs!

When: Thursday, April 11, 1:30 p.m.

Where: 800 5th AV, Seattle


We are asking the State Attorney General to initiate an investigation into how the tax-exempt non-profit Providence Corporation can get away with paying millions to execs while people are struggling to afford health care and health care workers at Providence are being threatened with significant cuts to their health care coverage.

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Fri Apr 12, 2013, 06:19 AM

45. OUTSERV to honor LGBT veterans in Seattle 5/23


Col. Grethe Cammermeyer, USA (Ret.)
RADM Alan M. Steinman, USCG (Ret.)
M. Matthew Phelps & Ben Schock
Maj. Margaret Witt, USAF (Ret.)
invite you to a reception
honoring America's service members, veterans and their families.

When: Thursday, May 23, 2013 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Bottlehouse, 1416 34th Avenue, Seattle WA 98122

250 Host Committee, $50 General Admission, $25 Enlisted and Junior Officers
RSVP: www.outserve-sldn.org/seattle2013

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Sat Apr 13, 2013, 06:07 AM

46. Association for Women in Science meets 4/17 in Seattle

Please join us for our April 2013 Program
Panel Discussion on Careers in Academics
Wednesday - April 17th: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

*Registration is NOT required for this event – as there is no space limitation!*

Panel Discussion: Careers in Academics
Featuring:
---- Nina Salama, Ph.D., Member of Division, Human Biology, FHCRC
---- Bonnie Becker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Marine Ecology, UW Tacoma
---- Maitreya Dunham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Genome Sciences, UW
---- Janet Bester-Meredith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology, SPU
---- Fran Solomon, Ph.D., Owner & Instructor, Environmental Teaching International

Schedule:
6:00pm – Networking and Refreshments
6:30pm – Panel Discussion
7:30pm – Networking

Location:
Pelton Auditorium, Weintraub Building
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
*Please enter through Thomas Building
*Free Visitor Parking

All AWIS meetings are FREE and open to both members and non-members!

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Wed Apr 17, 2013, 03:27 AM

47. Backbone Campaign creative organizing tactics camp 8/1-8/5

Localize This! 2013 Action Camp Registration
Strategy, Creative Tactics, and Community Organizing Intensive

https://backbonecampaign.wufoo.com/forms/localize-this-2013-action-camp-registration/

Thursday, August 1st through Monday, August 5th, 2013 on the Puget Sound outside Seattle, WA

If it is not possible for you to be there the entire week, we welcome you to attend on the days you can. ($50 a day suggested donation). And we'll help you fundraise for your adventure!

For more information email info@backbonecampaign.org or call 206-408-8058

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Thu Apr 18, 2013, 05:14 AM

48. May 11 is anti-TTP day in WA State

Seattle
May 11th, 2-5pm
Central Co-Op Annex
1900 Madison, Seattle
Join WFTC and members Central Co-Op, WSLC, IAM 751, SPEEA, Sierra Club, Sol Fair Trade, PUSO, CAGJ to learn why the TransPacific Partnership matters to you...and what you can do about it.
Enjoy fair trade coffee, chocolate and other foods while we link the TPP and the environment, young people, eaters & farmers, & communities around the world. Activities for all ages! Messages of solidarity from trade justice activists around the world. A detailed schedule to follow

Olympia
May 11th,
WSLC/WFSE 443 Offices in Olympia
Join Marigold Fair Trade, Traditions Fair Trade, WFSE 443 & the Green Party at a Fair Trade Fair linking eaters and consumers with the TPP. More details to follow.


More Assemblies might be added in WA. Visit www.TPPxBorder.org for up to date information on May 11th People''s Assemblies throughout North America.

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Thu Apr 18, 2013, 06:20 AM

49. Free Services for Homeless: Sumner 5/17

What: Service and resources event for the homeless
When: Friday, May 17, 2013 -- Doors open 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM with services available until 5:00 PM
Where: Calvary Community Church, 15116 Gary St E., Sumner, WA

Resources and information to help the homeless will be available at the Church for the entire day (hours above)

Free on-site information and/or services that may be available: ●Medical & Urgent Care ●Urgent Dental care ● Mental Health ● Social Service Referrals ● Vision/Glasses Haircuts ● Child/Adult Immunizations ● Veterinary Care ● Legal & Financial Advice ● Housing, Shelter, Employment & Education Information ● Tobacco Cessation ● Access Point for Housing: Homeless Housing Assessment and Assistance ● Veterans Services ● Chemical Dependence and Assessment

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Fri Apr 19, 2013, 02:50 AM

50. Annual Transportation Choices fundraiser in Seattle 5/18

This year, our annual fundraiser will also be a birthday party: TCC is turning 20! Join us on May 18th to help us celebrate 20 years of fighting for transportation choices and to help sustain our work for the next 20 critical years.

Reserve your seats: http://tccis20.eventbrite.com/#

Our "roaring twenties" themed party will feature dinner, dancing, and very special guest speakers, including new WSDOT Secretary Lynn Peterson. We will also unveil our first-ever Transportation Hall of Fame, 20 organizations and individuals that have made a big impact on Washington's transportation system over the past 20 years.

At my first TCC fundraiser nine years ago, I was tending bar in my socks (don't ask), and the staff made all of the food for that event. This year will be a bit different, but we'll still be having a lot of fun. So go out and get that 1920's themed flapper dress or pinstriped suit and come join us next month as we celebrate this great milestone. Early bird registration ends tomorrow, and tables are filling fast, so make sure to reserve your seats today.

Hope to see you there!


Rob Johnson
Executive director
Transportation Choices Coalition

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Fri Apr 19, 2013, 02:53 AM

51. Mark your calendars for MayWorks 2013--a month-long celebration of worker history

http://www.thestand.org/2013/04/mark-your-calendars-for-mayworks-2013/

MayWorks, the annual month-long celebration of workers’ culture and history first organized in 2012 by Washington’s labor movement, is just two weeks away and you should mark your calendars to attend the many great events planned for May 2013, including many events at the Northwest Folklife Festival on Memorial Day Weekend.

MayWorks has a new website — www.MayWorksWA.org — that includes everything you need to know, including a growing calendar of events and even a MayWorks 2013 reading list. Here are a few of the highlights (check back at the site over the next few weeks as events are added):

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Fri Apr 19, 2013, 02:57 AM

52. Seattle Youth March for Generational & Environmental Justice 4/20

Seattle Youth March for Generational & Environmental Justice ~

Saturday April 20, 11am to 1pm
11am Rally at Victor Steinbrueck Park w/Youth & First Nations Speakers/Music
Noon: Artful Procession for Future to Train Tracks & Beach
12:30 Water Blessing at Beach across from Sculpture Park
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The next generation deserve a livable planet. Now they are demanding it.

Let's celebrate this Earth Day by committing ourselves to each other, the beautiful region and planet that sustains us, and future generations. Animate imagery, make music, celebrate youth leadership, the wisdom of the seventh generation principle, and leadership of First Peoples. Bring a small amount of water from your watershed for a Water Blessing led by Idle No More Washington organizer Sweetwater Nannauck. (More details below)

Calling all children, youth, young adults, and the adults who love them:

Join the iMatter Youth March on April 20th at 11am at Steinbrueck Park and a short march to beach near Sculpture Park to help us launch Youth actions for ECOPTOPIA not fossil fuel corridors.

Backbone invites you to Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday April 20th with the march that's more than a march. It is the launching of a new movement! Join with children, youth and families from all over Puget Sound to demonstrate our commitment to protecting the earth for generations to come.

Be inspired by youth working a across cultures to take a stand. March with giant puppets, transformational imagery, make music, and spend your Earth Day doing something meaningful for the whole family and community. Many artists have helped make this a beautiful, transformative Earth Day power family celebration.

Please don't miss it!

BACKGROUND: For the past several weeks, volunteer artists have been hard at work creating the art that will bring the march to life. The centerpiece is a "coal train" that will magically transform into a green oasis midway through the march. The children hope to call attention to the proposed Cherry Point coal terminal that is currently being debated as well as to the devastating environmental effects of using coal as a fuel source, no matter where it is burned.

Backbone is proud to have collaborated with Climate Change for Families, Idle No More Washington, Get Money Out of Politics, and the Sierra Club Cascade Chapter to offer this to you.
Additional support has been provided by the Fremont Arts Council and CoolMom.

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Fri Apr 19, 2013, 03:07 AM

53. Duwamish Alive! Earth Day Celebration; Seattle 4/20

http://wecprotects.org/make-a-difference/come-to-event/partner-event-duwamish-alive-earth-day-celebration-1

When Apr 20, 2013
from 10:00 am to 02:00 pm
Where T-107/ Herring's House Park (West Seattle)
Contact Name Rein Attemann
Contact Phone 206-631-2625

Celebrate Earth Day and the restoration of our home town river –the Duwamish, with the People For Puget Sound Program at WEC, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, and Earth Corps! This event is part of the Duwamish Alive! Coalition. Volunteers will be gathering at restoration events up and down the river to make a lasting impact on the ecosystem and habitat health of the Duwamish River.

We hope you'll join us for this day of on the ground action. We will pull out invasive plants, replant native plants, lay mulch and celebrate the River!


RSVP: Space is limited. Go to http://www.duwamishalive.org/sign-up/t-107/ to sign up for the restoration team

No experience necessary — we will discuss safety and give an overview of the project. The event will take place rain or shine. Dress for the weather (rain gear in case of bad weather or sunglasses and a hat if it’s sunny). Wear sturdy foot gear (boots, sneakers, etc. but no sandals). Long trousers and long sleeves are helpful where there are blackberries. Bring work gloves and weeding tools if you have them. Bring a refillable water bottle. We will provide work gloves, tools, snacks, and beverages. Children 10 and under must have one-to-one adult supervision.

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Fri Apr 19, 2013, 03:36 AM

54. "Do The Math: The Movie" climate change activism showings on 4/21 in Kent, Vashon, Seattle

This weekend, we're trying something we've never done before: a nationwide movie premier.

In just 42 minutes, "Do The Math: The Movie" tells the story of the growing climate movement, from the new fossil fuel divestment campaign to the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. Check out the preview here to get a sneak peek.

Like everything we do at 350.org, we need people power to make this work. We want this to be the springboard for the big plans we're making for the summer and beyond, which is why we hope to fill hundreds of living rooms and libraries accross the country for this film. You don't need to go far to see the movie, since there's at least one screening near you. Check it out:


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Event Title: Do the Math - Earth Nite viewing
Venue: Earth Nite - Do the Math Viewing
Location: Kent, WA
Start Time: Sunday, April 21, 7:00 PM

You can RSVP here: http://act.350.org/event/do_the_math_movie_attend/4092/signup/?t=3&akid=3023.117056.eNr3l-

Event Title: Do The Math: SU Screening
Venue: "Wyckoff Auditorium"
Location: Seattle, WA
Start Time: Sunday, April 21, 7:00 PM

You can RSVP here: http://act.350.org/event/do_the_math_movie_attend/4173/signup/?t=3&akid=3023.117056.eNr3l-


Event Title: Vashon Island - Climate action Movie screening
Venue: Brown`s home, Sheila and Brian
Location: Vashon, WA
Start Time: Sunday, April 21, 7:00 PM

You can RSVP here: http://act.350.org/event/do_the_math_movie_attend/3990/signup/?t=3&akid=3023.117056.eNr3l-

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Sat Apr 20, 2013, 01:38 AM

55. Two April climate change events in Seattle

There are two exciting events we wanted to alert you to. The first is this Monday, April 22, with Mayor McGinn and other elected and tribal leaders. The second is with Bill McKibben on April 28. The details for both are below along with the contact information for more information. We hope you can make it.

Please Join Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan, Edmonds Councilmember Strom Peterson, Sumner Councilmember Nancy Dumas, Tulalip Chairman Melvin Sheldon, Jr., Swinomish Chairman Brian Cladoosby, & Lummi Councilmember Jay Julius, for an important announcement about the Leadership

Alliance Against Coal

Monday, April 22, 2013
1:30 p.m.
Golden Gardens Park
8498 Seaview Pl NW, Seattle, WA 98117
(tent will be near shelters 1 & 2)
For more information: Jen Nance jen.nance@seattle.gov or 206.684.8053

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Bill McKibben: "Climate Change, Coal, and the Pacific Northwest"
Sunday, April 28 at 8:30 PM


Queen Anne United Methodist Church
1606 5th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
Tickets: $12 for student (bring ID to event), $20 for general admission

Come early. Doors open at 7:00. Speakers, including Mayor Mike McGinn, will be speaking before Bill.

More details below.

Environmental activist and founder of 350.org Bill McKibben will be at The Well to discuss coal, climate change, and the PNW. His group 350.org is so named to highlight the parts per million of carbon that scientists say is the maximum amount allowed for a health and well being. Currently, the parts per million of carbon is much higher and rising. Bill warns of warming oceans, melting ice caps, increased volatility in weather, and the effects this has on all people, especially people who are poor or living in “developing countries.” Bill is leading a movement to divest from oil companies that is sweeping our nation’s colleges and universities. He is one of the most important voices in our country today…on any subject. Seating will be limited.

Thank you for all you do to protect our planet,

Joelle Robinson
Field Director


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Sat Apr 20, 2013, 01:40 AM

56. Worker Memorial Day events around the state week of 4/21

http://www.thestand.org/2013/04/worker-memorial-day-events-next-week/

A young fisherman, a veteran truck driver, a bridge painter, and an office manager working at her desk. These are among the 66 people who will be honored this year at the 2013 Worker Memorial Day ceremonies around Washington state next week. Each year on Worker Memorial Day, working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job, and renew our struggle for safe workplaces.

“Each and every day in this country, on average 13 workers die on the job as a result of workplace injuries — women and men who go to work, never to return home to their families and loved ones,” said Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council. “It’s important that we honor their memory and their families, and that we rededicate ourselves each year to improving workplace safety and health.”

Here are the events planned in Tumwater, Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Spokane and Bellingham next week:

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Wed Apr 24, 2013, 03:57 AM

57. Forterra 18th Annual Awards Breakfast; Seattle 5/29


Join us to honor local heroes of conservation, stewardship and community building. With more than 2,000 guests expected, including civic, business and environmental leaders, this annual event is an opportunity to come together in support of a shared vision for our region's future.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Washington State Convention Center
~7am registration, coffee and mingling in the Marketplace~
Program begins at 7:30am sharp.

Register today at www.forterra.org/breakfast!

If you have already registered, please use this email as a friendly reminder.


