The four day event kicks off tonight at the First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square
The hack begins at the First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square

For Today 

Brown Bag Lunch: Family-Sized Housing

The Seattle Planning Commission has put together a panel to discuss the increasing rarity of available housing suitable for raising kids within the city. (Josh wrote one of his "Urban Upgrade" columns for the mag about this problem and the Planetizen blog wrote about it this month as well)

Of all American cities, Seattle has the second lowest percentage of houses occupied by families with children, a fact the Commission warns may forcibly decrease the time families have to spend together as parents contend with super commutes.

The panel, led by Planning Commission co-chair Dave Cutler, vice-chair Catherine Benotto, and executive director Vanessa Murdock, will discuss both the group's efforts to buck this trend and other possible options to create better housing options for Seattle's child rearing families. 

Brown Bag Lunch: Family-Sized Housing, Thu, May 1, noon–1:30 pm, GGLO Space at the Steps, 1305 1st Avenue, free.

Hack to End Homelessness

Skeptical that app-y, trendy, tech-y projects can actually translate into real solutions for systemic problems such as homelessness? Here's an opportunity to check out some of these projects in the development phases and, hopefully, curb some of that skepticism. 

Technologists, nonprofits, and community members are coming together to find solutions for ending homelessness. Sponsored by Real Change, the YWCA, Youth Care, and many more local organizations, the weekend's events begin with Pioneer Square's First Thursday Art Walk and a Friday screening of @home, a documentary exploring homelessness with activist Mark Horvath.

The real work, however, will happen on Saturday and Sunday, when participants will collaborate on projects—such as building a social network for homeless people that works on low-end phones and SMS, or setting up an e-commerce site to support artwork with homeless youth—intended to improve the lives of the homeless. (You can review a preliminary proposal list for the weekend's projects, which will be updated as more proposals come in.)

On Sunday evening, participants will make their open-to-the-public pitches.

Hack to End Homelessness, May 1–4, Impact Hub Seattle, 220 Second Ave S, $100 for full weekend (tickets for individual events also available).

For Friday

Meaningful Movies: Inequality For All

Appointed Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Policy Planning Staff by President Jimmy Carter and later Secretary of Labor for Bill Clinton, Robert Reich built a career fighting to protect the middle class from within the nation's capitol.

In 2013, alongside his role as the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at UC–Berkeley, Reich used his knowledge of both politics and economics to create a film (with the aid of filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth) detailing the subsersive effects of rampant economic inequality on the continued viability of American democracy.    

Reich's film, which shifts between humorously critical and informatively depressing, is screening at at this week's installment of Meaningful Movies. Check out the trailer if we have yet to sell you on spending your Friday night learning something valuable. 

Meaningful Movies: Inequality For All, Fri, May 2, 7 pm, Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N, free (but they accept donations).

For Saturday

Watershed Preserve Work Party

Get out of the city and get dirty with friends and fellow nature lovers while working to maintain Redmond's 800 acre Douglas fir forest. 

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 trails and communal spaces.

Watershed Reserve Work Party, Sat, May 3, 10 am–noon, Watershed Preserve, 21760 NE Novelty Hill Rd, Redmond, free.

Advance Notice For May 19

Reclaiming Prosperity: Gender and Income Inequality

Does she work harder for the money?

Political pollstress Anna Greenberg, ROC United co-founder and co-director Saru Jayaraman, and MomsRising.org CEO Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner lead a discussion of this question and explore how the changing nature of work impacts the current minimum wage debate, economic security on a national and individual level, and gender roles within families and workplaces.

The average wage women earn is lower than that of men in every US state. Is that because babysitting isn't very lucrative? We don't think so. 
Reclaiming Prosperity: Gender and Income Inequality, Mon, May 19, 7:30–9 pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue, $5.

GiveBIG

We won't risk letting you forget this opportunity to give.

The Seattle Foundation, in partnership with many other Seattle institutions, presents a full day of charitable giving from the comforts of wherever it is you access the internet. Next Tuesday, organizations are primed to match donations by citizens to funds of their choosing from an extensive list of nonprofits. 

There are so many great organizations on the list. Two PubliCola favorites to consider: The Northwest Film Forum and the Rainier Valley Food Bank

All donations will be stretched, so give whatever you can and see how much it can turn into. Plus, every donor is entered in a drawing to have an extra $1,000 donated in their name and a $100 Starbucks gift card. 

GiveBIG, Tue, May 6, The Seattle Foundation Website, $1+.

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