PubliCalendar: A Stand for Compassion, Plus Civil Rights History, and Income Inequality
Today's picks for civic nerds.
Think & Drink
In 2011, Humanities Washington launched Think & Drink, a program centered around conversation, debate, and alcohol. 2014's events are focused around Race, Place, & Culture, and this week the discussion will cover civil rights protests from the 1960s to the 1980s.
You don't have to be a UW student to join in, but you do have to be 21 or older, so bring your ID, have a beer, and get your creative discussion juices flowing.
Think & Drink: A History of Protest: Civil Rights Movements in Seattle from the 1960s to 1980s, Wed, March 26, 7pm, Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N, free.
Income Inequality Symposium
As part of the lengthy conversation about the minimum wage in Seattle, the Office of the Mayor, Local Progress, and Seattle University are cohosting a day-long symposium.
Panelists and speakers—including Lori Pfingst of the Center for Budget and Policy, Dorian Warren of Columbia University and Paul Sonn of the National Employment Law Project—will discuss all aspects of raising the minimum wage. If you haven't made your mind up about the minimum wage (we, for one, decided a long time ago), maybe this day-long event can help you decide.
We certainly hope it helps the mayor make a decision.
Stand for Compassion
You may have missed it, but on March 15, a sleeping homeless man was attacked and beaten. Two men, off-duty firefighters, and one woman, an Amazon employee, have been accused of—and at least one arrested for—instigating the attack.
The homeless man was sleeping on the Fallen Firefighters Memorial when the woman allegedly began yelling at him and kicking him. The attack escalated, with the men joining in and beating the man with his walking stick. (Witness Steven Banfield published his account of the attack and the late police response at Crosscut.)
To raise awareness about this vulnerable population, several organizations are coming together to "stand for compassion" to provide shelter and safety for Seattle's homeless.
The gathering will take place at Occidental Square, near where the attack occurred. Speakers include representatives from Alliance for Pioneer Square, Church Council of Greater Seattle, Real Change, and more, as well as mayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Council.
Stand for Compassion, Thu, March 27, 5:30–7pm, Occidental Park, free.
Taking Charge of Healthcare
Enrollment in the Washington Health Benefit Exchange ends on Monday, March 31. If you haven't signed up, or you have but you're unsure of what it means for you in the future, you might want to give Dr. Melissa Clarke a listen.
An advocate of patient rights and healthcare reform, Dr. Clarke encourages proactive decision making, health literacy, and communicative relationships between patients and doctors. Her book, Excuse Me, Doctor. I’ve got WHAT? Taking Ownership of Your Health and Making Healthcare Reform Work for You came out in 2013.
Taking Charge of Healthcare, Fri, March 28, 7–8:15pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.
Advance Notice for April 2
Save Metro Fundraiser
Seattle Subway, an organization dedicated to "reliable, high-capacity transit" in Seattle, hosts a Metro fundraiser with Seattle City Council member Mike O'Brien. Head to Hattie's Hat in Ballard for delicious fries or a veggie burger, and stay for a discussion of how you can donate time or money to keep Seattle's transit system afloat.
Winning Save Metro hosted by Seattle Subway, Wed, Apr 2, 5–8pm, Hattie's Hat Restaurant, 5231 Ballard Ave NW, free.
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