This year's Award Winners are:
Frank Pritchard Lifetime Achievement Award: Congressman Norm Dicks
Community Service Award: David and Gay Santerre
New Directions for Livable Communities: Tacoma Housing Authority
John Stanford Educational Achievement Award: Washington Green Schools

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Wed Apr 24, 2013, 08:47 PM

58. Seattle Young Peoples' Project to hold family gathering 5/29

Hello everyone!

This is a reminder that our FamBam is in 3 ½ weeks! We look forward to seeing your faces and building community with you all and enjoying some good food.

If any of you lovely people are still interested in being a table captain there is still time to register! Table captains dedicate to bring 7 of your friends, family, colleagues, commrads or just that person you've wanted to connect with for a while but you haven't had the chance to, with you to the FamBam. It's as simple as that! You just assemble the team and get ready to have some fun on the 18th!
If you're interested or want to know more about being a table captain post on here or email fambam@sypp.org . To purchase tickets visit our website here.

Ya’ll are amazing, dope and hopefully already know, SYPP loves you

May 18, 2013 5:30pm-8pm
Blaine Memorial Church
3001 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

What’s a FamBam?
fam·i·ly noun + bam noun, verb = Fam·Bam
-noun
1. a night of sharing, storytelling, eating and laughter with old and new friends.
ex. I can’t wait to go to the fambam tonight so I can eat til I burst and laugh til I cry!

-verb
2. to bring communities together to celebrate the accomplishments of youth organizers with families, community and SYPP supporters.
ex. I’m glad we fambam’d last night. I learned so much about everyone there!

with love,
SYPP

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Mon May 13, 2013, 10:12 PM

68. Purchase tickets now

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Fri Apr 26, 2013, 03:46 AM

59. Sandra Fluke at Planned Parenthood luncheon in Seattle 5/23

You're invited! Please join us at our 16th annual Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest luncheon featuring Sandra Fluke at the Washington State Convention Center on May 23 at Noon. Please click here to buy tickets now! https://ppvotesnw.fastercampaigns.com/

Here are three reasons why Sandra Fluke is a must-see speaker and advocate:

1.She spoke out to ensure that women, not their bosses, are the ones making decisions about birth control.
2.She stood up to Rush Limbaugh's slander when he called her a "slut" on national radio and did not back down.
3.As an attorney, she has been recognized for extensive pro bono representation of domestic violence survivors and those of human trafficking.
Tickets are as follows:

Single: $125. Table Captain: Give or Raise $1250.

To register online, please go to www.ppvotesnw.org. For more information, call Gina at 206-328-2969 or email gina@newmanpartners.com. Tickets are going fast so sign up for a table before it's too late!

Join Sandra and support Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest in our advocacy and political work. Your donations and support make change possible in Washington, Idaho and Alaska.

Sincerely,
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest

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Wed May 1, 2013, 06:56 AM

60. Casino Night for Progressive Majority 6/22 in Seattle


Please save the date for a night of poker, blackjack, roulette and craps at the 2013 Progressive Majority Washington Casino Night! Fancy save the date attached and all critical information below!

WHEN:
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
6:00 pm - VIP Reception
7:00 pm - Main Event

WHERE:
International Association of Machinists District 751 (IAM District 751) Hall
9125 15th Place South
Seattle, WA 98108


$75 to Attend

Registration opens in May, but let us know you're planning to attend and spread the word on Facebook today!

For sponsorship opportunities and to join the VIP reception, please contact us at 206-443-5566 or email support@progressivemajoritywa.org.

Hope to see you there!


Noel Frame
Director
Progressive Majority Washington

1402 3rd Avenue, Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-5566 work
(206) 324-1708 fax
(360) 241-6635 cell

www.progressivemajoritywa.org

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Fri May 3, 2013, 05:13 AM

61. Brown bag discussion of "The Growing Transit Communities Strategy" Seattle 5/13

With an estimated 1.5 million new people coming to the Central Puget Sound region over the next 30 years, it's clear who will be our region's economic engine of the future. Our challenge is to give our children and future generations a solid economic foundation so that all people can have access to opportunity and have enough money to capitalize on their talents and dreams.

Over the past two years, stakeholders from planners to businesses to housing advocates across the region have worked together to identify key actions that are effective in growing equitable transit communities at light rail stations and other high-capacity transit stations. This is perhaps the most important planning effort in two decades.

Now we need you to get involved. A draft of The Growing Transit Communities Strategy is now open for public review and there's a limited time-window for people to weigh-in before The Strategy is finalized.

That's why we're one of eleven organizations co-hosting a special brownbag presentation by Puget Sound Regional Council staff. We want to make sure you're up-to-speed on this important work so you can effectively weigh in.

Monday, May 13, Noon-1:30pm
Seattle City Hall Council Chambers
600 Fourth Ave, Seattle WA

To increase access to opportunity, create great communities, and relieve congestion, the region is investing $15 billion in light rail and other high-capacity transit. Over the past two years, the Growing Transit Communities Partnership -- an effort led by the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) -- has brought together diverse stakeholders to consider actions that will strengthen economic growth, affordability, and social equity along the light rail corridors.

A little over a week ago, the Partnership's Oversight Committee approved The Growing Transit Communities Strategy for public review. The Oversight Committee will finalize The Strategy in early July.

Come learn from PSRC planners about why The Strategy is important, what its identified actions are, and how you can make sure The Strategy is adopted and implemented.

RSVP now >> http://be.futurewise.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=66786

The presentation is free and open to the public. The presentation's content will be targeted for planners, designers, developers, electeds, and advocates. The event is co-hosted by Forterra, Futurewise, AIA Seattle, APA Puget Sound Chapter, Cascade Bicycle Club, Community Cornerstones, HomeSight, Housing Development Consortium, Impact Capital, Transportation Choices Coalition, and ULI Northwest, as well as Seattle City Council President Sally Clark and Councilmembers Richard Conlin and Mike O'Brien.

I hope to see you there,

Skye Schell
Community Projects Director
Forterra

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Tue May 7, 2013, 06:28 AM

62. Metro service cuts hearing in Seattle 5/14



Committee invites public comments on bus service cuts
The King County Council's Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will hold a special meeting Tuesday, May 14 to take public testimony about potential Metro Transit service cuts. Committee members want to hear how you might be affected by service reductions and your ideas for alternatives.

Metro faces a $75 million annual shortfall and will have to cut service by up to 600,000 hours, or 17 percent, beginning in fall 2014 unless new funding becomes available. Roughly two-thirds of Metro bus routes might be eliminated, reduced or revised. Learn about services at risk: www.kingcounty.gov/metro/future

Service cuts hearing:
Tuesday, May 14
3:30 p.m. - open house
4 p.m. - testimony begins
Union Station
401 S Jackson St, Seattle

Can't attend? Submit your comments online http://www.kingcounty.gov/council/testimony.aspx

Metro has had a severe funding shortage since 2008. So far we have avoided major service reductions by cutting staff positions and programs, raising fares, digging into reserves, and taking many other actions. We've adopted recommendations from a performance audit to save about $22 million annually, and have secured $121 million in grant funding to help develop high-volume RapidRide lines in major travel corridors.

The County adopted a congestion reduction charge to provide supplemental funding for two years while the Legislature considered transportation funding solutions. That charge will run out in mid-2014, and no more reserve funds will be available. If no additional funding is approved, Metro will have to reduce service to close the budget gap.

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Thu May 9, 2013, 03:32 AM

63. May 11--statewide educationals on TPP and fair trade

In Seattle
2-5pm
Central Co-op/Madison Market Annex
1900 E. Madison, Seattle

Program
2pm TPP & Eaters & Farmers
Community Alliance for Global Justice, Canaan Fair Trade & Equal Exchange & Domestic Fair Trade Association
10 Reasons why TPP matters to Eaters * Impacts on Farmers Globally & in WA

2:30pm TPP & Workers
Washington State Labor Council, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 21, Philippine US Solidarity Organization (PUSO)
Loss of living wage jobs in WA * Poverty wage jobs in US * Forced Migration * Rise of Sweatshops

3pm-TPP & Healthy Communities
Sierra Club, WA Physicians for Social Responsibility
Privatizing water & land * Challenging environmental laws * Access to affordable life-saving medicines

3:30pm- TPP & “Personhood”
Get Money Out of Politics (GMOP) & WA Mend
Corporate take over of policy-making * How to assert your ‘person-hood’ & reclaim the political process!

4pm- TPP & Consumers (of all ages)
Once Again Butters & Fair Trade Federation members Sol Fair Trade, Jam Town


Sample fair trade foods & wines, & Drum with Jamtown!!!

In Olympia
1-3pm
WSLC Offices/WFSE 443 906 Columbia (2nd Floor) Olympia, WA
Join Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE 443), South Sound Clean Clothes Campaign, Marigold Fair Trade, Traditions, the Green Party & the Washington Fair Trade Coalition to educate & activate yourself as an eater, a conscious shopper, a worker, & a community member. Enjoy fair trade coffee & chocolate and connect fair trade products to fair trade policy. TPP will impact food, sustainable jobs, access to affordable medicine, our environment, education & our very democracy. Be involved in upcoming actions! Activities for all ages!

In Bellingham
Noon-5pm
Bellingham Co-op
1220 N. Forest St., Bellingham
Look for Diane Foster, Occupy Bellingham and others connecting TPP with forced immigration, farmer's rights and environmental justice!



For Global TPP Assemblies: TPPxBorder.org

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Thu May 9, 2013, 04:08 AM

64. J Street to host Rep Adam Smith talking about Middle East policy in Seattle 5/30

Join J Street Seattle and Temple De Hirsch Sinai on May 30 for a special discussion with Representative Adam Smith (WA-9) on US Leadership in the Middle East.

Click here to RSVP for this important discussion with Representative Adam Smith.
http://act.jstreet.org/signup/seattle_053013/?rd=1&t=1&referring_akid=2205.152564.53e80z

President Obama recently returned from a groundbreaking trip to Israel during which he affirmed that peace is possible.

For over a month, Secretary of State John Kerry has been shuttling across the Middle East to determine how the parties can make it a reality.

Representative Smith, an outspoken advocate for Middle East peace (and a JStreetPAC endorsee) will offer his thoughts on how the US can be a positive force in moving the process forward. Other topics likely to be covered include the ongoing violence in Syria and the threat of a nuclear Iran.

Where: Temple De Hirsch Sinai (1441 16th Ave
When: Thursday, May 30 at 7:00PM

Carol Stockton
Chair, J Street Seattle

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Fri May 10, 2013, 06:43 AM

65. Prisoners' Art meeting in Seattle 5/18

In June of 2011 I flew down to the Bay Area to help support a hunger strike by some California prisoners protesting conditions in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay. I thought it would be about a dozen prisoners participating, each with a hefty supply of food stashed away in their respective cells. I was wrong.

The first hunger strike kicked off on July 1st and was followed by the second one in October of 2011. During the first hunger strike (HS1) the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) publicly admitted that there were 6,600 prisoners on hunger strike in 13 prisons. The number of participants in HS2 peeked at nearly 12,000 (11,898 according to the Office of the Special Master, and slightly less than that, 11,619, according to CDCR’s own figures). Each HS went on for three weeks. There was no food stashed, as CDCR’s written policy is to remove all food from the cell of any prisoner on HS.

To date the CDCR has not met the prisoners’ quite reasonable demands.

On August 12, 2012, California’s leading prisoners issue an “Agreement to End Hostilities”, which was signed by the leadership of all racial groups, and which called for the cessation of all gang hostilities throughout the state. So far that call has been honored. Prisoners are not fighting each other. Instead they are preparing to struggle for justice.

The unified leadership of all races and gangs have issued a call for more than a HS. On July 8th all prisoners in As Seg and SHU units are to stop eating. All mainline (general population) prisoners are instructed to withhold their labor, without which the prisons cannot function.

During HS1 and HS2 there was massive outside support, especially in the Bay Area but to a lesser degree in every major California city. Hunger Strike 3 (HS3) and Work Strike 1 (WS1) will be kicking off in less than two months. The leadership of that struggle has asked for support not only from prisoners in other states, but from community activists from across the nation.

Some friends and I are building that support here in Washington. We call ourselves “Free Us All.” We are holding a meeting of concerned citizens on May 18th, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm, at the American Friends Service Committee’s meeting hall, located at 814 NE 40th Street, Seattle, WA 98105. I would like you to attend this meeting, and to bring as many friends with you as you can.

Let me know,
Ed Mead
Prison Art Project
P.O. Box 47439
Seattle, WA 98146-7439
http://www.prisonart.org
mead@prisonart.org

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Sat May 11, 2013, 02:39 AM

66. Immigration reform conference in Edmonds 5/11

WAHMA and EdCC Present:
Immigration Reform Conference
What you need to know about the immigration reform that is being debated in Congress.
Saturday May 11th 12-4PM
Woodway 202, Edmonds Community College
This free event will be live-streamed, for more information scroll below
media@wahma.org - (206)251-6658

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Sat May 11, 2013, 04:40 AM

67. Rally to protest use of immigration detention centers: Tacoma 5/11

http://www.thepierceprogressive.org/antidetentionrally

Rally to protest use of immigration detention centers: Tacoma 5/11
Friday, May 10, 2013 - 08:22
•What: Rally at the North West Detention Center
•When: Saturday, May 11, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
•Where: North West Detention Center (near East F Street) 1923 East J Street, Tacoma, WA, 98421
Further information can be obtained by clicking here.


The Gang of Eight in the Senate is debating a comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. We can influence that debate by calling upon our Washington state US Members of Congress and Senate to oppose any measures in the bill that would require the continued use of detention centers for undocumented workers who have no criminal record. Detention Centers all over the US are run by private prison corporations for profit. The goal of the immigration bill is to provide a pathway to citizenship that keeps families together.

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Fri May 17, 2013, 06:19 AM

69. King County Conservation Voters Evening for the Environment in Seattle 5/23


http://wcvoters.org/events/KCCV-evening-for-the-environment

King County Conservation Voters Evening for the Environment

Thursday, May 23, 2013
5:30pm to 8:00pm
At 415 Westlake
South Lake Union, Seattle
Tickets $45
This event sold out last year, to ensure you have a seat at King County's premier political-environmental event:

REGISTER NOW
Join us for a night of food, fun and BEER while simultaneously supporting the work of King County Conservation Voters.

During our 2nd Annual Beer Endorsement four local breweries will go head to head to earn your vote for the best beer!

