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Events 2012

Plus a few from the rest of December 2011

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 05:35 AM

1. Community Alliance for Global Justice party 12/9 in Seattle

YOU ARE INVITED TO CAGJ's Annual Holiday Party!
Friday December 9th, 6 - 9pm

Location: The Righi's home in Greenlake neighborhood, 6002 Fremont Ave (bus 5 & 358). Come to see old friends and meet new people, eat great food, enjoy a feeling of accomplishment for all that we have done this year, and to let us say THANK YOU for everything you have done to help CAGJ grow in 2011! You can also buy Fair Trade gifts at the party, and/or collect your items already purchased online. (Other options for getting your order are to 1)pick them up at CAGJ's office or 2)we will deliver within Seattle if really needed!

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Sun Dec 11, 2011, 05:39 AM

2. Spokane Move to Amend rally planning meeting 12/15

We have established a Spokane group to this end, Spokane Moves to Amend (SMAC). Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spokane-Moves-to-Amend-the-Constitution-SMAC/190541871034581

--and listserve just getting started. Next meeting Dec 15th, Toad Hall, 1427 W. Dean, Spokane. at 7:00 p.m. Ted Hensold of Nine Mile Falls is the groups leader, his email is below.

Spokane Moves to Amend the Constitution is planning rallies scheduled to take place on the weekend of January 21, 2012, the two-year anniversary of the Citizens United decision. Similar actions are being planned on that weekend across the country. The next SMAC planning meeting is scheduled for Thursday December 15, starting at 7pm. It will be held at Toad Hall located at 1427 W. Dean, Spokane. If you cannot attend but wish to be included on the email list for future meetings and actions, please respond to me or send an email to thensold {at} gmail.com .



Walt Kloefkorn
Stevens SCM

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Tue Dec 13, 2011, 10:59 PM

3. Seattle Disaster Emergency Program to hold January meetings


SNAP Announcement for Seattle Emergency Preparedness Subscribers:

Please feel free to pass this information on to others that may be interested in attending

Dear Community Partner,

We need your help; we are looking for input on Seattle’s Disaster Readiness and Response Plan. To have the best plan possible we are committed to the idea of “Planning with the Community rather than for the Community”. We know that our ability to effectively respond to a major incident rests, in large part, with everyone who may be impacted being given the opportunity to be involved in the process of planning for that event. We are inviting you to participate in helping us craft a plan that is reflective of the various needs and wisdom of the community. We also realize that participation comes in many forms and offering a “one dimensional” process for that participation will not lead to the type of input we are hoping to get.

The first step in getting input is making the plan assessable to everyone. The actual plan is a very dense product that few would find enjoyable reading. To address this, we have attached the “Clif Notes” version. This edition does not reflect the level of detail found in the plan, but it does provide an overview and information on processes that, as community members, you will most likely be impacted by. For those of you who are interested in reviewing the plan in its entirety it can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/publications/#p (See Seattle Disaster Readiness and Response Plan Volume I and II)

Recognizing the time constraints we all struggle with, we are providing a number of ways that you can provide us with your thoughts and ideas. We have an online survey tool that can be accessed at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CC8DH5D . We would also like to invite you to attend one of two community forums.

The first is scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2012 at the Northgate Community Center located at 10510 5th Ave NE 98125 and the second will be on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Southwest Community Center located at 2801 SW Thistle, 98126. Both meetings will begin at 6:30 PM. If you would like to attend please RSVP at Seattle-DisasterPlan {at} seattle.gov . If you know someone who would like to attend but needs translation services please invite them and let us know when you RSVP. Lastly, the same email address is available if you would like to provide us with your thoughts and ideas outside of the meetings or survey. Among the questions that we are trying to answer are:

What are your ideas about how we can engage communities, especially those who have not participated because of physical, language, or access limitations?

---Are there key community members that should be identified and included in the plan? If so who are they?
---How do we engage the community to increase their level of awareness & preparedness?

Thank you in advance for any information you can provide to help create a plan that is as comprehensive and inclusive as possible. If you would like to talk with someone directly please send your request or questions to the Seattle Disaster Planning email and we will have one of the Office of Emergency Management staff contact you directly.

Barb Graff
Director, Seattle Office of Emergency Management

Please send questions or comments to eocsnap-request {at} talk2.seattle.gov
Seattle Office of Emergency Management
105 5th Avenue South, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104

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Thu Dec 29, 2011, 10:26 PM

4. Bellevue demonstration for better wages at WalMart 1/5

On December 2nd, the Daily Journal of Commerce broke the news that Walmart will be an anchor tenant of the new Kelsey Creek Shopping Center in Bellevue. The article describes the Center as "... a pleasant, attractive place to shop". What the Daily Journal of Commerce does not mention is Walmart's predatory business model: poverty wage, part-time jobs lacking health benefits and respect for workers.

Please join the "Making Change at Walmart- Puget Sound" coalition as we send a message to Walmart: any job is not good enough. We demand good jobs, respect for workers, and respect for our communities!


DATE: January 5, 2012
TIME: 11am - 12 noon

LOCATION: Kelsey Creek Shopping Center- 15015 Main Street, Bellevue 98007 (Corner of 148th Ave SE & Main Street)

EVENT: Rally on the corner with coalition partners, UFCW21 members, OUR Walmart members, and concerned residents. The event will include a short program along with materials that you can use to educate others.

CONTACT: Elena Perez (m: 206.359.1885, eperez {at} ufcw21.org)

In Solidarity,


Elena Perez
Community Organizer
tel: 206.436.6544 / 1.800.732.1188 x6544
fax: 206.436.6700
5030 First Avenue South, Suite 200, Seattle WA 98134
www.ufcw21.org
www.makingchangeatwalmart.org

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Tue Jan 10, 2012, 09:09 PM

17. Videos and article


Attached below are links to an article on the Making Change at Walmart coalition that printed Saturday in the Seattle Times. Also below is a YouTube link just posted today of an event that took place last week in Bellevue at the Kelsey Creek Shopping Center- the latest announcement for Walmart.
Have a great week!



http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017179788_walmart07m.html

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Thu Dec 29, 2011, 11:35 PM

5. Washington Conservation Voters open house in Seattle 1/12

As 2011 comes to a close, we want to thank you for your support. Without you, there wouldn't be a Washington Conservation Voters.

It was a busy year and it's time for some fun! We invite you to join us for the fifth annual Vance Building Open House.

After you say hello to us on the 14th floor, continue down to each floor and meet some of our great neighbors.

Who: You and your friends
What: Vance Building Open House - Food, Drink and Worthy Causes
When: Thursday, January 12th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: 1402 Third Avenue, Seattle

You can RSVP on Facebook or to lauren@wcvoters.org.

We look forward to seeing you on the 12th as we kick off the New Year!

Lauren Fitzgerald
Event & Development Coordinator

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Mon Jan 2, 2012, 02:47 AM

6. Seattle Bisexual womens group to meet 1/10

Facilitated Meeting: Second Tuesday of the Month
6:30PM Social Salon
7:00PM - 8:30PM Check-in and Open Rap or Topic Discussion

Capitol Hill Group Health 201 16th Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98112
http://www.ghc.org/locations/medcenters/3/directions.jhtml

South Building
Down the stairs to the Atrium.
Left Corner Past the Atrium Cafe'
Room(s) A6/7

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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Mon Jan 2, 2012, 06:07 AM

7. Coal Free Bellingham Initiative Launch 1/26

Initiative Launch - Jan 26th- 4pm- Squalicum Boathouse!

Join the excitement as the No Coal! PAC launches the Coal-Free-Bellingham Campaign and the first ever rights-based initiative in Whatcom County at the Squalicum Boat-house, 4pm on Jan 26th.

This initiative will assert the right of Bellinghamsters to say NO to bulk coal shipments through the city. It is similar to the Pittsburgh Ordinance which denies corporations the right to extract natural gas by fracking within their city limits.

The Bellingham initiative is also similar to laws passed by 130 other communities in the United States. These communities have successfully denied corporations the right to degrade their quality of life and/or risk the health of future generations regardless of permits granted by authorities in other locations.

The Coal-Free-Bellingham campaign asserts “OUR right to decide”. It will create a Community Bill of Rights that allows local citizens to say “NO” to coal. A signature gathering drive will begin as soon as possible after the launch in order to place the initiative on the Nov. 2012 ballot.

For more information about the Pittsburg ordinance and a link to the full text, go to the following website: www.Coal-Free-Bellingham.org (website currently under construction)

Here is a direct link to the Pittsburg ordinance: http://celdf.org/downloads/Ordinance%20-%20Pittsburgh%20Protection%20from%20Gas%20Drilling.pdf

Coal Free Bellingham is "Spearheading an effort to bring what’s called “rights-based” organizing to the region, focused on elevating the rights of people, communities, and nature above those of corporations, property, and commerce."

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Wed Jan 4, 2012, 05:21 AM

8. ACLU Protesting Indefinite Detention in Seattle 1/11

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http://www.aclu-wa.org/node/2203

Vigil: Protesting Indefinite Detention
Wednesday, January 11th, 5-6pm
Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle

On the 10th anniversary of the first prisoners to Guantanamo, join fellow justice activists to protest indefinite imprisonment, torture and other inhumane treatment of prisoners anywhere, and Congress's action to "legalize" indefinite detention without charges or trial as part of the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.

Bring a candle in a container to protect against wind (paper cups with holes in bottom work) and if you can, a sign indicating your opposition to indefinite detention and torture and/or your support of the Bill of Rights.

The Seattle Vigil will be one of many actions around the country. See the National Religious Campaign Against Torture website at http://www.nrcat.org, as well as the Amnesty International USA's Day of Action website at http://www.amnestyusa.org/events/sign-up-day-of-action-against-guantanamo for more information.

This event is co-sponsored by ACLU-WA.

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Wed Jan 4, 2012, 05:48 AM

9. Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq meets in Seattle 1/7

Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq ( INOC )
A Program Unit of Church Council of Greater Seattle
Keystone United Church of Christ
5019 Keystone Place North; Seattle, Washington 98103
http://www.concernforiraq.org

Dear friends,
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Contents of INOC Report :
1. Monthly INOC meeting on January 7 at 3:00 pm

2. Longtime INOC supporter Abdi Sami hopes to attend
the January 7th meeting

3. Recent news articles on Iraq
=========================

1. The INOC general meeting will be held on Saturday, January 7, at
3:00 pm at:
Keystone United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place North.

2. Abdi Sami hopes to be able to attend our Saturday meeting to visit briefly with his
friends at INOC. He has been struggling with a serious cancer problem for the
past several months.

For those who may not know him, Abdi has been a member and supporter of
INOC for over a decade. One of the most skillful and impressive INOC projects
was one that he took on by himself. This was to produce 1000 copies of a dual
CD / VCD about the Iraq sanctions. It was called "Voices of Conscience on Iraq"
-- and we sold virtually all of them.


3. Recent news and information articles on Iraq:

a. The Price of 'Victory' - By Mohammed al-Diyali | Foreign Policy
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/12/30/the_price_of_victory?page=0%2C2#.TwC425nOOL8.email
The war in Iraq is over … just not for the Iraqis.

b. Think Again: Intelligence - By Paul Pillar | Foreign Policy
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/01/03/intelligence?page=0,0
I served in the CIA for 28 years and I can tell you: America's screw-ups come from bad leaders, not lousy spies.

"Bad Intelligence Led to the Iraq War."
No, bad leadership did. Intelligence may have figured prominently in Bush's selling of the invasion of Iraq, but it played almost no role in the decision itself. If the intelligence community's assessments pointed to any course of action, it was avoiding a war, not launching one.


c. NY Times Op-Ed: How Iraq Can Define Its Destiny - By ALI A. ALLAWI
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/02/opinion/how-iraq-can-define-its-destiny.html?emc=eta1

The Middle East is today experiencing a twofold upheaval of immense proportions: a dramatic acceleration of climate change, water shortages, urban growth, environmental degradation, persistent economic and resource imbalances, and population explosions that coincide with wars, invasions, foreign interventions, civil and religious strife, and mass uprisings. And the longue durée is now exerting its influence on Iraq.

The livelihood of Iraqis is overly dependent on a state that is entirely reliant on a single resource. Agriculture has effectively collapsed; the great river systems of Mesopotamia have shriveled; trade routes based on Iraq’s unique geography have vanished; and transport links have atrophied. Merchants and entrepreneurs are merely recyclers of state-owned and state-generated wealth and a previously open and culturally and religiously accommodating society has been replaced by beleaguered communities locked in laagers.

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Thu Jan 5, 2012, 06:34 PM

12. Meeting postponed until 1/14

Dear Members of INOC,

Our January meeting has been postponed from this Saturday until next Saturday, January 14.

We will meet at the Keystone Church in Wallingford at the usual time of 3pm.

Abdi Sami plans to be there also.

I hope you can make it!

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Wed Jan 4, 2012, 08:49 PM

10. Cannabis Defense Coalition meets 1/9 in Seattle

The CDC meets the first non-holiday Monday of the month. This month that non-holiday is January 9. Look for our pace to quicken in 2012 -- the mayan calendar to fail us, the legislature in session, the rent due, and local moratoriums up for renew. For those affected by or interested in Washington State cannabis policy reform, this is two hours per month well invested.



* What: CDC monthly public meeting
* When: Monday, January 9, 2012 from 7-9 p.m.
* Where: Sodo Pop, 2424 1st Ave S in Seattle
* Map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=2424+1st+Ave+S+98134
* Details: free and open to the public



The CDC meets the first non-holiday Monday of the month. This month that non-holiday is January 9. Look for our pace to quicken in 2012 -- the mayan calendar to fail us, the legislature in session, the rent due, and local moratoriums up for renew. For those affected by or interested in Washington State cannabis policy reform, this is two hours per month well invested.

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Wed Jan 4, 2012, 09:20 PM

11. Hearings on King County bus routes 1/10 in Seattle

Next Tuesday, Jan. 10, the Metropolitan King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will continue its discussion about Metro Transit’s recommended service changes for June 2012.

The committee meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. in the King County Council Chamber on the 10th floor of the King County Courthouse (516 Third Avenue in Seattle). Members of the public are welcome to attend. There is no public testimony scheduled at this committee meeting. To request a language interpreter or accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Kendall Moore at kendall.moore@kingcounty.gov by this Friday (Jan. 6).

Alternatively, you can watch committee proceedings online at www.kingcounty.gov/kctv.aspx.



At a meeting on Dec.7, the committee heard both a briefing from Metro staff on the proposed June ordinance and testimony from the public. The committee is expected to refer the ordinance to the County Council for consideration and a final decision this month.

The June service change ordinance does not include any changes related to the start of the RapidRide C and D lines in September 2012. Separate Council meetings will be scheduled for these changes later this year.

Background

Last summer, the County Council directed Metro to shift bus service hours from less-productive routes to more heavily used ones to reduce overcrowding and improve on-time performance, or to serve areas of the county that have unmet transit needs. These changes would be consistent with Metro’s new strategic plan. The service changes recommended for next June are in accordance with this direction.

The lower-productivity routes recommended for elimination in June 2012 are routes 38, 42, 79, 129, 162, 175, 196, 219, 600, 912, and 925. Metro is recommending service reductions for routes 25, 99, 119, 139, and 935.

To relieve overcrowding, Metro is recommending adding service to routes 1, 8, 9, 36, 41, 44, 73, 128, 169, 180, 218, and 372. We also recommend extending Route 177 and adding service to several other routes to improve on-time performance.

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Thu Jan 5, 2012, 06:35 PM

13. Justice Works! meeting 1/6 in Seattle

Justice Works! Headquarters / Thrift Store
5101 Rainier Ave S #106
Seattle (Columbia City)
Friday, January 6, 2012
6:30 pm – 8:30pm
206-725-9189
Agenda Topics:

ü JW! orientation – what we do and what we don’t do
ü Organizer training – organizer basics
ü Recruitment Search Committee
o Report back on progress / Update on remaining open positions
ü Thrift store
o Promotion
ü Event planning
Speaking engagement with 2 Catholic parishes
o Date With Justice
o 3 Strikes Forum in legislative district 28
o JW! Raffle drawing – March 29th
ü Project updates
o Primer
ü 3 Strikes campaign
o Brief review of 2012 campaign
o Chapter development
o Outreach
§ Legislative district 28
§ Phone banking
o Update on People 4 Parole efforts www.People4Parole.org
o Next steps

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Thu Jan 5, 2012, 06:37 PM

14. Justice Works! voter registration for homeless people 1/13 in Seattle

January 13th

Tabling and voter registration at the Community Resource Exchange

Last year, United Way's Community Resource Exchange connected 1,800 people experiencing homelessness with the services they needed—all in one place, on one day. Justice Works! will offer voter registration.

For more information:
http://www.uwkc.org/ways-to-volunteer/cre/

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Sat Jan 7, 2012, 05:46 AM

15. Community meeting to STOP Social Security Field Office closures in Seattle 1/13


Please attend a community meeting to STOP Social Security Field Office closures.
When: Friday, January 13 1:30-3:p.m.
Where: International District/
Chinatown Community Center,
719 8th Avenue S. Seattle

The Social Security Administration (SSA) , plans to close nighborhood offices in the International District and Belltown-replacing them with an office in the high-security Jackson Federal Bldg.


- All visitors must have federal or state picture ID to enter.
- All belongings will be searched.
- No onsight parking: two disability street parking spaces.
- Entrance has high-security check point: no interpreter assistance.


The most vulnerable: the elderly, immigrants; refugees; people with physical & mental disabilities, very low on no income and the homeless will suffer disproportionately from the barriers to entry.

SSA Regional Commissioner Stanley Friendship will be present. Let him know we want him to reverse his decision and find a location that is accessible and equitable.

Please join community members from the International District amd representatives from other communities as we send a strong message to the SSA.

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Tue Jan 10, 2012, 05:07 AM

16. Association for Women in Science to meet in Seattle 1/18

Science Communication Forum: Discussing Science and Animal Research with the Public
Featured Speakers:

Dana Vukajlovich and Stephanie Fitzwater, Pacific Science Center
Joan Griswold, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research
Program Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 6:00 – 8:00 pmLocation:

Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center
Weintraub Building / Pelton Auditorium
1100 Fairview Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98109

Meeting Schedule
6:00 – 6:20 pm Networking & Refreshments
6:20 – 7:30 pm Introductions & Presentation
7:30 – 8:00 pm Networking

Contact email address: Programs {at} seattleawis.org


*AWIS meetings are Free! Everyone is welcome!*
Free visitor parking
Open both to members and non-members. Invite your friends and co-workers.

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Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:44 AM

20. Snow cancellation

Seattle Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Wednesday’s Program is CANCELLED due to snow, to ensure everyone’s safety

The below wonderful program will be rescheduled to our March 21st meeting

Science Communication Forum: Discussing Science and Animal Research with the Public
Featured Speakers:
Dana Vukajlovich and Stephanie Fitzwater, Pacific Science Center
Joan Griswold, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research

Program Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location:
Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center
Weintraub Building / Pelton Auditorium
Contact email address: Programs@seattleawis.org

Please view our Event Information on Website for updates.


Our next Seattle AWIS program will be held on:
Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
6:00 – 8:00 pm

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Thu Jan 12, 2012, 08:49 AM

18. Presentations on plastic waste in the Puget Sound--various western WA locations

We all know that plastic is a growing problem not just in Puget Sound, but around the globe, and we have seen the worst effects of it in the Pacific Ocean. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a swirling toxic soup of more than a million tons of garbage largely made up of plastic in the Pacific Ocean.

Captain Charles Moore, the man who discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is going to be telling his story across Washington State this month. Attend an event in Seattle, Bellingham, Olympia, Tacoma or Port Angeles so you can hear his story!

https://secure3.convio.net/engage/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4327
WHAT: Charles Moore presents at Town Hall - Advance tickets are $5 at Brown Paper Tickets or (800) 838-3006 and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm.
WHERE: Town Hall, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA
WHEN: Wednesday, January 25th from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

https://secure3.convio.net/engage/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4334
Date: January 21, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Port of Bellingham Cruise Ship Terminal Dome Room, 355 Harris Avenue, Bellingham, WA

https://secure3.convio.net/engage/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4328
WHEN: January 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Olympia Center
222 Columbia St NW
Olympia, Wa

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Date: January 23, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: University of Puget Sound, Wheelock Student Center, Murray Boardroom, Tacoma, Wa

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Date: January 26, 2012
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: The Landing Mall, Upstairs Conference Room, 115 East Railroad Avenue, Port Angeles, WA
A $5 donation is requested

In the summer of 1997, Charles Moore set sail from Honolulu for California. To get there, he and his crew took a shortcut through the seldom-traversed North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. There, Moore realized his catamaran was surrounded by a "plastic soup." He had stumbled upon the largest garbage dump on the planet - a spiral nebula where plastic outweighed plankton, the ocean's food base, by a factor of six to one.

Right now, as we work to ban plastic bags throughout Washington State, we have begun a conversation about how we solve a global - and growing - plastic problem.

We’ve teamed up with Sierra Club, Black Hills Audubon, the League of Women Voters, APHETI, Move to Amend, and the Progressive Network to bring Captain Moore to Washington to talk about his incredible experience and his new book, Plastic Ocean.

RSVP for an event in Seattle, Bellingham, Olympia, Tacoma or Port Angeles.

Hope to see you there,


Katrina Rosen
Environment Washington Field Director

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Mon Jan 16, 2012, 02:52 AM

19. Chocolates for Choice 3/15 in Seattle

Chocolate for Choice is a delicious evening of chocolate tasting that puts the FUN in FUNdraising for the critical work of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. The evening also features a contest for best chocolate and chocolatier, a silent auction, and a live auction of cakes and chocolate displays. All chocolate is graciously donated by over 40 local chocolatiers.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
7:00 - 9:00pm
Safeco Field, First Base Terrace Club
1250 1st Ave. S, Club Level, Seattle

Tickets are on sale NOW!

The more the merrier! Invite your friends and family to Chocolate for Choice and double the fun!

Visit our website to purchase tickets, or for more information about the event, our VIP chocolate tasting contest judges, and MORE!
https://id34103.securedata.net/prochoicewashington/events/ticketorder_choco4choice.shtml

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Wed Jan 25, 2012, 07:00 AM

21. Pacific NW tour to free Bradley Manning

Pacific Northwest tour:
The campaign to free Bradley Manning <http://couragetoresist.org/bradley-manning/938-manning-pacific-nw-events.html> Jan/Feb events presented by Jeff Paterson

•Corvallis, Oregon - Monday, January 30 at 7:00pm - Oddfellows Hall, 223 Southwest 2nd Street, Sponsored by Veterans for Peace-Corvallis
•Eugene, Oregon - Wednesday, February 1 at 7:30pm - First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St. - Sponsored by Community Alliance of Lane County
•Portland, Oregon - Thursday, February 2 at 7:00pm - First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon, Buchan Reception Room, Sponsored by the Alliance for Democracy. With musician David Rovics.
•Bellingham, Washington - Friday, February 3 at 7pm - Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, 1155 N. State Street, Ste. 300, Sponsored by Veterans for Peace-Bellingham
•Seattle, Washington - Saturday, February 4 at 3pm - Revolution Books, 89 S. Washington Street
•Seattle, Washington - Sunday, February 5 at 3pm - University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd Street, Sponsored by Veterans for Peace-Seattle
•Olympia, Washington - Monday, February 6 at 3:30pm - South Puget Sound Community College
•Lakewood, Washington - Monday, February 6 at 7pm - Coffee Strong Café, 15109 Union Avenue SW
•Olympia, Washington - Tuesday, February 7 at Noon - The Evergreen State College, Lecture Hall 3, Sponsored by SDS and the “Re-Interpreting Liberation” program

Courage to Resist project director and Bradley Manning Support Network campaign organizer Jeff Paterson will provide a multi-media presentation to include:
•An overview of US v. Bradley Manning
•His report from the Fort Meade courtroom where Bradley had his first court hearing after 18 months of pre-trial confinement
•Updates on the international grassroots campaign
•An opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to Bradley’s defense fund, which in addition to supporting public education efforts is responsible for 100% of Bradley’s legal expenses
•Introduction to the new Courage to Resist book, About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War <http://couragetoresist.org/news/924-about-face-military-resisters-turn-against-war.html> —from Army Lt. Ehren Watada to PFC Bradley Manning, and two dozen other stories. Published by PM Press, September 2011.

