United Nations under-secretary-general Leila Zerrougui doing her good work.
United Nations under-secretary-general Leila Zerrougui doing her good work.

For Today

A Conversation with UN Under-Secretary-General Leila Zerrougui

Impoverished regions in conflict often cause direct harm to what should be their source of hope: the children. From starvation to excessive labor to forced service as child soldiers, these regions treat their kids in ways difficult for many Americans to imagine.

Algerian human rights law expert Leila Zerrougui has spent her life trying to ease the burden facing children in regions including South Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has worked to establish programs addressing children's welfare and protecting boys and girls in areas of armed conflict, and will be putting her experience on display in Seattle when she speaks to the World Affairs Council at the World Trade Center.

Conversation with Leila Zerrougui, Thu, July 10, 7:30–9am, World Trade Center, 2200 Alaskan Way, $30.

For Friday

July Friday Forum

July's edition of Transportation Choices Coalition's Friday Forum will focus on Seattle's 2035 Comprehensive Master Plan. The question on the table: How should we plan for growth. Get takes from nerds who obsess over this stuff like Futurewise executive director Hilary Franz, King County Equity and Social Justice manager Matias Valenzuela, and a surprise representative from the Seattle Department of Planning and Development. 

Join the discussion this Friday to find out what alternatives are in play—an urban village approach, a transit approach, or a city center focus—and possibly help sculpt Seattle's best future.

July Friday Forum, Fri, July 11, noon—1pm, Chinook Building rm 121, 401 5th Avenue, free.

National Gay Blood Drive

Why can't the LGBT community donate blood? A 1992 law, passed during the peak of the HIV/AIDS crisis, has remained unchanged (and discrimantory) despite advances in HIV/AIDS prevention within the LGBT community and the country as a whole. 
This Friday, gay men will be bringing their straight friends to donate blood at Seattle Central Community College and raise their voices en masse against the restriction on their ability to contribute positively to society. 
National Gay Blood Drive, Fri, July 11, 1–7pm, Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway, free. 

For Saturday and Sunday

Unspoken Angel Golf Invitational

Tessera, a local organization dedicated to creating opportunities for autistic adults, recently partnered with Seattle Children's hospital to turn their former headquarters into the Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center. The center offers those suffering from Autistic Spectrum Disorders classes on life skills, health, and wellness, and social and recreational events.

The two-day Unspoken Angel Golf tournament has raised over $5 million for Tessera over the last 8 years, and hopes to continue to generate resources for the Adult Life Center.

Unspoken Angel Golf Invitational, Sat and Sun, July 12 and 13, The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane, Newcastle, $400 per person for both events; $1,500 per foursome; $175 auction only.

Advance Notice for July 19 

Physicians for a National Health Program Annual Public Meeting

Seattle city council member Kshama Sawant headlines the list of speakers at this year's PNHP Western Washington chapter public forum, titled "Health Care is a Human Right: Making it Real in Washington State."
The Affordable Health Care Act, known both affectionately and with vitriol as ObamaCare, includes a provision that leaves open the option for any state to craft their own health care system within the boundaries of the national law; be a part of the conversation about the future of health care in Washington state at Kane Hall on the UW campus next Saturday evening.
PNHP Annual Public Meeting, Sat, July 19, 7pm, Kane Hall rm 120, 1410 NE Campus Parkway, free.

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