Author Nomi Prins Speaks Today. Image via Prins' Facebook

For Today

Wall Street in the White House

If the over-the-top government corruption on House of Cards and Scandal intrigue you, you mightwant 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, Apr 23, 7:30–8:45pm, The Pub at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

$15 Now Rally

Favor a $15 minimum wage? Take a stand at City Hall this Wednesday. Literally.

The $15 for Seattle Coalition is organizing a human chain of union members, underpaid workers, and community supporters to surround the building in a show of support for the minimum wage hike. 

Wear work clothing or uniforms to demonstrate the diversity of the workers who'll be impacted. 

$15Now Rally, Wed, Apr 23, 4pm, City Hall, 600 4th Ave, free. 

For Thursday

Cultivating the Future

Quinoa seems to be the trendy new food, at least according to food blogs and Pinterest. But it's also the subject of Kevin Murphy's WSU Innovator's lecture. Murphy, a researcher and scientist with WSU, has been working to establish a Pacific Northwest quinoa production center.

His lecture will cover how the popular grain has the potential to create a new industry (and therefore, jobs) while also battling global hunger. Pre-register to guarantee a seat.

Cultivating the Future: Growing the Northwest Quinoa Crop, Thu, April 24, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 721 Pine St, $49.

For Friday

Working Democracy: Labor and Politics in an Era of Inequality

The University of Washington is hosting several discussions Friday afternoon and evening on the causes and potential impacts of the growing gap between rich and poor in America.

Five panels bookended by Beyond the Minimum Wage: What Can Government Do at 1 pm and Giving Workers Voice: The Politics of Combating Inequality at 8 populate a day featuring national experts like journalist David Cay Johnston, local professors, and community figures including OneAmerica Executive Director Rich Stolz.

The speakers will focus on the root causes of income inequality rather than the policy arguments that have come to dominate the national conversation.

Working Democracy, Fri, Apr 25, 1-9:15 pm, University of Washington Student Union Building room 250, free.

Advance notice for April 29

Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee Meeting

The Bridging the Gap (BTG) initiative passed in 2006 allocated tax dollars to funding greenways and transit corridor enhancements, but has it been working? The BTG oversight committee, a 15 member crew from all around Seattle, has worked closely with SDOT over the years to ensure those dollars have contributed to proper progress.

Attend their meeting next Tuesday to hear the details of the program's implementation and contribute to the discussion of ongoing policy prioritization.

BTG Oversight Committe Meeting, Tues, Apr 29, 6–8pm,  Seattle City Hall Room 370, 600 4th Avenue, free. 

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