If you have questions, contact Danika Padilla at 206.631.2612 or danika@wcvoters.or

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Fri May 17, 2013, 06:21 AM

70. Reclaiming Prosperity: Inequality & the Future of Work

Reclaiming Prosperity: Inequality & the Future of Work

http://townhallseattle.org/working-washington-inequality-the-future-of-work/

In the first event of a new and ongoing Civics thread focused on rebuilding economic security and prosperity for working people, David Madland, director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress; Annette Bernhardt, co-director of the National Employment Law Project; and Dorian Warren, assistant professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, discuss the current crisis of income inequality, the low-wage recovery, and economic and financial prospects for working people. Jake Rosenfeld, Assistant Professor in the University of Washington Department of Sociology, moderates. Presented as part of the Town Hall Civics series with Working Washington. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.

Tickets are $5 at www.townhallseattle.org or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating. Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street

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Sun May 26, 2013, 05:56 AM

71. Raise awareness about PSE's coal problem! Mercer Island 5/30

May 30: Raise awareness about PSE's coal problem!

The coal-free movement in Washington State is amazing. We've stopped three out of six coal export terminals, Governor Inslee just signed Washington’s climate bill, and we’re raising more and more awareness about Puget Sound Energy’s big, old, dirty coal plant.

Now is the time for PSE to write a plan to replace that dirty coal with clean energy.

Most people don't even know that PSE gets 30% of its electricity from coal -- you can help spread the word.

Come out to a fun event during rush-hour on the I-90 bridge to urge PSE to commit to a transition from coal to clean energy -- and provide more jobs and investment in Washington.

Join us on May 30 on Mercer Island and raise awareness about PSE's coal problem and make PSE go coal-free. RSVP now! We'll give all new activists a free Beyond Coal t-shirt.

Event Details:

WHO: Friends, family, neighbors, Sierra Club and you!
WHAT: Press Conference, Photo Shoot, I-90 sign waving and activist BBQ (food provided)
WHEN: Thursday, May 30 at 3:00 p.m. (photo shoot at 3:30pm) followed by a picnic BBQ from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Mercer Island Park on the Lid (meet up at West I-90 Lid Park) followed by the BBQ picnic at the Mercer Island Park on the Lid Picnic Shelter (near 72nd Avenue SE & SE 22nd Street Park Overpass)

Questions: Contact Seth Ballhorn at seth.ballhorn@sierraclub.org or (206) 378-0114 x319

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Mon May 27, 2013, 05:42 AM

72. Anti-TPP workshop in Bellingham

http://backbonecampaign.wufoo.com/forms/flush-the-tpp-action-workshop-weekend/

Join Veteran Strategists and Expert Action Trainers for a Weekend of Action-Oriented Workshops, Skills Trainings, and Strategizing in Bellingham, WA June 14th-16th.

REGISTER TODAY!

TPP: Corporate Greed vs. Human Needs? - You Decide...
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will impact every one of us in the Pacific NW; as eaters, as workers and as people who care about healthy communities. It is a super-sized version of NAFTA, and after 20 years of corporate gains on the backs of workers and communities-we can't afford more of the same.

TPP Action Camp offers a unique opportunity to come together, just before the TPP enters into its 18th Round of negotiations in July. A weekend to collectively strategize on how to best educate and activate our communities, as well as build the necessary skills. TPP resisters throughout the NW will emerge from TPP Action camp energized and inspired to lead the movement that will bring down the TPP! Join us!

TPP Action Camp is jointly organized by Occupy Bellingham, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, TPPxBorder, the Washington Fair Trade Coalition, Backbone Campaign, with in-kind support from Laborers 276, and Mary Mullen.
Trainings and Workshops Offered (descriptions linked)
•Grand Strategy
•Non-Violent Direct Action
•Creative Tactics For Visibility and Building Power
•Strategic Campaign Planning & Avoiding Burn Out
•Strategy Session to Stop the TPP
•Action Planning
•Introduction to Blockades
•Giant Overpass Banner and Overpass Light Brigade Building


Cost: Sliding Scale $100-$150 (No one turned away because of lack of funds).

Make Organizing a Sustainable endeavor: The best organizers mobilize their community to invest in their work. If we really want to dethrone the corporate coup, we'll need to honor our vocation and regard our work as valuable. One way of doing this is to muster the financial resources to support our collective work commensurate with the opposition we face and the efforts that it will take to bring into reality our vision for a more just world. Our costs are $100 - $150 per person. Please pitch in as much as you can afford. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

If you have the means, PLEASE consider increasing your contribution to $200 or more in order to help us cover the cost of scholarships. If you cannot attend please help sponsor the attendance of other enthusiastic organizers by donating to scholarships. Contact the Backbone office if you have questions at 206-408-8058.

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Wed May 29, 2013, 06:50 AM

73. Public meeting on Radioactive Contamination at Magnuson Park Seattle 5/29

Radioactive Contamination at Magnuson Park
Public Meeting
Wednesday May 29th
Question and Answer at 7 PM
5 PM - 8 PM Open House
at The Mountaineers
(7700 Sand Point Way NE - left after enter main gate)
Contaminated areas include area around, and building attached to, the building housing Arena Sports and Magnuson Athletic Club (Building 27)
Meeting is your chance to learn about the contamination and
give input on cleanup

There are serious problems and public input is essential

Magnuson Park has a contamination problem which hasn't been disclosed to the public for the past four years. And, it is serious - involving radioactive contamination in the soils around, and the building attached to, the hangar housing Arena Sports and the Magnuson Park Athletic Club. There is also contamination in and around Building 2, which had been the indoor soccer facility prior to Arena Sports moving.

Please join me Wednesday evening (May 29th) at a public meeting and open house about the contamination, at The Mountaineers (7700 Sand Point Way NE - enter main park entrance, take immediate left). The Open House with the Navy, Seattle Parks and Washington Ecology begins at 5 PM; and, I have asked them to take questions from you and respond at 7 PM.

The contamination was discovered in 2009 and 2010. However, the Navy, Seattle Parks and WA Dept. of Health agreed amongst themselves not to put up signs which would warn the public that the areas they were fencing off had any contamination problems, or that the building attached to Building 27 (Arena Sports, indoor soccer and the athletic club) had radioactive contamination.

Contamination above safe levels includes radioactive Radium, Strontium and Cesium, in addition to pesticides and lead. The radioactive contamination stems from Navy use of radium paint for dials when the Park was Sand Point Naval Air Station.

Like many of you, my son plays soccer regularly at Building 27 and around the building. We never suspected that the area fenced off around the south end of the building was due to radioactive contamination. Today, the public doesn't expect that there would be contaminated areas outside the fenced area. Yet, the agencies have refused to put up signs noting that the fence is there due to contamination.

Earlier this year, the Navy expected to begin its cleanup without any public review and comment on its cleanup plans. The Washington Department of Ecology, which is supposed to oversee all hazardous waste cleanups in Washington State, responded to my request and is preparing a public participation plan. However, they are still relying on information and notice from the Navy - whose materials include misleading statements implying that the only radioactive contamination is Alpha radiation, which can be stopped by paper or a layer of dirt (although it is highly dangerous if ingested or in contact with skin).

However, radioactive Strontium 90, Cesium and forms of Radium which give off Gamma radiation, which can penetrate walls or soil, are also present.

Contaminated areas include soils around the buildings and under parking areas; and, may extend to the Lake Washington shoreline sediments where storm drains discharge.

The proposed timing of the cleanup will also overlap with the reconstruction of Sand Point Way NE, with road detours at the same time that hundreds of truckloads of radioactively contaminated soil and debris may be leaving the Park this summer.

From reviewing the cleanup plan, I am very concerned that the Navy's plan would leave radioactive contamination at levels 80 to 240 times the acceptable cancer risk allowed for children at hazardous waste cleanup sites under Washington's Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA). The Navy's plan - which would allow future exposures to 15 millirem of radiation per year from Radium and Strontium - does not even reference our state cleanup standards.

I'll be calling for:
1.Cleanup to meet our state's stricter cancer risk cleanup standards to reduce exposures to meet our state's cleanup standards and increase cleanup as appropriate for a public park - where children play and future park users and residents may have vegetable or herb gardens;
2.Investigation of whether there is contamination of the sediments in Lake Washington around the storm sewer outfalls and along the drain lines;
3.Not trucking wastes on detour routes, or when there are backups, during Sand Point Way NE construction;
4.Public input into development of a Public Participation Plan by Washington's Department of Ecology (including notice and signage about the contamination); and,
5.Ecology taking regulatory authority over the cleanup.
You can send your comments or questions to: ching-pi@ecy.wa.gov
For more information, Ecology's website for project information will be: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/sitepage.aspx?csid=1359

Thank you for caring about our community,

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Thu May 30, 2013, 11:26 PM

74. Free Screening of Genetic Roulette June 1 in Seattle

SEATTLE, Wash.: Free Screening of Genetic Roulette June 1
Dear Organic Consumer,

Join WashPIRG at the University of Washington this Saturday for a free screening of the groundbreaking documentary about the health risks of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), Genetic Roulette. Then, stick around for a panel discussion with film producer Jeffrey Smith and local activists working on the Yes on 522 campaign to label genetically engineered foods in Washington.

Free Film Screening of Genetic Roulette with Panel Discussion
Saturday, June 1, 6:30-9 p.m. at the HUB Lyceum Auditorium, University of Washington, 4001 Stevens Way NE, Seattle, 98195

6:30-7 p.m. Complimentary Desserts, and Refreshments provided by Chaco Canyon Organic Café, Portage Bay Chef & Catering, and Whole Foods
7-8 p.m. Film Screening Genetic Roulette
8-9 p.m. Q & A with Jeffrey Smith and Panel.
*Parking: Padelford Parking Garage ($5)

Questions? More information? Contact WashPIRG at washpirg@uw.edu or visit them on Facebook.

Thank you to event sponsors WashPIRG Right to Know, PCC Natural Markets, and Institute for Responsible Technology.

-- Melinda for the OCA team

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Fri May 31, 2013, 06:16 AM

75. Brownbag: Growing Transit Communities in Bellevue 6/5

WHEN
Wednesday June 5, 2013, 12-1 PM
WHERE
Room 1E-108
Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue

Bellevue is growing and changing. With the planned East Link light rail extension, the Bel-Red area development, the Downtown Livability Initiative, and the Growing Transit Communities regional planning effort underway, there's a lot to look forward to in Bellevue.

Join us for a special update from Sara Schott Nikolic , Senior Planner with the Growing Transit Communities Program and Paul Inghram, Comprehensive Planning Manager with the City of Bellevue. Learn how these planning efforts are helping to create a vibrant Bellevue and how you can get involved.

Over the past two years, stakeholders from planners to businesses to housing advocates across the Puget Sound region have worked together to identify key actions that are effective in growing equitable transit communities at light rail stations including East Link and other high-capacity transit stations. This is perhaps the most important planning effort in two decades.

Now we need you to get involved. A draft of The Growing Transit Communities Strategy is now open for public review until June 7. http://www.psrc.org/assets/9539/GTCStrategyPublicRelease.pdf

We want to make sure you're up-to-speed on this important work so you can effectively weigh-in.

This forum is co-presented by the Puget Sound Regional Council, City of Bellevue, Transportation Choices Coalition and Futurewise. It is free and open to the public.

I hope to see you there,

Shefali Ranganathan

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Wed Jun 5, 2013, 07:23 PM

80. Another one in Seattle 6/7


This week we have a double feature for you.

WEDNESDAY
June 5, 12:00-1:00pm
Room 1E-108, Bellevue City Hall

Join us in Bellevue for a special presentation in Bellevue about an important regional planning effort. Sara Schott Nikolic, Senior Planner with the Growing Transit Communities Partnership and Paul Inghram, Comprehensive Planning Manager with the City of Bellevue will give you an update on how these planning efforts are helping to create vibrant communities in Bellevue and how you can get involved.

This forum is co-sponsored by Puget Sound Regional Council, City of Bellevue, and Futurewise.

FRIDAY
June 7, Noon-1:00pm,
Rm 121, 401 5th Ave., Seattle

Recently, the Seattle City Council passed a bill that allows developers in South Lake Union to build taller buildings in exchange for affordable housing as part of the project or contribute funds that would go towards affordable housing elsewhere in the city. Join our panel for a conversation on what this all means for South Lake Union, density and affordable housing.

•Mike O'Brien, Seattle City Councilmember
•Sheldon Cooper, Executive Director of Homestead Community Land Trust
•A-P Hurd, VP of Development at Touchstone Corporation
•Sharon Lee, Executive Director of Low Income Housing Institute

This forum is co-sponsored by Futurewise and Great City.

See you there!
Shefali Ranganathan
Transportation Choices

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Sat Jun 1, 2013, 06:25 AM

76. Town Hall: transportation funding at a crossroads; Bellevue 6/6


Learn what’s ahead, make your views known at a town hall meeting June 6
Concerned about preserving our roads, bridges and Metro bus service? Here’s a chance to learn about potential funding solutions and share your views.

As the state Legislature seeks common ground on transportation funding, elected officials in King County will hold a town hall meeting to highlight what’s at stake. Speakers will include mayors and other local and state elected officials.

Come and ask questions and share your thoughts. We’ll be recording the views that attendees share and piecing them into a visual mosaic—a way to show elected officials what you want for your transportation future.

The meeting is co-hosted by King County, the Sound Cities Association, and the City of Bellevue, working with state legislators.

Thursday, June 6
5:30-6:30 p.m.- open house and comment period
6:30-8 p.m. - moderated panel discussion and questions
Puget Sound Energy Auditorium (follow signs to east building)
10885 NE Fourth St.
Bellevue

Can’t be there? Send questions to the speakers
Email community.relations@kingcounty.gov or tweet to @kcroads or @kcmetrobus.

Learn more about King County’s transportation future

Accommodations
To request an interpreter or reasonable accommodations, contact Sara Stefano at community.relations@kingcounty.gov or 206-296-9770. To help us accommodate your requests, please contact us by Tuesday, June 4.

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Wed Jun 5, 2013, 07:21 PM

79. Town Hall Meeting POSTPONED

The transportation funding meeting that was scheduled for Thursday, June 6 in Bellevue has been postponed because of scheduling conflicts.

Please check www.kingcounty.gov/transportationfuture for updates.

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Sat Jun 1, 2013, 06:31 AM

77. Statewide Poverty Action Network party in Seattle 6/20

We're having a party! It has been a long legislative session (and special session!) for our Network. So we thought, what better way to celebrate the hard work of the past six months than with a fun night out with our members at the Stables in Georgetown!

