Humanitarian slam poet Michael Mabwe busts some rhymes for human rights at the Arabica Lounge this Tuesday. Photo via Michael Mabwe's Facebook page

 Today’s picks for civic nerds. 

 For Wednesday: 

Pedagogic Powwow 

Washington’s lead education agency, the Student Achievement Council, is creating an extensive ten-year plan for our state’s education system and wants your input. Stop by for this special public forum hosted by the nine-member council.

Washington Student Achievement Council Public Forum, Wed Feb 20, 5–6:30pm, Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle Central Community College, 1625 Broadway, free.

For Tuesday:

Students First

National education reform activist, Michelle Rhee—author of Radical: Fighting to Put Students First—discusses her plan for improving the American school system by ensuring that students (not adults) are legislators’ top priority. 

A Conversation with Michelle Rhee, Tue Feb 19, 7–8:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, free. 

Urban Parking Celebrity Sighting! 

Discover the hottest new trends in urban parking with keynote speaker Donald Shoup, the legendary urban planning professor at UCLA. Civic geeks will be pleased to watch Shoup use his magic—and the latest King County data—to redesign Seattle parking. 

Supply and Demand: A Balanced Approach to Parking, Tue Feb 19, 11am–1pm, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE Sixth St, Bellevue, $40–$85. 

Poet for Peace

Michael Mabwe, director of Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights, performs his empowering slam poetry on everything from corruption and nepotism to HIV/AIDS and media freedom. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 

An Evening with Zimbabwean Slam Poetry Artist, Michael Mabwe, Tue Feb 19, 6:30–8:30pm, Arabica Lounge, 1550 E Olive Way, $5–$7.

And for Today: 

Immigration Nation 

The King County and Washington State Labor Councils, AFL-CIO, Casa Latina, and One America come together to host this comprehensive immigration reform kickoff event of music, food, and stories from immigrant workers.

Labor's Kickoff to Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Mon Feb 18, 11:30am–1pm, Seattle Labor Temple, Hall One, 2800 First Ave, free.

 

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