Working Democracy: Labor and Politics in an Era of Inequality
The University of Washington is hosting several discussions Friday afternoon and evening on the causes and potential impacts of the growing gap between rich and poor in America.
Five panels bookended by Beyond the Minimum Wage: What Can Government Do at 1pm and Giving Workers Voice: The Politics of Combating Inequality at 8 populate a day featuring national experts like journalist David Cay Johnston, local professors, and community figures including OneAmerica Executive Director Rich Stolz.
The speakers will focus on the root causes of income inequality rather than the policy arguments that have come to dominate the national conversation.
Working Democracy, Fri, Apr 25, 1-9:15 pm, University of Washington Student Union Building room 250, free.
The reconstruction of 23rd Avenue in the Central District will include a new greenway, and the city planners working on the project are looking for help determining the best route for bikers and pedestrians.
Join them for a walk or ride through the four route options beginning at Montlake Elementary School and stay for a scavenger hunt focused on road features that could impact the route decision such as steep hills, good sidewalks, and scary intersections.
Bring your strongest legs; the journey will be very hilly before it gets silly.
Silly Hilly, Sat, Apr 26, 2 pm, Montlake Elementary School, 2409 22nd Ave E, free.
David Cay Johnston: The Impact of American Inequality
If you missed the Pulitzer Prize winner at UW on Friday, there is another chance to hear him speak.
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility have brought Johnston in to discuss his most recent project, Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality, a collection of essays from scholars, politicians, economists, and others that delve into the culture of inequality seemingly present in America today and speculate as to what the future may bring.
The $5 entry fee shouldn't impact inequality too much.
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility Present, Sat, Apr 26, 7pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, $5.
The afternoon talk, featuring local author David Laskin, professor Daniel Chirot, and Holocaust survivor Josh Gortler, will begin at 2:30 in Kane Hall on the UW campus. With so few survivors remaining, opportunities to hear about the Holocaust from those who lived through it will not be possible for much longer and shouldn't be missed.
Send the details to Ezra Parter at firstname.lastname@example.org.