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For Tuesday

West Seattle Transportation Q&A

While King county is facing 17 percent cuts for transit, West Seattle is facing up to 27 percent. Add this to the impending loss of the SR-99 Viaduct and Bertha dragging the tunnel project behind schedule, and West Seattleites are headed up a creek without a paddle (down a highway without an exit?).

A panel Q&A—with Charles Knutson (Senior Policy Advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee), Chris Arkills (Transportation Policy Advisor to Dow Constantine), Andrew Glass Hastings (Transit and Transportation Advisor to mayor Ed Murray), and Tom Rasmussen (City Council member and Chair of the Transportation Committee)—will be held to discuss options and government help to lessen the impact on West Seattle drivers. 

West Seattle Transportation Coalition Q&A Panel, Tues, Jan 14, 6:30–9pm, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (in the Thelma Dewitty Theater), 4408 Delridge Way SW, free.

For Wednesday

Transsexuality in Iran

Professor Afsaneh Najmabadi of Harvard University will be discussing her new book, Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran. A professor of history and women, gender, and sexuality studies, Najmabadi has been studying how Iran categorizes gender and allows spaces for alternative lifestyles (the state has "permitted and partially subsidized sex reassignment surgery" for over 30 years) while sticking to traditional and oppressive values at the same time (homosexuality is considered an unacceptable identity). 

Hear Professor Najmabadi speak about sexuality and gender in Iran on the UW campus Wednesday night.

Professing Selves, Wed, Jan 15, 7pm, Smith 205, University of Washington Seattle campus, free

For Thursday

Honoring MLK, Jr.

The Common Good Cafe is hosting a discussion on Martin Luther King, Jr., using his speeches—more radical than you might think—and writings as a starting point.

Celebrate his birthday a day late (and the federal holiday a few days early) with discussion leaders Rev. Rich Lang and Seattle Human Rights's Mary Patterson and Leno Magdaleno.

To Honor MLK is to Act for Justice, Thu, January 16, 7pm, 1415 NE 43rd St, free

Advance Notice for January 22

Roe v. Wade Day Movie

Roe v. Wade was passed on January 22, 1973. Now, 41 years later, we are fighting against conservative attempts to pass restrictive abortion measures in every state and strip Roe of any meaning.

Radical Women of Seattle are hosting a dinner and documentary viewing on the 41st anniversary, to both celebrate the monumental Supreme Court decision and to show how much women still have to fight for.

The first female tribal president of South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation, Cecelia Fire Thunder, tried to build a Planned Parenthood clinic on reservation land (that would be open to non-tribal women as well)—an attempt to work around South Dakota's 2006 abortion ban. The documentary Young Lakota tells the story of three women on the reservation whose lives were affected by the ban and controversy surrounding the reservation clinic.

Viewing of Young Lakota, Wed, January 22, 6:30pm (dinner), 7:30pm (film), New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S, $8.50 donation


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