PubliCalendar: Josh and Hackers, Philip Morris and Whistleblowers, Rasmussen and Little City Halls
Today's picks for civic nerds.
The Northwest Film Forum, the city's mecca of indie movie programming, is bringing a batch of ultra left-wing films to the screen to celebrate (and speculate) about Seattle's recent shift to the left.
Is it conceivable that Seattle—paradise of plastic bag bans, mandatory paid sick leave, mandatory composting, and civil liberties for backyard goat herding—could actually move any further to the left? Oh yes. In case you missed it, we elected socialist Kshama Sawant to the city council late last year, and we're currently on the cusp of raising the minimum wage, Sawant's campaign pledge.
To explore Seattle's deep dive into Socialism, NWFF is hosting Red Renewal: Seattle's Socialist Spring, ten nights of movies where radical politics hit the screen.
NWFF wanted to get PubliCola involved, so Josh was asked to program a night for the series. Rather than showing one movie, Josh is going to discuss several movies that each reflect on a different aspect of political urbanism, the brand of politics, that, in his opinion currently offers the most radical and relevant challenge to the status quo.
The finale of his talk features a flick, Hackers, that ties all these urbanist themes together in one exciting, action-packed example of city cinema.
The movies, such as Fight Club and the Blackborad Jungle, touch on themes like urban transportation, mutliculturalism, networks, and youth culture. The finale of his talk features a flick, Hackers, that ties all these urbanist themes together in one exciting, action-packed example of city cinema.
Here's how Josh described the night to the folks at NWFF: It's a tour through movies where urbanism—particularly the electric youth culture of city life—is as radical and subversive as Marxism and Anarchism. Agit-prop teens translate music into politics and tech smarts into transgression, upending the government and corporate status quo, in this collection of urban-themed films. Multiculturalism, mass transit and the kismet of streets (all fixed features of cities) also factor in to the revolution at hand.
Red Renewal: Seattle's Socialist Spring, Wed, Apr 9, 7pm, Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, $8.
A scientist for Philip Morris in the 70s and 80s—hired, supposedly, to research options for making cigarettes safer—Victor DeNoble's research discovered that nicotine was definitely addictive. DeNoble was eventually kept from publishing in medical journals, fired, and forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement regarding his discoveries.
Since 1994, however, DeNoble has been a key expert in trials against tobacco companies, and has become one of the most active and vocal anti-smoking activists in the country. This documentary tells the story of DeNoble, often called the first whistleblower on the tobacco industry.
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.
West Seattle Little City Hall, Fri, Apr 11, 9–11am, West Seattle Senior Center Cafe, 4217 SW Oregon St, free.
Advance Notice for April 17
Wage Gap Panel
77 cents on the dollar—that's how much women make in comparison to men, right? Yes and no.
The wage gap varies from place to place: in 2012 in Wyoming women made 64 percent of their counterpart's salaries, while in Washington, D.C. in 2012, women made 90 percent. It also varies among different groups—Hispanic women make 53 percent of what white men make.
Radical Women Seattle and the Freedom Socialist Party are sponsoring a panel on the wage gap. Discussing race and gender discrimination, the panel will also touch on Seattle and its affordability for underpaid workers.
Wage Gap Panel, Thu, Apr 17, 7pm (doors open at 6:30 for snacks), New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S, free (donations welcome).
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