For Today

Former mayor Mike McGinn, image via Twitter

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).

For Friday

Old Shoe, New Trick

Curious about how the old clothes you donated get processed, recovered, and turned into new retail products for customers?

The Washington State Recycling Association is providing an in-depth view of the recycling and reusing marketplace, complete with a tour of the Seattle Goodwill's Job Training and Education Center.

A donation drive will also be going on, so bring your unwanted clothes and other items—your donation gets your name entered into a raffle for a Goodwill gift card.

Old Shoe, New Trick: Textile Recovery, Reuse & Recycling, Fri, March 21, 9am–3pm, Goodwill Headquarters, 700 Dearborn Place S, $40–$85. 

For Saturday

Why Your Vote Matters

We all know that Seattle's public transit system is in desperate need of funding. The League of Women Voters is co-sponsoring a panel with Town Hall to discuss the problems and potential solutions for the metro funding crisis. 

The conversation will cover future ballot measures—such as the $60 car tab fee and .1 cent sales tax increase, approved unanimously by the King County Council—and why voting in April is important.

Panelists include Rod Dembowski (King County Council Chair of Transportation) Mia Gregerson (SeaTac Mayor and state representative), Katie Wilson (co-founder of Seattle Transit Riders Union) and Rebecca Saldaña (Puget Sound Sage). 

Why Your Vote Matters, Sat, March 22, 11am–1:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, free.

Advance Notice for April 23

Wall Street in the White House

If the over-the-top government corruption on House of Cards and Scandal seems fictional (but inriguing), you might want to check out some real-world D.C. shadiness.

Journalist Nomi Prins has written about government bailouts and "backroom deals" and has a new book: All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power. 

At this talk, Prins will discuss the 100-year-history of the mutually beneficial relationship between Wall Street and the White House.

Wall Street in the White House, Wed, April 23, 7:30–8:45pm, The Pub at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

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