Contact Courage to Resist for more information regarding specific events. For daily updates on the campaign to save Bradley Manning, visit
www.bradleymanning.org <http://www.bradleymanning.org>
<http://www.couragetoresist.org/donate>

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Wed Jan 25, 2012, 07:02 AM

22. Women on a Mission workshop for sustainable business models 3/30 in Seattle

There are seriously exciting things happening in our local business community, and it's high time we get together to talk about it!

Everyday we're reminded that old economic and business models are eroding many of the things we care most about. Yet if we look closely, we're surrounded by creative innovators who are collaborating their way to a new, shared prosperity. So, Seattle Good Business Network and See Green Ventures have created Women on a Mission, a day of roundtable discussions sparked by women innovators in local and sustainable business. We want you to join the conversation!

If things like closing the loop on local sourcing and manufacturing, creating energy efficient and eco-friendly products, services, and workplaces, and seamlessly living your values at work and at home are important to you, then mark your calendar to join us.


Where: Urban Enoteca, SODO

When: Tuesday, March 20, 8am to 6pm

What: A day to talk shop, inspire and be inspired--all in a beautiful space with amazing food, and topped off with spectacular local wine.


Registration details are coming soon--we look forward to seeing you on the 20th!

Christine Hanna, Seattle Good Business Network
Erin Nelson, See Green Ventures

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Wed Jan 25, 2012, 07:02 AM

23. Seattle City Hall open house 1/28

City Hall belongs to the people of Seattle. That’s why for the third year in a row we’re inviting the community to come downtown to City Hall for an Open House. Enjoy local music and food, learn about resources the City provides, meet local elected officials and connect with opportunities to make our community a better place.

City Hall Open House
Saturday, January 28th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
601 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

The agenda will include tours of the Mayor’s Office and City Council Offices, a Q&A session with the mayor, workshops on the legislative process and interpreting credit reports, tabling by City departments and the City Attorney’s Office, live music, a farmer’s market, and more.

Parking near City Hall can be difficult (see here for tips)—see metro.kingcounty.gov for help planning your trip via transit.

Please forward this message to anyone else you think would be interested. You can also download a flier here. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Sincerely,

Mike McGinn
Mayor of Seattle

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Thu Jan 26, 2012, 06:51 AM

24. Workshop Creating a New Economy

Guess you have to click the link for when and where--

Dear Friends of Economic Justice -

Bet Alef Learning Institute under the auspices of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue invites you to this gathering of curious minds and open hearts. This workshop is organized and presented by people and communities of faith however the content of the program is secular in nature.

The workshop is based on the premise that even with recovery, the U.S. economy is not returning to the good old days of ever increasing home values, rapidly multiplying 401k assets and guaranteed upward mobility for all. The current political and economic systems are irrevocably broken.

Local religious and spiritual leaders will share how their faith-based organizations view the role of money in their communities.

Our workshop will explore the creation of a New Economy and outline possible solutions to the changing financial situation we find ourselves in as individuals and as citizens.

Workshop Presenters: John Repp , Cindy Cole and Sarah McElroy are founding members of Just Sustainable Economy, a work group of the Fellowship of Reconciliation

North Seattle Friends Church will seat 70 guests so we need to control our numbers by having participants RSVP through Brown Paper Ticket:

Live link for free Brown Paper Tickets: Buy tickets for Workshop Creating a New Economy: It's all about "Money Honey" http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/222340

Contact: Richard Hodgin
Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue
65th Street Change Gang 206-729-8900 home and work

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 09:29 PM

25. Community Cafe meetings in King County

I'm excited to share a wonderful opportunity with you to deepen our community partnerships, engage and support new leaders, and hear from the people of SeaTac and Tukwila what their vision for a healthy and thriving community is.

Global to Local will be hosting an orientation to the Community Cafe approach, which we feel can help move us towards this vision. We are looking to invite community members who are active and engaged--or have the desire to be--who can attend and learn about this approach. The ultimate goal is that these individuals will go on to host conversations with their friends, family, neighbors and colleagues that build community and establish shared objectives that they can work together to achieve. The team of Global to Local Health Promoters will support this work and the groups that emerge in the months ahead.

More than anything, we want to invite people from communities whose voices are not typically part of the conversation. If you know someone who you think has leadership potential, or is particularly interested in working to improve their community, please let me know! I would love to work with you to extend a personal invitation to him or her.

I have attached an invitation for the event, which will be held at the Tukwila Community Center on Feb. 9 from 6:00-8:30 pm and Feb. 11 from 2:00-5:00 pm. The second day will build on the first so we ask that people attend both. This first orientation will be held in English with future orientations planned for additional languages. Please feel free to pass this on to other colleagues who can help with recruitment.

You can learn more about Community Cafes and the group who will be supporting our work at http://thecommunitycafe.com/.

Thanks in advance for your collaboration and support. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want to recommend someone to attend the orientation!


Adam Taylor

Global to Local
Program Manager
4040 South 188th St, Suite 100
SeaTac, WA 98188
Office: 206-816-3200, ext. 3243
Cell: 206-293-2485
adam.taylor {at} kingcounty.gov

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Fri Feb 3, 2012, 06:12 AM

26. Caring Across Generations; Seattle 2/11

PSARA is pleased to be involved in the launching of a new national campaign entitled Caring Across Generations.

On Saturday, Feb. 11th, from 11a.m. - 2 p.m., there will be a CARE Congress at the Greenwood Community Senior Center, 525 N. 85th ST., Seattle. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the program which includes several leaders of the national campaign and Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, begins at 11 a.m.

Lunch will be provided.

This campaign is intended to transform
long-term care in our communities so that:
1. Our loved ones who count on the support of caregivers receive the care they need.
2. The workers who provide the care receive the training and financial support they need to live decent lives.
3. Immigrants providing care gain a pathway to citizenship for themselves and their family.
4. Families who struggle to find and afford quality care receive the support they need.

Please join us at the launching of this important new campaign.

RSVP by emailing president {at} psara.org or call the office at (206) 448-9646 and leave a message

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Fri Feb 3, 2012, 06:14 AM

27. Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq meets 2/4 in Seattle

Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq ( INOC )
A Program Unit of Church Council of Greater Seattle
Keystone United Church of Christ
5019 Keystone Place North; Seattle, Washington 98103
http://www.concernforiraq.org

The INOC general meeting will be held on Saturday, February 4, at 3:00 pm at Keystone United Church of Christ

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Fri Feb 3, 2012, 06:15 AM

28. War Resistance and Bradley Manning; Seattle 2/5

War Resistance and Bradley Manning

How does a young person who volunteers for the U. S. Military become a war resister
who faces ostracism, humiliation and Prison rather than fight?

A Panel Discussion - Sunday afternoon, February 5, 2012 - 3 pm
University Temple United Methodist Church
1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle, WA

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Fri Feb 3, 2012, 06:17 AM

29. Seattle Town Hall event on the Egyptian revolution 2/8

Wael Ghonim with D. Parvaz: Inside a Revolution
Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Seattle Town Hall; enter on 8th Avenue. $5.
The revolutions sweeping the Middle East in 2011 were unlike any the world had ever seen—and Wael Ghonim would at first seem an unlikely instigator.

In the fall of 2010, the 30-year-old Google executive launched a Facebook page to protest the death of an Egyptian man at the hands of security forces; the result was online protests, nonconfrontational public gatherings, and, eventually, a revolution.

Ghonim, author of Revolution 2.0, will tell the inside story of social media, social change, and his own arrest, in an onstage interview by D. Parvaz, the former Seattle journalist (and Post-Intelligencer Editorial Board member) detained in Syria and Iran in spring 2011, and who now reports for Al Jazeera in Qatar.

Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with Elliott Bay Book Company. Series media sponsorship provided by PubliCola. Series supported by The Boeing Company Charitable Trust and the RealNetworks Foundation.

Tickets are $5 at www.brownpapertickets.com or 800/838-3006 and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm.

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Fri Feb 3, 2012, 08:38 PM

30. King County Metro hosts next round of public meetings on fall service changes


Nearly 5,000 transit customers have connected with King County Metro Transit face-to-face and online in recent months to help restructure bus service to be more productive while meeting the needs of more people. That public input has prompted a new round of proposals for September bus service aimed at reducing overcrowding, increasing ridership, and providing service where it’s needed the most. Please note that routes 26, 28X, 31, 48X, 355X, 773 and 775 were previously considered for revision but will now remain unchanged for the time being.

Metro is inviting public comment on the newly revised September service proposals during a second round of public review this month. Six open houses, 14 information tables, and more than a dozen presentations have been scheduled in neighborhoods that would see the most changes under these proposals. Please check our online calendar for a list of these events.

Open Houses (all 6-8 p.m., except as noted below)

Monday, Feb. 13 – Ballard High School
Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Madison Middle School, West Seattle
Thursday, Feb. 16 – Chief Sealth High School, Delridge/White Center
Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Union Station, Downtown Seattle (12-2 p.m.)
Thursday, Feb. 23 – Queen Anne Community Center
Monday, Feb. 27 – Washington Middle School, Central Area/Mount Baker

During this round of open-house meetings, customers will have an opportunity to review the revised proposals and share their comments. That feedback will help shape final September service recommendations that will be forwarded to the King County Council for action this spring (probably in May). Those unable to attend one of these forums can give us their comments via an online survey on Metro’s website.

To learn more about the status of proposed services changes, visit our Have a Say website.
http://metro.kingcounty.gov/have-a-say/

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Fri Feb 3, 2012, 08:39 PM

31. Association for Women in Science meets in Seattle 2/15

Association for Women in Science (AWIS) February 2012 Program
Program Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm


Program Title: Tuberculosis Drug Discovery - A Global Effort
Featured Speaker:
Tanya Parish, PH.D.; Vice President, Drug Discovery
Infectious Disease Research Institute

Location:
Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center
Weintraub Building / Pelton Auditorium
1100 Fairview Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98109

Meeting Schedule
6:00 – 6:30 pm Networking & Refreshments
6:30 – 7:30 pm Introductions & Presentation
7:30 – 8:00 pm Networking
Contact email address: Programs {at} seattleawis.org

Event Information on Website.
http://www.seattleawis.org/events/coming.html

*AWIS meetings are Free! Everyone is welcome!*

Free visitor parking

***Open both to members and non-members. Invite your friends and co-workers.***

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Thu Feb 9, 2012, 11:57 PM

32. Justice Works meeting 2/9 in Seattle

Justice Works! Headquarters / Thrift Store
5101 Rainier Ave S #106
Seattle (Columbia City)
Friday, February 10, 2012
6:30 pm – 8:30pm
206-725-9189
Agenda Topics:

ü JW! orientation
ü Organizer training
ü Upcoming events
ü Thrift store
o Promotion next steps
ü Raffle planning / ticket sales
ü Non-strikes task assignments
ü Intern / service learning project updates
ü 3 Strikes campaign


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Sat Feb 11, 2012, 11:35 PM

33. San Juan County Move to Amend February events

Involved Democracy & San Juan County Cmte: Money Out of Politics
Co-present: Restore Our Democracy


The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision allows unlimited amounts of money from the wealthiest donors to purchase our elected officials. Citizens of the United States are losing the power of their vote.


Brian Gunn and Patti Szot from Involved Democracy and Molly Gibbs from Move to Amend, Olympia will present information on the Citizens United decision and what you can do to take back democracy.

Citizens across the country are putting Congress and the Supreme Court on notice that a Constitutional amendment is coming. State Legislatures can either join the movement or get out of the way. Americans of all political persuasions are on board with an amendment to put We the People in charge of our government.


Saturday February 25, 2012, 12pm-4pm
40th L.D. Meeting, Skagit Public Utility District (1415 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon, WA)


Saturday February 25, 2012, 7pm
Lopez Center for Community and the Arts (204 Village Road, Lopez Island, WA)


Sunday February 26, 2012, 12:30pm
Meeting at Orcas Island Firehall (45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA)


Sunday February 26, 2012, 4:15pm

Meeting, Skagit Valley College, (221 Weber Way, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA)

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Tue Feb 14, 2012, 09:23 PM

34. Seattle Office of Emergency Management to have meeting on disaster preparedness 2/28

Seattle Office of Emergency Management would like to invite you to attend the rescheduled community meeting to discuss the Seattle Disaster Readiness and Response Plan. The ice and snow storm forced us to cancel the January 17th meeting and we are pleased to announce the new date. The meeting will be:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
High Point Community Center
6920 34th Ave SW
6:30 – 8:30 PM.

We will be looking at our planning strategies and asking community members to collaborate with us in updating the plan. If you would like review the entire plan, please visit our website at http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/publications/#p (See Seattle Disaster Readiness and Response Plan Volume I and II)

If you would like to attend please RSVP at Seattle-DisasterPlan {at} seattle.gov . If you know someone who would like to attend but needs translation services please invite them and let us know when you RSVP.

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Tue Feb 14, 2012, 10:19 PM

35. Bus service open house dates for White Center and west Seattle

Open house meetings this week in West Seattle and Delridge/White Center on September service change proposals

The latest proposals for bus service changes next September reflect community feedback we heard last fall. Now Metro is seeking a second round of input to help shape our final recommendation, which will be submitted to the King County Council later this spring.

Please join us at one of the open houses listed below to learn more and share your thoughts about Metro’s proposals for improving its transit system.

West Seattle
Wednesday, Feb. 15
6-8 p.m.
Madison Middle School
3429 45th Avenue SW

Delridge/White Center
Thursday, Feb. 16
6-8 p.m.
Chief Sealth High School
2600 SW Thistle Street

Can’t make the meeting? Learn more and take our online survey http://metro.kingcounty.gov/have-a-say/projects/restructuring-system.html

What’s in the proposal

Here’s a rundown of some of the revised proposals for West Seattle neighborhoods:

For several years, local residents have told Metro they want to use transit to get to more places than just downtown Seattle. In the fall, Metro suggested a new east-west connection called Route 40 to connect the Alaska Junction in West Seattle with Georgetown. That concept has been renamed to Route 20 and extended to the Admiral Junction in West Seattle. Another new proposal, Route 50, would provide an additional east-west connection between Othello Station in Rainier Valley and Alki via the SODO light rail station.

Metro also heard that loss of transit service in Arbor Heights would be a problem for many riders, and that the steep slope between California Avenue SW and Fauntleroy Way SW will make the RapidRide C Line inaccessible to many Gatewood residents. Metro is proposing an hourly Route 22 shuttle to connect Arbor Heights, Shorewood, and Gatewood with the Alaska Junction.

Many South Seattle Community College students and staff members told us they already ride multiple bus routes to get to work or attend classes, and that eliminating direct service to the college from downtown Seattle could prevent many from participating in special programs at the school. In response, Metro has revised its original suggestion and now proposes to operate Route 125 between Westwood Village and downtown Seattle on weekdays.

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Sun Feb 19, 2012, 12:49 AM

36. International Women's Day celebration in Seattle 3/10

Saturday, March 10, 2012
2 to 8 PM

International Women's Day Culture Action Solidarity, 2-8 PM
3rd Annual Women Grassroots Activists Award Dinner 6 PM

ACRS Building
3639 Martin Luther King Blvd S
Seattle, WA

info: faiscranes {at} yahoo.com | 206-722-0729

http://nowseattle.org/2012/02/18/intl-womens-day-2012-seattle/

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Fri Feb 24, 2012, 11:11 PM

37. Justice Works meeting 2/25 in Seattle

GENERAL MEETING - FRIDAY

Justice Works! Headquarters / Thrift Store
5101 Rainier Ave S #106
Seattle (Columbia City)
Friday, February 24, 2012
6:30 pm – 8:30pm
206-725-9189

Agenda Topics:
ü JW! orientation
ü Organizer training
ü Upcoming events
ü Thrift store
o Promotion next steps
ü Raffle planning / ticket sales
ü Non-strikes task assignments
ü Intern / service learning project updates
ü 3 Strikes campaign

A message from Tajuan LaBee:
Media is defined as, “a plural of the word 'medium'” and, “the means of
communication that reach or influence people widely.” That is what this
media group will be, Justice Works! means of communication to reach or
influence people widely.

The media group will help promote the different programs and campaigns of
Justice Works! using facebook, our website, and our new tumblr site. Our
main focus right now will be Thrift & Gift and the “Meet Justice Works!”
event.

The group will meet on Sundays. If anyone is interested they can call
(206-280-4406) or email (Treamalle {at} gmail.com) Tajuan.

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Wed Feb 29, 2012, 10:06 PM

38. ACLU and Norm Stamper--Beyond the War on Drugs; Seattle 3/22

Attend an ACLU-WA forum with former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper
Safe and Just Policing: Toward a Police Culture Beyond the War on Drugs

Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 pm - Town Hall Seattle (1119 8th Ave.)


Norm Stamper was a police officer for 34 years and chief of the Seattle Police Department from 1994 to 2000. An eloquent advocate for reform, Stamper points to the twin wars on terror and on drugs as having spurred what he calls a regrettable "militarization" of police work.

Following Stamper's talk and a Q & A session, there will be a reception and light refreshments -- a great opportunity to meet Norm Stamper and other ACLU supporters to continue the discussion.

This event is free ($10 donation suggested) and open to the public.
Register at action.aclu.org/policeculture or sign in at the door.

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Wed Feb 29, 2012, 10:16 PM

39. March Town Halls in Seattle

Upcoming neighborhood town halls
Mayor McGinn will be hosting town halls in three neighborhoods in the next two weeks. These are opportunities to ask the mayor a question or tell him what's on your mind.

Tuesday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m. at TOPS K-8 School (2500 Franklin Ave E)

Saturday, March 10 at 11:00 a.m. at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church (8008 35th Ave NE)

Tuesday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW)

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Fri Mar 2, 2012, 05:39 AM

40. Iraq Concern group to meet in Seattle 3/3

Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq (INOC)
A Program Unit of Church Council of Greater Seattle
Keystone United Church of Christ
5019 Keystone Place North; Seattle, Washington 98103
http://www.concernforiraq.org


1. The INOC general meeting will be held on Saturday, March 3, at
3:00 pm at:
Keystone United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place North.
2. Recent news and information articles on Iraq.

Another bogus argument for war with Iran by Stephen Walt, ForeignPolicy.com

You know a case for war is weak when its advocates have to marshal blatant untruths in order to convince people that their advice should be followed. Exhibit A is today's alarmist op-ed in the New York Times, in which former IDF general Amos Yadlin argues for a preventive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.
He recites the by-now familiar arguments for an attack, and makes it clear that he thinks Obama should make an "ironclad" pledge to do it if Iran doesn't cease its nuclear activities. But the big historical howler comes in the middle of the piece, where he attempts to deal with the counter-argument that an attack would only delay an Iranian program, and probably not for all that long. He writes:

"After the Osirak attack and the destruction of the Syrian reactor in 2007, the Iraqi and Syrian nuclear programs were never fully resumed."

This claim is at best deeply misleading and at worst simply false. It's technically true that there hasn't been a resumption of either the Iraqi or Syrian programs since 2007, but what about there the twenty-six year gap between the Osirak raid in 1981 and the raid on Syria? What happened during those intervening years? As Malfrid Hegghammer, Daniel Reiter, and Richard Betts have all shown, the destruction of Osirak led to an elite consensus that Iraq needed its own deterrent, and led Saddam Hussein to order a redoubling of Iraq's nuclear program in a more clandestine fashion. This effort was so successful that the UN inspectors who entered Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War were surprised by how extensive the program was and how close it had come to producing a bomb. Indeed, if Saddam had been smart enough to wait a few more years, he might have crossed the nuclear finish line.

Thus, the true history teaches the opposite lesson from the one Yadlin is proposing. In the Iraqi case, a preventive strike reinforced Iraq's interest in acquiring a deterrent, and led Iraq to pursue it in ways that were more difficult to detect or prevent. That is what Iran is likely to do as well if Israel or the United States were foolish enough to strike them. U.S. intelligence still believes Iran has not made a final decision to weaponize; ironically, an Israeli or U.S. attack is the step that is most likely to push them over the edge.

It's hardly surprising that some Israelis would like the United States to shoulder the burden of bombing Iran. It's also not surprising that they would make up specious arguments or distort history to do this; the Bush administration got us into the Iraq war in the same way. But the Times' editors ought to insist that op-eds, whatever their positions, meet at least minimum standards for historical accuracy. And they don't even need to scour the academic literature; all they had to do was keep track of what they had already published.

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Fri Mar 2, 2012, 11:21 PM

41. Equal Rights Washington 11 city tour

We will be making an 11-city tour around the state to celebrate our wins thus far and to begin the next phase of work to organize and educate communities about the campaign and marriage equality. These meetings will include updates from campaign staff and specific asks form the field team relating to voter outreach and volunteering. Find a town hall near you in the list below. Don't forget to RSVP!

Bellevue
March 8, 6 p.m.
Kirkland Congregational Church
106 5th Avenue

Bellingham
March 6, 6 p.m.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services Downstairs Meeting Room
1407 Commercial Street

Edmonds
March 6, 6:30 p.m.
Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church
8109 224th Street Southwest

Olympia
March 5, 7 p.m.
The Urban Onion
116 Legion Way

Seattle
March 10, 10 a.m.
UFCW Local 21, Joe Crump Hall
5030 1st Avenue S

Spokane
March 10, 10 a.m.
Spokane Falls Community College
Building 24, Room 110
3410 W Fort Wright Drive

Tacoma
March 5, 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church of Tacoma
621 Tacoma Avenue
Tri-Cities
March 7, 6:30 p.m.
Shalom United Church of Christ
505 McMurray Street
Richland, WA

Vancouver
March 7, 6:30 p.m.
First Congregational UCC Church
1220 NE 68th Street

Whidbey Island
March 12, 6:30 p.m.
Unitarian Univeralist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI)
20103 State Route 525, 2 miles north of Freeland

Yakima
March 7, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima 225 N Second Street

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Thu Mar 8, 2012, 02:53 AM

42. Shut down Monsanto! in Seattle 3/16

Friday, March 16: A Global Day of Action - Shut Down Monsanto!

In Seattle, 11AM--1PM: Demand that Gates Foundation Sever all Links to Monsanto

Friday March 16 is an international day to bring attention to Monsanto’s countless bad deeds. There are over 1800 actions planned all over the world. In Seattle we'll bring attention to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and their corporate ties to Monsanto, and attempt to spread genetically engineered crops all over Africa. Join us! Friday March 16, 11 AM - 12 Noon: Assembly and teach in at Fisher Pavillion on South Fountain lawn. 12 Noon - 1 PM: We will walk across the street to protest at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation office. Bring signs /posters! For more information, click here. http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e5o8h1mnd75dd509&llr=h4hsqkiab

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Sat Mar 10, 2012, 04:51 AM

43. Rabbi Lerner of Tikkun in the Pacific NW on book tour 4/17-4/18

From a friend--I

’m excited to tell you that Rabbi Michael Lerner of Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives will be in Seattle and Bellingham April 17 and 18 as part of the book tour for his most recent book, Embracing Israel/Palestine.

I'm a big fan of Rabbi Lerner’s and that’s why I helped set up this part of his book tour. Rabbi Lerner stands out as an intelligent, heart-centered, and balanced voice for peace in the Middle East, in our country, and the world. I've been inspired over the last decade by his vision for a more aware, compassionate and sustainable society.

Please mark your calendars and spread the word as widely as you can!
Here’s all the information:

Tuesday, April 17, 7:00-9:00 pm
University Temple United Methodist Church
1415 Northeast 43rd Street
Seattle, WA

Suggested donation sliding scale $10-20


Wed., April 18, 12 noon-1:20pm
World Issues Forum
Fairhaven College Auditorium
Fairhaven College at Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA

For more information, call 360-650-2309
or visit http://www.wwu.edu/depts/fairhaven

Wed. April 18, 7:00-8:30 pm
Village Books
1200 11th Street (in Fairhaven)
Bellingham, WA

Financing a book tour in this economy is tricky to say the least. Anyone who contributes $50 or more to this Seattle/Bellingham tour is entitled to receive a free copy of Embracing Israel/Palestine.
If you know of an organization that would be interested in co-sponsoring the tour, please let me know.

