Learn from Robert Reich tonight!
Learn from Robert Reich tonight! Image via Facebook

For Friday

Meaningful Movies: Inequality For All

Appointed Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Policy Planning Staff by President Jimmy Carter and later Secretary of Labor for Bill Clinton, Robert Reich built a career fighting to protect the middle class from within the nation's capitol.

In 2013, alongside his role as the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at UC–Berkeley, Reich used his knowledge of both politics and economics to create a film (with the aid of filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth) detailing the subsersive effects of rampant economic inequality on the continued viability of American democracy.    

Reich's film, which shifts between humorously critical and informatively depressing, is screening at at this week's installment of Meaningful Movies. Check out the trailer if we have yet to sell you on spending your Friday night learning something valuable. 

Meaningful Movies: Inequality For All, Fri, May 2, 7 pm, Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N, free (but they accept donations).

Hack to End Homelessness

Skeptical that app-y, trendy, tech-y projects can actually translate into real solutions for systemic problems such as homelessness? Here's an opportunity to check out some of these projects in the development phases and, hopefully, curb some of that skepticism. 

Technologists, nonprofits, and community members are coming together to find solutions for ending homelessness. Sponsored by Real Change, the YWCA, Youth Care, and many more local organizations, tonight's events feature a screening of @home, a documentary exploring homelessness with activist Mark Horvath.

The real work, however, will happen on Saturday and Sunday, when participants will collaborate on projects—such as building a social network for homeless people that works on low-end phones and SMS, or setting up an e-commerce site to support artwork with homeless youth—intended to improve the lives of the homeless. (You can review a preliminary proposal list for the weekend's projects, which will be updated as more proposals come in.)

On Sunday evening, participants will make their open-to-the-public pitches.

Hack to End Homelessness, May 1–4, Impact Hub Seattle, 220 Second Ave S, $100 for full weekend (tickets for individual events also available).

For Saturday

Watershed Preserve Work Party

Get out of the city and get dirty with friends and fellow nature lovers while working to maintain Redmond's 800 acre Douglas fir forest. 

ForTerra and Green Redmond Partnership provide volunteers with tools and guidance on the first Saturday of every month as they explore and service the Preserve's trails and communal spaces.

Watershed Reserve Work Party, Sat, May 3, 10 am–noon, Watershed Preserve, 21760 NE Novelty Hill Rd, Redmond, free.

For Sunday

Bicycle Sundays 
Bikers enjoy Washington Boulevard.
Bikers enjoy Lake Washington Boulevard. Image via Seattle Bike Blog

The first Sunday in May marks the return of the Cascade Bicycle Club's joint event series with Seattle's Parks and Recreation Department and Department of Transportation when they close of Lake Washington Boulevard to cars.

Ride (or run, crawl, or skip if you so choose)  without fear of traffic and take a minute to get a professional helmet fitting to ensure your safety as properly fitted helms significantly improve your head's chances of dodging injury in the event of an accident.

Cross your fingers for a sunny day.

Bycicle Sundays, Sun, May 4, Lake Washington Boulevard between Seward Park and Mount Baker Park Beach, free + helmets for sale.


Advance Notice For May 29

Unpacking McLeary at Town Hall

Confused by the impact of the State Supreme Court's 2012 ruling in McLeary v. State? Town Hall and the Washington State Budget and Policy Center are hosting a meeting to explore the effects of the decision, discuss upcoming funding priorities, and ponder educational equity going forward. 
 
The McLeary ruling—in which the justices determined Washington State was failing its paramount constitutional duty to fully fund education and demanded full funding by 2018, calls for an estimated increase of $4.5 billion (not even counting $1.5 billion in teacher salary adjustments.) 
 
The state senate might have to start selling things on craigslist. We call dibs on George!
 
Unpacking McLeary at Town Hall, Thu, May 29, 7:30–8:45 pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, $5.
 
GiveBIG

We won't risk letting you forget this opportunity to give on May 6.

The Seattle Foundation, in partnership with many other Seattle institutions, presents a full day of charitable giving from the comforts of wherever it is you access the internet. Next Tuesday, organizations are primed to match donations by citizens to funds of their choosing from an extensive list of nonprofits. 

There are so many great organizations on the list. Two PubliCola favorites to consider: Transportation Choices Coalition and Mary's Place. 

All donations will be stretched, so give whatever you can and see how much it can turn into. Plus, every donor is entered in a drawing to have an extra $1,000 donated in their name and a $100 Starbucks gift card. 

GiveBIG, Tue, May 6, The Seattle Foundation Website, $1+.

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