PubliCalendar: Celebrating Equality, Saving Social Security
Today's picks for civic nerds.
Equal Rights Washington 10-Year Anniversary Celebration
A full decade has passed since Equal Rights Washington started its campaign to promote equality for the LGBT community, and what a decade it has been. ERW has helped same-sex couples gain the right to marry, helped pass the Healthy Youth Act (which requires medically accurate sex ed in public schools), and helped pass a state law making it illegal to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
ERW staff and supporters will be sipping champagne and enjoying hors d'oeuvres in commemoration of their successes. Everyone has the right to do that once in a while.
Tickets are $20, and you can throw a donation in on top of that if you feel so inclined.
ERW 10 Year Anniversary Celebration, Tue, June 3, 5:30–7:30 pm, Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall, 600 4th Ave, $20+.
Social Security Forum
Money from Social Security has benefited multiple generations of American senior citizens, but it may run dry before the majority of the current generation of young Americans become eligible.
National Organization for Women president Terry O'Neill, U.S. Congress member Adam Smith (D–WA, 9), and Economic Opportunity Institute policy director Marilyn Watkins are headlining a forum on the subject at Bethany United Church of Christ on Beacon Hill.
The disussion will center on the status of the Social Security system and the Strengthening Social Security Act, a proposed piece of legislation that is aimed at preserving access to Social Security for the rest of this century.
Social Security Forum, Wed, June 4, 7–8:30 pm, Bethany United Church of Christ, 6230 Beacon Avenue S, free.
GROW, the organization formerly known at P-Patch Trust, will be raising funds this year with the help of chef Tom Douglas. The James Beard Award winner will be cooking at the Interbay P-Patch for up to 100 people while GROW volunteers run a garden-themed silent auction.
Proceeds from ticket sales ($135 each) and the silent auctin will go toward GROW's efforts to build and maintain P-Patches throughout the city.
Chef in the Garden, Tue, July 15, 5:30 pm, Interbay P-Patch, 2415 15th Ave West, $135.
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