Our members and allies are pretty amazing. Our work moves forward because of you. We are especially excited about this event; it is 100% focused on celebrating the hard work of our Network and the positive change we're creating together in Washington state.

https://www.facebook.com/events/306405302826029/
The Stables
980 South Nebraska Street, Seattle, Washington
Thursday, June 20, 2013.6:30pm until 9:00pm in PDT.

For current members, this is a great opportunity to renew your membership in the state's largest anti-poverty organization. For new friends, it might be the place where you join our team and become a first time member. Either way, it will be an exciting evening honoring our most valuable asset: our members.

Hope to see you there!
RSVP ej@povertyaction.org

The Poverty Action Team
Marcy, E.J., Kate, Senait, Tony, and Danielle.

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Wed Jun 5, 2013, 01:50 AM

78. Feeding a Billion: China's Food System and Emerging Grassroots Food Movements 6/9

WED, June 19th 6:30 - 8:30pm Feeding a Billion: China's Food System and Emerging Grassroots Food Movements

606 Maynard Ave S, rm 105 (Urban Food Link office)

China's population of 1.4 billion is fed by a system of agriculture and food production fairly unique in the world. As the country's young capitalist economy grows by leaps and bounds, that food system is also changing dramatically. In the past few years, after a period of heavily urban-focused policy and in response to rural social crisis, the government has been turning its attention more towards its rural foundations. The combination of a ravenously expanding market and the government's attempts to moderate its effects has brought China's agriculture and food systems to a pivotal moment. Come to hear CAGJ's Jasmine Zhang and others to learn about China's current system of agriculture, the changing conditions of rural life, the role of land access in those changes, and the types of grassroots food movements responding to this crisis of agriculture and the rural. Visit the facebook page for more information.
https://www.facebook.com/events/450044008414305/

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Wed Jun 12, 2013, 04:59 AM

81. Anti Trans Pacific Partnership action weekend in Bellingham 6/16

Flush the TPP-Action Weekend
6pm Friday, June 14th to
2pm Sunday, June 16th
Laborers Hall, Bellingham, WA

TPP Action Weekend offers a unique opportunity to come together, just before the TPP enters into its 18th Round of negotiations in July. A weekend to collectively strategize on how to best educate and activate our communities, as well as build the necessary skills.


TPP resisters throughout the NW will emerge from TPP Action camp energized and inspired to lead the movement that will bring down the TPP! Join us!
TPP Action Camp is jointly organized by Backbone Campaign & Occupy Bellingham, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, TPPxBorder, the Washington Fair Trade Coalition, with in-kind support from Laborers 276 & Mary Mullen.



For more information and to register visit: http://backbonecampaign.org/flushtheTPP

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Fri Jun 14, 2013, 04:22 AM

82. J Street hosts event with peace party Israeli MP 6/27 in Seattle

Last week we sent you an invitation to an event here in Seattle on June 27 featuring one of the newest members of the Israeli Knesset.

None of that has changed. But, we'll now be welcoming MK Adi Koll, rather than MK Ronen Hoffman, whose official duties interfered with his trip to the US.

MK Koll, who earned her PhD from Columbia, is part of an emergent, forward thinking wave in Israeli politics. She is a member of Israel's new Yesh Atid party, which made a return to peace negotiations a condition for its involvement in the new Israeli government.

Click here to RSVP for our discussion with MK Adi Kol.
http://act.jstreet.org/signup/Seattle_062713?akid=2279.152564.f6qsSQ&rd=1&t=1

She'll discuss Secretary Kerry's current effort to renew Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and offer her insider's perspective on how changes in Israeli politics will impact the process.

Where: Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Synagogue, 3700 E Mercer Way
When: Thursday, June 27 at 7:30PM

Thanks,
Carol Stockton
J Street Seattle

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Tue Jul 2, 2013, 07:26 AM

83. Bill McKibben in Vancouver 7/17

This summer, across the country, the climate movement is putting political heat on the fossil fuel industry -- just like they've been raising the mercury on us.

As part of Summer Heat actions across the country this summer, Bill McKibben, author and co-founder of 350.org, will be in Vancouver, WA to talk about climate change, the climate movement and fossil fuel export terminals in the NW. Vancouver is emerging as a front line in the climate fight with a 360,000 barrel/day oil export terminal supplied by toxic fracking wells. Once built, this terminal could become an export facility for dirty tar sands oil.

Bill will be coming to town on July 17th and speaking in Gaiser Hall at Clark College about how the Pacific Northwest can step up against plans to turn our communities into fossil fuel export corridors, beginning with the Summer Heat action on the Columbia that is scheduled for July 27th.

Get tickets and join the action to stop the NW from becoming a dirty fossil fuel corridor: www.eventbrite.com/event/4404724650

Here are the details:

What: Bill McKibben in Vancouver, WA for Summer Heat

When: July 17th, 7 PM

Where: Gaiser Hall at Clark College

Tickets: Tickets are a sliding scale of $ 5-50 dollars and all proceeds will stay with local groups to fight these export terminals. Click here to get yours.

Organizing is moving full steam ahead for the action on the Columbia River on July 27th as well. Details are falling into place:

On the 27th, we will meet at Vancouver Landing for a full day of events. There will be workshops from 10:00-12:30, speakers from across the region from 12:30-1:30 and a fun, family friendly action on both land and water at 1:30. Sign up here to get more info and to attend the action. We'll be in touch about opportunities to help us plan this action and as more details emerge in the coming days.

The Pacific Northwest has a key role in the fight to defend our future. I hope you'll be there with us when we stand up to show we're ready to play it.

David Osborn

Portland Rising Tide

Sources:

"Proposed Rail-To-Ship Oil Terminal Draws Crowd And Critics" Northwest News Network, June 28, 2013

www.opb.org/news/article/npr-proposed-rail-to-ship-oil-terminal-draws-crowd-and-critics/

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Mon Jul 8, 2013, 05:10 AM

84. The National Women's Political Caucus reception in Seattle 7/16

The National Women's Political Caucus of Washington invites you to the annual

May Hutton Society Reception

A network of women helping to elect women leaders in Washington State

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
5:30pm - 7:30pm

The Watermark Tower
1107 1st Avenue, Suite 2002, Seattle

Please join us to meet these next generation of women leaders and join the discussion about how we encourage others to run and serve!


Special Guests:

SeaTac City Council Member Mia Gregerson
Mercer Island City Council Member Tana Senn
Duvall City Council Member Amy Ockerlander

and other elected women leaders

Members of the May Hutton Society make a $500 annual contribution to the NWPC-WA Campaign Fund PAC to help our endorsed women candidates win their campaigns.

Suggested donation levels*:
May Hutton Society Member: $500
May Hutton Society Associate Member: $250
Supporter: $100

Space is limited - please RSVP to
info@wpcnet.org or at 206.720.9922
Donations to the Campaign Fund are not tax-deductible
Paid for by the NWPC-WA, Labor Donated

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Thu Jul 11, 2013, 05:32 AM

85. Transportation Choices discusses a special fare for low income riders 7/12 in Seattle

WHEN
Friday July 12, 2013, 12-1:00 PM
WHERE
Room 121
King County Chinook Building
401 5th Ave., Seattle

Directions


This year while all the focus has been on Olympia, a group of King County stakeholders has been working to assess the feasibility of a low-income transit fare. Get the first peek at their recommendations at our July Friday Forum.

In 2012, the King County Council voted to establish the Low-Income Fare Options Advisory Committee, a group of diverse stakeholders charged with reviewing Metro's current reduced fare options, and developing recommendations for a new low-income fare program.

Guided by the principle that a low-income fare is critical to providing all people and communities with dignified and affordable transportation options, the advisory committee discussed and developed recommendations on the definition of "low-income," options for verifying eligibility, fare price points, and how, even in the face of looming bus cuts, Metro might fund the implementation of a low-income fare.

Join our panel - with representatives from both the advisory committee and King County Metro - to discuss the committee process and perspectives, as well as the real-world potential for a low-income fare.

Doug Hodson, King County Metro
Alison Eisinger, Executive Director, Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
Kate Joncas, President and CEO, Downtown Seattle Association

See you this Friday!

Shefali Ranganathan
Director of Programs
Transportation Choices

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Thu Jul 11, 2013, 05:33 AM

86. Jobs & the Environment NOT Jobs vs. the Environment; forum in Seattle 7/16

Jobs & the Environment NOT Jobs vs. the Environment

A forum sponsored by PSARA

When: Tuesday, July 16th,5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th AV S., Seattle

Panelists:

Jeff Johnson, President, WA State Labor Council
Kathleen Ridihalgh, NW Regional Director, Sierra Club
Michael Woo, Executive Director, Got Green
Barbara Hin-Turner - Pacific NW Center of Excellence for
Clean Energy

Discussion following panel

PSARA does not believe we need to choose between jobs and the environment. It is possible to support living wage jobs while promoting a healthy environment and not contributing to climate change.

Please attend this forum and be part of advocating for real job creation and keeping our communities healthy now and into the future.

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Sat Jul 13, 2013, 07:20 AM

87. Anti-TPP workshops at various places around the state.

The Trans-Pacific 'Partnership' (TPP) is a massive "free trade agreement" that could impact nearly every aspect of our lives, from the food we eat to the air we breathe to the quality of our jobs.

One of the impacts of the TPP would likely be a substantial increase in U.S. natural gas exports to countries in the Pacific Rim, paving the way for more fracking across the United States.

Stop increased fracking and other environmental calamities by RSVPing for a TPP teach-in near you!

The TPP would also allow foreign corporations to sue governments directly -- for unlimited cash compensation -- over almost any domestic environmental or other law that the corporation believes is hurting its ability to make a profit.

Despite the huge impact the agreement would have on our communities and the environment, the TPP is being negotiated in near complete secrecy. There is a big push to finalize the pact this October, so we have very little time to act.

Please join us to learn more about the TPP, its impacts on the environment and how we can make an impact in the upcoming months. RSVP now!

TPP Teach-Ins
Bellingham – Wednesday, July 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Snacks provided)
RE Sources, 2309 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

Seattle – Thursday, July 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. (Bring your lunch)
Seattle Central Library, Room 1 1000 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104

Speakers Include: Ilana Solomon, Trade Representative, Sierra Club; Robin Everett, Washington State Chapter, Sierra Club; and Kristen Beifus, Washington Fair Trade Coalition.

RSVP: http://action.sierraclub.org/watpp

We already face dangerous proposed coal export terminals threatening to undermine our health, safety, and the environment. Imagine the increased dangers we could face from natural gas exports from our shores in addition to accelerated climate disruption and more frequent climate disasters if the TPP is approved.

We must hold the line on the TPP and not allow our state to become the fossil fuel export capitol of America and protect our food, water and environment from international governance we have no say in.

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Fri Jul 19, 2013, 05:36 AM

88. Demonstrate & March on Labor Day for Social Security & Medicare; Seattle 9/2

Demonstrate & March on Labor Day for Social Security & Medicare
Preserve Them! Strengthen Them! Pass Them On!

Labor Day, September 2, 2013
The annual Labor Day Celebration sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council is the venue for this demonstration.

Gather at 10 a.m. at Lower Woodland Park — at the south east corner of the picnic area, (N. 50th Street & Woodland Park Avenue N, Seattle). We will walk with our signs to the busy intersection at Greenlake AV N. and N. 50th St, stretch out along the intersection (along the side, not blocking traffic) and wave our signs to passing motorists.

People arriving later than 10 a.m. can meet us at N 50th & Greenlake AV N

The picnic begins at 11 a.m.

11:30 a.m. demonstrators march from Greenlake AV N. & N 50th as one large contingent, with signs and stickers to join the Labor Day Celebration.

Sponsored by Social Security Works WA, M.L. King County Labor Council & Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA)

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Fri Aug 2, 2013, 12:33 AM

89. Our Food, Our Right reading on Vashon 8/11

SUN AUG 11, 2pm Our Food Our Right Reading on Vashon Island at the Vashon Maury Island Senior Center, 10004 SW Bank Rd, Vashon 98070 (hosted by Library). The reading will feature Chris Iberle, Food Justice Project co-chair, and Vashon poet Merna Hecht, reading her selections from the book.

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Fri Aug 2, 2013, 12:34 AM

90. Food Justice Project meeting in Seattle 8/21


WED AUG 21, 6:30-8:30pm, Food Justice Project Meeting, CAGJ Office, 606 Maynard Ave S #102, Seattle, WA. Attend our next Food Justice meeting! We’ll be discussing our solidarity campaigns and Educate for Action workshop schedule. Learn how you can get involved in these exciting campaigns. Our current solidarity campaigns include: Food Chain Workers-Making Change at Walmart, Food Justice Everywhere-Stop the Trans Pacific Partnership, Farmworker Justice-Supporting the Farmers at Sakuma, Right to Good Food-Got Green Fresh Bucks.

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Fri Aug 16, 2013, 03:32 PM

91. WA State Alliance for Retired Americans convention in Tukwila 8/21

Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans

Call to Convention 2013

“Advancing and Protecting Health & Security for All Americans”

You are invited to the Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans Annual Meeting to be held on August 21, 2013. Plans are underway to include motivating and invigorating speakers for you.

WHAT: Annual Convention

WHEN: August 21, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Teamsters Union Hall
14675 Interurban Avenue South, Tukwila, WA 98168
(Between I-5 and 405, on Interurban Avenue)

Hear from national and local speakers, elect our officers, determine our election year strategies and consider resolutions and By-Laws changes.

Additional convention information:

The registration fee of $35 per person covers food, beverages and materials for distribution. As ever, we will accommodate anyone who is living light.

Affiliates are entitled to two delegates for the first 200 members and one for each additional 100 members. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Send proposed resolutions and By-Law changes to the WASARA office no later than Friday, July 19, 2013, to allow time to review and publish them; they will be emailed in early August.

For Information, call Mike Warren (206) 226-9920, Harvey Kriloff (425)453-1941, or
Leslie Liddle (360-701-6615) wsara@comcast.net

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Wed Aug 21, 2013, 02:30 AM

92. Demonstrate & March on Labor Day for Social Security & Medicare Seattle 9/2

Preserve Them! Strengthen Them! Pass Them On!
Labor Day, September 2, 2013

The annual Labor Day Celebration sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council is the venue for this demonstration.

