Journalist David Cay Johnston speaks in Seattle twice this week.
Journalist David Cay Johnston, via his Facebook

For Today

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.

For Saturday

Silly Hilly

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.

For Sunday

Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day 
You don't have to be Jewish to recognize the importance of remembering one of the worst examples of humanity's capacity for evil in modern history, nor to attend the UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies' Memorial Service and subsequent discussion on this mournful day.
 
The Memorial Service runs from 10:30 am to noon at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island, and includes a candle lighting ceremony led by Rabbi Jim Mirel as well as a special performance by kids from the Seattle Hebrew Academy.

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.
 
Yom Hashoah, Sun, Apr 27, Service: 10:30 am–noon, SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way, Discussion: 2:30–4:30 pm, UW Kane Hall, 4069 Spokane Ln, both free.

Advance Notice For May 3

Watershed Preserve Work Party
Redmond's 800-acre Douglas fir forest is an incredible natural space close to the city yet so far removed that it's easy to lose yourself in nature there. Of course, to maintain such a fantastic piece of land requires a great deal of work from the community that enjoys it. 
 
ForTerra and Green Redmond Partnership provide volunteers with tools and guidance on the first Saturday of every month as they explore and service the preserve's many trails and communal spaces.
Get out of the city and get dirty with friends and fellow nature lovers while working to maintain the Watershed Preserve's natural beauty.
 
Watershed Preserve Work Party, Sat, May 3, 10 am–noon, Watershed Preserve, 21760 NE Novelty Hill Rd, Redmond, free


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