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For Wednesday

Women in Public Office

Rebecca Sive—a longtime advocate for women in politics, co-founder of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and contributor to the Huffington Post since 2011—brings her powerful voice to Town Hall today to promote her new book, Every Day is Election Day.

The book, a comprehensive guide for women running for public office, includes interviews with women in the public sphere, from Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards (daughter of the late former Texas Gov. Ann Richards) to U.S. senator Debbie Stabenow (D), Michigan's first female senator. Sive draws the trials and triumphs from these stories to guide women to elected office.

A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, Wed, November 19, 7:30–9pm, Town Hall Seattle, $5.

Fair Trade

Support fair trade at the Washington Fair Trade Coalition’s education fundraising breakfast, raising money for trade policy education and outreach. Farming justice leader Rosalinda Guillen of the social justice group Community to Community Development will speak about the ways in which U.S. trade policy has caused forced migration.

Breakfast Launch of WFTC Ed Fund, Wed, November 20, 7:30–9:30am, IAM District 751, 9125 15th Place S, Seattle, $50/seat or $400/table.

For Tuesday

Oil Trains in Washington

With recent talks of increased oil transport through Washington state, concerns are rising about environmental disasters such as oil train crashes.

In response, the Washington Environmental Council will hold an open forum this Tuesday to hash out the potential dangers of oil trains—to the state's economy, health, and environment.

Risky Business: How oil transport threatens WA’s health, economy, and waters, Tues, November 19, 6:30-8:30pm, UW Center for Urban Horticulture, Seattle, free.

For Monday

Square Feet

The City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture is calling all property developers, artists, arts organizations, and neighborhood and community organizers to help them plan out cultural districts in Seattle. These cultural districts, concentrated areas offering arts and culture activities, would aim to stimulate both the economic and cultural prosperity of Seattle.

The entire day will be devoted to discussing and learning about potential cultural districts, including a keynote address by arts data researcher Anne Gadwa Nicodemus and a discussion of cultural spaces at Velocity Dance Center.

Square Feet 2013: A Discussion of Cultural Districts, Mon, November 18, 9am–5pm, multiple locations, Seattle, free.

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