PubliCalendar: Feminism, a Former President, and Biking for a Month
Today's picks for civic nerds.
From our Advance Notice files: Much of feminist activism today takes place online, in MoveOn petitions, social media conversations, and blogs such as Jezebel, Bitch, and Feministing. In recent years, online activism has led to some real-world changes, including changing the FBI's definition of rape to be more inclusive and less discriminatory.
The Women's Funding Alliance presents a talk with Lindy West, a Seattle-based writer focused on feminism and social justice, and Stephanie Coontz, the co-chair and director of public education at the Council on Contemporary Families. Coontz and West—who both write for Jezebel—will discuss modern feminism online as well as off, focusing on building economic opportunities for women.
An audience conversation will follow their talks, so be sure to stick around.
Today's Feminism, Mon, March 31, 7–8:30pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $10.
Also from the PubliCal Advance Notice file: With the release of his book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, former President Jimmy Carter will be at Elliott Bay Books for a reading and a signing.
A Call to Action discusses the discrimination and violence against women across the world, and the personal call to action that Carter feels to address these issues. The book, which specifically addresses the justification of violence through misinterpreted religious texts, is also a call to action to readers—to join the effort in striving for equal rights.
The announcement on Elliott Bay's website notes:
Tickets to join the signing line for the event will be given out with a purchase of A Call to Action from the Elliott Bay Book Company. The book goes on sale Tuesday, March 25 and advance purchases may be made online, at the bookstore, or by calling 206-624-6600... Due to time constraints we will not be able to accommodate personalized book requests or posed pictures.
Jimmy Carter Book Signing, Mon, March 31, noon, Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Ave, free.
30 Days of Biking
The Washington Bike Alliance is kicking off 30 days of bike riding in April. As a way to promote cycling and "a community of joyful cyclists," the 30 Days of Biking gimmick asks you to pledge to ride your bike every day (and every ride, no matter how short, counts).
Take the pledge, ride your bike, and see if you feel the joy and magic of biking every day. And of getting wet; April is, admittedly, not the best month to wow people about biking. We'd suggest getting fenders over your wheels to reduce the spray.
30 Days of Biking, April 2014, anywhere, free.
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.
Advance Notice for April 8
The recent mudslide along state route 530 is a devastating reminder that natural disasters are always a potential threat. So the Seattle Office of Emergency Management is hosting an open house to discuss the city's worst potential dangers and the preventative actions the city should take.
The open house opens with "family-friendly activities" (your guess is as good as mine) and refreshments, and the presentation begins at 7. And community members who can't voice their opinion in person can fill out an online survey.
Open House, Seattle Office of Emergency Management, Tue, April 8, 6–8:30pm, Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S, free.
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