PubliCola's picks for political and civic nerds. 

Seattle Design Festival

The Seattle Design Festival---whose theme, this year, is "Engage Your World"---will take over South Lake Union from tomorrow through September 23, with speakers, exhibits, installations, architectural tours, films, pop-up shops, street food, a beer garden, and more.

Seattle Design Festival, Thursday, Sept 20–Sunday, Sept 23, 10 am–5 pm, South Lake Union (Ninth and Westlake and vicinity), Free

Pierce Transit Proposition 1 Open House

Pierce County voters are being asked to increase sales taxes by 0.3 percent, or 3 cents on a $10 purchase, to preserve transit funding at existing service levels (which have already been cut by 8 percent). Find out what the failure of Pierce County Prop. 1 will mean for Pierce Transit riders at an open house in Tacoma. (We'll include upcoming open houses throughout Pierce County in future PubliCalendar posts.)

Pierce Transit Proposition 1 Open House, Thursday, Sept 20, 5 pm–6:30 pm, Tacoma Municipal Building, Council Chambers, 747 Market Street, Tacoma, Free

Tear Down the Tarp Party at ROOTS Shelter

Celebrate and take a tour of the newly expanded ROOTS youth shelter in the U District, which will now be able to provide shelter and safety for 45 homeless youth every night, up from 27.

Tear Down the Tarp Party, Thursday, Sept 20; 6:30 pm–7:30 pm, ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, 1415 NE 43rd St Seattle , WA 98105
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Wedding Crashers: A Discussion of Marriage Equality From an Economic and Racial Perspective

The final installment of a lively and informative discussion series about marriage equality, this meeting aims to get to the core of the effect marriage equality has on a critical piece of the LGBTQ community: working class, low-income, and racial minorities. Speakers include Norma Timbang, an activist and current UW lecturer on social justice and diversity, Marcos Martinez of Entre Hermanos, Seattle’s Latino LGBTQ organization, and Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. If you’re feisty about marriage, be sure to stop by.

Wedding Crashers: A Discussion of Marriage Equality from an Economic and Racial Perspective, Wednesday, September 19, 6:30pm, Southside Commons, 3515 S Edmunds St., Free