Currently, co-sponsors include University Temple United Methodist Church, Seattle Buddhist Peace Fellowship,Fairhaven College at Western Washington University, and the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center.

Thanks so much for your help in spreading the word about Rabbi Lerner's trip to our area!

Sharon Abreu
POB 969, Eastsound, WA 98245
(360) 376-5773



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Mon Mar 12, 2012, 12:13 AM

44. Association for Women in Science meets in Seattle 3/21

Association for Women in Science (AWIS) March 2012 Program
Science Communication Forum: Discussing Science and Animal Research with the Public
Featured Speakers:
Dana Vukajlovich and Stephanie Fitzwater, Pacific Science Center
Joan Griswold, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research

Program Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Location:
Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center
Weintraub Building / Pelton Auditorium
1100 Fairview Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98109

Meeting Schedule
6:00 – 6:20 pm Networking & Refreshments
6:20 – 7:30 pm Introductions & Presentation
7:30 – 8:00 pm Networking

Contact email address: Programs {at} seattleawis.org

Event Information on Website. Free visitor parking
Open both to members and non-members. Invite your friends and co-workers.
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HAPPY HOUR - APRIL 4th - 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Are you interested in meeting new people or chatting with other AWIS members?
If so, then please join us for a Spring Networking Happy Hour!
April 4, 2012; 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Chandler's Crabhouse
901 Fairview Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
(Across the street from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)

Contact email address: rams {at} seattleawis.org

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Tue Mar 20, 2012, 07:57 AM

45. Glenn Greenwald to speak at the UW in Seattle 4/5


Glenn Greenwald to speak at the University of Washington, Thursday, April 5, 7 pm
The University of Washington Center for Human Rights and The Jackson School of International Studies present
“Endless War and Civil Liberties Erosions in the Age of Terrorism”
a lecture by Glenn Greenwald
April 5, 2012 ● 7pm ● UW, Seattle ● Kane 110
http://jsis.washington.edu/humanrights/greenwald.shtml
The Center for Human Rights and the Jackson School of International Studies are pleased to welcome the author and columnist, Glenn Greenwald, to the University of Washington, to deliver a public lecture on Thursday, April 5, in Kane 110 at 7 pm on “Endless War and Civil Liberties Erosions in the Age of Terrorism.”

A former Constitutional and civil rights litigator, Glenn Greenwald has been named by The Atlantic as one of the 25 most influential political commentators in the nation. He is the author of a widely read blog at Salon.com that focuses on civil rights, executive power, and foreign policy. He received the first annual I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism, and is the winner of the 2010 Online Journalism Association Award for his investigative work on the arrest and ill-treatment of Bradley Manning. Greenwald has written four best-selling books: How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok (2006), A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency (2007), Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics (2008), and, most recently, With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful (2011).

His lecture is supported by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, as part of a series of events marking the occasion of Senator Jackson's centennial. This lecture is part of the Jackson School series on “9/11+10: A World of Change.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Tue Mar 20, 2012, 07:59 AM

46. Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans discussion group in Seattle 3/22

PSARA led discussion group at Green Lake Public Library, 73554 East Green Lake Drive North, Seattle, this Thurs., March 22nd, 1-2:30 p.m. This is a current events discussion group and a new initiative by the PSARA Outreach Committee.


Please contact the WA State AARP, and if you are an AARP member let them know. Ask them to tell their leadership in Washington D.C. that we want them to stop looking for ways to compromise benefits on Social Security and Medicare. Instead they should be supporting getting rid of the income cap so we can make Social Security an even better program. With regard to Medicare, AARP should be supporting lowering the age of eligibility to bring younger people into Medicare. That would be a constructive approach to dealing with the financial problems Medicare is facing.

Phone #: (866) 227-7457

Email: waaarp {at} aarp.org

This weekend, we learned that AARP's CEO, Barry Rand, has invited to his Washington D.C. Capitol Hill home a "gallery of of powerful Washington establishment figures who are on record favoring cuts to Social Security and Medicare." (Huffington Post Report) In response to the news, the press spokesperson for the organization asserted "AARP is not pursuing any closed door deals or grand bargains."

We need to remind the AARP that they should be advocating to strengthen Social Security and Medicare rather than holding closed door discussions with the likes of Tom Donohue from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and John Engler of the Business Round Table, to mention but a few of the deficit hawks who will be attending this "Salon type conversation" and who are on record as wanting to cut Social Security and Medicare. (They want to cut everything except for defense spending.)

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Fri Mar 23, 2012, 01:46 AM

47. Island County Against Citizens United meets 4/4 in Oak Harbor

Island County Citizens Ignited against ‘Citizens United’ will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, April 4th 2012, from 5 to 8 PM in the Oak Harbor Library meeting room (1000 SE Regatta Drive). The purpose of the meeting is to organize a local effort to get Island County governments to support and pass resolutions that will overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s ‘Citizens United’ decision. All members of the public interested in becoming a part of this historic endeavor are invited to attend this event. For further information, call 360-675-5888 or write mfgold@comcast.net.

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Tue Mar 27, 2012, 07:32 PM

48. Home Energy Upgrade Meet Up in Bainbridge 4/7

http://action.sierraclub.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=162282&autologin=true&s_src=312Z1100E1

Home Energy Upgrade Meet Up
Bainbridge Island Commons

We truly are on the cusp of a cleaner economy, and all the solutions are win-win. Come on out; meet-up with other Sierra Club members on the Island and learn a little bit about Energy Efficiency. It's Free and there'll be food!

Event Details:

Who: Sierra Club and Bainbridge Contractors
What: Home Energy Upgrade Meet Up
When: Saturday, April 7, from 1-3 p.m.
Where: 370 Brien Dr Se, , WA, 98110 (map)
Questions: Contact Cody Young at cody.young@sierraclub.org

The best solutions work for everyone.

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Address:
370 Brien Dr Se
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110


If you'd like to attend this event you can RSVP online.

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Tue Mar 27, 2012, 07:33 PM

49. Money in Politics / Corruption in Congress workshop in Olympia 3/29

Money in Politics / Corruption in Congress
- A Workshop for Advocates and Organizers -

Thursday - March 29th - from 5:30 PM
Olympia Center - Room 205
222 Columbia St NW, Olympia WA 98501

Light refreshments at 5:30 pm.
Workshop begins at 6:00 pm.
Scheduled break at 7:30 pm; end by 9 pm

Reclaiming authentic democracy for people,
Overturn Citizens United with a Constitutional amendment,
Establish public financing of campaigns,
and similar fundamental reforms.

Workshop Goal: Develop a confident understanding of the issues and strategies for change, sufficient to talk with neighbors and co-workers and to make a presentation to groups.

Agenda / Topics:
I. Trends in campaign finance and spending:
II. Supreme Court rulings: Corporations with "personhood" rights,
III. Fixes and Solutions:
IV. Organizing for change:
V. Next Steps

Presenter: Craig Salins, Executive Director, Washington Public Campaigns

To Register / RSVP to: craig {at} washclean.org or mmhoove@gmail.com or 360-943-3070

Recommended donation: sliding scale of $0 to $10 to cover materials, supplies and room rental.

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Washington Public Campaigns
www.washclean.org
206-784-2522








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Wed Mar 28, 2012, 02:47 PM

50. Food Justice Urban Hike-a-thon in Seattle 4/28

http://www.seattleglobaljustice.org/food-justice/cagjhike/

Food Justice Urban Hike-a-thon
SAT April 28
Hike from 10am-3pm; 3-5pm Celebration at MLK Community Center!
A fundraiser for the 2nd Edition of Our Food, Our Right
Calling all urban hikers and teams! Register today!
Have you ever wanted to explore parts of our foodshed, by foot? Want to check out some urban farm & food justice projects, take action locally, learn something new, support CAGJ’s 2nd edition of Our Food, Our Right, all while hitting the trail — in the city?

Join the Our Food, Our Right Urban Hike-a-thon and make that dream a reality. We need team leaders to assemble groups of friends, families, co-workers, and more to participate in a Hike-a-thon through the city and raise funds to go towards publishing the second edition of “Our Food, Our Right”, called Stories of Change. Stop at local food justice projects en route, share a lunch break with a view, discover new things around every turn, and find the green in the city. Together we will raise $10,000 to publish our 2nd book, foreword by Raj Patel.

We’re currently plotting the traverse, which will take urban hikers from CAGJ’s office in the International District, through the Central District and Madison Valley. So bring your witty team name, pledges, and your hiking shoes, and join CAGJ and our partners for a journey through urban nature, and growing and eating for justice.

Hikers pledge to raise $50 from their community, and can also assemble a team of friends, families, co-workers, and more to participate or donate to their goal in a Hike-a-thon through the city, where we will:

■Stop at local food justice projects, union grocers, locally sourced restaurants, local food processors, urban farms, and more en route
■Share a lunch break with a view,
■Discover new things around every turn,
■Find the green in the city
Together we will raise $5,000 to publish our 2nd book, foreword by Raj Patel.

Start a Team! – Want to hit the trail with a friend, partner, comrade, buddy, family, group, or more? Start your own team, and make a bigger impact for food justice. You and others on your team will each pledge to raise $50, getting us leaps and bounds closer to our fundraising goal and embarking on the urban hike with your team.

Individuals – Solo hikers pledge to raise $50 to participate in the event and do the hike on April 28. Reach out to your community—every $10, $15, $20 goes to support great work!

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Thu Mar 29, 2012, 02:04 AM

51. Planned Parenthood Votes luncheon in Seattle 5/2

On Wednesday, May 2nd of 2012, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest will take an important step in holding all elected candidates accountable for the health and rights of women in our state.

Join us for our15th Annual Luncheon on May 2nd in Seattle, with a woman of courage, Valerie Plame Wilson, who was outed as a CIA Operations Officer during the George W. Bush administration and is now a best-selling author. We will honor our champions for women’s health, and hold those candidates accountable who choose not to make women’s health a priority. Click here to RSVP and for more information.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday May 2nd in Seattle at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center at 12pm. If you can’t attend in person, consider making a contribution that will be used wisely to defend the health and rights of the women of Washington.

Let’s show them: Women are watching. Women are voting.

2012 is not a fight we can afford to lose.


Dana Laurent, Political Director, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/230314

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Thu Mar 29, 2012, 08:56 PM

52. Justice Works meeting in Seattle 3/30

Justice Works! Headquarters / Thrift Store
5101 Rainier Ave S #106
Seattle (Columbia City)
Friday, March 30, 2012
6:30 pm – 8:30pm
206-725-9189
Agenda Topics:

RAFFLE DRAWING!
You can still purchase raffle tickets before the drawing starts!

See below for the list of prizes!

ü JW! orientation
ü Organizer training
ü Recruitment Search Committee
o Update on remaining open positions
ü Thrift store
o Review T&G marketing / advertising procedure and make recommendations
o Do regular craigslist postings
o Flyer / poster distribution
o Seeking quality donations
o Seeking backup thrift store workers
ü Upcoming event planning
o April 7th – annual fund phone banking
o April 11th – annual fund phone banking
o May 6th Set Up To Fail play / 3 strikes talk Central Lutheran Church
o Legislative District 28 follow-up event
o Welcome Back Party for Everett Scott
o Fashion Show
ü Project updates
o Media project (Tajuan)
o Other non 3 strikes tasks
ü 3 Strikes campaign
o Brief review of 2012 campaign
o Next steps
§ LD28 and LD31 and LD5
§ Support of clemency for Stonney Rivers
§ ALEC research
o Update on People 4 Parole efforts www.People4Parole.org


1 SUGGESTED DONATION FOR
1 RAFFLE TICKET 6 FOR $5 RAFFLE

A benefit for Justice Works!


Drawing: March 30, 2012 6:30pm

At Justice Works! 5101 Rainier Ave South #106 Seattle WA 98118
Need not be present to win!
RAFFLE PRIZES
1. Experience Music Project – 4 general admission passes - $72
2. Experience Music Project – 4 more general admission passes - $72
3. Museum of Flight – admission passes for 4 - $64
4. Full Tilt – party for 10 kids - $100
5. Dmitriou’s Jazz Alley – admission and dinner for 2 - $1206. Community Acupuncture Project of Columbia City – intake & treatment - $557. Center of Wooden Boats - annual membership & 2 hours free rowing – $105
8. Jillian’s Billiards – certificate for party (games & food) up to 20 people - $120
9. Whole Life Yoga- gift certificate - $90
10. Woodland Park Zoo – Family Fun Pack (2 adults & 2 children) - $58
11. Ivar’s and Kidd Valley restaurants – gift card - $50
12. Seastar Restaurant and John Howie Steak and SPORT Restaurant – gift certificates $50 each - $150
13. Seattle Public Theatre at the Bathouse – 2 tickets - $54
14. Adriatic Grill – gift certificate
15. Bucca di Beppo restaurant – pending receipt
16. Sweet Pea’s Children’s Clothing – gift certificate - $20
17. Landmark Theatres – 4 guest passes - $40
18. Nordic Heritage Museum – 6 admission passes - $36
19. Emerald Downs – a day at the races for 4 - $58
20. PCC Natural Markets - $50 gift card
21. SEVEN 7 Salon – gift certificate for 2 haircuts – $110
22. World Wide Maps – gift certificate plus coupons - $10
23. Columbia City Fitness - 1 month free & 30 minute orientation - $117.71
24. Massage for Seattle Inc.- 1 hour massage voucher 25. Grocery Outlet - $25 26. Olympic Ballet School – 3 ballet lessons - $4527. Holistic Health Partners – 1 hour nutrition consultation 28. Essential Baking Company – Gift Certificate for 1 loaf for 13 months 29. Tutta Bella Pizzeria – gift card - $4030. Arthur Murray Dance Studio – Introductory Social Dance Program - $44131. BurgerMaster – gift card - $2532. Museum of Glass – 2 passes - $48
33. Kanjin Yoga – 1 pass for private 90 minute gentle yoga session for a couple - $180




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Tue Apr 3, 2012, 06:03 PM

53. Growing Transit communities Friday Forum Seattle 4/6

Growing Transit communities Friday Forum this week!

WHEN
Friday April 6th, 2012, Noon-1:30
WHERE
King County Chinook Building Room 121
401 Fifth Ave.,
Seattle, WA 98104

Get your planning groove on at this month's Forum. The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is spearheading a significant planning and community engagement effort - growing transit communities centered around upcoming light rail and bus rapid transit expansion in the region.

Join us this Friday April 6th as we learn more about the program and how the fascinating demographic changes in our area will impact transit use and related land use decisions. Plus, we'll save time for PSRC staff to hear your ideas and gather your input.

Join Sara Schott Nikolic, Senior Planner for The Growing Transit Communities Partnership at PSRC for this engaging discussion.

See you on Friday; RSVP today.
http://transportationchoices.org/events/growing-transit-communities-friday-forum


Sincerely,

Andrew Austin
Field Director
Transportation Choices

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Thu Apr 5, 2012, 07:28 PM

54. Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq meets 4/7 in Seattle

Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq ( INOC )
A Program Unit of Church Council of Greater Seattle
Keystone United Church of Christ
5019 Keystone Place North; Seattle, Washington 98103
http://www.concernforiraq.org


1. The INOC general meeting will be held on Saturday, April 7, at
3:00 pm at: Keystone United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place North.

2. Bert Sacks will report on his recent travels and experiences

3. Immediately below is a description of a very moving video that is available online about how two Nigerians became friends: a protestant pentacostal minister and a a muslim imam.

In the 1990s, Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa led opposing, armed militias, dedicated to defending their respective communities as violence broke out in Kaduna, northern Nigeria. In pitched battles, Pastor James lost his hand and Imam Ashafa’s spiritual mentor and two close relatives were killed.

Now the two men are co-directors of the Muslim-Christian Interfaith Mediation Centre in their city, leading task-forces to resolve conflicts across Nigeria. The Imam and the Pastor tells how they made this remarkable transition. It is both a moving story of forgiveness and a case-study of a successful grass-roots initiative to rebuild communities torn apart by conflict.

The entire 39 minute video is available online at this link:

http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/filmedia/play/2421/The-Imam-and-The-Pastor

It was actually the imam who made the initial (and repeated) overtures to pastor Wuye, who at first reacted with suspicion. Both men felt compelled by their religious precepts to forgive the other, though it didn't totally happen overnight.

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Mon Apr 9, 2012, 08:39 PM

55. Rally 4/12 in Seattle to defend the US Post Office

http://www.thestand.org/2012/04/rally-thursday-in-seattle-to-oppose-s-1789/

Rally Thursday in Seattle to oppose S. 1789
The National Association of Letter Carriers and supporters of U.S. Postal Service employees will rally from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 at Seattle’s Federal Building (915 2nd Ave.) to call upon the U.S. Senate to vote NO on S. 1789. The NALC will be holding “Save America’s Postal Service” rallies across the country that day outside U.S. Senator’s home offices.

S. 1789 could come before the Senate immediately following the Easter recess. If this legislation passes, it would hurt the U.S. Postal Service by:

■Putting an end to six-day mail delivery in two years.
■Phasing out door-to-door mail delivery.
■Failing to fully address the Postal Service’s pre-funding requirement.
■Not addressing the overpayment into the CSRS pension fund.
Visit www.nalc.org for more information. For questions about the April 12 rally in Seattle, call NALC Branch 79 at 206-284-3420.

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Wed Apr 11, 2012, 06:55 PM

56. Association for Women in Science 4/18 meeting in Seattle to discuss bioethics

Association for Women in Science (AWIS) APRIL Program
BIOETHICS DISCUSSION ON HUMAN GENETIC ENGINEERING:
WHY I LOVE DESIGNER BABIES Featured Speaker:
Kathyrn Hinsch - Founder and President of Women's Bioethics Project

Program Date: April 18th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Location:
Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center
Weintraub Building / Pelton Auditorium
1100 Fairview Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98109

Meeting Schedule
6:00 – 6:20 pm Networking & Refreshments
6:20 – 7:30 pm Introductions & Presentation
7:30 – 8:00 pm Networking

The “Designer Babies Article” is included in our Spring Teaser Newsletter, which should be arriving to your door-step any day now! The article can also be found in our Spring 2012 Newsletter on page 6.

http://www.seattleawis.org/newsletter/2012/Final%20spring%202012%20newsletter.pdf

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Wed Apr 11, 2012, 06:56 PM

57. Perspectives on Public Transportation: Lunch debate in Seattle 4/18

Perspectives on Public Transportation: Lunch debate

Transportation Choices will be co-hosting a lunchtime discussion with national transit authors Darrin Nordahl and Jarrett Walker. If you can't make it to the town hall in the evening or want to discuss these issues in smaller setting, this event is for you. Space is limited so please RSVP below.
When Apr 18, 2012

from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Banyan Branch Headquarters, 2030 1st Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98121
Contact Name Andrew Austin


Transportation Choices will be co-hosting a lunchtime discussion with national transit authors Darrin Nordahl and Jarrett Walker. If you can't make it to the town hall in the evening or want to discuss these issues in smaller setting, this event is for you. Space is limited so please RSVP below.

Authors Darrin Nordahl and Jarrett Walker discuss public transit from two different ends of the bus route: technical simplicity—and fun. Most everyone agrees that public transit is a powerful tool for addressing a range of urban problems, but while Walker, author of Human Transit, believes that transit can be simple if we focus on the underlying geometry that all transit technologies share, Nordahl, author of My Kind of Transit, argues that when public transit is an enjoyable experience, tourists and commuters alike will willingly hand in their keys.

This event is co-hosted by Transportation Choices, Banyan Branch, Downtown Seattle Association, Commute Seattle, Cascade Bicycle Club, The Seattle Transit Blog, VIA Architecture, Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Feet First, GGLO, Washington Environmental Council, and Undriving.

http://transportationchoices.org/events/perspectives-on-public-transportation-lunch-debate-and-forum

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Wed Apr 11, 2012, 06:57 PM

58. Discussion on Seattle corporate personhood initiative 4/16

Rich Lang <oddrev {at}yahoo.com>
Subject: Joy & Justice


Hi friends,

Much is happening and this note is to simply invite you to participate where you see fit.

The first is I’m involved in a local Seattle Initiative (I103 --- www.i103.org) which is a bit of an audacious attempt to insert into our political dialogue the rightful (and wrongful) role of Corporations in the public square. Below is an article coming out this week in Real Change but I want to encourage you to look at the website (www.i103.org) and download a signature form and sign your name and get at least four others to push this legislation on to the ballot this autumn. Granted, if it gets on the ballot all Hell will break loose but it will at least encourage a much needed public political discussion.

I want to invite you to come to University Temple United Methodist (1415 43rd Street NE 98105) next Monday, April 16th, 7:30pm for a discussion about this initiative. It’s audacious but exciting and full of possibilities.

Other activities:

1.) Michael Lerner will be at the Temple Tuesday April 17th at 7pm. He’ll be speaking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and his vision for peaceful resolution.

2.) Bruce Gagnon will speak at the Temple on Sunday April 29th at 4pm. Bruce will speak about The Deadly Connection: Endless War and Economic Crisis.

A Common Good Café

For some forty years now the business community has organized money and people for the purpose of seizing power over our lives. With the rise of the legal fiction known as the Corporate Person we humans now serve immortal entities that increasingly set the rules through which we live. A permanent war mentality, alongside the acceptance of an economically segregated populace rules over our politics and shapes our future. How can we intervene and take back the power that business has seized?

As much as I’d like to lift up the election as a realistic hope for change I find that I simply cannot. Both parties serve the interests of business, war and segregation. No political party, for example, lifts up the rights of our habitat, the earth, as a priority. Neither party calls for a reduction of our imperial war-mongering with its inevitable consequence, an increasing national security state. Neither party has a plan to put a cap on wealth, or a floorboard under poverty. Neither party has a moral philosophy that affirms that either too much wealth in the hands of too few people, or too much poverty borne by too many people, are indictors of a failed state. Sadly, the greed of materialism, a culture with no higher purpose than to get what I can while the getting’s good is still the dominant ideology that drives our politics.

Rather than roll over into the pit of despair, in these sad, dark times, I propose that we continue to live in hope, even if hope itself is just a pinprick of light. One avenue of living in hope is to continue a civic conversation. Recently a group of us launched Measure 103 (www.i103.org) a locally-based initiative that would limit corporate rights in the city of Seattle. As part of this initiative we are also creating the Common-Good Café, a place of civic discussion as we try to think-through and strategize how to take back cultural power from the dominance of unfettered business.

Given the political environment that we are actually living in, a time of shattered consensus, and a time of increasing suspicion and hostility between neighbors, how can we promote the emergence of a new political imagination? Specifically, how do we resist the immorality of an immortal entity like a Corporate Person? How do we subdue it so that we can regain our freedom and the responsibility to govern ourselves? Or positively put, how can we create locally based economies and a cooperative way of life where all both survive and thrive? How do we create a politics that regulates business, limits the accumulation of personal wealth, and offers increasing opportunities to end poverty as we know it? Our political parties aren’t talking about this, nor are they strategically organizing for a better future for better people. We’re basically on our own. So maybe it’s time to talk.

Rev. Rich Lang is Pastor of University Temple United Methodist and can be contacted through www.utemple.org


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Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:22 AM

59. Tax Day events in Seattle and Tacoma

The American Postal Workers Union and Mailhandler's union are requesting that PSARA join with them to rally on Tax Day, Tuesday April 17 at these times and locations:

- Noon to 2pm in Tacoma at: 4001 S. Pine St.
- 4:30 to 6:00pm Mid-town Station at 3rd & Union, Seattle (4:30-5:30 pm), then walk to the Federal Building at 915 2ndAve (6 pm).


On Tax Day, Congress owes a Refund to the Post Office - or Jobs and Services will get Slashed.


•Millions of Americans depend on postal service - a PUBLIC service.

•The Postal Service is one of the largest employers of women, people of color, immigrants, and veterans.

