For Today

Mayor Ed Murray

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Ask the Mayor

The Seattle Channel's "Ask the Mayor" program is going live and interactive—you can sign up to be in the audience and ask a question, email questions in advance to askthemayor@seattle.gov, or tweet during the show @SeattleChannel with the hashtag #AsktheMayor.

The program gives you a chance to ask mayor Ed Murray about a variety of issues, and this week's installment will focus on income inequality and the minimum wage issue. The co-chairs of the mayor's Income Inequality Advisory Committee—Howard Wright and David Rolf—will be answering minimum wage questions alongside the mayor in the second half of the show.

Register in advance to attend the live show or watch from home.

Ask the Mayor, Tue, March 25, 7–8pm (doors open at 6), Bertha Landes Room, City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, free.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

From our Advance Notice files: The fight for a living wage is happening nationwide, and the immediate effects that higher wages will have for people living in poverty are obvious.

Ways to solve poverty at the roots, however, are much less obvious.

William Easterly, author and co-director of New York University's Development Research Institute, believes that violation of freedom is the main reason people remain in poverty. In his new book, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor, Easterly points out that we need to address systemic inequality and find a solution that starts with individual respect and freedom.

William Easterly: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Tue, March 25, 7:30–8:45pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

For Wednesday

Think & Drink

In 2011, Humanities Washington launched Think & Drink, a program centered around conversation, debate, and alcohol. 2014's events are focused around Race, Place, & Culture, and this week the discussion will cover civil rights protests from the 1960s to the 1980s. 

You don't have to be a UW student to join in, but you do have to be 21 or older, so bring your ID, have a beer, and get your creative discussion juices flowing.

Think & Drink: A History of Protest: Civil Rights Movements in Seattle from the 1960s to 1980s, Wed, March 26, 7pm, Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N, free.

For Thursday

Income Inequality Symposium

As part of the lengthy conversation about the minimum wage in Seattle, the Office of the Mayor, Local Progress, and Seattle University are cohosting a day-long symposium.

Panelists and speakers—including Lori Pfingst of the Center for Budget and Policy, Dorian Warren of Columbia University and Paul Sonn of the National Employment Law Project—will discuss all aspects of raising the minimum wage. If you haven't made your mind up about the minimum wage (we, for one, decided a long time ago), maybe this day-long event can help you decide.

We certainly hope it helps the mayor make a decision.

Income Inequality Symposium, Thu, March 27, 9am–1pm, Campion Ballroom, Seattle University, 914 E Jefferson St, free (registration required).

Advance Notice for April 10

Addiction, Incorporated

A scientist for Philip Morris in the 1970s and 80s—hired, supposedly, to research options for making cigarettes safer—Victor DeNoble's research discovered that nicotine was definitely addictive. DeNoble was eventually kept from publishing in medical journals, fired, and forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement regarding his discoveries. 

Since 1994, however, DeNoble has been a key expert in trials against tobacco companies, and has become one of the most active and vocal anti-smoking activists in the country. 

This documentary tells the story of DeNoble, often called the first whistleblower on the tobacco industry.

Addiction, Incorporated, Thu, April 10, 5:30pm, Thomson Hall Room 101, UW Seattle, free (RSVP encouraged).

 

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