For Today

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Why Socialism, Why Now?

Kshama Sawant is the first Socialist on the Seattle City Council in 100 years. So why now? Why was the city ready to support a Socialist candidate in 2013?

Sawant and Charles Mudede, associate editor at The Stranger, will discuss the potential impact on the city council, living wages, and labor.

This event kicks off the Northwest Film Forum's Red Renewal: Seattle's Socialist Spring. Thru May 1, films touching on the debates surrounding socialism will be shown around the city. Before tonight's conversation, the NFF will screen an excerpt from the film Work in Progress about local workers.

Advance Notice: Our own Josh Feit is hosting a night in NWFF's Socialist Spring series on April 9. He's screening a batch of "Urbanist" movies for a night called "Urban Subversions." 

His write up on NWFF's calendar explains:

A tour through movies where urbanism—particularly the electric youth culture of city life—is as radical and subversive as Marxism and Anarchism.

Agit-prop teens translate music into politics and tech smarts into transgression, upending the government and corporate status quo, in this collection of urban-themed films.

Multiculturalism, mass transit and the kismet of streets (all fixed features of cities) also factor in to the revolution at hand.

Why Socialism, Why Now? Tue, March 18, 7:30–8:45pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

For Wednesday

Transit Cuts and Your Business

The impending 17 percent cuts to Metro funding don't only affect individuals—they affect businesses that have invested in transit passes for employees' transportation fees.

What might this mean for your business? To find out, attend the discussion with King County Council member Larry Phillips and panelists Dan Greenshields (President, Sharebuilder by Capitol One) and Martin Duke (Seattle Transit Blog).

Transit Cuts and Your Business, Wed, March 19, noon–1pm, Fourth Floor Conference Room, Fourth & Madison Building, free. 

For Thursday

Environmental Justice and Happy Hour

Social Justice Fund Northwest—a community-supported foundation working to effect social change—is hosting a free happy hour with former mayor, and new SJF board member, Mike McGinn.

Join the discussion on fighting for environmental justice in Seattle and King County while enjoying free beer, wine, and snacks.

Environmental Justice in Action, Thu, March 20, 5–7pm, 3rd Floor Studio, Impact Hub, 220 Second Ave S, free (RSVP encouraged).

Advance Notice for April 5

Mayor Murray's Neighborhood Summit

"Seattle's unique neighborhoods are what makes this city special," said Ed Murray in a February press release announcing his neighborhood summit. “I want to build strong relationships with the leaders of these neighborhoods and community members and keep an open dialogue as well as build an administration where no one has to ask for a space at the table.”

Coming up next month, the summit is intended to be an opportunity to talk with neighborhood representatives about improving the city in a way that benefits all neighborhoods. One of Mayor Murray's first-100-days-in-office priorities, the summit will surely continue the Seattle trend of lengthy group discussion on a topic—but it just might lead to some city improvement as well.

The conversation has already started. Check out Erica's post. A group of anti-development activists is organizing to resist increased density.

If you want to throw your opinion into the mix, you can fill out the online survey.

Seattle Neighborhood Summit 2014, Sat, April 5, 9am–1pm, Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center, free.

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