Gather at 10 a.m. at Lower Woodland Park — at the south east corner of the picnic area, (N. 50th Street & Woodland Park Avenue N, Seattle). We will walk with our signs to the busy intersection at Greenlake AV N. and N. 50th St, stretch out along the intersection (along the side, not blocking traffic) and wave our signs to passing motorists.

People arriving later than 10 a.m. can meet us at N 50th & Greenlake AV N

The picnic begins at 11 a.m.

11:30 a.m. demonstrators march from Greenlake AV N. & N 50th as one large contingent, with signs and stickers to join the Labor Day Celebration.

Sponsored by Social Security Works WA, M.L. King County Labor Council & Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA)

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Fri Aug 23, 2013, 04:58 AM

93. Presentation: high capacity transit options in Seattle 9/6

WHEN
Friday Sep. 6, 2013, 12-1:00 PM
WHERE
Room 121
King County Chinook Building
401 5th Ave., Seattle


Downtown Seattle is changing and growing. In the next 20 years, downtown jobs and residents are expected to grow by more than 50 percent. With bumper-to-bumper car traffic and 700 local and regional buses running through downtown each rush hour, the City of Seattle is committed to introducing higher capacity transit service that will improve north-south mobility and connect the South Lake Union and First Hill streetcar lines.

Seattle's Department of Transportation received a federal grant to plan for high-capacity transit options and alignments for this "Center City Connector."

Spoiler alert: It's looking good for a streetcar on First Avenue!

Join Transportation Choices Coalition and our expert panelists for a discussion on the Center City Connector - how SDOT came to its recommendations, funding options for the streetcar, and what the impacts on local businesses might be. Plus, learn more about how you can get involved as the process moves forward.


Panelists include:

Tony Mazzella, Seattle Department of Transportation
Bill LaBorde, Office of Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
Ben Franz-Knight, Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority

See you at our Friday Forum!

Shefali Ranganathan
Director of Programs
Transportation Choices

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Thu Sep 12, 2013, 08:52 PM

98. More September transportaion meetings

Coming up next week—tell us (info@bicyclealliance.org) if you can attend:

Sept. 17, 6-9pm – Bellevue. Stevenson Elementary School, 14220 NE 8th
Sept. 18, 6-9pm – Everett. Snohomish County, Robert Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., 1st floor

It’s time to speak up for smart, healthy, cost-effective transportation networks that mean safety and jobs for all of us.
If you have your own story about what it means to invest in biking, like the story Stella's mom told about biking to school in Kirkland or the support from Vancouver to Anacortes for local trail projects or Frank's success as a teacher getting kids on bikes in Tukwila, tell the legislature.
Additional points you can share with the Senate, your own legislators (look them up online and send an email), and Gov. Inslee:

•Washington only works when all people who bike, walk, take transit, and drive have an equal opportunity to get where we need to go safely and efficiently. We need future-oriented transportation investments that represent our values and share our priorities for safety, jobs, and health.

•Cost-effective investments in biking and walking transportation are good for drivers too; they increase safety for all while they keep people moving and reduce pollution from Washington’s roadways.

•Safe, comfortable, complete bike networks attract businesses, a talented workforce, tourists, and home buyers to help grow Washington’s economy.

•Bikes mean jobs: Biking and walking investments create 40% more jobs per dollar spent than for other transportation projects.

•Investments in Safe Routes to School to help kids walk and bike have improved safety with zero collisions or injuries at all Safe Routes project sites, and have helped our kids get more active and arrive at school ready to learn. We need to keep this up to make the next generation healthier.

•In Washington driving user fees (gas taxes, licenses, tolls) fund less than half the cost of our streets and roads. We all pay for streets—we should all be able to move freely and safely.

When the legislature comes to your town, show up to show them you care. Speak up to tell them your story. Stand up for biking and walking, for fixing our roads, for investing in the transportation system of the future. It takes every one of us to make sure Washington bikes.

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Mon Aug 26, 2013, 06:28 PM

94. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training in Seattle Oct-Nov

The Seattle Office of Emergency Management is taking applications for the Fall CERT Training Course.

About CERT

Following a major disaster, emergency services that people have come to rely on will be overwhelmed and unable to meet the increased demand. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training is a series of courses that are intended to prepare people to take action in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The training is a combination of skills based classes that will teach participants about Fire Suppression, Utility Control, Light Search and Rescue and Disaster First Aid, in addition to basic tenants of Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Response.

Because CERT training is designed so each class builds on the previous one, it is important that participants be available to attend all of the classes. The schedule for the Winter CERT class is as follows.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 6-9 PM
Saturday, October 19, 2013 9 AM – 1 PM
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 6-9 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2013 9 AM – 1 PM
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 6-9 PM
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 6-9 PM
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 6-9 PM

Due to high demand for the class, we have changed our registration process and are now taking applications. Our goal is to ensure CERT graduates are geographically distributed across the city. If you are interested attending CERT training please fill out the attached application and return it to SNAP@seattle.gov or FAX it to 206-684-5998 by Friday, August 30, 2013. Those selected for the class will be notified no later than Friday, September 6, 2013. We will establish a waiting list that will be used ONLY for the fall class. To learn more about the CERT program you can visit their website at http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/about.shtm. If you have any difficulty viewing or completing this form please email SNAP@seattle.gov.

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Wed Sep 4, 2013, 02:42 PM

95. Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere Dinner 9/7 in Seattle

This Saturday, SEPT 7th, 2013
7th Annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere Dinner!
Happy Hour 5-6:30pm; Dinner 6:30-9pm
NEW LOCATION: University Christian Church - 4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle 98105. Get your tickets online before we sell out! Solidarity tickets also available - pay what you are able: email us for more info.
http://slee2013.brownpapertickets.com/
volunteer@seattleglobaljustice.org

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Help us get ready by joining us for a final work party – Wednesday, Sep 4th, 5-9pm. Email us for location and directions. Or help us out during the dinner! Sign up to volunteer for any of the following roles and get in free! Friday 9/6 10am – 3pm food prep & set-up, Saturday 9/7 9am – 3pm food prep, 2pm – 4pm set-up, 3pm – 9pm food prep, 5 – 9pm bar (alcohol serving permit needed).

At the dinner, you are in for several treats, starting with the keynote from powerhouse organizer, Saru Jayaraman, Restaurant Opportunities United leader. Enjoy wonderful locally and Fair Trade sourced food from Kaspar's, Madre's Kitchen, Cafe Flora, Community Kitchens Northwest, and our very own CAGJ chefs! Thank you to our Sponsors! UFCW 21, Working Washington, Equal Exchange, Central Co-op, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, People's Memorial Funeral Cooperative, and New Roots Organics. Thank you also to Table Captains SLICE, Seattle CISPES, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, and UniteHERE Local 8 and our many food, silent auction, and dessert donors!

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Wed Sep 4, 2013, 02:44 PM

96. Duwamish Alive Teach-out, 10/19 in Seattle

SAT Oct 19, 10-2pm Duwamish Alive Teach-out!
Come to our next Teach-out and learn about the Duwamish river clean-up! Please email for more info or to RSVP. fjp@seattleglobaljustice.org

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Fri Sep 6, 2013, 05:51 AM

97. Community Capital event in Seattle 9/25

Community Capital: Seattle is an event series designed to educate, connect, and spark dialogue among Seattle’s economic stakeholders around the emerging field of community capital. Featuring successful, tested models from here and around the country, these monthly sessions will kick off with an all-day workshop on September 25th with Michael Shuman, acclaimed speaker and author of Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money From Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
http://www.seattlenetwork.org/commcap

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Thu Sep 12, 2013, 08:54 PM

99. Meeting on King County property taxes; Lake Forest Park 9/19

your King County Councilmember I am committed to listening and learning from you so county government can be as efficient, accountable, and responsive as possible. For that reason, I am hosting a town hall in every community in District 1. Next Thursday, I have the honor of co-hosting a town hall meeting with King County Assessor Lloyd Hara.

Please join us in Lake Forest Park for an opportunity to discuss property valuations, taxes, and services the Department of Assessments provides to King County property owners. Information will also be presented on tax appeals and senior property tax exemptions.

Assessor Hara and I will be joined by a representative from the Board of Equalization, and opening remarks will be provided by Lake Forest Park Deputy Mayor Catherine Stanford.

Lake Forest Park Town Hall with King County Assessor Lloyd Hara
Date: Thursday, September 19
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Third Place Commons
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA

If you are unable to join us next Thursday, please feel free to contact me anytime at (206) 296-1001 or rod.dembowski@kingcounty.gov. Or you can visit the King County Assessor's website at www.kingcounty.gov/assessor, for additional information. You can also find me on Facebook.

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Sat Sep 14, 2013, 06:05 AM

100. Labor history guided walking tour in Tacoma 9/28

This guided walking tour of Tacoma’s Labor History will focus only on Downtown sites on the flat elevation near Pacific Avenue. Union members, families, students and anyone interested in labor history are welcome. Free.

We recommend that participants park at the Tacoma Dome Station at 424 East 25th Street, Tacoma, take the Link Light Rail to the second stop and walk to the Union Depot. Return to the parking garage via light rail is one block uphill from the end of the tour.



Guides include Dr. Ron Magden; Brian Kamens, Supervisor of the Northwest Room at the Tacoma Public Library; and Patty Rose, Secretary/Treasurer of the PCCLC.

Union Station1717 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402
http://www.exit133.com/events/details/labor-council-sponsors-downtown-labor-history-walk-9-28-13

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Tue Sep 17, 2013, 05:39 AM

101. Workshop for local businesses wanting to use local capital; Seattle 9/25

How can local businesses take advantage of new sources local capital? How can Seattle residents begin to invest locally, safely, and build true prosperity?
Come learn a fundamentally new way of thinking about your world, your community, and your money from Michael Shuman, acclaimed author, speaker, and one of the nation's foremost local economy authorities.

Invest Locally: A community workshop with Michael Shuman


Wednesday, September 25, 9:00- 5:00pm Can't make it the whole day? Consider coming for half of the day!
HUB Seattle
220 2nd Ave. S. in Pioneer Square
Tickets are $65 for Seattle Good Business Network members / $100 general public / locally sourced lunch and post-workshop happy hour included! Contact Jessica (jessica@seattlenetwork.org for details).

The day will mix lectures, discussions, small-group exercises, and short films. It is designed to go deep and give participants concrete steps to move their money into local business. Whether you are a small business owner, consumer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, policy-maker, or student — you will never think about investment the same way.


Join us to learn about the local investment revolution!


BUY TICKETS HERE for the workshop on September 25th
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/439646

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Wed Sep 18, 2013, 04:57 AM

102. TPP Actions & Educational Events in the Pacific Northwest; Sept-Nov

September 21st
350.org Welcomes Bill McKibben & connects Climate and TPP
11 a.m.-12:45 Workshops (on the TPP)
1-2pm Keynote speaker and Draw the Line Action
Myrtle Edwards Park, on downtown waterfront just north of Sculpture Park

September 23rd, 11am
Rep. Smith NGO Roundtable
Veteran's Committee
1212 S. King St., Seattle 98144
Come out and talk with the leader of WA District 9 about Fast-Track & TPP!

September 30th
WFTC, TPP & OurWalmart at St. Andrew's Church
111 NE 80th St., Seattle
7pm

October 2-4th
Provender Conference, Hood River, OR
Thursday, Oct 3rd WFTC joins panel on the TPP & Fair Trade

October 8th
WFTC & Sierra Club TPP Teach-In
Olympia, WA
For Details Contact: Susan Mac susanshaf@comcast.net

October 10th
God’s Creation, Fair Trade, and Economic Justice, A Breakfast to Learn about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church
7500 Greenwood Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Organized by WFTC member-The Church Council of Greater Seattle
7:30 - 9 a.m.

October 11th
TPP Teach-In in Spokane
For details contact: Chris Nerison cnerison@yahoo.com

October 24th
Panel Connecting Human Trafficking, Forced Migration & Free Trade
Seattle Against Slavery
7-8:30pm

November 20th
WFTC Education Fund Breakfast w/Rosalinda Guillen
IAM 751 Hall
7:30-9am
For more information contact: Kristen@washingtonfairtrade.org

Stay Tuned for 2 fabulous upcoming TPP events:
At UW Seattle w/ Harry Bridges Labor Study Center &
Witness for Peace Tour with John Jairo, Afro-Colombian Portworker Activist!

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Wed Sep 18, 2013, 06:25 AM

103. lly to oppose fossil fuel exports with Bill McKibben, founder 350.org; 9/21 Seattle

What: Rally to oppose fossil fuel exports with Bill McKibben, founder 350.org
When: Sept 21, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Workshops from 11 -12:45, following
workshops, keynote speaker Bill McKibben.
Where: Myrtle Edwards Park, on downtown waterfront just north of
Sculpture Park

This is 350's national day of action to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) which undermines environmental and labor regulations and the proposal to bring additional coal trains through WA and ship the coal from various deep water terminals in WA & OR.

It is not too late to make a difference. Join other PSARA members to draw the line and say NO! to risking the health of the Puget Sound, the Northwest, and the planet with a flood of fossil fuel exports destined for Asia.

"Burned here or burned there, we all feel the heat."

Workshops from 11 -12:45, following workshops, keynote speaker Bill McKibben.

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Wed Sep 25, 2013, 09:51 PM

104. Transportation hearing in Seattle 10/14

Our roads and bridges are crumbling. We have too many unfinished sidewalks and bike lanes. The stop-gap funding to prevent 17% cuts to King County buses goes away early next year. Other transit agencies have already made the drastic cuts. We need action right now.

The state Senate is hosting public hearings on transportation across the state, and has added a Seattle Hearing date on October 14th. The only way to pass a balanced transportation package in a special session this November is if the Senate hears loudly and clearly that voters like you are demanding action. They want to hear from you about what needs to be included in a transportation package. Let's show them the huge demand to save transit, fixing our roads and providing safe biking and walking infrastructure,

Monday, October 14th
6-9pm - WSDOT will present and then open it up to public comment
King County Courthouse, Room 1001: 516 3rd Avenue, 10th Floor , Seattle, WA 98104
RSVP

http://transportationchoices.org/action/transportation-for-washington/senatehearings


Senate Transportation Committee co-chairs Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, and Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, announced a statewide listening tour aimed at gathering input from Washington residents on building a new package of transportation projects.

The only way to pass a balanced transportation package in a special session this November is if the Senate hears loudly and clearly that voters like you are demanding action. They want to hear from you about what needs to be included in a transportation package. Let’s show them the huge demand to save transit, fixing our roads and providing safe biking and walking infrastructure.

