PubliCalendar: Gun Safety, Stairways, and a One-Day Film Festival
Today's picks for civic nerds.
A Non-Depressing Talk
If you heard McKenzie Funk speak last night about just how screwed we are by global warming and capitalism, you might be feeling helpless and hopeless. That's where Lynn Fitz-Hugh (350Seattle) and the Common Good Cafe come in.
Calling her talk on climate change "non-depressing," Fitz-Hugh will focus on what can be done about our planet's crisis at every level, including what you can do as an individual citizen.
A Non-Depressing Talk on Climate Change, Thu, February 6, 7pm, 1415 NE 43rd St, free.
Gun Safety Forum
The League of Women Voters is hosting a forum to discuss gun safety as a public health challenge. Public health issues such as domestic violence and suicide can be greatly affected by access to guns, and have to be considered in a conversation on gun access and gun safety. Speakers will also talk about the current legal environment of gun access—maybe they can explain the weird gun regulations (or lack thereof) that we've noticed lately.
Speakers include Pete Holmes, Seattle city attorney; Amnon Schoenfeld, Director of King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division; and Karen Milman, Director of King County Public Health Office of Prevention.
Gun Safety: A Public Health Challenge, Thu, February 6, 7:30pm, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, free.
Zambia, a country rich with copper, is one of the 20 poorest countries in the world. Why? According to the Stealing Africa movie promo, companies that reap the profits from the copper aren't paying taxes. They add: "tax avoidance by corporations costs poor countries an estimated $160 billion a year, almost double what they receive in international aid."
Come to the Meaningful Movies to watch this documentary and have a community discussion on taxes, poverty, and international relations.
Stealing Africa, Fri, February 7, 7–9:30pm, 5019 Keystone Place N, free (donations accepted).
Stairway Walks Day
The second annual Stairway Walks Day features 18 guided tours of Seattle steps and history. Choose a tour based on the neighborhood you'd like to explore or, thanks to this helpful list, based on the number of steps you do or don't want to walk up.
Stairway Walks Day, Sat, February 8, 10am–12pm, multiple locations, free.
Post Alley Film Festival
Sponsored by Women in Film Seattle, the Post Alley Film Festival is a full day of short films by and about women. With films from Finland to Australia to Canada, the festival gives women from all over the world a chance to showcase their talents and tell their stories. Proceeds from the ticket sales (buy tickets here) go to WIF Seattle.
Post Alley Film Festival, Sat, February 8, 11am–7pm, The SIFF Film Center, Warren Ave and Republican St, $15.
Advance Notice for March 4
Pack Seeds for a Good Cause
Lettuce Link, an organization that works to make sustainable, healthy food available to those who need it most, is having a seed packing party. They buy seeds in bulk and repack them into individual packets to give to low-income gardeners, food banks, meal programs, and others who can't afford fresh produce.
Take a couple of hours to pack seeds, meet other volunteers, and bring food to King County Residents.
RSVP to let organizers know you're coming, and email email@example.com with questions.
Lettuce Link Seed Packing Work Party, Tue, March 4, 5:30–7:30pm, 1501 N 45th St, free.
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