•Help postal workers tell Congress - no cutbacks in jobs or services

The American Postal Workers Union and Mailhandler's union are requesting that PSARA join with them to rally on Tax Day, Tuesday April 17 at these times and locations:

- Noon to 2pm in Tacoma at: 4001 S. Pine St.
- 4:30 to 6:00pm Mid-town Station at 3rd & Union, Seattle (4:30-5:30 pm), then walk to the Federal Building at 915 2ndAve (6 pm).


On Tax Day, Congress owes a Refund to the Post Office - or Jobs and Services will get Slashed.


•Millions of Americans depend on postal service - a PUBLIC service.

•The Postal Service is one of the largest employers of women, people of color, immigrants, and veterans.

•Help postal workers tell Congress - no cutbacks in jobs or services

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Sun Apr 15, 2012, 12:34 AM

60. Seattle Coal Hard Truth Forum 4/18

Big coal companies want to build major coal export hubs for shipping Wyoming coal to China.

If they succeed, huge quantities of dirty coal would be transported by train through King County, bringing disastrous effects for air quality and public safety.

Public opposition has helped block these terminals so far, but the fight is far from over.1 I wanted to let you know about an opportunity next week to get more involved in the fight against coal export terminals.

Our friends at the Power Past Coal campaign have organized a Seattle "Coal Hard Truth" forum as a way for people in the area to get involved. Here are the details:

What: Seattle Coal Hard Truth Forum
When: Wednesday April 18th at 7PM
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, 6512 23rd Ave NW, Ballard

Click here to RSVP for the forum.
http://act.credoaction.com/event/events/event.html?event_id=2348

At the forum, you'll learn about the details of the proposed terminals, the impacts on public health and the environment, and how you can get more involved.

If the proposed export terminals on the west coast are approved, the consequences for King County could be disastrous. Dozens of 1.5 mile-long trains would go through the county each day, causing a host of problems.

In addition to issues like traffic jams at railroad crossings and emergency vehicle delays, a major area of concern is community member exposure to coal dust, which is known to cause bronchitis, emphysema and other respiratory problems.2

Washington has been at the forefront of the fight against coal plants in this country. We can't allow that progress to be undone by a major coal export project. I hope you'll be able to attend the April 18th forum in Ballard to learn more about this crucial fight.

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Fri Apr 20, 2012, 02:54 AM

61. Camp Wellstone in Seattle May 4-6


http://wellstone.org/training-calendar/camp-wellstone-seattle-2

This 2.5 day training, running from 3-9pm Friday, 9am-6:00pm Saturday, and 9am-3:30pm Sunday, combines lectures from highly experienced trainers, stimulating exercises, and interactive simulations. We're counting on you to organize around issues that matter, help build campaigns for the future, and elect progressive candidates to office.

Camp Wellstone is divided into three tracks:

•Activist track: For people interested in citizen lobbying, issue advocacy, and community organizing, this track provides skills in how to win on issues.
•Campaign track: This track focuses on how to be an effective staff or volunteer member of a winning progressive campaign.
•Candidate track: This is for people who have made the decision to run for office (or are exploring the possibility of running in the near future).

The cost of Camp Wellstone is based on a sliding-scale based on ability to pay; we are committed to keeping this training accessible to all. If you are able to cover the full cost of your participation in this training, please do so as this will help us continue to train progressives across the country; otherwise, you choose the option that works best for you. Rates are as follows: $200, $100, or $50. This fee covers one of our books, Politics the Wellstone Way (activist track) andWinning Your Election the Wellstone Way (campaign and candidate tracks), materials, and three meals during the weekend.

The training will be held at Seattle Pacific University; participants are responsible for their own accommodations. Further details will be sent no later than two weeks in advance of the training.

Not sure which track to take? Click here for a listing of sessions and exercises in each track.

For questions, contact Jen Haut-Prokop at jennifer {at} wellstone.org.
..Location
Seattle Pacific University
3469 Third Avenue West Otto Miller Hall
Seattle, WA, 98119...

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Fri Apr 20, 2012, 02:57 AM

62. Van Jones in Seattle 4/23

http://townhallseattle.org/van-jones-rebuilding-the-american-dream/

The “American Dream” always has been our national ethos—but today, says former White House Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, it’s an illusion. Outraged by the escalating attacks on America’s middle class and working families, and grounded in tough-minded American idealism, Jones has launched a new national movement in response: Rebuild the Dream. A human-rights pioneer and author of the part-memoir, part-manifesto book of the same name, Jones pits our central conflict as cheap patriotism vs. deep patriotism and issues a bold defense of progressive values—even as he extracts insights from the success of the Tea Party. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company. Series media sponsorship provided by PubliCola. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.

Tickets are $5 at Brown Paper Tickets or 800/838-3006, and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating.

LEARN MORE:
http://www.rebuildingthedream.com

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Fri Apr 20, 2012, 03:20 AM

63. Forterra’s 17th Annual Conservation Award Breakfast 5/11 in Seattle

http://www.forterra.org/events/forterras_17th_annual_conservation_award_breakfast_a_fresh_approach

Forterra’s 17th Annual Conservation Award Breakfast
Join us at the Washington State Convention and Trade center from 7:30 am – 9:00 am (check in at 7:00 am) for our 17th annual Conservation Awards Breakfast!

The Conservation Awards Breakfast is a non-ticketed fundraising event. Individual guests are always welcome! Register for the event before May 11th to ensure your seat at the breakfast.


Conservation Award Winners
Lifetime Achievement Award: W. Ron Allen – Tribal Council Chairman, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

New Directions of Livable Communities Award: Seattle Center

Community Service Award: Washington Trails Association

Innovative Conservation Project Award: South Central WA Resource and Conservation Development

John Stanford Educational Achievement Award: E3 Washington

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Sat Apr 21, 2012, 04:12 AM

64. “The Deadly Connection: Endless War and Economic Crisis”--six-city tour of Washington State

News Release 4/20/2012
For Immediate Release

Contact: Leonard Eiger, 425-445-2190
subversivepeacemaking {at} gmail.com
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
16159 Clear Creek Road NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370
http://www.gzcenter.org

“The Deadly Connection: Endless War and Economic Crisis” is the subject of Bruce Gagnon's six-city tour of Washington State.

International peace activist and organizer Bruce Gagnon comes to Washington State April 23 to April 30, 2012 to engage local communities around the theme “The Deadly Connection: Endless War and Economic Crisis.”

Gagnon is the Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, and long-time member of Veterans For Peace. (A detailed bio on Gagnon is attached to this release.)

Having recently returned from demonstrations in South Korea protesting the construction of a huge US Navy base on Jeju Island, Gagnon will speak on U.S. expanding militarism, as well as the impact of militarism on the economic crisis here at home. He will stress the need to promote the conversion of the military industrial complex to sustainable production if we hope to have the slightest impact on climate change. These and similar issues are contained in his book Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories from a Fading Empire.

During his presentation in Boonville, California on April 14th, Gagnon described a national economy increasingly dependent on weapons production, moving other job-producing industries to other nations. He described how only a united grassroots effort to convert from making missiles and warships to funding industries focused on energy conversion can reverse the U.S. military expansion leading to global war, depression, and environmental catastrophe.

The Washington speaking engagements are part of Gagnon’s West Coast speaking tour that began in Los Angeles, California on April 1st and ends in Tacoma, Washington on April 30th. Washington stops include Olympia, Walla Walla, Bellingham, Seattle, Redmond and Tacoma. See full Washington schedule below.

Monday, April 23 – Olympia– To be determined, Contact: Holly Gwinn Graham, hollygg@msn.com

Tuesday, April 24 – Olympia– 6:30 PM, Traditions Café, 300 5th Avenue Southwest, Contact: Holly Gwinn Graham, hollygg@msn.com

Wednesday, April 25 – Walla Walla - 7:00PM, Whitman College, Olin Hall Room 130, Contact Jennifer Doering, doerinje@whitman.edu

Thursday, April 26 - Bellingham - 4:00 PM, Western Washington University, Arntzen Hall, Contact Gene Marx, 253-653-4423

Friday, April 27 – Bellingham– 7:00 PM, Mt. Baker Theatre's Encore Room, 104 North Commercial Street, Contact Gene Marx, 253-653-4423

Saturday, April 28 – Seattle- 7:30 – 8:00 AM, Interviewed by Mike McCormick on KEXP, 90.3 FM, Mind Over Matters.

Saturday, April 28 – Redmond - 1:00 PM, Soul Food Books, 15748 Redmond Way,

Sunday, April 29 – Seattle - 4:00 pm, University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 Northeast 43rd Street, Contact: Leonard Eiger (for Seattle and Redmond events), subversivepeacemaking@gmail.com

Monday, April 30 – Tacoma - 12:30 – 1:30pm, University of Washington, Tacoma, Carwein Auditorium, 1551 Broadway, Contact: Rob Crawford, crawford@u.washington.edu

Also on April 30th, Gagnon will join South Korean artist and peace activist Gillchun Koh in a protest at the Seattle Korean Consulate at 4:00 PM opposing the construction of a new naval base on Jeju Island. The new base will serve U.S. Navy Aegis destroyers that are part of the missile defense system the U.S. is deploying around the globe. It was recently announced that the price of the Aegis destroyers, that are an integral part of this system, will jump in cost from $1.5 billion each up to between $4 and 7 billion.

Seattle events sponsors include Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, Veterans for Peace (Seattle Chapter), United Nations Association, Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation, University Temple United Methodist Church, The Alliance for Democracy and the Abe Keller Peace Education Fund.

For further information on the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, see http://www.space4peace.org/ . Also see Gagnon’s blog, Organizing Notes at http://space4peace.blogspot.com/ .

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Tue Apr 24, 2012, 06:15 PM

65. Support OUR Walmart at the Federal Way Supercenter 4/26

LOCAL:

•ACTION ALERT! Please join OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart for a rally and direct action at the Federal Way Supercenter

•Date: This Thursday, April 26th
•Time: 1pm-2pm
•Location: Federal Way Supercenter - 34520 16th Ave S., Fed Way 98003 (volunteers will guide you to the event which will be held outside the store)

•Purpose: We will be celebrating 50 years of hard work by Walmart workers and hosting the "Walmart at 50" traveling exhibit which highlights the impact that Walmart has had on workers, small businesses and community. Please come to support local workers as they demand improved safety and working conditions in their store. You will also have an opportunity to share your story of how Walmart has impacted you or your community over the past 50 years.

•Contact info: Please call Elena (c: 206.359.1885) for more information or to RSVP

NATIONAL:
•Breaking news by the New York Times yesterday on Walmart's vast corruption scandal where they spent $24 BILLION in bribes to Mexican officials to break through barriers to their growth, becoming the largest private employer in the country. UFCW International President, Joe Hansen, made a statement today, stating: “Walmart has spent millions of dollars to rehabilitate its image and buy the support of key allies in an effort to break into new markets while making promises about the benefits of its business model. But by pursuing a relentless strategy in the U.S. and abroad of ‘growth at any cost’ in pursuit of profits, Walmart’s senior management has proven that it is willing to trample on worker rights, discriminate against women, damage small businesses and the environment, and now potentially violate laws in the U.S., Mexico and other countries." Attached below are links to that rest of Hansen's statement and the NYT article.

•NYT article - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/business/at-wal-mart-in-mexico-a-bribe-inquiry-silenced.html?_r=2&hp

•Statement by UFCW International President Joe Hansen on Walmart’s Corrupt Business Practices - http://bit.ly/Js4j0J

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Wed Apr 25, 2012, 09:29 PM

71. Another action in Seattle if that is more convenient

Walmart has been reportedly covering up widespread bribery in Mexico . Rather than address the problem head on, company executives all the way up to CEO Mike Duke chose to reportedly cover up the problem. Walmart even promoted the man who was the ringleader of the bribery.

It is clear that Walmart is morally bankrupt and now is the time for change.

Please join the Making Change at Walmart - Puget Sound coalition as we say enough is enough. Our cities are not open to this Walmart!

Date: TOMORROW, Thursday, April 26th

Time: 7:45p - 8:30p

Location: Corner of 4th Ave and Cherry, downtown Seattle (City Hall - 600 4th Ave.)

Contact: Elena Perez c:206.359.1885

FYI: The action at Walmart Federal Way Supercenter is still on! If you prefer that option, it is tomorrow, 1p-2p.. 34520 16th Ave S., Federal Way 98003


Elena Perez
Community Organizer
tel: 206.436.6544 / 1.800.732.1188 x6544
fax: 206.436.6700
5030 First Avenue South, Suite 200, Seattle WA 98134
eperez@ufcw21.org

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Tue Apr 24, 2012, 06:18 PM

66. Protest South Korean naval base at the Seattle consulate 4/30

Please join South Korean artist and peace activist Gillchun Koh, Bruce Gagnon, and others on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM at the Seattle South Korean Consulate in a protest against the construction of a new naval base on Jeju Island.

This naval base is unnecessary, a drain on our economy ($$$$$$$), will destabilize relations (both South Korean and U.S.) with China, and will put the people of Jeju Island at risk as a strategic target for China.

Please read further to understand the important history of Jeju Island as well as the importance of stopping construction of this base.

History (The April 3 Massacre)

30,000 people murdered!!! Jeju Island is known as the "Island of World Peace," a name that does not begin to tell the story of the Island's extensive history of conflict, occupation, repression and genocide. The most horrific episode in this history began in 1948 when the South Korean military and national police hunted down and slaughtered approximately 30,000 people. The U.S., which was the occupying power at the time, did nothing to stop what is now known as the April 3 massacre.

Why did the government do such a horrific thing? 1948 was a tumultuous time of establishing two governments in Korea. The people of Jeju Island rose up to protest the long-term division of the nation by boycotting the elections that were occurring in Seoul. For this they were branded as Communists, and the terror began.

For decades following the massacre, public discussion of the April 3 massacre was ruthlessly repressed. Following democratization, the slow and painful process of fact finding and truth telling began, and continues today. In 2003, South Korean President Noh Moo Hyun travelled to Jeju Island and officially apologized.


History Repeats Itself Today

Now, over 60 years after the April 3 massacre the people of Jeju Island are once again protesting. This time they are protesting the U.S. Missile Defense System and a provocative new naval base being built on their island. Why??? If you look at a map of Jeju Island, you can see that it lies about 500 kilometers West of China. This military base is intended to project force towards China and to provide a forward operating installation in the event of a military conflict between the U.S. and China.

For five years, South Korean activists have been protesting the plans for the new naval base on Jeju Island. During that time the response by the South Korean police and military has become more heavy-handed and brutal. Col. Anne Wright (former United States Army colonel and retired official of the U.S. State Department) reported that earlier this month "police broke arms of activists who had locked arms inside PCV pipes, beat up activists and threw them from kayaks."


A Global Context

(Excerpt from article by Noam Chomsky and Matthew Hoey: http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_opinion/498743.html)

The last thing the world needs is a military confrontation between the U.S. and China. On that dreaded eventuality, there is no need to elaborate. In terms of its implications, what is now taking place on Jeju island counts as one of the most critical struggles against a potentially devastating war in Asia, and the deeply-rooted institutional structures that are driving the world towards even more bitter conflict than is raging in all too many places today.

It is important to become aware of what is happening on Jeju Island and to find ways to help the residents to prevent this very dangerous and destructive project. The consequences of losing the struggle to prevent the base construction might impact not only Asia but the United States and the rest of the world as well. The project is naturally seen by China as a threat to its national security. At the very least, it is likely to trigger confrontation and an arms race between South Korea and China, with the U.S. almost inevitably drawn in.
The immediate threat is to Jeju Island civilians, whose home was recently described in a South Korean daily as “the spearhead of the country’s defense line,” a line recklessly located approximately 500km from China.

We need not speculate about how the U.S. would react were China doing something similar near its coast.

Join us on April 30th

The situation on Jeju Island is important not only to its residents, but to us all!
This protest will send an important message to the South Korean government that is watching to see how the world responds to the situation on Jeju Island.


Please join us in front of the South Korean Consulate at 4:00 PM on Monday, April 30th. We hope to have a massive turnout to send a strong message that we support efforts at diplomacy and peace and not continuing preparations for war.


I will post any updates on the protest (right up to the day of protest) at the Puget Sound Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Events page (www.psnukefree.org).
Please bring your nonviolent spirit, as well as protest signs (we ask that signs be nonviolent in nature and focus directly on the issues relating to Jeju Island). Learn more at the Save Jeju Island website (www.savejejuisland.org).

The Korean Consulate is located at 2033 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121 (between Lenora and Virginia). It is well-served by public transportation, and there is ample paid parking available on-street and in nearby parking lots.

I recently met Gillchun, and I am humbled by his deep commitment to peace and healing of Jeju Island. Bruce Gagnon (Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space) and I will stand in solidarity with him on April 30th, sending a united message to the government of South Korea (and the U.S.). I hope you will too.

Peace,

Leonard Eiger
Puget Sound Nuclear Weapon Free Zone (Coordinator) www.psnukefree.org
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action (Media & Outreach) www.gzcenter.org
Disarm Now Plowshares (Media & Outreach) http://disarmnowplowshares.wordpress.com
Email: subversivepeacemaking@gmail.com
Blog: http://theloosenukes.blogspot.com/
Blog: http://nuclearabolitionist.blogspot.com
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Tue Apr 24, 2012, 07:57 PM

67. Michael Harrington and Today’s Other America--free movie in Seattle 5/4

Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies
Walling ford Neighbors for Peace and Justice
Friday, May 4, 2012 at 7 pm to 9:30 pm

“Michael Harrington and Today’s Other America”

Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ
5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle
0.4 miles west of the I-5 NE 50th St. Exit - Metro Bus Routes 16, 26 & 44
(Admission to all films is FREE of charge and open to the public,donations are kindly accepted)

50 Years of Corporate Power and Inequality

This extrodinary 1999 documentary film captures the essence of Harrington’s ideas through the use of archival footage and interviews with his colleagues and opponents. Over thirty interviews were filmed,including:
John Kenneth Galbraith
Gloria Steinem
William F. Buckley
Charles Murray

as well as ordinary people who struggle to make a living, or are dependent on social services.

The documentary includes a brief history of socialism in America, and raises questions concerning the merits and relevance of unions today, the problems of migrant workers, farmers, and big business and the American health care system.

A discussion about the issues of Poverty and Full Employment will follow the film.
Seattle Metro Democratic Socialists of America

Social justice documentaries, and community discussion, ...every Friday Night! - FREE!

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Tue Apr 24, 2012, 07:58 PM

68. Free showing of "Koch Brothers Exposed" in Auburn 5/20

Join Involved Democracy
In a free screening of

"Koch Brothers Exposed"
A Robert Greenwald production


May 20th, 4 PM
At Zola's on 402 E Main street in Auburn
Enjoy great food, coffee, wine and beer with the movie!


Help us send "Fake Money From Real People" to our Representatives

A Producer T-Shirt and a copy of the Movie will be given away!

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Wed Apr 25, 2012, 05:16 PM

69. March to support SeaTac Airport workers 4/28

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5377/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=48885

Sea-Tac Airport workers welcome the world to Washington State. They provide the foundation for a key driver in our region's economy. Our airport is an economic powerhouse, but too many of the jobs provided are poverty wage jobs.

Join us in a joint rally with One America and other community groups as we stand up to tell the airport: every job at our airport should be a good job.

March with Sea-Tac and Port of Seattle workers down International Boulevard and then rally in the park in solidarity with plenty of music.

See you there.


Event Location
Sea-Tac Airport Flag Pavillion
18118 International Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98118

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Wed Apr 25, 2012, 07:37 PM

70. What Women Want: Jobs, Education, & Healthcare; Seattle forum on 5/8

http://washingtonpolicywatch.org/2012/04/24/what-women-want-a-community-forum/

Please join EOI, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, and other community partners for a forum titled What Women Want: Jobs, Education, & Healthcare.

This free community forum on Tuesday May 8th from 6 to 8pm, will highlight the impacts of the recession and state budget cuts on women in Washington.

It will focus on how the unprecedented cuts to our state budget are disproportionally harming women’s employment, economic security, health, and safety. Marilyn Watkins, EOI Policy Director will join other panelists in discussing policies that should be pursued at the state level as our economy recovers, and how we can ensure the recovery is equitable for women. Attendees will be invited to join the discussion during the Q&A session.

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Sat Apr 28, 2012, 02:38 AM

72. Bicycle Alliance Open House & Alley Party in Seattle 5/3

May is Bike Month and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and its Nord Alley neighbors are kicking it off with an Open House and Alley Party on May 3 (First Thursday) from 5:30-7:30 pm. We hope you will join us!

We’re highlighting the Tour de France photographic work of Mike Hone on our gallery walls. Mike, an Experience Designer for Adobe, is also an amateur Cat 1 racer and the owner/manager of the Audi Cycling Team. Nord Alley will feature moss art palindromes and alley pallet vertical gardens. Check here for more info on the Alley Party.

The good folks from Schooner Exact Brewing will be on hand to launch their limited edition Ale-Liance IPA. This tasty beer was crafted especially for the Bicycle Alliance to celebrate Bike Month!

Thanks to our Nord Alley neighbors who are co-sponsoring this event: ISI Seattle, Feet First and Back Alley Bike Repair.


May First Thursday Open House & Alley Party
May 3, 2012 – 5:30 to 7:30pm
Bicycle Alliance of Washington
314 First Ave S in Pioneer Square

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Sat Apr 28, 2012, 02:40 AM

73. "Set up To Fail," a dramatic presentation by Justice Works! in Seattle 5/6

Many incarcerated people say they are SET UP TO FAIL!
Is it whining or is it real?

COME SEE THE JUSTICE WORKS! DRAMATIC PRODUCTION ENTITLED ‘SET UP TO FAIL’ AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF!
The 35 minute play will be followed by a discussion of our 3 Strikes campaign and how to get involved!

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2012
Time: 9:45am
Location: Central Lutheran Church
1710 11th Ave Seattle

Justice Works! is a grassroots criminal justice reform non-profit. We work advocate for improvements in the criminal justice system. While working towards our mission of undoing racism in the criminal justice system as experienced by African Americans we design each project and task in accordance with our vision which is to provide a safe, affirming and unique community whereby African Americans, with the support of our allies, use self determination to solve problems encountered with or created by the criminal justice system. The Set Up To Fail play helps community people understand the problems. And, we follow the presentation with information about our work creating some solutions to those problems.

For more information:
206-725-9189
http://www.justiceworks.info

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Tue May 1, 2012, 06:33 AM

74. A Sustainable Rainer Valley; transit event in Seattle 5/14

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5377/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=48955
"A Sustainable Rainer Valley: Moving Racial Justice to the Center of Transit Oriented Development Planning in Seattle"

Equitable TOD Using Transit Oriented Development as a Tool to support Responsible Development & Good Jobs where ALL can prosper in place.

Puget Sound Sage in partnership will release our report: “A Sustainable Rainer Valley: Moving Racial Justice to the Center of Transit Oriented Development Planning in Seattle"

You are invited to an interactive community conversation with the authors of the report and a panel of experts and community leaders.

For more information contact: Rebecca Saldaña at Rebecca@pugetsoundsage.org or 206-568-5000 ext. 25

This event is possible thanks to our fiscal sponsors: Seattle Foundation’s Neighbor to Neighbor Fund, The Satterberg Foundation, Margaruite Casey Foundation, and Housing Development Consortium.


Event Location
Filipino Community Center
5740 Martin Luther King Junior Way
Seattle, WA 98118

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Tue May 1, 2012, 06:43 AM

75. "Sunset Cocktails" event to honor young labor leaders 6/7 in Seattle

http://www.thestand.org/2012/04/wa-yell-event-to-feature-afl-cios-shuler/

WA YELL event to feature AFL-CIO’s Shuler

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler will be the guest of honor at “Sunset Cocktails on the Sound,” a social and fundraising event to benefit the Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL), from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle. Unions are urged to bring their younger emerging leaders, or to recruit some to attend this inspiring event.

As the youngest elected officer at the AFL-CIO, Shuler is committed to increasing the involvement of young adults in the labor movement. She is a strong supporter of WA YELL’s mission to attract young workers, activists and the unemployed into labor and social justice movements and to provide leadership development opportunities for them.