I can't make the hearing so I will volunteer 3 hours to help save transit service!
http://transportationchoices.org/join/volunteer


If you cannot attend the Bellevue hearing, consider attending one of the others around the state.

http://transportationchoices.org/action/transportation-for-washington/senatehearings

King County Metro is facing cuts that will eliminate 65 bus routes and reduce service on 86 more in 2014. It's time for action. A transportation system that works for all Washingtonians will right-size projects, support transportation choices and livable communities, and mitigate transportation's harmful pollution impacts.

We will see you there,

Thanks for your continued work.

Kate Whiting
Field Director
Transportation Choices Coalition

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Sun Sep 29, 2013, 05:54 AM

105. Support Coffee Strong (GI coffee house) in West Seattle 10/12

Wine and Cheese Gala hosted by West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice. Saturday, October 12th from 6pm to 8pm at the Puget Ridge Cohousing, 7020 18th Ave SW in Seattle. The evening will include a presentation by a soldier who’s currently applying for conscientious objector status with the help of Coffee Strong who will share more about why he decided to become a CO rather than deploy to Afghanistan. Please RSVP to John Repp by leaving a message at 206-932-9522. jmrepp@q.com


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Mon Sep 30, 2013, 08:30 AM

106. Seattle Social Justice film Festival (10/10-10/13)

--starts Oct 10th & runs through the 13th. Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies is partnering with The Seattle Social Justice film Festival, so we thought this would be something film followers would like to see. These 3 events listed below are the headliners, but the selection of films throughout the festival are truly amazing and not to be missed. There’s more info on the Festival available at: www.socialjusticefilmfestival.org

Meaningful Movies contribution to the Festival will be on Friday, Oct 11, 7PM at our regular venue, Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Pl. N, Seattle 98103 (in Wallingford) with the film “A FIERCE GREEN FIRE”, an amazing depiction of the history of the environmental movement from the early days to the present, fighting against all odds. Our special guests are the long-time environmental activist & author, DOUG SCOTT; and The SIERRA CLUB.

Please join us following the film for a facilitated community discussion. – Thanks!

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Tue Oct 1, 2013, 05:30 AM

107. Solar power rally at the Bullitt Bldg 10am 10/1 (sorry for late notice)

Join Environment Washington, the Bullit Center's Denis Hayes and the solar industry to call on Gov. Jay Inslee for more solar power in Washington.

You may know that we have been working to reach 150,000 solar roofs in Washington, but you may also still be wondering if solar actually works for Washington – especially in the pouring rain. The short answer: YES!

Tomorrow, we’ll be releasing our new report, "Lighting The Way: What We Can Learn From America’s Top 12 Solar States." We will be standing outside the Bullitt Center, the greenest commercial building in the world and a shining example of how homeowners and businesses can take steps to reduce our carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

Stand with us tomorrow to urge our leaders to get more solar power in Washington.

According to this report, it’s not the climate of the state that allows for more solar power: It's the policies. We could reach our goal of 150,000 solar rooftops by 2020, but we need our state leaders to pass policies that incentivize homeowners and businesses to invest in solar energy. That way, more of us can follow the Bullitt Center’s lead in going green.

I hope to see you there tomorrow as we call on Washington state to go big on solar.

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Tue Oct 1, 2013, 05:58 AM

108. Democratic Socialsts of America to meet in Seattle 10/19

With the DSA Convention quickly closing in, I thought it would be great to hear from local members. As of today, we have two people signed up but if there are any other members who would like to go you need to sing up and reserve your room before the end of next week. Unfortunately, as a local we do not have any funds to help. But we could share rooms which would cut down of some expense. Since we are not an official local at this time, we can only go as " at large" delegates.

As you may or may not know, DSA National has launched a program for a comprehensive and grassroots review of DSA’s political and organizational strategy. I will be bringing to the meeting copies of the information I received from the national office.

Plus we can update members on our activities this past summer.

So everyone is welcome. Bring your ideas for the delegates to the convention.
Saturday October 19th 9am - noon Phinney Neighborhood Center. Room No. 3 Snacks and Coffee

We Shall Overcome,


Bill Yates
206-458-2349

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Thu Oct 3, 2013, 05:38 AM

109. Transit nerdfest/TCC fundraiser in Seattle 10/9

http://ttn2013.eventbrite.com/

Transit nerds unite
Join us for Transit Trivia Night
Martha,

Transit Trivia Night is filling up fast. Register today to reserve your spot, then come on down next Wednesday to square off against transportation aficionados from around the region. Here are the details.

What: A transit nerdfest/TCC fundraiser
When: Wednesday, October 9th, 5:30 PM
Where: Buckley's in Belltown, 2331 2nd Ave

Teams will compete for bragging rights and cool, transit-themed trophies. Don't have a team? Register solo, and we'll match you with one.

Light appetizers will be served, and there will be time for mingling before and after the trivia.

Geek out for a good cause: register for Transit Trivia Night today.

See you next week!

Carla Saulter
Transportation Choices
Transit for all!

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Mon Oct 7, 2013, 03:00 AM

110. Testify about Skagit timber harvest 10/9

Wednesday, October 9: The Skagit County Hearing Examiner will hold a public hearing on the open record appeal submitted by Evergreen Islands (EI) asking that the Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance issued on a development proposal for the south slope of Mt. Erie be revised to a Determination of Significance (DS).

The landowner of the 40-acre parcel proposes to harvest timber, construct an access road, and develop the site for residential purposes. EI is requesting the change to a DS, which is required if a project “is likely to have a probable significant adverse environmental impact” and which would require a more detailed Environmental Impact Study. Only written comments will be accepted until 4:30 PM Oct. 8 unless you are one Evergreen Islands’ witnesses.

To let EI know if you'd like to testify, contact them at evergreen.islands@frontier.com. County Commissioners Hearing Room, 1800 Continental Place, MV, 9 am

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Mon Oct 7, 2013, 03:04 AM

111. Climate Change and Sustainable Energy short course in Skagit County 10/25

Friday, October 25: A new (nonprofit) short course on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy is being offered through the NW Center for Sustainability. Here are a few of the details:

•The course can be taken in-person (it is based in Skagit County), as an online/in-person hybrid, or entirely online; it can be taken by anyone, anywhere, with an internet connection, and participants can go at their own pace;
•Transformative experiences are front and center: field visits; participation in relevant public hearings and events; films and public presentations; engaging (optional) online activities to supplement in-person experiences; thoughtful discussions
•There is no set “agenda”; the goal is to have experiences that inform and make an impact;
•Practical knowledge is strongly emphasized: to understand attempts at “solution,” and ways to make a difference; to help with course participants’ volunteer or paid work; to help folks consider climate change or sustainable energy-related career directions;
•Diverse age groups are welcomed—from precocious “pre-adults” (for they are indeed the future) to senior citizens;
•Key results of the course will be well documented on the internet, for maximum impact;
•The course is low-cost and “nonprofit,” with a sliding scale and scholarships available to those who need them.

More information is available at the links below:
Course Flyer: http://nwcenterforsustainability.org/Climate_Change_Course_Flyer.pdf
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): http://nwcenterforsustainability.org/FAQ_Climate_Change_and_Sustainable_Energy_Course.pdf
Interested? Send an email to info (at) nwcenterforsustainability.org .

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Wed Oct 9, 2013, 01:23 AM

112. Inslee's climate change hearings

We are seeing the increasingly urgent impacts of climate change right now. From record floods in Colorado to more and more wildfires in central Washington, they’re here and they’re real. We know it’s time to take action on climate change.

Here in Washington, we have a chance to let our decisonmakers know that we are ready to lead on climate action and to grow our clean energy economy.

Governor Inslee, with your help, has convened legislative leaders to determine how our state will meet our climate pollution reduction limits. And he wants to hear from you.

The Climate Workgroup is having three hearings across the state: October 16th in Spokane, October 23rd in Seattle, and December 6th in Olympia.

•RSVP to the Spokane hearing on October 16th.
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5168/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15507

•RSVP to the Seattle hearing on October 23rd.
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5168/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15508

•RSVP to the Olympia hearing on December 6th.
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5168/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15509

Can’t make any of the hearings? Governor Inslee still wants to hear from you! Send in your comment today!
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5168/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15167

Can’t make any of the hearings? Governor Inslee still wants to hear from you! Send in your comment today!
http://wecprotects.org/climate

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Wed Oct 9, 2013, 01:24 AM

113. Fair Trade Faith Breakfast on the TPP in Seattle 10/10



Thursday, October 10th
7:30 - 9 a.m.
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church
7500 Greenwood Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103

God’s Creation, Fair Trade, and Economic Justice, A Breakfast to Learn about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The WFTC will be joined by UFCW Local 21's Elena Perez and OurWalmart's Gerry Paladan to link the TPP to the fight for dignity and respect for workers in WA State and globally.

Organized by the Church Council of Greater Seattle
Please RSVP to Michael Ramos: mramos@thechurchcouncil.org

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Sat Oct 12, 2013, 04:54 AM

114. Seattle Association for Women in Science’s October Event 10/16

Supreme Court’s Myriad Decision: Redefining What is Patentable

EVENT DETAILS
Title: Supreme Court’s Myriad Decision: Redefining What is Patentable
Speaker: Melanie Mayer, Ph.D., Associate at Fenwick & West, LLP

Date: October 16th, 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
****6:00-6:30pm networking & refreshments
****6:30-7:30pm Introduction and presentation
****7:30-8:00pm networking

Location: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Pelton Auditorium, Weintraub Building
1100 Fairview Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109
*Please enter through Thomas Building

Note: AWIS events are FREE and open to all members and non-members.
Pre-registration is NOT REQUIRED.

Please Help Advertise by Printing and Posting our Seattle AWIS Event Flyer.
For general information about our organization visit our Seattle AWIS website.

For additional event information please email programs@seattleawis.org.

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Sat Oct 12, 2013, 11:15 PM

115. MoveOn summit in Seattle 10/19-10/20

What: A special organizing summit and training for Washington MoveOn members
When: Saturday, October 19, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and
Sunday, October 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Impact Hub Seattle, 220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA

Cost: Free! (Transportation assistance also available.)

Can you join us for the first MoveOn Seattle Organizing Summit?
Click below for more details and to RSVP.

http://pol.moveon.org/2013/organizingsummit/warsvp.html

Over the last six months, thousands of MoveOn members, such as Sheila Thomas, have made a difference in their communities using our free online organizing platform. Sheila helped pass the Violence Against Women Act by gathering more than 219,000 signatures on her petition and mobilizing the signers to contact their congressional representatives. Members like Sheila are proof that with just a little bit of confidence and know-how, every MoveOn member has the power to win real progressive change in their community. That's why we're launching our most ambitious free training program yet—to help thousands of MoveOn members over the next three months run and win progressive campaigns on issues that matter to them locally, regionally, and nationally.

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Mon Oct 14, 2013, 04:53 AM

116. Keystone pipeline non-violent resistance training in Tacoma 10/26

Join the Resistance! Say 'No' to the Keystone XL pipeline!
The KXL pipeline is a looming environmental disaster, but with your help, we can turn it into just another corporate pipe dream.

Sign up for your local NoKXL Pledge of Resistance training.

WHEN: Sat. Oct. 26, 9:00am - 5:00 pm (lunch is provided)
WHERE: The Bridge United Methodist Church
5601 South Puget Sound Ave., Tacoma, WA 98409

The day opens with a workshop on Grand Strategy & Creative Tactics presented by Bill Moyer of the Backbone Campaign. The workshop is an interactive presentation on the strategic use of Artful Activism to build movement power to transform society.

In the afternoon we will plan a peaceful, dignified sit-in at the US Federal Courthouse in Tacoma, in order to send the message to President Obama and his administration that they must reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

We will prepare a team of people who are willing to risk arrest, and a support team who will NOT risk arrest. In particular, we must fill the critical roles of jail support and police liaison, because without them we cannot hold a successful civil disobedience action.

Participation in the training is absolutely essential to making this action a success. Please RSVP as soon as possible.
http://act.credoaction.com/event/pledge_trainings_attend/3181

Click to read a personal message from the action leader for this event
http://involveddemocracy.org/Brian_s_Blog.html#NoKXL



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Mon Oct 14, 2013, 10:25 PM

117. Attend one of the Governor's climate change hearings in Seattle, Olympia or Spokane

Last year at this time, we were weeks away from electing the Greenest Governor in the Nation, Jay Inslee.

Now, Governor Inslee, and our Climate leaders in the Washinton State House and Senate need your help.

Governor Inslee, has convened legislative leaders, in a Climate Workgroup, to determine how our state will meet our climate pollution reduction limits. They want to hear from us!

This is our BIG CHANCE to let our decision-makers know that we are ready to lead on climate action and to grow our clean energy economy.

The Climate Workgroup is having three hearings across the state: October 16th in Spokane, October 23rd in Seattle, and December 6th in Olympia. Governor Inslee will be there --- and he is counting on us to show up, speak up, and make sure our climate leaders know we want Washington to lead on climate action and a clean energy economy! We will make it easy: you come to the hearing, we’ll help you navigate the comment process!

• RSVP to the Spokane hearing on October 16th, 5-7pm.
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5168/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15584
• RSVP to the Seattle hearing on October 23rd, 6-9pm.
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5168/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15583
• RSVP to the Olympia hearing on December 6th, 2-4pm.
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5168/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15582

Can’t make any of the hearings? Governor Inslee still wants to hear from you! Send in your comment today!
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5168/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15585

Will you join us and let our state’s leaders know that climate action can’t wait any longer?

Thanks for all you do,

Edie Gilliss
Political Director, WCV

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Sat Oct 26, 2013, 05:39 AM

120. Testimony from carbon tax advocate group

http://carbonwa.org/the-truth-about-carbon-pricing/Mirror images: carbon taxes and cap-and-trade.
By Yoram Bauman on October 23, 2013

This piece is by Eric de Place and Yoram Bauman, reposted from Sightline.

These are exciting times for carbon pricing in the Pacific Northwest. Under the auspices of the Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup (CLEW), state leaders are, right now, engaged in the first serious look at the subject in years. (Please be sure to attend the hearings on October 23 in Seattle, and December 6 in Olympia!) The work is heavily informed by a recently released report commissioned by the state. It sets a foundation for the important work ahead, but we fear that it makes a few missteps that are unhelpful to policymakers. Our aim is to set the record straight about the benefits (and perils) of carbon pricing.

