PubliCalendar: Little City Hall, Minimum Wage Town Hall, and 12 Poetry Finalists
Today's picks for civic nerds.
Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam
On Friday night 12 finalists will perform their original spoken-word poetry, competing to be one of five poets chosen to represent Seattle at the 2014 International Brave New Voices Festival. Hollis Wong-Wear, the Grammy-nominated Macklemore collaborator, is hosting the competition.
The evening's 12 performers are all teens that hone their craft with Youth Speaks Seattle, an organization providing Seattle youth with open-mic nights, slams, and writing workshops.
Even the host got her start with YSS.
Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam, Fri, Apr 11, 7:30–10:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $20.
Little City Hall in West Seattle
"Getting to City Hall downtown can be pretty inconvenient for West Seattleites, so I thought I should bring City Hall to you," said Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen.
Council member Rasmussen is holding "little city halls" in West Seattle and South Park to chat with those farther-out citizens. Anyone can come by during the set hours to chat with Rasmussen to talk about any issues—minimum wage, gender pay equity, parks funding. And if you miss this one, there's another on April 23.
UPDATE: We called Rasmussen's office to find out if he planned to do any "Little City Hall" events outside West Seattle, where he'll likely be running once districted elections go into effect next year. A staffer said Rasmussen is indeed planning future Little City Halls in other neighborhoods besides West Seattle.
West Seattle Little City Hall, Fri, Apr 11, 9–11am, West Seattle Senior Center Cafe, 4217 SW Oregon St, free.
Minimum Wage Town Hall
The Select Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality is hosting a town hall meeting to discuss raising the minimum wage. If you aren't all talked out about this yet, you might want to spend your Saturday speaking to council members and fellow Seattleites about the benefits of raising minimum wage.
You can arrive early (9 am) for coffee and conversation with council members, and at 10 the presentations will begin. Marieka M. Klawitter and Robert D. Plotnick of the UW Evans School of Public Affairs and Ken Jacobs of UC Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment will offer up their analysis of increasing wages.
Minimum Wage Town Hall, Sat, Apr 12, 10am, Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave NE, free.
The EPA's Hidden Secret
E. G. Vallianatos, frequent writer at The Huffington Post and Harvard-educated scientist, wants you to know what the Environmental Protection Agency has kept hidden.
After 25 years as an EPA employee, Vallianotos claims that the food-protection agency allows millions of pounds of synthetic substances and chemicals into our food and water.
In his new book, Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA, he looks into the corruption and politics of an agency intended to keep us healthy.
E. G. Vallianatos, The EPA's Hidden Secret, Sun, Apr 13, 7:30pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.
Advance Notice for April 22
Public Hearing on Police Accountability
On April 22, you can head to city council chambers and share your opinion on the effectiveness of the city's police accountability system.
The public hearing on police accountability is a joint meet with the Seattle City Council and the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB).
Intended as a forum for the public to share their opinions before the labor negotiations with the powerful Seattle Police Officers' Guild begin, the meeting starts at 5:30, but sign-up sheets for public comment will be available at 5.
Public Hearing on Seattle's Public Accountability System, Tue, Apr 22, 5:30pm, City Council Chambers, Second Floor of City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, free.
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