“We have to change the perception of unions,” Shuler says. “We need to figure out how to make unions ‘cool’ again and reconnect with people where they live. We’re about community. We’re about people helping each other.”

Open to the public, “Sunset Cocktails on the Sound” is being organized by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace/IFPTE 2001, in cooperation with the M.L. King County Labor Council, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and WA YELL.

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Fri May 4, 2012, 06:06 AM

76. Evening for the Environment in Seattle 5/10

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

Gather for a night of fabulous conversation, wonderful food and drink, and to support the electoral efforts of the environmental community!

Thursday, May 10, 2012
5:30pm to 8:00pm
415 Westlake, South Lake Union, Seattle
Reception followed by dinner & program

Register Now!

For questions or to be a sponsor or table captain please contact:Jesseca Brand, King County Program Director: 206 631 2611 or jesseca@wcvoters.org

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Mon May 7, 2012, 08:33 PM

77. Seattle Emergency Management offers earthquake retrofit class 6/10

CORRECTION: The class time for the next Home Retrofit class is from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Douglass-Truth Library on Sunday, June 10.

Training Announcements:
Home Retrofit Class – will your home remain standing after a major earthquake?
Find out here: Douglass-Truth Library

2300 E. Yesler Way 98122

Sunday June 10th
2pm-4pm
Free, pre-register at: snap {at} seattle.gov or call 206-233-5076.

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Wed May 9, 2012, 08:43 PM

78. Celebreate Seattle Young Peoples Project 20th anniversary 5/19

SYPP youth have been mobilizing for education justice and working hard to disrupt the policies and practices that push youth out of school and into the prison industrial complex. We know that our fight must include the families and communities that we help create and not just the institutions that dictate our lives.

This week, please help support our work by joining SYPP and the Strong Families Movement in celebrating Mama's Day! Help us lift up the stories of immigrant women, family reunification, and young mothers. Our community is full of hope and resiliance and whether we are fighting for more just schools or fighting Border Patrol we are all in it together. Let's take a moment to celebrate!

Go to mamasday.org to send an e-card. You can help us reshape the stories that are told about our families and our communities! Let's flex our power in changing the conversation! Please share these links by email and facebook as well!

http://guestlistapp.com/events/88986

We hope you will join us on Saturday May 19th at our 20th anniversary celebration! We have many victories to celebrate over the years and we would love your help in building the next 20 years!

Join Seattle Young People’s Project as we celebrate our 20 year anniversary of supporting young people to become community leaders and changemakers!

This year look forward to endless old photos from our past, delicious desserts, video interviews with former SYPP youth organizers, and some serious community building.


You’ll be sharing a table with 7 friends so start asking each other now. Please invite folks who might be featured in our 20 year slideshow, please invite folks who have heard you talk about SYPP but who have never met us, and please bring your family. We are looking forward to celebrating our past, present and future!

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Fri May 11, 2012, 02:14 AM

79. Concerned about the downtown Seattle free ride zone going away? Meeting 5/18

http://transportationchoices.org/events/post-ride-free-zone-forum

We know that the ride free zone is going away. Join our Friday Forum with a group of dynamic panelists for a discussion on the challenges, from a transit throughput and social justice perspective, and potential solutions for transit service after the RFZ goes away.

May 18, 2012
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Avenue, Seattle Room 4080
Contact Name Andrew Austin
Contact Phone 253-732-9434


Our Panelists include:

Tim Harris- Real Change
Jim Jacobson- King County Metro
Bill LaBorde- City of Seattle
Zach Shaner - Seattle Transit blog

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Sat May 12, 2012, 11:50 PM

80. Rally at Seattle City Council 5/14 in favor of political spending resolution.

Media Advisory

For more information:
Craig Salins,
craig {at} washclean.org,
206-784-2522 or
206-949-3285 (cell) or:

Maureen Van Hollebeke
206-349-2447 or:
Annie Phillips, 2
06-244-5209

RALLY - May 14th, 12 Noon
Seattle City Hall, 4th Ave Plaza, 600 Fourth Ave, Seattle 98104

And -- Seattle City Council meeting - 2 PM
And -- NEWS CONFERENCE - 3 PM ( after City Council vote, inside City Hall )

Seattle City Council will vote on a Political Spending Resolution
supporting a Constitutional amendment
to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling !

On Monday, May 14th, the Seattle City Council will vote on a political spending resolution.
It calls on Congress to enact a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United court decision. To date, dozens of cities nationwide - and three state legislatures - have acted on similar resolutions. See map, with cities / locations: http://movetoamend.org/resolutions-map

Beginning at 12 Noon, there will be a public rally to demonstrate public support for this action -- to demonstrate to public officials: We will not tolerate election results and public policy to be hijacked by wealth and corporate interest.

Background - Statement by Washington Public Campaigns and Seattle GMOP (Get Money Out of
Politics Working Group)

Supreme Court rulings have unleashed a torrent of money and super PAC spending by wealthy special interests to influence elections this year. It must be stopped!

Lawmaking matters. Everyone needs a job paying living wages. Americans need affordable health care, housing and educational opportunity without lifelong debt. We deserve a safe and clean environment.
We should have tax rates and budget priorities in the public interest, to meet community needs.

Yet today, these decisions are all shaped by campaign contributions, media propaganda, and highly-paid lobbyists in state capitals and Congress. Democracy itself has been hijacked - by money and wealth. Public policy is shaped to increase the profits, wealth and political power of "too-big-to-fail" banks, "defense" contractors, Big Oil, insurance, and pharmaceutical giants. Even the prison industry is being privatized for profit - and judicial elections are threatened by special-interest campaign cash. When government itself is "for sale" - democracy is lost.

For these reasons, we will fight for a Constitutional amendment that enshrines the rights of We The People to control election results and lawmaking in OUR interest - and to stop the hijacking of our democracy by corporate interest and wealth.

For more info -- www.washclean.org Tool Kit, with handouts and more -- http://www.washclean.org/download.htm#toolkit2012

May 14th Rally Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/294909810593599/

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Thu May 17, 2012, 03:19 AM

81. Localize This! Week long workshop on Vashon; creative activism at its finest

http://backbonecampaign.org/component/k2/item/18-localize-this

Where: BEAUTIFUL Vashon Island, WA
(20 min. Ferry from Seattle)

When: July 29-August 4

Cost: Sliding scale $200-$400 for all 8 days (No one will be turned away for lack of funds*)
Per day $25-$50 (suggested)

All Camping, Trainings, and Food are included!
(Bring a tent & sleeping bag.)

Join us on our beautiful home base of Vashon Island for the third annual Localize this! Creative Tactics for Land and Sea Artful Action Camp.

We had such a great time the past two years that we want to host another gathering of committed, action-oriented activists. This year we are honored to announce that we are expanding the program with the help of some of the most exciting community organizers working in the US today.

This year, Camp will be held at the amazing Vashon Youth Hostel, which is within minutes of the beach where we hold the water-based trainings on Puget Sound. We'll be organizing kitchen & other volunteers, as everyone pitches in with camp chores. There are enough tent sites for hundreds and teepees for rent at extra cost. We are expecting 75-150 of our movement's finest (including you!) to make this part of their summer plans.

For those who cannot attend the entire week, Please REGISTER anyway and indicate which days you plan to be there.

Forward Together!

Team Backbone
Contact Backbone Campaign if you have questions: 206.408.8058
Camp {at} BackboneCampaign.org

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Tue May 22, 2012, 07:59 PM

82. No New Juvenile Hall in Seattle!!! Meeting 5/24

Help us stop the County from building a new youth jail! Hear from youth, families, and advocates!
No New Juvenile Hall in Seattle!!!
Washington Hall, 153 14th ave @ Alder
6-8 pm May 24

Should King County raise and spend hundreds of millions of dollars to "rehabilitate" its youth jail? Or should we spend that money on youth and families to prevent them from being criminalized? Does it make sense to spend money locking youth up while we cut funds from education, health care, poverty programs, and other essentials?

Seattle's juvenile punishment system is racist and it harms youth. Let's stop funding an approach that doesn't make our communities any safer but does harm youth and families.

Come hear from affected youth, community members, activists, and others discussing the racial disparity in the prison system, effective alternatives to youth incarceration, and much more. A new youth jail isn't inevitable, it isn't effective, and it isn't right. Come find out why, and what to do about it.

This event is on the second floor of Washington Hall, up a flight of stairs.

We're also planning a follow up event June 23 which will be a film screening and poetry event at Life Enrichment books in Columbia City followed by a noise demo at the youth jail. Please stay tuned!


From Dean Spade:

Remember that time the city wanted to build a new adult jail and people pushed back in amazing ways and they didn't build it? That was cool. Well, now the County wants to pass a ballot measure to raise and spend hundreds of millions of dollars to "rehabilitate" the youth jail on Alder and 12th and the court buildings there. Some weeks back they had a public forum about it that was disrupted by activists who questioned the authority of the jail planners, sharing many concerns:
•the juvenile punishment system in King County is racially targeted against youth of color, especially black and indigenous youth;
•youth in the jail are people surviving violent racist policing, poverty, and other conditions that the County should be addressing with real solutions, not criminalization;
•the new jail will be part of gentrification of the Central District, and includes plans for commercial space;
•communities most impacted by the youth jail were not allowed to participate in the planning process.
Rather than listening to community voices, the County jail planners shut down the forum before most people could be heard.

For the past several weeks, community members have been meeting to build a mobilization against the new youth jail. This week, we're putting on an event where people impacted by criminalization will be talking about what is going on and what we can do about it together. Please come!

There is a Facebook page set up for the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/170041046457041/




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Thu May 24, 2012, 07:20 AM

83. Movie “911: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out.” 5/25 in Seattle

“911: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out.”

May 25, Friday, 6:30pm

Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society
2700 24th Ave East, Seattle, WA 98112-2099

Discover why 1700 technical & building professionals are calling for a new investigation into the events of 9/11! Watch "9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out"!

This powerful new documentary from Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth premieres Friday May 25 at the Museum of History & Industry – McEachern Auditorium in Seattle, Washington. 2700 24th Ave East.

Our World Premiere of 9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out tours the US with live appearances by Richard Gage at many venues. This event features a live introduction and a Q&A by Richard Gage AIA. Buy your tickets now to insure available space. $10 http://expertsspeakout.eventbrite.com/

Just a mere utterance of the word, 9/11, or September 11th, or any other various related terms can stir up a cauldron of emotion – and it runs the entire spectrum, from steadfast defenders of the government’s official explanation of what happened on 9/11 to those arguing theories of a deep, dark, evil conspiracy. There is no shortage of passion.

Regardless of your personal beliefs about what happened on 9/11 we can all agree (as we’ve been told over and over again) that 9/11 has indeed fundamentally changed the world we all live in and experience every day.

In this powerful groundbreaking and graphically rich documentary, 43 highly trained and skilled technical and building professionals who, after having examined the evidence, not only have a reasonable doubt about the official story, they conclude that the three World Trade Center Skyscrapers could not have been destroyed without the use of explosive controlled demolition.

It’s not conspiracy. It’s forensic evidence. You owe to yourself, your children and their children to open your mind, your eyes and your ears and review this information dispassionately.

View our 15 minute video about WTC building 7 here - http://architects-engineers.org/

We also encourage you to visit our main website, http://ae911truth.org/ and examine the evidence for yourself.

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Fri May 25, 2012, 12:36 AM

84. Testify against coal trains at the Seattle City Council 5/29

Big Coal is seeking to export hundreds of millions of tons of dirty and dangerous coal out of Northwest ports, impacting Seattle’s waterfront, parks and neighborhoods including Georgetown, Magnolia, Ballard and many more.

Seattle has nothing to gain and much to lose if Big Coal gets its way.

The Seattle City Council is considering passing a resolution opposing coal exports. It’s important that Seattle responds to the threats posed by coal exports for residents living near rail lines and for all of us who would deal with the increased climate disruption.

Join us at the City Council hearing and show your support for a clean, healthy Seattle!

When: Tuesday, May 29th at 1:30 pm for press conference. Testimony begins at 2 p.m.

Where: Council Chambers
Seattle City Hall, Floor 2
600 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle could see up to 18 mile-and-a-half long, open car, coal trains rumbling through town every single day creating traffic delays, health problems from coal dust and diesel, and harm to property values and nearby infrastructure. Moreover, Seattle has been a leader in transitioning to a clean energy economy. Coal is 19th century England, not 21st century Seattle!

Seattle will be joining cities and elected officials across Washington State including Marysville, Edmonds, Camas and Washougal as well as communities in Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Come out and support the Council as they take a stand for our health, our community and our future. You are welcome to testify or sit in the audience as supportive - we'll have Power Past Coal stickers!

To Learn more at http://www.PowerPastCoal.org

We Can, We Must, We Will stop coal exports!

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Fri Jun 1, 2012, 03:40 AM

85. Northwest Extraction Resistance Workshop; Spokane 6/8-6/9


http://backbonecampaign.org/component/k2/item/56-northwest-extraction-resistance-workshop

Northwest Extraction Resistance Workshop
Spokane, WA June 8 & 9, 2012

Backbone is partnering with our Rising Tide, Forest Ethics and other allies to produce a workshop in Spokane, WA to support our mountain state allies working on the many variations of extraction resistance. Join veteran trainers Kim Mark and Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, and myself Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9. See link and poster on the right to register.

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Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:28 PM

86. Transportation Trivia Nite--Seattle 6/27

WHEN
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
5:30 - 8: 30 PM
(Round one starts at 6:00.)
WHERE

Buckley's in Belltown
2331 2nd Ave, Seattle
Map


Think you know a lot about transit? Sign up for our first ever Transit Trivia Night ! Test your smarts against the likes of legislators, city councilmembers, transit bloggers, and even bus drivers. Teams will compete for bragging rights and cool, transit-themed trophies.

All proceeds will benefit Transportation Choices Coalition and help us fight to save transit all across the state.

Suggested donation per player is $25. Ticket price includes light appetizers.

Have a good time for a great cause: register today! http://transittrivia.eventbrite.com/

Carla Saulter
Membership manager
Transportation Choices Coalition
Transit for all!

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Fri Jun 15, 2012, 04:23 AM

87. Coal Hard Truth Forum 6/20 in Seattle

We hope you will join Climate Solutions and the Power Past Coal coalition for the Coal Hard Truth Forum in Magnolia on June 20.

Learn more about protecting King County from 20 mile and a half long coal trains per day! Learn about a proposed dirty coal export project that would dramatically affect our community, and how you can help prevent it from happening.

When: Wednesday June 20th, 7pm - 9pm
Where: Magnolia United Church of Christ, Pilgrim Hall, 3555 W McGraw St, Magnolia

What are the risks if the largest coal company in the world - Peabody Coal - is allowed to transport up to 48 million tons of coal through Magnolia on rail to send to Asia?

You will Learn About:


• The regional impact and specifics of this dirty and dangerous project
• Health threats from coal dust, traffic and emergency service delays, diesel exhaust and global
warming pollution
• Why we have a moral obligation to protect our planet from coal exports
• What you can do to stop this coal export proposal!


For questions or to RSVP for the Coal Hard Truth Forum, please contact robin.everett {at} sierraclub.org or call 206-378-0114 x308

Learn more at www.PowerPastCoal.org

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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 03:27 AM

89. Another one in Federal Way 6/30

Come to a Coal Hard Truth Forum---Saturday June 30th

The Nation's two largest coal companies, Arch Coal and Peabody are working on a huge coal mining and export project that would directly affect Washington State. They plan to mine 100 million tons of coal from Montana and Wyoming and ship that coal through Washington and Oregon to potential markets in Asia. Once burned the pollution will be worse then the proposed Key Stone Pipe Line.

The coal companies also want to build massive export terminals at Longview, WA and Cherry Point, north of Bellingham, WA. The Cherry Point site could have 80 acres of uncovered coal piled up to 85 feet high which would release coal dust onto surrounding farms, fields, homes, wetlands, and marine waters.

Communities in and along rail lines, including Seattle, Shoreline, Tukwila, Renton, Kent and Auburn could see 20 or more coal trains rolling through town every day. This would add more than 3,000 noisy mile-long loaded coal trains traveling through King County rail system every year.

We can and need to stop them. Come to a Coal Hard Truth Forum and learn how.

Read more about this at---http://www.powerpastcoal.org/

When: Saturday June 30th

Where: 320th Library,
848 S. 320 St,
Federal Way

Time: Doors at 1pm Speakers start at about 1:30

Sponsored by Federal Way Occupy & FUSE, & Washington Environmental Council--
General Assembly Meeting to follow speakers. All welcome to join.
Contact: Libby Bennett---mamatothreewee@gmail.com or Kerri Griffis-- Kerrigriffis@yahoo

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Tue Jun 26, 2012, 04:43 AM

88. Free Sex Ed Planned Parenthood block party in Seattle 7/7

http://www.ppaction.org/site/R?i=6owBiqupDAY_ITXskQgs6A

Planned Parenthood's Sex Ed Block Party
Date: Saturday, July 7, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Address:
Planned Parenthood
2001 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98122

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is hosting a huge party on July 7 in honor of our award winning education programs and the Teen Council program's 20th anniversary!

Join PPFA President Cecile Richards, local Planned Parenthood leadership, and Teen Council Program alumni at our Sex-Ed Block Party, in celebration of Planned Parenthood's local education programs. This all-ages, family friendly event will have something (AWESOME) for everyone, including:

•Live Music from Furniture Girls, Alabaster, and The Volcano Diary
•Games and Mini-Workshops
•Inspiring Speakers
•A Silent Auction benefitting Planned Parenthood's local programs
•Food! Beer! Ice Cream!
It's going to be a great party - don't miss it!

Attendance is FREE but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please click the "Sign me up" button below to RSVP for Planned Parenthood's Sex-Ed Block Party!

EVENT SCHEDULE

There will be a special reunion dinner for Teen Council Alumni immediately following the Block Party, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

If you'd like to attend this event you can RSVP online.

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Wed Jul 4, 2012, 04:53 AM

90. aith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq meets in Seatle 7/7

Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq (INOC)
A Program Unit of Church Council of Greater Seattle
Keystone United Church of Christ
5019 Keystone Pl N; Seattle, Washington 98103
http://www.concernforiraq.org


Please bring articles you have found interesting to discuss at our meeting.

NY Times: Swiss Institute Finds Polonium in Arafat's Effects
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/07/03/world/europe/03reuters-palestinians-arafat.html?hp

ZURICH (Reuters) - Traces of the poisonous element polonium have been found in the belongings of late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, a Swiss institute said on Wednesday, and a television report said his widow had demanded his body be exhumed for further tests.

Arafat died at a hospital in France in 2004, after a sudden illness which baffled doctors. Many Palestinians have long suspected he was poisoned.

Darcy Christen, spokesman for the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland, told Reuters on Tuesday it had found "surprisingly" high levels of polonium-210 in Arafat's belongings.

But he stressed that clinical symptoms described in Arafat's medical reports were not consistent with polonium-210 and that conclusions could not be drawn as to whether the Palestinian leader was poisoned or not.

The Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite channel said the institute had tested Arafat's personal effects, given them by his widow.

Its documentary said they showed that his clothes, toothbrush and kaffiyeh headscarf contained abnormal levels of polonium, a rare, highly radioactive element.

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Wed Jul 4, 2012, 04:56 AM

91. Good Fortune (movie on international aid) shown in Seattle 7/11

Movie Night at Central Co-op, Co-sponsored by AGRA Watch
WED July 11, 6:30

Good Fortune explores how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. Through intimate portraits of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development organizations, the film presents a unique opportunity to experience foreign aid through the eyes of the people it is intended to benefit. This screening is cosponsored by AGRA Watch, who will join the screening and be available for the post-film discussion. Central Co-ops shows movies at 6:30 p.m. every Owner Appreciation Day for Central Co-op owners and workers. The Central Co-op community room is accessible; please let us know how we can make the space accommodating. To reserve your space, please RSVP with your owner number at Info Central, email info {at} centralcoop.coop, or call 206-329-1545 ext 215. Please gather at Info Central no later than 6:25 p.m. and we will show you up to our community room.

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Wed Jul 4, 2012, 04:59 AM

92. ening Local Economies Everywhere! Dinner in Seattle 7/14

CAGJ’s 6th Annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere! Dinner, Happy Hour 5:00, Dinner 6:30

Participate in our first-ever ONLINE SILENT AUCTION!
http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/3988/auctions/4622
We have posted a few of our favorite items online, so you can start bidding now! These great deals are now available to those who can't join us July 14! Items include a cabin on Hood Canal, Center for Wooden Boats Membership, beautiful wheelbarrow with amazing compost, a 5 week Bee-keeping class, Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage and incredibly gorgeous hand-stitched bed spread from Turkey! Join the online auction now by clicking here! Items are priced for all income levels. Many more items will be available at the silent auction the night of the dinner. All online bidding will close on the evening of July 14th.

Buy your tickets before they sell out for CAGJ's annual dinner at St. Demetrios Church, 2100 Boyer Avenue East, in Montlake. We will celebrate the publication of the 2nd edition of CAGJ’s book and enjoy a joint Keynote from two of the book's amazing contributors, Valerie Segrest and Elise Krohn from the Northwest Indian College Traditional Plants and Foods Program; Valerie also founded the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project. Tickets are $40 - $100 sliding scale, and for sale here on Brown Paper Tickets. There are also a limited number of $20 Solidarity Tickets available directly from CAGJ! Just shoot us an email slee {at}seattleglobaljustice.org letting us know how many you want! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/245972

CALL FOR SLEE DINNER VOLUNTEERS
Contact Chelsea (volunteer@seattleglobaljustice.org) if you can help out in any way - thank you!
July 9-13: Donation Pick ups Anyone with a car who has time!
SAT July 14 needs:
Pick ups 8AM - 5PM
Servers 4-9:30PM (16 people needed) No experience needed!
Food Prep 3 - 9PM: (5 people needed)
Set up 12 – 2PM (3 people needed)
Registration 3:30-7PM (3 people needed)

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Wed Jul 4, 2012, 05:03 AM

93. WA State Labor Council convention 8/6-8/9 in Wenatchee

http://www.thestand.org/2012/07/12-wslc-convention-aug-6-9-in-wenatchee/


The 2012 Constitutional Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, the state’s largest union organization, will be Monday through Thursday, Aug. 6-9 at the Coast Wenatchee Hotel and Convention Center. The WSLC’s more than 500 affiliated labor organizations, representing some 400,000 rank-and-file members across the state, received their convention call in May.

Under the theme “Stronger Together,” the convention agenda will feature AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker, labor-endorsed candidates including U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and Jay Inslee, and many other distinguished guest speakers who will focus on working together to strengthen families and rebuild America’s middle class. In addition, there will be panels on Jobs and the Economy; Trade, Immigrant Workers and Trafficking; Union Organizing; and much more.

Register online for the 2012 WSLC Convention. Rooms at the Coast Wenatchee Hotel, the only unionized hotel in the city, were sold out shortly after the convention call was mailed to affiliated unions. However, a block of rooms are also being held until Friday, July 6 at the nearby Red Lion Hotel Wenatchee, 509-663-0711. There may not be many of those left, so call today!

RESOLUTIONS — The Washington State Labor Council’s Constitution says that proposed resolutions should be submitted 30 days prior to convention (in this case, July 6). However, “late” resolutions are routinely accepted right up until the first day of convention and also will be considered by delegates. Affiliates are urged to submit these resolutions at the earliest possible time to facilitate reproduction and distribution to the convention body.

These resolutions are a key part not just of the WSLC Convention, but of the organization itself. It is through their debate and passage that WSLC positions and policies are established. This year’s convention is the WSLC’s Constitutional Convention, meaning that resolutions can be introduced to change the structure and bylaws of the organization. Any WSLC-affiliated union may submit resolutions. See the resolutions approved in 2011 for examples of the diverse issues that are covered. The resolutions are first referred to various committees that will meet Monday afternoon (and Tuesday, if necessary) and consider whether to recommend changes or corrections. Debate and voting on the resolutions, and any committee amendments, will take place Thursday morning.