The truth about carbon pricing—a term that encompasses both carbon taxes and cap-and-trade systems—is that those two policies are two sides of the same coin. Unlike “command and control” policies that directly regulate the economy, “market-based” policies use the power of capitalism to protect the environment. Putting a price on carbon gives businesses and households a powerful financial incentive to reduce their consumption of fossil fuels and other greenhouse gases.

Although there are some (mostly subtle) differences between carbon taxes and cap-and-trade systems, they are more alike than they are different. In this context, efforts by some conservatives to re-label cap-and-trade as “cap-and-tax” makes perfect sense: the point of both of these policies is to make polluting more expensive. For the most part, whatever you do with one you can do with the other. (In particular, you can do either one well, and you can do either one badly.)
And that brings us to the state task force report, produced by the consulting firm SAIC. (Our comments refer to the original SAIC report, which can be found here, but they are also relevant to the updated report released more recently.)

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Fri Oct 18, 2013, 03:42 AM

118. Changing Climate, Changing Understanding: Seattle 10/25


Oct. 25th at 4pm | Seattle University in Bannan 401

Professor Peter Mahaffy, King's University College

The media coverage of the 5th Assessment Report of the IPCC underlines both the complexity of climate science and the enormous stakes in getting it right, as we try to understand and respond to the fundamental changes to earth’s atmosphere and oceans since the industrial revolution. Universities have a special responsibility to empower each student and educated citizen to make sense of how basic science concepts relate to the life support systems of our planet. We will look at the story of our changing climate, focusing on some of the many connections between climate literacy and ideas in chemistry and physics. Examples will be drawn from a newly completed International Year of Chemistry-2011 legacy project carried out in partnership with IUPAC, UNESCO, RSC and ACS to create a set of interactive web resources for global dissemination, www.explainingclimatechange.com.


Both events are sponsored by the Puget Sound ACS Climate Communication Grant.

If you have any questions, contact Charity Flener Lovitt | lovittc@seattleu.edu |Ph. 206-398-4497


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Sun Oct 20, 2013, 04:46 AM

119. Compassion and Choices annual meeting in Seattle 10/26


Reminder!
2013 Annual Meeting
Saturday, October 26, 2013
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Lois Uttley, MPP
Director of MergerWatch


This year our keynote speaker will be Lois Uttley, MPP, the Director of MergerWatch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting patients’ rights and access to care when nonreligious hospitals are proposing mergers with religious health systems.

MergerWatch is actively involved in Washington, which is the epicenter of religious mergers in the United States. Lois says that “In the 15 years we have been tracking religious/secular hospital mergers, we have never seen so many active cases in one state.” This is a great opportunity to hear this national expert talk about the challenges of ensuring that patients’ rights come first.


You and your guests are welcome to attend this free event!

North Seattle Community College Cafeteria
9600 College Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
Directions: Take the Northgate exit off I-5. Go west on Northgate Way. Turn Left on Meridian Ave. N. which turns into College Way N. The College will be on your left. Turn left onto N. 95th. Park in the East Lot on the left. This is free parking. For more information, call 206.256.1636, 877.222.2816 toll-free, or e-mail info@CompassionWA.org

Watch our new
Compassion & Choices of Washington Video at www.CompassionWA.org

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Thu Oct 31, 2013, 12:28 AM

121. Support WalMart strike in Federal Way 11/12

STOP THE BULLYING!
OURWalmart ANTI-RETALIATION STRIKE


WILL YOU STAND WITH STRIKING WORKERS ON NOVEMBER 12?
WHEN: Tuesday, November 12, 11:00am
WHERE: Federal Way Walmart, 1900 S. 314th St .
WHAT: STRIKE against Walmart retaliation!

Thousands of grocery workers across the Puget Sound are now voting on a tentative contract agreement following long, frustrating negotiations and a near-strike against local union employers (QFC, Fred Meyer, Safeway and Albertsons). At the same time, Walmart workers continue to demand respect and a stop to the bullying and retaliation some have suffered simply for speaking out about unsafe and unfair working conditions.

These struggles are connected. The grocery workers’ bargaining team was told time and time again that the draconian cuts on the table were necessary in order to stay competitive with low-road competitors like Walmart. However, the workers stood strong and united.

Now OUR Walmart (Organization United for Respect at Walmart) leaders in local Walmart stores are preparing to strike, again, to stand up for their legal right to collective action free of intimidation and harassment. Please stand by them November 12th to make it clear that we will never stop until their demands are met.

Attached is a flyer and pasted below are details. Please contact me to RSVP or ask questions: Elena Perez , m: 206.359.1885, changeWAwalmart@gmail.com











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Fri Nov 1, 2013, 03:38 AM

122. Emma's Revolution In Concert 11/2 in Kirkland

Emma's Revolution In Concert

Saturday November 2nd @ 7:30pm
Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church
308 4th Ave South, Kirkland WA

$15 in advance/$18 at the door

Tickets available online and at Northlake UU Church

Emma's Revolution
"Boasting gorgeous close harmonies and unsinkable tunefulness, Emma’s Revolution (the Emma is Goldman) is a classic, globetrotting folk duo comprised of activist singer/songwriters Sandy O and Pat Humphries. Their music is progressive, socially-conscious, confrontational and shot-through with intelligence and cutting humor. Newest disc 'Revolutions Per Minute' is a front-to-back gem." ~Iowa City Press-Citizen

http://www.emmasrevolution.com/live/

Smart, funny and informative--like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars. Emma's Revolution is the duo of award-winning activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O. Called “inspiring, gusty and rockin’”, Emma's Revolution's songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and covered by Holly Near. The duo's awards include Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and, for the second year in a row, the Washington Area Music Association's Fan Favorite Award.

Performing at UU coffeehouses, convocations and congregations across the country, Emma's Revolution is well known to UU audiences. Since their 2005 appearance with Pete Seeger in Fort Worth, the duo has performed at General Assemblies from Salt Lake City to Phoenix, and soon to include Louisville KY. Their songs, "Keep on Moving Forward", "Swimming to the Other Side" and "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" are sung by UU congregations across the country and included in the "Earth and Spirit Songbook", the UU Tapestry of Faith series and the new UU Spanish Hymnal.

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Sun Nov 3, 2013, 06:06 AM

123. EPA Public Listening Session on coal-fired plants 11/7 Seattle

Sorry for the short notice on this one, but we've got a rapid-response moment on our hands.

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public listening session in Seattle about their new rules on coal-fired power plants. These new EPA rules could be a powerful way to reduce climate pollution in the coming years -- and these hearings were designed to gather community input.

Predictably, the fossil fuel industry is pulling out all the stops to weaken, block, or delay these rules. We've heard reports that they're flying in coal lobbyists and corporate shills to make the EPA think that the public doesn't really want tough new regulations on coal plants. We can't let that happen -- and that's where you come in.

Will you join us in Seattle this Thursday November 7th for the EPA public listening session on coal-fired power plants? Together, we can prevent corporate polluters from hijacking this event.

Here are the details:

What: EPA Public Listening Session on coal-fired plants

Who: You, your friends, and people representing a diverse coalition of climate activists.

When: Thursday, November 7th 3-6pm.

Where: Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle

Sign Up: If you want to go inside to attend the official listening sessions, register with the EPA here.
http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/public-listening-session-registration

We know that coal-fired electricity is one of the largest sources of carbon emissions in the US, and that we need to make a just transition to clean energy as soon as possible. These EPA rules can help make that transition happen -- but not if we let the coal industry stand in the way.

Coal is bad for our health, bad for our communities, and bad for the climate. From Appalachia, where the tops of mountains are blown off to mine coal, to communities living with respiratory diseases and cancers in the shadow of power plants, the coal industry has run ragged over our country. Coal CEOs continue to reap profits while ripping off workers and the planet -- and it's past time to move our country and our planet beyond fossil fuels.

Hope you can join us,

Anna Goldstein for the 350.org team

P.S. Can't make it? If you are unable to attend the listening session in person, the EPA is also accepting input by email at carbonpollutioninput@epa.gov

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Mon Nov 4, 2013, 03:19 AM

124. Seattle Association for Women in Science: Careers in Intellectual Properties 11/20

Seattle Association for Women in Science’s November Event
Careers in Intellectual Properties


EVENT DETAILS
Title: Panel Discussion - Careers in Intellectual Properties
Date: November 20th, 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:00-6:30 pm networking, 6:30-7:30 pm Panel discussion, 7:30-8:00pm networking
Location: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Pelton Auditorium, Weintraub Building, FHCRC, 1100 Fairview Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Panelists:
- Loria Yeadon, M.S., J.D, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Intellectual Ventures
- Melissa Nowak, M.S., J.D., Associate, Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC
- Hai Han, Ph.D., J.D., Of Counsel, Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC
- Jill Scott, M.P.H., J.D., Associate General Counsel, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
- Jessica Meyers, J.D., Patent Portfolio Manager, Center for Commercialization, UW
- Beth Etscheid, Ph.D., Director of Licensing, Washington Research Foundation

Note: AWIS events are FREE and open to all members and non-members.

Pre-registration is NOT REQUIRED.

Please Help Advertise by Printing and Posting our Seattle AWIS Event Flyer.
For general information about our organization visit our Seattle AWIS website.
http://seattleawis.org/about-us/connect/
For additional event information please email programs@seattleawis.org.

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Mon Nov 4, 2013, 10:01 PM

125. Coffee Strong (GI support) benefit 11/10

Purchase your tickets today to ensure your spot at our 5th Anniversary. No one will be turned away for lack of funds – contact us about scholarships. With only six days to go, our 5th Anniversary Celebration is shaping up to be our best yet. After selling out the Seattle Labor Temple for our 4th Anniversary we are excited to have:

•Former CIA officer and Army veteran Ray McGovern joining us as our keynote speaker. Ray recently joined other former intelligence officials who met with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Russia and presented him with the annual Sam Adams Associates award for integrity in intelligence.

•Live and silent auctions, including a 12 month gelato subscription delivered to your home, “Choose Me” – an oil on canvass painting by Olympia artist and writer Alec Clayton, and design and development of a custom website by our friends at Eat Sleep Breathe Code.

•Quilt raffle, with a t-shirt quilt representing our region’s proud history standing up for the rights of the military and veteran community while challenging war and militarism.

Can’t attend but looking for ways to support our 5th Anniversary? Donate an item for our live or silent auction, or ask your faith community, union or small business to place an ad in the 5th Anniversary Dinner commemorative program. The deadline for program ad submissions has been extended to Monday November 4th.


In Solidarity,


Alex Bacon
Co-Director G.I. Voice/Coffee Strong

P.S. – We’re still looking for a couple more volunteers to help with registration, the silent auction, bar and our merchandise table. Contact Andrew Wright if you’re free to help on Sunday November 10th. andrew@givoice.org

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Mon Nov 4, 2013, 10:19 PM

126. I love Washington

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Wed Nov 6, 2013, 05:09 AM

127. PM Food Justice Project Meeting 11/20 in SEattle

WED NOV 20, 6:30-8:30 PM Food Justice Project Meeting CAGJ Office, 606 Maynard Ave S #102, Seattle, WA. Come get involved to make our work happen! Volunteers and new folks are always welcome. Receive updates on our Solidarity Campaigns and other exciting projects. Help us begin to plan for 2014! Find volunteer opportunities in the Solidarity Campaigns, our Educate for Action project, or 2014 teach-outs! RSVP to: fjp@seattleglobaljustice.org. Bring a snack to share if you are able!

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Wed Nov 6, 2013, 09:55 PM

128. Help ONE organization protect lifesaving programs.

Join us for our 2013 Week of Action to protect life-saving programs! ONE Members across the country will be mobilizing to take action and make sure our leaders know that we stand united to end extreme poverty by 2030.

http://act.one.org/event/WOA_2013_attend/10813?akid=4545.5504634.TJ9fHc&rd=1&t=1

Help protect life-saving programs!
When & Where
Saturday, November 16, 11:00 AM

Talaricos Pizza
4718 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

Description:

The shutdown might be over. But the budget battle on Capitol Hill continues. Between now and January 15th, Congress will be debating what next year's federal budget will look like. What’s that mean for us? A lot of work in these next few weeks to make sure cost-effective, poverty-fighting programs don’t get cut. So join us in Seattle on Saturday 16th November, 11-1pm, and do some critical work to protect these programs, eat some good food, meet some amazing volunteers, and have a lot of fun (sounds crazy, but it really is fun…and did we mention there will be prizes and food?).

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Thu Nov 7, 2013, 05:35 AM

129. Planned Parenthood burlesque fundraiser at FRED Wildlife Refuge 11/23

Don’t you wish that holiday fundraising events could be a little more...SEXY.

Allow Planned Parenthood’s Young Professionals to grant that unspoken wish at Wink: A Wild Night of Burlesque!

Join us on Saturday, November 23 at FRED Wildlife Refuge for an evening of scintillating performances from some of Seattle's top burlesque artists. Enjoy delicious cocktails, enchanting dances, and fabulous raffle prizes – all while supporting essential reproductive health care for women in the Northwest!

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/485815

This 21+ event will be headlined by Sydni Deveraux and will be emceed by local legend Status Apparatus. Wink will also feature performances by Miss Bella Bijoux, Flirty Sanchez, Mae Zing, Lady TaTas, Iva Handfull, and Stella D'Letto.

Tickets are on sale now – and they are going fast! We've sold out this event for the last two years in a row. Don’t miss out on the 2013 holiday season’s hottest ticket!

All proceeds from Wink will benefit the Someone You Know Fund, which helps Planned Parenthood’s most vulnerable clients get the care they need.

See you at the show!

Planned Parenthood

P.S. Can't make it to Wink? Check out this other great event presented by our friends at Langston Hughes Theater: The Purification Process World Premiere - November 2-16

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Tue Nov 12, 2013, 05:25 AM

130. Support WalMart strike in Federal way 11/12

This is a reminder of tomorrow’s Puget Sound OURWalmart anti-retaliation strike. Local Walmart workers are putting their livelihoods at risk again in order to stand up for themselves and their coworkers.

We demand an end to Walmart’s bullying and retaliation! Please join us as we stand by these brave workers.

STOP THE BULLYING! OUR Walmart Anti-Retaliation Strike!
Tuesday, November 12th at 11:00 AM
Federal Way Walmart
1900 S. 314th Street
Federal Way, WA , 98003

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Wed Nov 13, 2013, 04:37 AM

131. Free forum on oil transports in WA State 11/19 in Seattle

Join us on Tuesday, November 19th for a free public forum to learn more about oil transport proposals in Washington state, the risks they pose to our communities, what protections and safeguards are currently in place, and what gaps need to be addressed to reduce the risk of oil spills.

