Photo via El Centro de la Raza Facebook page

For Saturday

Make Tamales, Combat Hunger

Following the success of its tamale-making class, community social justice center El Centro de la Raza is holding a special workshop this weekend for veggie tamales—that's right Seattle, there is now a vegetarian option!

The class, which includes a recipe and one dozen uncooked tamales, will benefit the center's Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program that provides meals and fitness activities for seniors each week.

Vegetarian Tamale Making Classes, Sat, December 7, 10am–12:30pm, El Centro de la Raza (kitchen, on the ground floor), 2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, $75.

For Friday

Unite Against Whatcom Coal Terminal

The Lummi Native American tribe is coming together to say no to the Gateway Pacific Terminal, what is set to be the largest coal port on the West coast. The port, to be built at Cherry Point in Whatcom County, would disrupt a Lummi ancestral graveyard and could hurt their fishing industry as well.

And so we return to the eternal struggle: do the potential economic benefits outweight the costs to native land and culture? Find out more about this ongoing coal terminal conflict when KUOW environmental reporter Ashley Ahearn sits down with Lummi councilmember Jay Julius and tribal law expert Mason Morisett for their take on the issue.

The Lummi's Fight: Tribal Opposition to Coal Exports, Fri, December 6, 7:30–8:30pm, Town Hall Seattle, $5.

For Thursday

Last call for Ballard rail feedback

This Thursday is your final opportunity to meet with Sound Transit and City officials to raise questions or concerns about possible Ballard-to-downtown rail transit routes. This link between Ballard and downtown is an SDOT and Sound Transit team effort to develop transportation in high volume areas (see SDOT’s Transit Master Plan and Sound Transit’s Long-Range Plan).

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can send your feedback online from December 6 to 13.

Last Ballard study open house, Thu, December 5, 5:30–7:30pm, Ballard High School Commons, 1418 NW 65th Street, free.

Girl Rising Screening

For an inspiring (and potentially emotional) night, check out the screening of Girl Rising, a recent film based on the true stories of nine girls across the developing world whose lives were transformed with the power of education.

The film is a part of the grassroots Girl Rising movement that pushes for girls' education to combat poverty in developing nations.

This screening is put on by global development group GlobalWA and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.

Girl Rising Screening, Thu, December 5, 7–9pm, Kane Hall (Rm. 210), University of Washington, free.

March for Living Wages

With last summer's Strike Poverty movement plus the SeaTac vote plus growing support among government officials (including mayor-elect Ed Murray and City Council socialist Kshama Sawant), Seattle has never been so close to a $15 minimum wage. 

Support it? Join others as they march to Seattle City Hall from SeaTac, which recently adopted a $15/hr wage for the highest minimum wage in the nation.

March for $15 wage, Thu, December 5, 9am start at SeaTac Hilton (17620 International Blvd), 4:30pm finish at Seattle City Hall. 

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