EVENTS — This convention is a great opportunity for union officers, staff and rank-and-file delegates to hear from political and labor leaders, attend informative workshops, develop relationships with other unions — and have some fun. The action actually begins on Sunday. In addition to the actual agenda of the plenary sessions and workshops, special convention events include:

Sunday, Aug. 5

GOLF TOURNAMENT

“The Tournament in ‘12,” the annual golf fund raiser to benefit the Foundation for Working Families, will be Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Highlander Golf Club. Registration starts at 6 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 7 a.m. Immediately following the tournament will be a luncheon. If you are not a golfer, please join us at the luncheon ($20 per person). There will be fantastic prizes and all proceeds benefit the Foundation for Working Families’ Disaster Relief/Hardship Fund and community service agencies throughout Washington state. For more information contact the FWF at 206-254-4919, or download the tournament flier/registration form.

WA YELL CONVENTION

The Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL) will host its first annual convention at the Coast Wenatchee Hotel and Convention Center beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5. Over the past year, WA YELL has been engaging the young and young-at-heart in the political process, in leadership development and in civic engagement. Its mission is to develop future leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to strengthen their roles in their union and in the progressive community. Sunday’s convention will conclude at 2 p.m. when participants will join in a Labor Neighbor canvass in Wenatchee. The $20 registration fee includes lunch. For more information about WA YELL, its convention and activities, visit its Facebook page or contact Shaunie Sallee via email or at 206-290-2590.

TRADE SECTION RECEPTION

The WSLC Trade Section will host its annual reception to meet and greet fellow delegates at 6 p.m. at the hotel (room TBA) featuring light hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar.

Monday, Aug. 6

FILM NIGHT

The WSLC Diversity Committee will host a Film Night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the hotel (room TBA).

Tuesday, Aug. 7

C.O.P.E. BARBECUE

The WSLC Committee On Political Education will host its annual barbecue fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Coast Wenatchee Hotel’s Fountain Courtyard. Tickets, available at registration, are $20 and proceeds go to fund efforts to support labor-endorsed candidates and ballot measures in Washington state. At the conclusion of the barbecue, there will be “Karaoke in the Kourtyard.”

Wednesday, Aug. 8

RECEPTION & BANQUET

The WSLC’s annual reception and banquet will be Wednesday night. The reception begins at 6 p.m. at the convention center and the banquet begins at 7 p.m. Registered delegates and alternates receive one ticket to the event. Additional tickets can be purchased for $50 at registration or at the convention office.

For more information about the convention, contact the WSLC’s Jan Hays or Karen White at 206-281-8901.

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Fri Jul 6, 2012, 06:19 AM

94. No New Juvenile Hall in Seattle!!! Demo on July 9th

Juvenile Detention Center on 12th & Alder at 11am

We are still hard at speaking up against the $200 million tax levy the City of Seattle is trying to pass in early August. Join us as we march against the Juvy and tax levy. The protest is also focusing on the proposed racist gentrification of Yesler Terrace- the oldest public housing project in Seattle. The City of Seattle is once again trying to sell the land to private owners who would build 16 story condominiums. As well as the Seattle Steam Incinerator which is a major source of lethal pollution in downtown Seattle. All three of these connect. Jailing our communities is a tactic of gentrification! The Seattle Police Department (SPD) are notorious for racial profiling against people of color and young people. The proposal for both the Juvy and the condos would both use and expand the Seattle Steam Incinerator which emits dioxin and particulate matter pollution that the American Lung Association states is so toxic it can kill on “the very day of exposure” if exposed to a high concentration.
Here is the facebook events:

https://www.facebook.com/ events/165274293605496/
https://www.facebook.com/ events/386903471367799/

NO MORE JAILING OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY!
EDUCATION NOT INCARCERATION!

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Fri Jul 6, 2012, 06:20 AM

95. ison Industrial Complex in Seattle 7/12

Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR)
is holding a community forum on the Prison Industrial Complex
July 12th 6pm-8:30pm @ 2100 24th Ave. S, Seattle Dinner will be provided!!

Join us as we seek to heal and transform lives and develop sustainable alternatives to the current system of mass incarceration. This event is part of an ongoing campaign aimed at evolving our societal approach to criminal and juvenile justice to reflect principles of anti-racism and restorative justice.

Youth are encouraged to attend!
Please RSVP by July 8th. Email us at pkavanoor@gmail.com or call at 206 632 0500 ext. 13.

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Fri Jul 6, 2012, 06:21 AM

96. Training for Youth Organizers in Seattle 7/21-7/22

Training for Youth Trainers
July 21st and 22nd 11am-5pm at the Seattle Art Museum in the Simon Room in Downtown Seattle.

It's free for youth ages (13-18) and lunch + snacks will be provided. The T4T will prepare youth with skills in workshop facilitation, understanding popular education, and breaking down topics like racism, oppression & homophobia. Youth who graduate from this training will be able to become youth trainers at SYPP or you can take your skills to other places in the community. Please contact jamie@sypp.org if you want to attend or need more information!

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Fri Jul 6, 2012, 06:22 AM

97. Koch Brothers Exposed; Greenwald movie 7/10 in Tacoma

Koch Brothers Exposed


Tuesday, July 10, 2012
6-8:30 pm
Washington State History Museum Tahoma Auditorium
1911 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402

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Mon Jul 9, 2012, 07:54 PM

98. 7/21 Forum with Thom Hartmann, Randi Rhodes, Norman Goldman, Mike Papantonio, Sam Seder, Ron Reagan

Saturday July 21st, Seattle’s Progressive Talk AM1090 Presents “Showdown 2012: Recapturing Democracy”… a progressive townhall forum examining the evolving role we as citizens play in the political and public policy process. The panel features top national progressive personalities including Thom Hartmann, Randi Rhodes, Norman Goldman, Mike Papantonio, Sam Seder and Ron Reagan. Plus a special keynote address by Congressman Jim McDermott.

With unlimited corporate campaign spending taking center-stage in the 2012 elections, individuals and grassroots organizations face an unprecedented uphill battle to make our voices heard amongst the “Super PACs” and un-ending corporate money. Our panel will layout the strategies we must follow, starting in our own communities, to protect our role in our democracy and build a better future for us all.

Join AM1090 Saturday July 21st for Showdown 2012: Recapturing Democracy at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Doors open @ 5pm, the forum begins @ 6pm.

Details and tickets HERE!

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Mon Jul 9, 2012, 10:20 PM

99. Koch Brothers Exposed a film by Robert Greenwald

Sammamish Library, Thur. July 19th, 825 228th Ave.SE Sammamish

Film @7pm, Discussion to follow.

Presented by [link:http://FuseWashington.org|

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Fri Jul 13, 2012, 07:17 AM

100. Rally to Support Davis Wire Striking Workers; Kent 7/12


Tuesday July 17, 3 pm
19411 80th Avenue South, Kent WA
Workers at Davis Wire have been on strike since May 21. As their strike enters it's fourth month come join with them to tell their boss that unsafe work conditions are unacceptable.

Teamster Local 117 have filed over two dozen Unfair Labor Practices, a class action law suit for egregious wage and hour viloations and very modist requests for their contract. These workers have shown amazing power and solidarity and your support on July 17th will be uplifting for our brothers and sisters and will send a message to the boss that these workers are not alone.

For more information see the disturbing video on youtube you can search for it by typing Davis Wire Fingers or


Do not let this bottle--

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Sat Jul 28, 2012, 09:27 PM

101. Trade expert Lori Wallach in Seattle 8/8

Join the WFTC in welcoming renowned activist & trade expert Lori Wallach
for a lively evening of insights into the making of US trade policy.
Lori will focus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Monday, August 6th
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Newground Social Investment
2206 Queen Anne Ave N, Suite 402 Seattle, WA 98109
Libations & appetizers provided

Biography: Lori Wallach is a Harvard-trained trade lawyer who promotes the public interest in globalization and international commercial agreements. With abundant humor, intelligence and energy, Lori "translates" trade legalese into relevant, accessible language that connects people's lived experiences and empowers diverse participation.

Lori has testified before more than 20 U.S. congressional committees on trade and globalization matters. She has served as a trade commentator on CNN, ABC, CNBC, C-SPAN, CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, PBS, NPR, and numerous foreign outlets. Her most recent book is Whose Trade Organization? A Comprehensive Guide to the WTO (The New Press, 2004). Lori has also contributed to numerous anthologies including the International Forum on Globalization's Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible.

Please RSVP to Kristen@washingtonfairtrade.org

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Sun Jul 29, 2012, 04:37 AM

102. Transportation Choices happy hour 8/2 in Seattle

Summer has finally arrived in the Puget Sound. Why not enjoy some of that warm weather and longer days by catching up with the old and new faces at Transportation Choices.

Instead of our usual Friday Forum, we're changing things up. Come join us for happy hour and chat about all things transportation. With the new federal transportation bill, transit ballot measures in Pierce and Clark Counties, light rail updates, and Metro's upcoming service changes there's lots to talk about. And, as TCC's newest addition, I'd love to say hello if we haven't met already!

August is a great time to reconnect and talk about the on-goings with transit, walking, and bicycling in the Puget Sound and across the state. So come grab a drink and say hello.

See you next Friday!

Sincerely,

Grace Cho
Field Director
Transportation Choices

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Tue Jul 31, 2012, 06:18 AM

103. Economic Justice Workshop - Making the American Dream Real for Everyone; Renton 8/21

An Invitation


Dear Friends,

Today's economic troubles are serious indeed. But our people have been there before.

In the USA, economic crisis triggers popular resistance. Just when corporate and banker ascendancy seems most overpowering, people's movements arise to check and reverse that power. An aroused people asserts its fundamental rights.

Just beneath the surface of traditional media attention, something vital is gathering force and is about to explode into public consciousness. Mark McDermott's

Economic Justice Workshop - Making the American Dream Real for Everyone is an interactive popular education workshop that builds from the economic difficulties experienced by workshop participants and those close to them. Anchored in a long historical lens, the workshop explores different periods of American history in which economic growth is shared broadly or when economic growth is concentrated primarily among the wealthy. Participants are encouraged to identify the root causes of the shifts from a broadly based prosperity to other periods of explosive growth in income and wealth inequality. Most importantly, the workshop brings hope for a more positive future by focusing discussion on how do we move toward a more economically just and secure nation for all.

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 – 10 am – 3 pm (lunch included)
Renton Technical College,

Mark McDermott's Economic Justice Workshop is simply too good to miss. But space is limited! So RSVP Quickly -- when the workshop is full -- that's it! For further information contact Edie Koch - Treasurer@psara.org


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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:24 PM

104. WA Alliance for Retired Americans convention in Tukwila 8/22

We are looking forward to having you join us for our 2012 Convention on Wednesday, August 22nd at the Teamsters Main Hall in Tukwila. We have an exciting line up of guests and workshops.

I have attached the Convention information and registration form for you to send in for your delegates and guests. We encourage you to bring guests that would enjoy attending our workshops and special luncheon program celebrating the 77th year of Social Security. (email contact for a copy)

Please contact me if you have questions or need additional information. Check out our Facebook page for our most recent Medicare Event activities!

Have a great day!
Best,
Jo
Jo Jacobson
WA State Field Representative
Alliance for Retired Americans
253-549-3033
washingtonalliance@gmail.com

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Sat Aug 4, 2012, 04:29 AM

105. Teach-Out! Grateful Food Farms @ Viva Farms 8/18; meet in Seattle to travel to Skagit

SAT, August 18, 9:30 – 4/6pm
Teach-Out! Grateful Food Farms @ Viva Farms
Meet at 9:30am at CAGJ office, travel to Skagit Valley for Teach-Out
Return at 4pm, optional Happy Hour at Agua Verde Cafe!

RSVP (required) and get more details at fjp@seattleglobaljustice.org

CAGJ’s Food Justice Project invites our members and others to learn about and build connections with key players in the local food region through regular visits & work parties with farms, community kitchens, and community gardens! Our teach-out at Grateful Food Farms, part of Viva Farm, will feature education, learning, discussion, reflection, and getting our hands dirty to support this community project. Viva Farms is a project of GrowFood.org, an international non-profit dedicated to recruiting, training and capitalizing the next generation of sustainable farmers. We operate in strong partnership with WSU Extension. The Viva Farms Incubator Program was launched in June 2009 to provide new farmers affordable access to education, training and technical assistance; capital and credit; land and markets. Grateful Food Farm is a participant in the incubator program.

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Mon Aug 13, 2012, 11:16 PM

106. Free showing of "Tapped" (water issues) in Enumclaw 8/18

Austin Schuver, a High school student at Enumclaw High School, has worked very hard to give this free showing of “Tapped” to the community. Doreen Anderson (an activist who lives in Enumclaw) interviewed this young man and it appears in the Enumclaw Patch under “Local Voices”.

The film deals with many issues around water, including privatization, pollution, safety and health. It may be of special interest to those who followed Nestle's pursuit of our local water supply a few years ago, and to many who are concerned about the privatization of water rights elsewhere in the US and around the world. Waste from the bottled-water industry is a tremendous issue worldwide--Americans alone use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour, and 80% of those bottles are not recycled. Other considerations are the health and safety issues around consumables stored in some plastics (an issue extending beyond bottled water). Tapped deals with all this and more. Doreen Anderson

Tapped
Enumclaw High School (226 Semanski St. S, Enumclaw, WA 98022)

August 18, 2012
7:00 – 8:30 pm
FREE

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Mon Aug 13, 2012, 11:19 PM

107. Protest at WalMart shareholders' meeting in Tacoma 8/15

Walmart is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with shareholders in Tacoma!

Please see below a media advisory from Tacoma-area orgs protesting this event. Details of the protest are:
Date: This Wednesday, Aug 15th
Time: 10:30am
Location: Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center http://tacomaconventioncenter.com/plan_directions.html

Walmart's celebration in Tacoma is especially disconcerting for local activists since there was a recent and very public fight over Walmart's ultimately successful attempt to force a big-box development into central Tacoma, despite strong opposition by community members and the City Council.
(related story: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/2011/11/01/tacoma-big-box-moratorium-to-continue-but-walmart-will-avoid-it/)

Although we were not invited, Making Change at Walmart and OUR Walmart plans to be there! Other organizations that are mobilizing around this, so far, are Occupy Tacoma, UFCW367, and "Neighbors Against Walmart" (Tacoma-based).

This is terribly late notice, but please join us if you'd like. Feel free to forward this to any Tacoma-area friends or colleagues that might enjoy a protest close to home!

My cell if any have questions: 206.359.1885

In Solidarity,

Elena Perez
Community Organizer

http://www.ufcw21.org
http://www.makingchangeatwalmart.org

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Fri Aug 17, 2012, 05:49 AM

108. And here's how it went--

Good afternoon,

Making Change at Walmart, Puget Sound coalition, helped support a well-attended and effective OUR Walmart delegation this Monday, Aug 13th, to address Walmart's Market Manager, Marc Pelham whose office is in Marysville.

Please see below Matt Loveday's (Field Coordinator for OUR Walmart) summary of the event, with pictures attached. Several community allies who attended conveyed to me their deep respect for the strength and leadership of the OUR Walmart workers in the delegation, especially the three associates who are currently employed with Walmart. They were respectful, but firm, effectively representing their coworkers and OUR Walmart.

The next step for us as a coalition will be to schedule a community meeting with Marc Pelham. Since Mr. Pelham eventually met with us only briefly on Monday, we did not feel this was sufficient to clearly communicate who we are as a coalition and our concern with treatment of workers in his market area. He would not accept the letter by the coalition urging him to advocate for positive change in local Walmart stores.

Mr. Pelham asked that we formally request a meeting with him and he will run it through Bentonville. I will keep you updated on the results.

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OUR Walmart and MCaW Puget Sound led a delegation on Monday August 13th to confront the Walmart regional manager for the Northwest, Marc Pelham. The delegation was led by three OUR Walmart leaders (Gerry Paladan, Federal Way Supercenter, Mary Watkines, Federal Way, and Lori Amos, Mt Vernon) and backed by five additional former Walmart associates.

Supporting the Walmart workers was a strong contingent of community supporters, including a Local 21 member - Kevin McAfee, meatcutter from the Allencreek Thriftway, and representatives from Puget Sound SAGE, APALA - Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, WARA - Washington Alliance for Retired Americans, and Dennis Weaver of http://www.ChangeYourFood.com.

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Fri Aug 17, 2012, 08:31 PM

109. The Invisible War--rape in the US military screening 8/26 in Seattle

Join us Aug 26th, 2012 for Women's Equality Day and the screening of 'The Invisible War',
a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country’s most shameful
and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US military. www.nowseattle.org

Sunday, August 26, 2012
2:00-4:30 p.m.
Seattle Asian Art Museum – Volunteer Park
Stimson Auditorium

Guest Speaker:
Sarah Blum, ARNP
Nurse Psychotherapist and author of Women Under Fire: Abuse in the Military

Suggested Donation $5, sliding scale

We are also collecting donations for Mary’s Place, Seattle’s marvelous day-center for women and children, in support of the 50,000 homeless women veterans in the U.S. Toiletries: toothpaste/toothbrushes, combs, hairbrushes, diapers (adult/child), soap and etc for Mary’s Place.

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Fri Aug 24, 2012, 09:17 PM

110. Block party to stop an eviction in Seattle 8/25

viction Protection Action for the Seattle Area & Inspiration for Efforts Across the Country
Safe In Seattle Block Party for the Telefino Family
TOMORROW, Saturday, August 25 at 3pm.
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SAFE in Seattle Solidarity Block PartyLuisa
Saturday, August 25 at 3PM
4808 S Frontenac St., Seattle
(off of Rainier Ave. S about four blocks south of S Graham St.)

Please join Backbone Campaign allies SAFE in Seattle for a block party in front of Luisa Telefoni's home. Luisa's family has lived in their home for 32 years, and now Deutsche Bank wants to evict them. Our demand: Let her family pay rent to the bank until they can afford to buy their home. There will be lots of food and a chance to hear from neighbors about the importance of coming together to fight the Darth Vader of world finance.

Join us at this important action to make real our declaration of Seattle an "Eviction Free Zone."

Backbone Campaign has been encouraging this kind of meaningful, movement building organizing and creative direct action around the country. We have repeatedly brought trainers from Boston's incredibly successful City Life/Vida Urbana to the Northwest and elsewhere to spread their eviction protection model.

Lifting up the work of our allies at SAFE was a major objective of our recent Localize This! camp. Campers bolstered the canvassing efforts in Seattle and executed 3 creative direct actions to support SAFE: a light projection on the PacMed building, a visit to the Sheriff's SAFE with canvassers and CLVU of Bostonoffice by the BeFair Pirates, and a daring and theatrical rescue of a literally "underwater" home on Lake Washington during the air show and Hydroplane races.

Even protest spectacle for a great cause is in danger of being a consumable commodity the infotainment drone unless it is combined with organizing that builds power and delivers victories that materially benefit the 99%. Backbone Campaign is an organization dedicated to real movement building.



Bill Moyer & Team Backbone
206-408-8058
Mail checks to:
Backbone Campaign
PO BOX 278
Vashon, WA 98070

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Fri Aug 24, 2012, 09:18 PM

111. Statewide Poverty Action party in Seattle 8/27

Join Poverty Action in celebrating a groundbreaking campaign and partnership this election year!

Poverty Action and our partners in the Strong Families NW coalition are throwing a party to launch our most inclusive Voter Guide EVER! This year we’re going big; we’ve asked the candidates tough questions about the real issues facing low-income communities and communities of color in Washington state. We are publishing their responses and ensuring that our friends and neighbors know where the candidates stand on education, revenue, health care, racial justice, family dignity, debt and lending, our state’s safety net, and green jobs.

Join us on September 27 as we showcase this year’s campaign to engage Washington voters. Enjoy Washington wines, appetizers, and music!

Thursday, September 27
6:30pm-8:30pm
The Georgetown Stables
980 S. Nebraska Street Seattle, WA 98108

Tickets start at $25. Reserve yours TODAY. http://voterguide2012.brownpapertickets.com/

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Fri Sep 7, 2012, 08:28 PM

112. Books on the Bus celebration at Richard Hugo House in Seattle 9/12

WHEN
Wednesday, September 12th
7:00 - 9:00 PM
WHERE
Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Books on the Bus is off and running! (If you haven't signed up yet, you can do so here.) Next week, we're hosting our first event, a celebration and discussion of our summer selection, Hotel Angeline . There will be refreshments, mingling, and a short reading, followed by a moderated discussion with several of the novel's authors: Garth Stein, Nancy Rawles, Jennie Shortridge, Sean Beaudoin, Karen Finneyfrock, Peter Mountford, Dave Boling, Indu Sundaresan, and Stacey Levine. We'll also announce our fall selection, a recent Washington Book Award winner.

Hope to see you!

Carla Saulter
Membership manager
Transportation Choices
Transit for all!

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Tue Sep 11, 2012, 05:46 AM

113. "We Are Not Ghosts - Rebuilding Detroit from the Ground Up"--film in Seattle 9/14

FRI Sept 14, 7 - 9:30pm: Film Screening
"We Are Not Ghosts - Rebuilding Detroit from the Ground Up"
New Film by CAGJ Members Mark Dworkin & Melissa Young!

Co-sponsored by Wallingford Meaningful Movies & CAGJ; Location Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Place North, Seattle, 98103 (in Wallingford).

Fifty years ago, Detroit was famous as the motor city. Then the auto industry fell on hard times, and so did Detroit. Most people moved away; neighborhoods turned into wastelands. But some have a vision for a new Detroit as a human scaled city for a post industrial era. And they are starting to make it real. “We Are Not Ghosts comes not to bury Detroit, but to praise the resilient people who are giving the city new life through creative, empathetic community involvement. More than fresh vegetables are available in the community garden and public farmers' market; hopes for the future grow here too. Part of this engaging film's power comes from its depiction of cross-generational community action….and a kind of tenacious optimism that viewers will find inspiring.”

Zola Mumford, Curator, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival.

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Tue Sep 11, 2012, 05:47 AM

114. Food Justice Project hosts Farm Bill 101 Workshop in Seattle 9/19

WED Sept 19, 6:30-8:30pm
FJP hosts Farm Bill 101 Workshop
Location: CAGJ Office, 606 Maynard Ave S #102 in the Int'l District.

The 2012 Farm Bill is being written right now! Learn about how this crucial legislation affects our health, our economy, and our environment, and connect it to the global food system and food sovereignty. Discuss how we can work toward establishing an equitable, sustainable and healthy food system, and take action on site! Workshop will be given by the Northwest Farm Bill Action Group, and will be followed by short discussion about CAGJ's Community Education program. For more info contact CAGJ: 206-405-4600 or email CAGJ's Food Justice Project: fjp@seattleglobaljustice.org

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Tue Sep 11, 2012, 05:50 AM

115. AARP state legislature candidate forum at Mercer Island 10/1

Who will represent your neighborhood in Olympia next year?

Do you know where they stand on health and long term care, retirement security, housing and transportation?

Come find out – join us for a candidates’ forum:

The Silver Tsunami
A Candidates' Forum on Washington’s Aging Readiness

Candidates for the state legislature from across King County are invited.

When: Monday, October 1st, 2012

Where: Mercer Island Community Center
8236 SE 24th St.
Mercer Island, WA 98040

This event is free to the public but registration is required.
http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22GGDJL2GTR
Lunch will be provided at no charge.

When you register, please put "AARP" in the Organization box so we know how you heard about this event. Hope to see you there!

Thank you,
Ingrid McDonald
AARP Advocacy Director

Event coordinated by: The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services.

Event sponsors: AARP Washington, Bellevue Network on Aging, City of Seattle, Eastside Human Services Forum, EdlerCare Alliance, Kirkland Senior Council, United Way, Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby.

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Mon Sep 17, 2012, 02:14 AM

116. Association for Women in Science meets 9/19 in Seattle

Association for Women in Science (AWIS) September 2012 Program
AWIS Introduction: What can AWIS do for you?
Wednesday, September 19th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Please join us for our Fall kickoff event and learn more about the Seattle AWIS organization!
6:00pm - Networking and Refreshments
6:30pm - Overview of AWIS, Seattle AWIS President, Melissa Lerch, Ph.D.
**** Introduction of AWIS Board Members
**** Mentoring Program and Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science Program highlights
****!!Presentation of Undergraduate Scholarship Awards!!
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!