What: Risky Business: How oil transport threatens Washington’s health, economy, and waters

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Program 6:30-8:30pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm, snacks and beverages.

Where: Center for Urban Horticulture at University of Washington, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle

RSVP here. http://wecprotects.org/make-a-difference/come-to-event/oil-transport-forum


Partner organizations: Washington Environmental Council, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, Columbia Riverkeeper, Earthjustice, Forest Ethics, Friends of the Earth, FRIENDS of the San Juans, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Sightline Institute, and Surfrider Foundation.

Hope to see you then!
Rein

Rein Attemann
Puget Sound Advocacy Manager

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Fri Nov 15, 2013, 04:22 AM

132. WA Fair Trade breakfast and educational event; Tukwil 11/20

Please join us for a Breakfast Launch of the WFTC Education Fund...

This Fund will enable us to expand our education on the impacts of the TPP and future trade deals, to every eater, worker and member of communities here in WA. We need to be able to reach people throughout our state and in the diverse languages of our people. And we need your support in doing that…because it wasn’t one organization or one sector that stopped the WTO expansion or the FTAA…it was a movement.

November 20, 2013
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Hosted by IAM District 751
9125 - 15th Place S, Seattle, WA

For more information & to buy tickets contact: Kristen@washingtonfairtrade.org
206.227.3079

Rep. McDermott Leads Bi-Partisan Opposition to Fast-Track Authority

Rep. McDermott was an original signer and took part in the press conference yesterday, announcing the DeLauro-Miller letter which was sent to the President Obama signed by 151 members of the US House. They state "we will oppose 'Fast Track' Trade Promotion Authority or any other mechanism delegating Congress' constitutional authority over trade policy that continues to exclude us from having a meaningful role in the formative states of trade agreements and throughout negotiating and approval processes."

Signers include 18 of 21 Ranking Members from the full committees and 73 from subcommittees, as well as other Democratic Party leadership. While seven members of the Ways & Means Committee did sign the DeLauro-Miller letter, an additional letter from Democratic Ways & Means members, led by Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), was also sent to the President on Friday, stating that any new trade authority "must reflect the changing nature of international trade and ensure that Congress plays a more meaningful role in the negotiating process than in the 2002 TPA ."

Republicans also sent 2 letters in opposition to Fast Track, signed by 27 members. One letter, led by Representative Walter Jones (R-NC) and signed by diverse GOP House members from Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and John Mica (R-FL) to Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Steve Stockman (R-TX) to Frank Lobiondo (R-NJ) and Frank Wolf (R-VA), stated, "we do not agree to cede our constitutional authority to the executive through an approval of a request for 'Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority.'"

The WFTC regrets that Reps Smith, Larsen, Kilmer, DelBene & Heck were in the minority of their own party in not signing on to this letter. We hope that they are committed to voting against fast-track because at this point in time it is the Republicans such as Rep. Dave Reichert who are carrying the water for a fast-track vote Not the Democrats. And not even all of the Republicans-take note Reps Herrera-Beutler, Hastings and McMorris-Rodgers!

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Sun Nov 17, 2013, 06:50 AM

133. Meeting on Too Much Testing: Tacoma 11/19

A bit too late, but the group is worth contacting.
http://www.thepierceprogressive.org/actionalerttoomuchtesting

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 11:33
•What: Meeting to discuss whether there is too much testing in the schools.
•When: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19
•Where: Olympic Room, Main Library, Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma
•Who: Sponsored by Parents and Friends for Tacoma Public Schools


How does testing affect your child? Do you know what is driving the testing? What can we do about it? Do you want to learn more? Join parents, teachers, and concerned community members as we talk about how testing is impacting our children. Please join Parents and Friends for Tacoma Public Schools in the Olympic Room of the Tacoma Public Library.

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Mon Nov 18, 2013, 02:52 AM

134. Forterra's Annual Holiday Open House Seattle 12/5


Forterra's Annual Holiday Open House
Thursday, December 5, 2013
5 pm - 8:30 pm
901 5th Ave., Ste. 2200, Seattle

Buffet | Beverages | Kids Activities | Ugly Sweater Competition | Photobooth

RSVP here https://my.forterra.org/page.aspx?pid=399&srctid=1&erid=439237&trid=abf5f516-9069-411a-bd19-f0a933d90a3c


Ugly Sweater Competition!
Please join in celebrating the Holiday Season by wearing the ugliest festive sweater you can get your hands on...there will be ample opportunity to capture everyone's sweater at our photobooth! Prizes for the ugliest sweater.

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Mon Nov 18, 2013, 04:26 AM

135. Income inequality forum with state legislators in Tacoma 12/2

Monday, December 2, 2013.
6:00pm until 8:00pm.
Tacoma Community College,
Student Center Building (Building 11)

Join State Representatives Laurie Jinkins, Tami Dayley Green and Jake Fey on Monday, December 2nd at Tacoma Community College in the Student Center Cafeteria (building 11) from 6:00-8:00 pm for an important conversation about income inequality, the shrinking middle class and what we can do about it in Washington state.

Income and wealth inequality between those at the top and the rest of us is at a record high. We got here because of the flawed theory that a high concentration of wealth at the top would tr...ickle down and create greater prosperity and a strong economy for all of us. It hasn't. Instead, it has created a polarized country in which a small group of people are doing exceptionally well and far too many are simply struggling to get by.

It’s time for a new approach. We need to grow a stronger economy from the middle out, not the top down. We need to invest in a strong middle class that can drive demand for products and services – because what businesses need more than anything else is customers. Come learn about and discuss strategies for building an economy that will work for all Washingtonians.

Co-hosted by Representatives Laurie Jinkins, Tami Green, and Jake Fey (for Tacoma)
Representatives Ruth Kagi and Cindy Ryu (Shoreline)
The Washington State Budget & Policy Center
League of Women Voters

AFT
AAUW
The League of Education Voters
The Washington State Senior Citizens Lobby
PC2 for Developmental Disabilities (Tacoma)
SEIU 775
SEIU 925

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Tue Nov 19, 2013, 01:28 AM

136. Tell Obama NO to Keystone in Medina 11/24

On Sunday, Nov. 24 President Obama will be just outside Seattle -- and we need your help to welcome him in a big way. We're organizing a rally to send an unmistakable message to the president: Reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Center for Biological Diversity and allies are working to make sure that everywhere President Obama goes, he sees citizens calling for a healthy, livable climate. This is our opportunity to make a stand against Keystone in Seattle.

We need to show him we'll get in the streets time and time again to demand an end to Keystone. Join us at this exciting rally to say no to Keystone XL -- and be seen and heard by President Obama.

Event details below:

What: No Keystone XL Rally With President Obama
Where: Medina, WA
When: Late afternoon, Sunday, Nov. 24

Click here to get information and RSVP.
http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=81151

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Wed Nov 20, 2013, 01:53 AM

137. A Special Event for Women Running for Public Office (And Their Supporters); Seattle 11/20

A Special Event for Women Running for Public Office (And Their Supporters)

November 20, 2013, 7:30pm at Town Hall

Author Rebecca Sive will read from her book Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House, described by Kirkus as “essential reading for aspiring female policymakers and political leaders."

Book signing to follow
Tickets are $5 and are available on the Town Hall web site. http://townhall.strangertickets.com/events/8235923/rebecca-sive-a-womans-guide-to-winning-any-office

Visit Rebecca’s website for more information on the book. http://rebeccasive.com/

Whether you’d like to run the PTA or the USA, Rebecca Sive offers practical and inspirational guidance to help women achieve political leadership and become influential voices on public policy. Teaching women how to surmount public barriers, conquer private fears, and run winning campaigns, Sive shares true-life stories and secrets of success from women who have led, run, and won.

"Every Day Is Election Day is the Lean In of the political world." Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General

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Wed Nov 20, 2013, 06:38 AM

138. Chelsea Manning's lawyer to speak in Seattle 12/11

DAVID COOMBS, Attorney for American Prisoner of Conscience US Army Pvt. Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, will speak Wednesday, December 11, 2013 @ 7:00 pm University Temple United Methodist Church (Fireplace Room), 1415 NE 43rd Street,
Seattle, WA 98105

Find out what’s being done to support Manning following the recent 35-year military prison sentence imposed on the heroic truth-teller.
Exclusive Northwest event includes Q&A with Mr. Coombs, and a fund pitch by the Private Manning Support Network to b...enefit Pvt. Manning’s ongoing defense efforts, including pending legal appeals

Presented by: Courage To Resist. Co-sponsored by: Common Good Cafe, Greater Seattle Veterans For Peace (VFP 92), G.I. Voice / Coffee Strong, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Seattle Chapter (and many others coming soon).
For more information, call 206-499-1220.

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Sun Nov 24, 2013, 05:04 AM

139. Transportation package discussed by Transportation Choices in Seattle 12/6

WHEN
Friday Dec. 6, 2013, 12-1:00 PM
WHERE
Room 121
King County Chinook Building
401 5th Ave., Seattle

2013 legislative session is finally drawing to a close. Nope, this is not a typo. After multiple special sessions to tackle many issues including a transportation package, it's time to look back and assess how transit, biking, and walking fared.

Relive the many twists and turns that marked these special sessions and find out what became of the transportation funding roller coaster.

Join TCC staff for a wrap up of the 2013 legislative sessions and what's next for 2014.

Will King County Metro be on the ballot? What policy ideas do we have up our sleeve? Find out at our next Friday Forum.

See you there!

Shefali Ranganathan
Director of Programs
Transportation Choices

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Mon Nov 25, 2013, 12:12 AM

140. Black Friday Walmart Protest in Bellevue 11/29

What: Black Friday Walmart Protest
Where: Factoria Walmart - 12620 SE 41st Place, Bellevue, 98006
When: Friday, November 29th, 10:00 a.m.

We can stand with Walmart workers this coming Friday. Walmart grosses over 400 billion dollars annually. Yet, the vast majority of Walmart workers are paid poverty wages.

Walmart retaliates against their employees as they attempt to improve their lives and their employment conditions.

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Mon Nov 25, 2013, 02:27 AM

141. Planned Parenthood to offer free showing of "Girl Rising" in Seattle 12/5

On Thursday, December 5th, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Global Washington will co-host a free screening of Girl Rising, a powerful film highlighting the impact of girls’ education on the health and wellbeing of girls, families, communities, and countries around the world.

Globally, 32 million fewer girls than boys attend primary school, and women comprise two-thirds of the 792 million illiterate adults. Girls who stay in school earn more as adults and are more likely to have healthy children and send those children to school. They are less likely to become pregnant as teens, be married as children, and die in childbirth.

The film illustrates how education can empower girls and communities through the compelling stories of nine girls in nine different countries.

The screening will begin at 7PM at Kane Hall (Room 210) at the University of Washington. While this event is free and open to the public, space is limited - click here to reserve your seat today

http://globalwa.org/convene/global-washington-events/#post-20604

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Tue Nov 26, 2013, 01:28 AM

142. Celebrate the season with Transportation Choices


Join us for an evening of good cheer as we review the challenges of 2013, gear up for the hard work ahead of us in 2014, and, most importantly, take some time to thank you, our amazing members and supporters.

We'll provide the food and drinks; all you need to provide is yourself.

The party is free, but we do ask that you RSVP, so we know how many people to expect.
http://transportationchoices.org/events/event-rsvp


Monday, December 9
5 - 7 PM
WHERE
FareStart
700 Virginia
Seattle, WA 98101

Looking forward!

Carla Saulter
Transportation Choices
Transit for all!




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Sat Dec 7, 2013, 03:31 AM

143. FREE screening of the film "We’re Not Broke" 12/15 in Seattle

You are invited to a FREE screening of the film We’re Not Broke on December 15th at Northwest Film Forum.


In the midst of the economic recession, lawmakers often cry, “We’re Broke!” as they slash budgets for the social safety net, education, transportation, and public safety. Meanwhile, multibillion-dollar corporations make record profits, and hide these profits overseas to avoid paying taxes. We’re Not Broke, from Onshore Productions, tells the story of U.S. corporations dodging billions of dollars in income tax, and how seven fed-up Americans take their frustration to the street, vowing to make the corporations pay their fair share.

Please join us for the film and in promoting this FREE event to your friends, families and networks. The film will be followed by a panel discussion that highlights local issues and advocacy opportunities.

WE’RE NOT BROKE
Sunday, December 15th, 12pm
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Avenue

Free, reserve tickets for priority seating. Doors open at 11:30 am.

RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE
http://rcfilmseries.brownpapertickets.com/

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Sun Dec 8, 2013, 11:41 PM

144. Seattle Association for Women in Science’s Citizen Science Panel; Seattle 12/18

Seattle Association for Women in Science’s December Event
Citizen Science Panel

EVENT DETAILS
Title: Citizen Science Panel - Bringing Science to the Masses
Date: December 18th, 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:00-6:30 pm networking, 6:30-7:30 pm Panel discussion, 7:30-8:00pm networking
Location: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Pelton Auditorium, Weintraub Building, FHCRC, 1100 Fairview Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Featured Science Programs and Panelists:
- Project Violet: Michelle L Cook Sangar, PhD, DVM & Emily Girard
-COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team): Jane Dolliver, PhD
-HiveBio: Speaker TBD
-FoldIt: Kathleen Tuite

Note: AWIS events are FREE and open to all members and non-members.

Pre-registration is NOT REQUIRED.

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Mon Dec 16, 2013, 08:17 AM

145. Citizen Science Panel: Bringing Science to the Masses; 12/18

Seattle Association for Women in Science’s December Event
Citizen Science Panel: Bringing Science to the Masses

EVENT DETAILS
Title: Citizen Science Panel - Bringing Science to the Masses
Date: December 18th, 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:00-6:30 pm networking, 6:30-7:30 pm Panel discussion, 7:30-8:00pm networking
Location: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Pelton Auditorium, Weintraub Building, FHCRC, 1100 Fairview Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Featured Science Programs and Panelists:
- Project Violet: Michelle L Cook Sangar, PhD, DVM & Emily Girard
-COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team): Jane Dolliver, PhD
-HiveBio: Speaker TBD
-FoldIt: Kathleen Tuite

Note: AWIS events are FREE and open to all members and non-members.

Pre-registration is NOT REQUIRED.

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