MLK Day in the P-Patch
If you haven't yet signed up for an MLK Day of Service project, try this one. The Jackson Park P-Patch, a community garden in Northeast Seattle, is using the day of volunteering to prep the community beds used for food bank donations and to get rid of unwanted weeds.
MLK Day of Service: Jackson Park P-Patch, Mon, January 20, 10am–4pm, Tenth Ave NE and 133rd St (just south of Jackson Park golf course), free
MLK Day Open House
Head over to the Northwest African American Museum for an all-day open house. Read some of MLK's speeches, learn about other activists of his time, and watch a special screening of the film Sing Your Song (about activist and singer Harry Belafonte) at 1pm.
MLK Day Open House, Mon, January 20, 11am–5pm, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts St, free.
*Looking for even more MLK Day events in Seattle? Check out this list.
How the Middle Class Was Destroyed
Ian Haney Lopez, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, will be at Town Hall discussing the middle class, race in politics, and the real effect that words can have.
Ian Haney Lopez, Destroying the Middle Class One Word at a Time, Mon, January 20, 7:30–8:30pm, downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5
Age of Anxiety
Dealing with anxiety since he was a toddler, Scott Stossel decided to study the history of the most common mental illness in America to make sense of his experience. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind is about a problem that humans have been dealing with forever, and the struggles of one man to cope with mental illness and life as a public figure and father.
Scott Stossel, The Age of Anxiety, Tues, Jan 21, 7:30–8:30pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5
Roe v. Wade
The US Supreme Court ruled that abortion was legal in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973. Now, 41 years later, abortion rights advocates are fighting against conservative attempts to pass restrictive abortion measures in every state. Radical Women of Seattle is hosting a dinner and documentary viewing on the 41st anniversary, to both celebrate the monumental Supreme Court decision and to show how much women still have to fight for.
The first female tribal president of the Pine Ridge Reservation, Cecelia Fire Thunder, tried to build a Planned Parenthood clinic, on reservation land but open to all women, to work around South Dakota's 2006 abortion ban. The documentary Young Lakota tells the story of three women on the reservation whose lives were affected by the ban and the controversy surrounding the reservation clinic.
Viewing of Young Lakota, Wed, January 22, 6:30pm (dinner), 7:30pm (film), New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S, $8.50 donation
Advance Notice for February 13
Secretary at War
Robert Gates served as Secretary of Defense under eight presidents, including George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and has the tell-all memoir to prove it. Sharing his opinions on Congress, policy decisions, and political parties, Gates will at Town Hall discussing his book and his political career. How many chances will you have to see a former head of the CIA and former Secretary of Defense in person?
Secretary at War, Thu, February 13, 7:30–8:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5
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