Contact email address: Programs@seattleawis.org
http://www.seattleawis.org

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Tue Sep 18, 2012, 12:48 AM

117. Investing in Our Values to Rebuild Washington events in Tacoma, Vancouver, Shoreline 10/2012

Back on Track--Investing in Our Values to Rebuild Washington

The state budget is a reflection of our shared values and goals. The decisions we make about the budget directly affect our ability to educate our children, maintain the health and well-being of our communities, and build a thriving middle class. Unfortunately, the deep economic recession and our outdated revenue system present major barriers to our long-term prosperity.

How can we fund education, healthcare, and things that make Washington a great state to live, do business, and raise a family?

Join legislators, local organizations, and your neighbors for an important community discussion about the challenges we face and ideas for improving our revenue system to make it more adequate, fair and stable.

Find an event near you:

Tacoma
When: October 3rd, 2012, 6-8pm
Where: Tacoma Community College
6501 S. 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466
Student Center Building # 11
Hosted by: Washington State Rep. Laurie Jinkins (27TH LD)
For more info or to RSVP: Jessica Gavre at Jessica.Gavre@leg.wa.gov

Shoreline
When: October 4th, 2012, 6-8pm
Where: Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Avenue North, Shoreline, WA 98133
Professional Automotive Training Center
Hosted by: Washington State Rep. Cindy Ryu (32nd LD)
For more info or to RSVP: Shoubee Liaw at Shoubee.Liaw@leg.wa.gov

Vancouver
When: November 15, 6-8pm
Where: Vancouver Community Library
901 C Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Columbia Room
Hosted by: Washington State Rep. Sharon Wylie (49th LD)
For more info or to RSVP: Megan Walsh at megan.walsh@leg.wa.gov

Despite the challenging economic climate, we have an opportunity to chart a new path toward a more prosperous Washington. We hope you can join us for one of these important community discussions!

--
Jim Dawson
Campaign Director
Fuse Washington
jim@fusewashington.org
360-292-8540

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Thu Sep 20, 2012, 11:48 PM

118. Bill McKibben to be in Seattle in November

We're getting ready for our most ambitious venture yet, and I wanted to give you advance notice.

Beginning Nov. 7th, I'll be leading a roadshow around the country, 20 cities in 20 nights (with a few days for breaks and travel in between).

We're calling it the Do the Math tour, but it's not (thank heaven) just going to be me standing in front of a microphone -- it’s a whole production that will bring together musicians, artists and voices from across the movement to work together on directly confronting the financial and political might of the fossil fuel industry. You can expect some powerful stories from our growing movement, some music, and a lot of difficult questions that we’re going to answer together about how to win this fight.

You’re exactly the people we need to be there -- folks who understand the climate math already, have experience as leaders in the movement, and are willing to step up to do more.

Can you make it out to our stop in Seattle on Nov. 7th? (Our very first event!)

Click here to buy tickets for the Do the Math tour stop in Seattle: act.350.org/signup/seattle-do-the-math/

I do a lot of talks to big groups, but this is a new kind of undertaking for me, and for 350.org. We’re trying to quickly build up some serious momentum, which is why we’ve gone to great lengths to make this a very different kind of event.

First, it's, well, a production. The 350.org team and I just took a few days together in Brooklyn to put the finishing touches on our designs for the event itself -- it's going to be a full evening of music, of guests on video and in person (folks like Naomi Klein, Jim Hansen, Desmond Tutu, with more to come), all offering their take on the the message I wrote about in Rolling Stone this summer, about the math that will define our fight against climate change. That article turned into one of the most-shared pieces in the magazine's history, and this tour is going to turn that attention into momentum for a all-out attack on the financial might of the fossil fuel industry.

Second, and more importantly, it's the kickoff to some serious organizing in your community. This tour will launch our next big mission -- a campaign to take on the fossil fuel industry directly, with divestment drives on campuses, churches, synagogues and mosques; with civil disobedience aimed at the oil, gas, and coal companies; and whatever else it takes to send the message that it is not OK to sacrafice our future for the sake of one industry’s bottom line.

Over the past few months our planet gave stark warning signs that humans have never seen before. The Arctic melted, breaking every record. The Great Plains sweltered. The West burned. We're running out of time, and so we need to step up our game. This roadshow is the next big step -- but the price of admission, besides the ticket, is a willingness to really go to work to change the world in the year ahead. That’s why we need you there.

The stakes have never been this high, and I've never been more serious.

I’ll see you on the road very soon,

Bill McKibben for 350.org

P.S. If you're a student on a college campus, we particularly need your help -- before you buy a ticket, please take a moment to sign up here so that we can be in touch about what you can do with your school to jump-start the movement: act.350.org/survey/students-do-the-math/

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Fri Sep 21, 2012, 07:43 PM

119. WA State Trails Coalition conference in Vancouver10/25-10/28

http://www.washingtonstatetrailscoalition.org/3.html

We believe you will be excited about the learning, sharing, and networking aspects of our trails
conference that runs from Thursday the 25th of October through Sunday the 28th. (Please check back for
program updates.)

In addition to three exceptional plenary speakers, pictured to the right, our conference is comprised of
the following three program tracks, all under the banner of our conference theme, "Bridging Communities
with Trails".

Planning for Success

Strategies to help your trail project gain traction, including successful fundraising, partnerships and
coalition-building, and legislation and advocacy.

Managing Trails on the Ground

Case studies and presentations focused on effective trail design and construction as well as best
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Tactics and success stories for trail outreach and communication to diverse audiences, cultivating
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Tue Sep 25, 2012, 06:22 PM

120. Coal train forum in Seattle 9/26

Learn more about protecting Seattle from 20 mile-and-half-long coal trains per day. Learn about a proposed coal export project that would dramatically affect West Seattle, Georgetown, the International District, Ballard, Queen Anne and Magnolia and what you can do to prevent it from happening.

What: Coal Train Forum

When: Wednesday, September 26, 7PM

Where: Fellowship Hall, Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California Ave SW


What are the risks if the largest coal company in the world - Peabody Coal - is allowed to transport up to 48 million tons of coal through Seattle? Join us this Wednesday at 7pm to find out more!

You'll learn about:
• The regional picture of coal use and the economic and moral impacts of coal export
• The specifics of Peabody Coal and SSA Marine’s proposed coal mega-port in Whatcom County
• Potential threats from coal dust, traffic and emergency service delays, diesel exhaust and threats of global warming pollution
• What you can do to stop this coal export proposal!

Hope to see you there,

Nicole

Nicole Keenan
Organizer
Washington Environmental Council

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Fri Sep 28, 2012, 05:47 AM

121. Marjorie Kelly-author of OWNING OUR FUTURE: The Emerging Ownership Revolution in Seattle 10/11

Marjorie Kelly
Thursday, October 11th, 7:00pm
University Temple United Methodist Church,
1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle (map)
Common Good Café
donations requested

Reverend Rich Lang recently posted on Facebook: "Because I post so many sober-depressing items I thought I'd recommend the most realistic and hopeful book I've come across in a long time -- Marjorie Kelly's OWNING OUR FUTURE: The Emerging Ownership Revolution..." So inspired, he recruited Kelly to come speak in Seattle, along with her co-author, David Korten. Kelly is a fellow at the Tellus Institute, director of ownership strategies at Cutting Edge Capital, and an expert in ownership and financial design for mission-controled enterprises. In her most recent book, she reports from all over the US and the world on these emerging ownership strategies, "visiting a community-owned wind facility in Massachusetts, a lobster cooperative in Maine, a multibillion-dollar employee-owned department-store chain in London, a foundation-owned pharmaceutical company in Denmark, a farmer-owned dairy in Wisconsin, and other places where a hopeful new economy is being built." Come be inspired with what's possible for our future!

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Sat Sep 29, 2012, 01:57 AM

122. Code of the West, new film on marijuana legalization, to show in Seattle (10/2) and Tacoma (10/6)

If you're near the Seattle-Tacoma area, you’ll have two opportunities to catch Code of the West, a new documentary exploring the state of medical marijuana in Montana, next week.

Set against the sweeping vistas of the Rockies, the steamy lamplights of marijuana grow houses, and the bustling halls of the State Capitol, Code of the West follows the 2011 Montana State Legislature as it debates the fate of medical marijuana. Once a pioneer in legalizing medical marijuana, Montana considers becoming the first state in the nation to repeal its medical marijuana law. Code of the West tells the story of both the legislative process and the human lives and emotions behind it.

Code of the West will screen at the following times and locations:

Seattle: Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 p.m. at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue, Seattle
Presented by Local Sightings Film Festival
Q&A afterwards with activist John Masterson, founder and former executive director of Montana NORML, featured in Code of the West.

Buy tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/274080

Tacoma: Saturday, October 6, 6:15pm at The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Avenue, Tacoma
Presented by Tacoma Film Festival

Q&A afterwards with Kristin Flor, daughter of Montana's first medical marijuana caregiver, Richard Flor, who recently died in federal custody.

For more information, please visit http://www.codeofthewestfilm.com. We hope you can attend!

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Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:06 AM

123. Association for Women in Science meets in Seattle 10/17

Association for Women in Science (AWIS) October 2012 Program
Are you contemplating your next career move? Are you interested in other career options outside of bench science? If so, please attend the next AWIS meeting!

October 17th, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Careers in Science: Beyond the Bench
A Panel Discussion Featuring:
---- Melissa Loomis, Scientific Recruiter at FHCRC (Linked In Profile)
---- Sharon Gundersen, Ph.D, Consumer Safety Officer at FDA (Linked In Profile)
---- Lee Schoentrup, Director of Communications at IDRI (Career Bio)
---- Lynne Becker, Ph.D, Senior Enterprise Project Manager at SCCA (Linked In Profile)
---- Valerie Carricaburu, Ph.D, Senior Technology Manager at UW C4C (Linked In Profile)
---- Jessica Cohen, J.D., Associate General Counsel at IDRI (Linked In Profile)

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.

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

Contact email address: Programs@seattleawis.org

Here is the link to our http://www.seattleawis.org website

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Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:06 AM

123. Association for Women in Science meets in Seattle 10/17

Association for Women in Science (AWIS) October 2012 Program
Are you contemplating your next career move? Are you interested in other career options outside of bench science? If so, please attend the next AWIS meeting!

October 17th, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Careers in Science: Beyond the Bench
A Panel Discussion Featuring:
---- Melissa Loomis, Scientific Recruiter at FHCRC (Linked In Profile)
---- Sharon Gundersen, Ph.D, Consumer Safety Officer at FDA (Linked In Profile)
---- Lee Schoentrup, Director of Communications at IDRI (Career Bio)
---- Lynne Becker, Ph.D, Senior Enterprise Project Manager at SCCA (Linked In Profile)
---- Valerie Carricaburu, Ph.D, Senior Technology Manager at UW C4C (Linked In Profile)
---- Jessica Cohen, J.D., Associate General Counsel at IDRI (Linked In Profile)

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.

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

Contact email address: Programs@seattleawis.org

Here is the link to our http://www.seattleawis.org website

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Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:07 AM

125. Association for Women in Science meets in Seattle 10/17

Association for Women in Science (AWIS) October 2012 Program
Are you contemplating your next career move? Are you interested in other career options outside of bench science? If so, please attend the next AWIS meeting!

October 17th, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Careers in Science: Beyond the Bench
A Panel Discussion Featuring:
---- Melissa Loomis, Scientific Recruiter at FHCRC (Linked In Profile)
---- Sharon Gundersen, Ph.D, Consumer Safety Officer at FDA (Linked In Profile)
---- Lee Schoentrup, Director of Communications at IDRI (Career Bio)
---- Lynne Becker, Ph.D, Senior Enterprise Project Manager at SCCA (Linked In Profile)
---- Valerie Carricaburu, Ph.D, Senior Technology Manager at UW C4C (Linked In Profile)
---- Jessica Cohen, J.D., Associate General Counsel at IDRI (Linked In Profile)

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.

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

Contact email address: Programs@seattleawis.org

Here is the link to our http://www.seattleawis.org website

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Thu Oct 11, 2012, 04:43 AM

126. Coal export hearings to be held all over the state

http://www.powerpastcoal.org/?post_type=petition&p=1554

Let us know if you can make it! We’ll follow up with the details and key info ahead of the date. Here are the locations, dates and times:

Bellingham, WA: Sat. 10/27, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. At Squalicum High School, 3773 East McLeod Road, Bellingham, Washington 98226-7728

Friday Harbor, WA: Sat. 11/3, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday Harbor High School, 45 Blair Avenue, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250

Mt. Vernon, WA: Mon. 11/5, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. McIntyre Hall, 2501 East College Way, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273

Seattle, WA: Tues. 11/13, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way North, Seattle, Washington 98103

Ferndale, WA: Thurs. 11/29, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Events Center, 5715 Barrett Road, Ferndale, Washington 98248

Spokane, WA: Tues. 12/4, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Spokane County Fairgrounds, 404 North Havana Street, Spokane Valley, Washington 99202

Vancouver, WA: Wed. 12/12, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Clark College, Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Washington 98663

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Thu Oct 11, 2012, 05:53 AM

127. Coffee Strong Fourth Anniversary Dinner & Dessert Auction in Seattle 11/11

Coffee Strong Fourth Anniversary Dinner & Dessert Auction
Veterans Day, Sunday November 11th, 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Seattle Labor Temple, Hall 1
2800 1st Ave in Seattle (between Clay St. & Broad St.)
Garage and street parking available

Featuring Keynote Speaker Scott Olsen
Register Online
https://support.coffeestrong.org/civicrm/event/register?id=6&reset=1

Single Tickets: $30 earlybird discount ($40 after 11/1)
Table of 8: $200
Low-income/Student Rate: Contact us! contact@coffeestrong.org

Join us this Veterans Day as we celebrate Coffee Strong’s fourth anniversary. As a veteran and service member resource center, Coffee Strong provides links to services, direct advocacy and a listening ear for service members and veterans in Lakewood only blocks away from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Since our opening in 2008, tens of thousands of service members have deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries from Lewis-McChord. At Coffee Strong, we have supported service members who have resisted these deployments both publicly and privately, and

Moving into our fourth year, Coffee Strong is merging with Seattle Draft and Military Counseling Center (SDMCC), a long-time peace and justice organization in Washington State. At our Fourth Anniversary Dinner we will celebrate SDMCC’s rich history of supporting service member’s rights, and chart our course forward as we move into 2013!

We are especially excited to be joined by Scott Olsen. After two tours of duty in Iraq, Scott came back to this country and served his country in a different way: he protested at Occupy Oakland. It was there that he was shot in the head by a police projectile, almost ending his life. He’s now recovering from a fractured skull. And he was one of more than 40 veterans who hurled their war medals at the NATO gates in Chicago. Scott is a Marine Corps veteran and member of both Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace.

In addition to celebrating Coffee Strong’s Fourth Anniversary and our merger with SDMCC, we’ll be displaying the ‘War is Trauma’ portfolio series and will have desserts from bakeries and kitchens around the Puget Sound. Prints and posters from the portfolio series and Coffee Strong t-shirts will also be available for purchase.

Please register soon as we expect this event to quickly reach its capacity! Register online or mail a check made out to “G.I. Voice” along with who is attending and their meal preference (Chicken Marsala or Napolean Polenta) to:

G.I. Voice
P.O. Box 99404
Lakewood, WA 98496

I look forward to celebrating four years of Coffee Strong on November 11th!


In Solidarity,

Andrew Wright
Executive Director
G.I. Voice

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Tue Oct 16, 2012, 12:56 AM

128. Activist workshop in Olympia 10/19-10/20

We will have a room with audio visual stuff set up where original material can be aired. Bring on usb stick, cd, dvd or have your you tube links ready to go. We will have sign up sheet to allow folks to reserve and block time to show stuff and lead discussion if discussion ensues.

We have some local musician content (great, by the way) that we will also be playing in the showcase room.

We have to be careful about licensing. We would prefer to show open source, creative commons licensed material or use publicly available content on the internet under fair use license as part of discussion process.

Thanks

Mike

Videos are the 'frosting' on the cake. They are visual and auditory and usually well done. For an opening I suggest John Perkins cartoon video. Before Jill's speech Alice Walker's poem would be nice. The closing to 'inspire' action and 'creation' there are several good short videos like Sacred Economics or Solutions section from THRIVE. Do see meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday? Mary


1)Very short...2 min. What is an activist? from Link TV
http://www.linktv.org/programs/bill-ayers-occupy-everything

2) Economic Hit cartoon of John Perkins' words:


3) Beautiful!! How to Overcome Cabal Control



4) Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein - for end session

5) Bashar 2012 - Ride the Wave on the Edge of Expanding Consciousness...Let Go


6) Alice Walker on Democracy Now
http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/28/democratic_womanism_poet_and_activist_alice

7) Howard Zinn




Peoples’ Movement Assembly Schedule

@The Evergreen State College
October 19 and 20, 2012

Lecture Hall 1 and Seminar 2 Buildings

Schedule of Events
(as of 10/14/12, subject to change)


Friday, October 19, 2012

Michael Parenti, “Ecology Wars and the 1% Pathology”-7PM-Lecture Hall 1

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Gary Galbreath, Lecture Hall 1, 10AM, Welcome and Opening Prayer Song

Opening Panel, 10:15-11:15AM “State of the Struggle”

International –Michael Parenti

National- Savvina Chowdury

Local- Sarah Regan

First Set of Workshops 11:30AM-12:50PM
Lecture Hall 1, Gar Lipow and Gladys Puglla, “Environmental Justice”

Seminar 2 Buildings

A2105- Tyler Henderson, Socialist Alternative, “What Caused the Financial Crisis and Why Capitalism Can’t Fix It”
E3107- Sidwalk (invited), “Foreclosure Resistance”
E3109- Gateways (Naomi Tachman-Kaplan and Miguel Rodriguez) and Jericho Project, “Prisons and Prisoners”
A2109- Glen Anderson, OlyFOR-“Bring Our Billions Home”

D3109- Steve Niva, TESC faculty and Tim Russell, Sociology Teacher, "America's New Way of War: From Drones to Special Operations"
D2107- Monica Peabody, POWER, Poverty and Family Rights
D3107- Mary Hath Spokane, “Occupy Movement”
A3105- “Youth in the Movement”, unconfirmed moderator at this time
E3107- Peter Bohmer, “Current Economic Crisis: US and Globally
C3109- Activist Media Showcase

Lecture Hall 1-Brown Bag Lunch Hour with Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate for President of the U.S. at 1PM-2PM
(Bring your own lunch, buy it on campus or partake in some limited snacks that will be provided.)

Second Set of Workshops 2:10-3:30PM
Lecture Hall 1- Alice Zillah, Leonard Eiger, “Abolish Nuclear Weapons”

Seminar 2, Buildings

A2105- Gar Lipow, “Cooling A Fevered Planet”
E3107- Glen Anderson, OlyFOR, “Empowering the Progressive Movement”
E3109- Skye @ Left Foot, Kim Chaplin, Pat Rasmussen, “Food Security”
A2109- Josh Simpson, IVAW, “Operation Recovery and Veterans Rights”
D3109- “Gender Justice”, unconfirmed moderator at this time
D2107- “Combating Racism,” unconfirmed moderator at this time
D3107- Teresa Mosqueda, Washington State Labor Council, “Healthcare Rights”
A3105- Molly Gibbs, MovetoAmendOlympia.org, “Corporate Personhood”
A3107- Jen Kaplan, Seattle Attorney, “Know Your Legal Rights”
C3109- Activist Media Showcase

Third Set of Workshops, 3:45-5:15
Lecture Hall 1, Jill Stein and Kshama Sawant, “Alternative Politics”

Seminar 2 Buildings

A2105- TESC Divest, BDS/Palestine
E3109- Kelly Norman, Student Debt
A2109- Brendan Funtek (OMJP), Rick Fellows (Media Island), Deborah Vinsel, (TCTV), “Alternative Media”
D3109- Jacob Myer, Anarchist Anonymous
D2107- Returned Students from Venezuela, “Venezuela Today”
D3107- “Marriage Equality”
A3105- Mike Coday (OMJP) and Drew Hendricks (Copwatch), “Police Accountability”
A3107- Harry Branch, Susan Macomson, Laura Henderson, “Shoreline Protection”
C3109- Activist Media Showcase

Wrap Up and Summary at Lecture Hall 1, 5:30-6:15

Facilitators: Marylea Coday and Mary Hath Spokane, “Organizing opportunities, announcements and where do we go from here.”
Lecture Hall 1-Brown Bag Lunch Hour with Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate for President of the U.S. at 1PM-2PM
(Bring your own lunch, buy it on campus or partake in some limited snacks that will be provided.)

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Sat Oct 20, 2012, 01:02 AM

130. Lummi leader will speak against coal trains

Full list of schedule modifications- -http://omjp.net/

Lummi councilman of the Lummi Tribal Business Council Jeremiah Julius will be speaking at the Peoples Movement Assembly tomorrow Saturday the 20th. He will talk against the Coal Terminal the rail companies want to put on sacred Lummi land at Cherry Point in Bellingham. He is part of the Environmental Justice panel that begins at 11:30AM Evergreen Lecture Hall. Contact info at bottom of email if you need directions.

There are many reasons to oppose the coal trains.. They would ship coal to China to add to global climate disruption when that coal would otherwise be left in the ground due to reduced U.S. coal demand. They coal dust from the trains would create major health problems for the communities through which the trains pass. The trains would run often enough to disrupt traffic and pose safety issues in the communities through which they pass. But in addition the location the coal chosen for the terminal has been sacred to the Lummi Nation for thousands of years. I'd compare it to tearing down a church to build a gas station, but that does not really capture how offensive this is.

In addition, the Lummi nation has legal treaty status which give them a much better chance of against the coal trains. They are providing important leadership on this issue, and if you care about stopping the coal trains you should come and hear Jeremiah Julius to find out how we can support the Lummi nation in this fight. The EJ panel has other members, but Jeremiah Julius will be given priority.

:Location:
Lecture Hall 1
Evergreen 11:30 AM
email Gar at glipow@gmail.com or call Gar at 360-943-1529 if you need directions.


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Wed Oct 17, 2012, 07:08 PM

129. Watch last debate in Seattle with J Street

We're just 20 days to Election Day and have only one presidential debate remaining - the foreign policy debate.

J Street Locals are hosting debate watch house parties all over the country -- and in your community. We'll be watching as the Future of Pro-Israel while the candidates discuss their thoughts on the US-Israel alliance, the Iranian nuclear situation, and hopefully a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

After the debate we'll get on a call with J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami to discuss what just happened, what it means for US leadership in the region, and how you can be involved in the final stretch of this election season with J Street.

Sign up for a house party near you:

What: J Street Seattle's Foreign Policy Presidential Debate Watch Party
When: 5:30 PM
Where: The Royal Room
Seattle, WA
See all the events in your area http://act.jstreet.org/letter/fp_debate/?rd=1&t=3&referring_akid=1800.152564.ofBirJ
We hope to see you there!
Gillian Rosenberg
Director of Campaigns

PS - Don't forget, we're also collecting questions from J Street supporters to send to debate moderator Bob Schieffer. Submit yours here. http://act.jstreet.org/event/debate_watch/search/?akid=1800.152564.ofBirJ&rd=1&t=2

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Sat Oct 20, 2012, 01:05 AM

131. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to hold debt hearing in Seattle 10/24

ACT NOW: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Seattle!
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“I owed $15,000 in medical debt. I paid $8,000 to a third-party debt collector and I found out later that none of it was applied to my debt. I wanted to get a lawyer to fight it but we couldn’t afford it. We lost everything, all $8,000.”
- Jenny, Walla Walla
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People fall into debt for a variety of reasons, such as medical debt or unemployment, and no one should be further penalized simply because they owe money. Using high fees and deceptive practices, predatory debt collectors exploit already-struggling Washington families, often leaving them in worse financial situations.

Examples of common debt collection practices that trap people:

•“Zombie debt” is when debt collectors attempt to collect on old debts or debts that have already been paid. Once a person makes a partial payment, the clock restarts on the statute of limitations. The burden of proof lands on individual consumers, many of whom do not have documentation to prove that the debt is not owed anymore.
•Predatory debt settlement practices that charge people outrageous amounts to “help” pay off their existing debt. Usually after going to a debt settlement company, consumers lose money and still owe the original debt. Many then suffer reduced credit scores, wage garnishments, collection lawsuits, and even bankruptcy.
On October 24, we will have the unique opportunity to let the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) know about the need for strong regulations around debt collection practices that help protect hard-earned income and give people a way out of debt, rather than creating more debt. The federal CFPB was created in 2010, through the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, in order to watch out for American consumers in the market for consumer financial products and services.
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CFPB’s Field Hearing on Debt Collection
Wednesday, October 24th from 10am-12pm
Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA
Contact danielle@povertyaction.org to RSVP--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

They want to hear from you! The hearing will provide the CFPB with on-the-ground insight into debt collection practices in Washington state. This is a great opportunity to share your story and influence federal opinion on these issues!

Do you have a personal story about debt collection? Do you want to see stronger protections for consumers when it comes to collecting debt? Contact danielle@povertyaction.org for more information about sharing your story at the field hearing.

Can’t make it to the hearing? Poverty Action is prioritizing protecting consumers from harmful debt collection practices during the 2013 state legislative session. Contact danielle@povertyaction.org to get involved.

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Mon Oct 22, 2012, 07:31 PM

132. One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker--reading in seattle 10/25

The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker

RSVP for this event
http://www.hilleluw.org/?site=undergrad&page=calendar&action=viewEvent&eid=3229×tamp=1351148400

Who: Undergraduates, Jconnect Seattle (21 - 32 year olds)
When: Thursday, October 25, 2012
at 6:30pm until 8:30pm

Where: Hillel UW
4745 17th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Contact: Josh, joshf@hilleluw.org

Join us for a reading with author Jen Marlowe as she shares the story of Sami Al Jundi. The Hour of Sunlight, is Al Jundi’s story of self-discovery, groundbreaking activism, and a tireless struggle for peace. The story charts an inspiring journey of perseverance and personal transformation, and traces his transformation from militant to nonviolent activist.

Jewish-American co-author Jen Marlowe has known Sami for 13 years, and played a crucial role in his decision to tell the world his story. At a time when the peace process has been stuck, their collaboration is an example of Palestinian and Jewish partnership. Marlowe will read from Sami’s book and discuss his work, answering questions and engaging with the audience on what nonviolent activists like Sami have to offer in the face of on-going Israeli-Palestinian stalemate. Leading Israeli political columnist and author Akiva Eldar has called the book “essential reading for anyone interested in a deep understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as well as the fabric of Palestinian and Israeli society.”

Dessert and refreshments served. Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Jconnect Seattle, J Street, Hillel UW, and The University Bookstore.


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Tue Oct 23, 2012, 02:50 AM

133. A Cross-Border Action-The People's Round on the TransPacific FTA in Blaine 12/1

This past week Canada & Mexico have joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership FTA, as you all know, a new trade & investor rights deal being written by multi-national corporations w/ the United States & 8 other Pacific Rim countries.

The WFTC reached out to allies throughout Canada, the US and Mexico to take advantage of this historic moment, where NAFTA is literally being expanded. We needed to coordinate a North American response from the people not at the table in the next round of TPP negotiations in Auckland, New Zealand, Dec. 3-12th.

A response we have! Members of the WFTC are joined by allies in Oregon and throughout Canada and Mexico including labor leaders, trade justice & food sovereignty groups, family farmers, immigration reformers, public health & internet freedom advocates, environmentalists, students and small businesses and communities to Call for:

A Cross-Border Action: The People’s Round
on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Saturday, December 1 * 1:00pm
Peace Arch Park * Surrey, BC & Blaine, WA

Join us in this cross-border movement towards just & sustainable trade,
human rights & corporate responsibility!

For more information visit:
TPPxBorder on Facebook (please like us and send it out!)
& www.TPPxBorder.org (soon to be launched)

Co-organized/endorsed by:
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3937, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers (AWPPW), Backbone Campaign, Citizens Trade Campaign (CTC) Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAJG), Council of Canadians, Global Exchange, Institute for Policy Studies, Global Economy Project, International Association of Machinists (IAM) District 751, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 46, Newground Social Investment, OpenMedia, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign Philippine-US Solidarity Organization (PUSO),Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action, Sierra Club , Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), Washington Community Action Network, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE-AFSCME) Local 443,Washington State Labor Council, Witness for Peace NW

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Thu Oct 25, 2012, 04:27 AM

134. Excellence in K-12 Education: Lessons from Finland and Washington; Seattle 11/13

Excellence in K-12 Education: Lessons from Finland and Washington
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Location: University of Washington Husky Union Building (HUB)
Time: Registration 8:30 AM; Program: 9 AM-5 PM, lunch provided
Cost: $25 (includes lunch and materials), $15 for students
Registration required – 150 attendees max: http://excellenceink12ed.eventbrite.com

“On the surface, Finland is the education world’s ultimate slacker. Children don’t start school here until they’re seven years old. They have far less homework than many countries. And they log fewer hours in the classroom than most developed countries, even the United States. But don’t be fooled. Finnish students score first in the world in science, and second in the world in math.”

Teachers, activists, scholars, foundations, and reformers have worked for decades to improve public education in Washington. As we seek to create high quality, inclusive, and equitable K-12 education for our kids, what can we learn from Finland – a country about the size of our state, and widely seen as an educational success?

Dr. Pasi Sahlberg
Join Dr. Pasi Sahlberg (Finnish Director General in the Ministry of Education) for a one-day conference with leading education policymakers, experts and advocates — hosted by the Economic Opportunity Institute, the University of Washington College of Education, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Seattle Education Association.

The conference will feature the following workshops with direct interaction with educators and policymakers from both countries:

■Teacher preparation, ongoing training and professional development
■Comparing the school experiences in Finland and Washington State
■Learning multiple languages in Finnish and Washington State elementary schools
■Teaching STEM

Dr. Pasi Sahlberg is a longtime classroom instructor, teacher trainer, and agency leader who has coached schools and advised education policymakers around the world. He is an international keynote speaker and has published over 100 articles and books. Dr. Sahlberg is also a member of the Board of Directors of ASCD and Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki and the University of Oulu. His latest book is “Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?”

Made possible with generous support from: Center for International Mobility, Finland; Consulate of Finland, Seattle; Finlandia Foundation; Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland; Seattle Education Association; University of Washington College of Education; University of Washington Scandinavian Studies Department, Finnish Program; and the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction.


Former King County Executive Ron Sims will lead the conference, which will also include remarks from Washington State Superintendent Randy Dorn and Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda.

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Fri Oct 26, 2012, 05:26 AM

135. Power Past Coal events in Seattle, Marysville and Edmonds 10-29-11/1

Coal exports could have massive impacts on our communities...unless we stop them in their tracks! And with major public hearings about the Cherry Point proposal coming up, now is an important time for you to voice your opposition to coal export.

Together we need to continue demonstrating the breadth and depth of concern about these coal export proposals.

So please join us to get the latest news on the campaign and find out how you can make the most impact at the upcoming coal export public hearing near you.

Coal Exports Hearing Workshops:

Seattle -- Monday, October 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunset Hill Community Center, 3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98117

Marysville -- Tuesday, October 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Totem Middle School Cafeteria, 1605 7th St Ne Marysville, WA

Edmonds -- Thursday, November 1 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Edmonds Library Plaza Room, 650 Main St, Edmonds, WA 98020-3056

RSVP here.http://action.sierraclub.org/site/PageServer?pagename=event_FLD_WA_SeattleEdmondsMarysvillePreHearingRSVP_nr

Questions: Contact Robin Everett at robin.everett@sierraclub.org

You'll learn how to best present your viewpoints and make your voice heard from lead campaign organizers. Together, we can make sure that these public hearings send a clear message to decision makers that we're concerned for our community, and we're not giving up.

RSVP now and learn how to best protect your community from dangerous coal exports!

Thank you for your part in this movement! Learn more at www.powerpastcoal.org

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Tue Oct 30, 2012, 04:36 AM

136. Forterra Open House Part 12/5 in Seattle

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YOU'RE INVITED!
Forterra invites you to help us warm our NEW space at our
Holiday Open House
~ 901 Fifth Avenue, Seattle~
Wednesday, December 5th from 5 – 8:30 p.m.

Wine, Beer and Hors D’oeuvres Served

A special thanks to SKB Architecture and Design, Ruth True, Nube Green, Watson Furniture, NK Build, Keeney’s, Kennedy Wilson, Maresa Patterson, Gateway Construction, Josh Stuart, Flinn Ferguson, Albert Lee Appliances and Hornall Anderson for helping us realize our new office space! Come see what they helped us create!!
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Questions? Contact Mandy at mgregory@forterra.org

RSVP HERE by December 1st https://my.forterra.org/page.aspx?pid=396&srctid=1&erid=70500&trid=4f4f6255-41d7-4e3e-bf51-8152f75a589f

Forterra 901 5th Avenue, Ste 2200 Seattle WA 98164
Phone: (206) 905-6944 | Email: events@forterra.org
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Thu Nov 1, 2012, 04:21 AM

137. Fair Trade Music to meet, seek sustainable Seattle club scene 11/19

http://www.thestand.org/2012/10/fair-trade-music-to-meet-seek-sustainable-seattle-club-scene/

How can musicians partner with local clubs to build a more sustainable, professional music scene? That’s what will be discussed at the next general meeting of Fair Trade Music, a new grassroots campaign of Northwest union and non-union musicians supported by the Musician’s Association of Seattle, Local 76-493 AFM and the Musicians’ Union, Local 99 AFM (Portland).

The meeting, which is open to ALL musicians, will be Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 1st Ave.

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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 04:49 PM

138. Solidarity demo at the Federal Way WalMart 11/15

Regardless of the final tallies this week, congratulations to each of you and your respective organizations for all of the work done over this past year to register, inform, and turn out voters. The initial results demonstrate the power of our combined efforts to make change at the polls.

Now that we have done what we can as voters, we transition back to making change through direct action… something that Walmart workers have done with great courage and determination over the past few months. Please join these brave striking workers in actions leading up to, and including, Black Friday!

To better understand who these workers are, and why they are taking action, please view this powerful video, "Why are we standing up to live better?": &feature=share&list=UUTlbskr8TIHHwGnjYWLnXNw

How You Can Stand Up to Support Striking Walmart Workers

Attend our region's biggest action to support local workers and send a message to Walmart that retaliation will not be tolerated: Thursday, November 15th, 10:30am - 12noon at the Federal Way Walmart ( 1900 S. 314th St. , Federal Way 98003)

To RSVP or for more information, contact Elena Perez (206.359.1885; changeWAwalmart@gmail.com).

If you cannot join us, please make a donation to support striking Walmart workers on Black Friday:
The courage being shown by these workers is an inspiration. Please consider sponsoring a striking Walmart worker for four hours and donate $35.24 (the average wage in the U.S. for a Walmart worker is $8.81/hr).

Click here to donate: https://www.wepay.com/donations/dont-let-walmart-silence-workers-support-worker-leaders-who-are-calling-for-change

Thank you for all that you have done to support workers and community. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions.

Sincerely,
Elena Perez
Coordinator
Making Change at Walmart, Puget Sound coalition
c:206.359.1885
changeWAwalmart@gmail.com

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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 04:55 PM

139. Coal Exports Public Hearing in Seattle 12/13

Wow! In the last few weeks, over 3,000 people turned out to hearings in their communities to oppose Big Coal's plan to put a dirty coal export terminal at Cherry Point.

Our movement has grown so large that the Army Corps of Engineers has postponed Seattle's Cherry Point Hearing until December 13 so that it can be moved to a venue with more space -- the Washington State Convention Center!

I know the change is inconvenient to those of us who were planning to attend on Tuesday, but it shows that we're winning! Washingtonians aren't going to stand by while Big Coal tries to send mile and a half long dirty coal trains through our communities.

Keep the momentum going! Pledge to attend the new hearing in Seattle on Thursday, December 13 and protect Washington from dirty coal exports.

Event Details:

WHO: Friends, Family, Neighbors, the Sierra Club and YOU!
WHAT: Coal Exports Public Hearing
WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Washington State Convention Center, Ballroom 6F, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101 (Map)

Questions: Contact Robin Everett at robin.everett@sierraclub.org

It's important that we have a huge crowd at the hearing on December 13. Big Coal will stop at nothing to get their way --and you can bet that Big Coal will take this extra time to regroup and think of more ways to stop our efforts.

We cannot let Big Coal destroy Washington's clean air, water, and way of life.

Join the movement! Pledge to attend the Cherry Point Hearing in Seattle on Thursday, December 13!

Thanks for all you do for the environment,

Robin Everett

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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 05:00 PM

140. Puget Sound SAGE awards banquet and reception 11/14 in Seattle

Transformation from the Ground Up
Reception & Awards Celebration


Have you registered yet?
https://pugetsoundsage.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/event/info?id=23&reset=1

Councilmember Mia Gregerson
Guest Speaker

Sea-Tac City Deputy Mayor, Mia Gregerson, re-elected last year with broad community and labor support, will be the invited speaker at Sage's Reception. Gregerson has been a Councilmember since January 2008 and the Deputy Mayor since January 2012. She ran as a progressive, committed to giving voice to those in her community whose voices haven't been heard. She is also very active in the community through her volunteer work with many organizations.

Awards

This year, the Visionaries for Justice awardees are the Port Workers United (taxi drivers, port truck drivers, and SeaTac fuelers) and Got Green's Women in the Green Economy Food Access Team. Come celebrate the amazing accomplishments of these groups with us on Wednesday, November 14th!

Music
You also don't want to miss the sounds of Sin Embargo!
Alejandro Fleites, vocals and guitar
Russ Salton, guitar
Antonio Davidson-Gomez, percussion

Now is the time to register for next week's
Reception & Awards Celebration!
Please pre-register to help with our preparations and a smooth check-in process for you!
https://pugetsoundsage.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/event/info?id=23&reset=1

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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:46 AM

141. Association for Women in Science meets in Seattle 11/13

Please Join the Seattle Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) for our November Global Health Event
**Please Note - This month's AWIS meeting is on a Tuesday**

*Tuesday*, November 13, 2012 , 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Speaker:
Susan Cassels, PhD MPH
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Global Health
University of Washington

Title: Measuring Migration and HIV Risk: Challenges and Network Approaches

Dr. Cassels' research interests are in the areas of mathematical modeling, social network analysis,
and infectious disease epidemiology, specifically HIV and other sexually
transmitted diseases. Her current research is focused on human mobility and its affects on
sexual network structure and HIV transmission in Ghana.

Come hear Dr. Cassels give an energetic talk about her work on the dynamics of HIV transmission and network with other Seattle area women!

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

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:23 AM

142. Finnish education leader to speak in Seattle 11/14

For more than a decade, Finland has scored at the top or near the top of the closely watched international exam known as PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment, while the United States has hovered near the middle.

Pasi Sahlberg, who heads the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation in Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture, will be in Seattle this week to talk about how his country achieved its success without standardized tests, teacher merit pay, school choice, or many of the other trends in American public education.

Sahlberg, who started his career as a teacher, has written a book about that subject, titled “Finnish Lessons.”

Sahlberg will speak at a luncheon Wednesday at the Rainier Club at 820 Fourth Ave. The luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m., costs $27 and requires an RSVP. He also will give a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall, Room 210.

To learn more or register for the UW lecture on Wednesday, visit http://excellenceink12ed.eventbrite.com/

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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 03:03 AM

143. Solidarity Action with Palermo's Workers in Issaquah 11/16

Solidarity Action with Palermo's Workers

WHEN: Friday, November 16 at noon

WHERE: Costco Corporate Headquarters, 999 Lake Drive, Issaquah


Palermo's workers and working families from across the Seattle area will hold an action outside of Costco headquarters in Seattle to demand that Costco drop Palermo's Pizza and Kirkland Brand Frozen Pizza and meeting with the striking workers.


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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:55 AM

144. Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? and How We Can Get it Back 11/18 in Edmonds

Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? and How We Can Get it Back

Film and Discussion — Free

Sunday, November 18, 1 - 3 p.m.
Edmonds Theater, 415 Main Street, Edmonds, 98020

With the elections behind us, and billions of dollars spent in a continuous, confusing onslaught of misleading advertising by groups you've never heard of — are you wondering

How did we get into this mess? And how can we get out of it?

Join us for an inspiring and energizing afternoon!
Heist is a stunning documentary, which traces the roots of the American economic crisis to a 1971 memo entitled "Attack on the American Free Enterprise System," written by future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, in which he urged American corporations to take a much stronger role in influencing politics and law.

The film details the systematic implementation of Powell's memo by both U.S. political parties over the ensuing forty years. Today, we are still dealing with the resulting economic crisis, and politics is the playground of the rich and powerful. What about the hopes and dreams of ordinary Americans?
We can do something about it, and our discussion, facilitated by Ken Dammand, board member of Washington Public Campaigns, will tell you how.

Presented by Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church Peace & Justice Committee and Washington Public Campaigns. More info: www.euuc.org

www.washclean.org www.heist-themovie.com

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Sun Nov 25, 2012, 11:14 PM

145. Seattle Association for Women in Science to hold alternativ eenergy event 12/12

Please join Seattle AWIS for our December Alternative Energy Event co-hosted by the Association for Women Geoscientists, Pacific Northwest Chapter.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012; 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Title: Developing Geothermal Energy in the Pacific Northwest
Speaker: Susan Petty, CTO AltaRock Energy, Inc.

Presentation Abstract
Several areas in the Pacific Northwest hold promise for large-scale geothermal energy development.
Geothermal energy has relatively low environmental impacts and may become an important part
of the nation's alternative energy portfolio, especially in the western US. It relies on capturing heat
energy from areas where the shallow crust is relatively warm and converting that heat to electricity.
Despite high up-front costs, improving technologies are bringing the per-kilowatt costs down to a
competitive level. Promising areas for exploration include volcanic areas, areas with thin crust, areas
with deep faults that bring high temperature water near the surface, and deep sedimentary basins.
AltaRock Energy, Inc. has been exploring in Washington, Oregon and California, and has a major
project in Newberry Crater near Bend, OR.

Speaker Biography
Susan Petty is the CTO, president and founder of AltaRock Energy, Inc. She has over 30 years experience
in the geothermal industry in electrical and direct use project economics, optimizing of power plants to
meet resource conditions, reservoir evaluation, reservoir modeling, well, plant and wellfield performance
data analysis, well testing and test data analysis. She has also assisted in negotiation of geothermal lease
agreements, power sales agreements, geothermal project financing agreements and geothermal property
sales and purchases, and policy studies for state and federal agencies. Ms. Petty has done work on
geothermal electrical generation projects in Nevada at Steamboat, Dixie Valley, Rye Patch, Soda Lake,
Fallon, Desert Peak, Brady Hot springs and direct use projects at Brady, Elko and Moana. In California
she has worked on the Coso, Salton Sea, East Mesa, Heber, Brawley, Wendell-Amedee, Mt. Lassen and
Medicine Lak e resources. She has worked on geothermal projects overseas in Indonesia, the Philippines
and Central America. For a number of years, Ms. Petty assisted the Department of Energy in performing
policy studies for geothermal energy research including economic modeling of geothermal pricing and the
impact of technology improvement on the cost of geothermal power. Ms. Petty was a panel member and
significant contributor to the recently published study “The Future of Geothermal Energy in the US” published
by MIT and led by Dr. Jeff Tester. Ms. Petty holds a BA from Princeton University in Geology and
an MS in Groundwater Hydrology from the University of Hawaii.

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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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:37 PM

146. Community Alliance for Global Justice Book Celebration Party 12/7 in Seattle

Friday Dec 7th, 7 - 8:30pm CAGJ Book Celebration Party!
Hosted by Burke Museum, North end of UW campus: 17 ave Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98105. Open to public, $5 requested donation at the door (FREE for UW Students/Faculty & Burke Museum members). Come to enjoy…Food & Drink! Enjoy delicious drinks, dishes & desserts made from Our Food, Our Right recipes! Enjoy a glass of wine & CAGJ-infused cocktails! Readings! Valerie Segrest & Elise Krohn, "Traditional Foods of Puget Sound Project", Merna Hecht, Poetry: "Breaking Bread", Kristen Beifus, "Farmers at the Table: Connecting Food & Trade Justice", Heather Day, "The Ritual of Making Black Cake". Also peruse CAGJ’s Fair Trade & Local Holiday Gifts. RSVP's appreciated, but not required, to: ofor@seattleglobaljustice.org. Questions? Please call CAGJ: 206-405-4600

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:41 PM

147. Documentary on worker owned cooperatives 12/6 in Seattle

THURS DEC 6TH, 7 pm: CAGJ Members present their new documentary:
‘Shift Change’ - Worker-owned Cooperatives
Pacific Place theater, 600 Pine St. From CAGJ Members and local filmmakers Melissa Young & Mark Dworkin - new film! Please join us for the Seattle premiere of SHIFT CHANGE! This documentary visits worker-owned cooperatives in Spain’s Basque Country and in the U.S., and was filmed in part at Equal Exchange Espresso Bar in Seattle. In the film, worker-owners share their experiences to show how their businesses can help build a more sustainable, equitable future. Tickets are $12 (or $10 with co-op membership card!) and available through Brown Paper Tickets. Stay after the movie for a Q&A with producers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young and local co-op members. For updates, and to help promote the event, visit SHIFT CHANGE on Facebook and follow @Shift_Change on Twitter! The Seattle Premiere is presented by OnePacific Coast Bank, and co-sponsored by: SLICE, Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, HUB Seattle, and Northwest Cooperative Development Center.

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:18 AM

148. Association for Women In Science to discuss alternative energy in the NW; Seattle 12/12

Please join Seattle AWIS for our December Alternative Energy Event co-hosted by the Association for Women Geoscientists, Pacific Northwest Chapter.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012; 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Title: Developing Geothermal Energy in the Pacific Northwest
Speaker: Susan Petty, CTO AltaRock Energy, Inc.

Presentation Abstract
Several areas in the Pacific Northwest hold promise for large-scale geothermal energy development.
Geothermal energy has relatively low environmental impacts and may become an important part
of the nation's alternative energy portfolio, especially in the western US. It relies on capturing heat
energy from areas where the shallow crust is relatively warm and converting that heat to electricity.
Despite high up-front costs, improving technologies are bringing the per-kilowatt costs down to a
competitive level. Promising areas for exploration include volcanic areas, areas with thin crust, areas
with deep faults that bring high temperature water near the surface, and deep sedimentary basins.
AltaRock Energy, Inc. has been exploring in Washington, Oregon and California, and has a major
project in Newberry Crater near Bend, OR.

Speaker Biography
Susan Petty is the CTO, president and founder of AltaRock Energy, Inc. She has over 30 years experience
in the geothermal industry in electrical and direct use project economics, optimizing of power plants to
meet resource conditions, reservoir evaluation, reservoir modeling, well, plant and wellfield performance
data analysis, well testing and test data analysis. She has also assisted in negotiation of geothermal lease agreements, power sales agreements, geothermal project financing agreements and geothermal property sales and purchases, and policy studies for state and federal agencies. Ms. Petty has done work on geothermal electrical generation projects in Nevada at Steamboat, Dixie Valley, Rye Patch, Soda Lake, Fallon, Desert Peak, Brady Hot springs and direct use projects at Brady, Elko and Moana. In California she has worked on the Coso, Salton Sea, East Mesa, Heber, Brawley, Wendell-Amedee, Mt. Lassen and Medicine Lak e resources. She has worked on geothermal projects overseas in Indonesia, the Philippines and Central America. For a number of years, Ms. Petty assisted the Department of Energy in performing policy studies for geothermal energy research including economic modeling of geothermal pricing and the impact of technology improvement on the cost of geothermal power. Ms. Petty was a panel member and significant contributor to the recently published study “The Future of Geothermal Energy in the US”published by MIT and led by Dr. Jeff Tester. Ms. Petty holds a BA from Princeton University in Geology and an MS in Groundwater Hydrology from the University of Hawaii.

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!

Contact email address: Programs@seattleawis.org

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