McDonald's was constantly in the news last year for providing budgeting resources to its employees—with a budget based on having two jobs and leaving out money for childcare, gas, and groceries. The budget proved one thing about the unhealthy fast-food corporation: They are fully aware that they don't pay their employees enough to survive.
This Thursday, Working Washington is calling for a boycott of the three biggest fast-food chains: McDonald's, Wendy's, and Burger King. In the midst of a local debate about raising Seattle's minimum wage (and with President Obama signing an executive order last week to raise the national minimum wage), these corporations making billions of dollars in profits could lead by example and pay their employees a living wage.
Plan ahead to pack a lunch, and if you're in a pinch, grab something from a smaller chain or a local spot and support fast-food workers everywhere.
Boycott McPoverty, Thu, February 20, all day, all McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's locations, free.
The Next Mass Extinction
A reminder from Advance Notice: We humans like to think that our legacy is going to be one of innovation and intelligence. But based on how we are living now, it could very well be a legacy of obliteration.
Unlike the extinction of the dinosaurs—caused by an asteroid striking the planet—animals such as the Sumatran rhino and Panama's golden frogs are going extinct because of human destruction.
Elizabeth Kolbert will be discussing her book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and how human population growth, building, poaching, and pollution has killed countless species of animals throughout history.
Elizabeth Kolbert: The Sixth Extinction, Fri, February 21, 7:30pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.
Legislative Town Hall Meetings
Washington's legislators are having town hall meetings for their districts this weekend. Seattle districts that are holding meetings are listed below (some, like the 36th, already held theirs). Here's a full list of the meetings at the Washington House Democrats official blog.
South Seattle's 11th District Town Hall Meeting with Sen. Bob Hasegawa, Rep. Steve Bergquist, and Rep. Zack Hudgins, Sat, February 22, 1pm, 3511 NE Second St, Renton, free.
Southeast Seattle's 37th District Town Hall Meeting with retiring Sen. Adam Kline, Rep. Eric Pettigrew, and Rep. Sharon Tamiko Santos, Sat, February 22, 1:30pm, Pacific Tower, Eighth floor conference room, 1200 12th Ave S, free.
43rd District (Capitol Hill, Wallingford, U. District, Madison Park, Dowtown) Town Hall Meeting with Sen. Jamie Pedersen and Rep. Frank Chopp, and Rep. Brady Walkinshaw, Sat, February 22, 1:30pm, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, free.
Advance Notice for February 25
Party for the Agenda!
In 2011, the Seattle Planning Commission found a large disparityin housing serving different demographics. Bottom line: Middle- and low-income families desperately need more affordable housing options.
In response to those findings, the Planning Commission has just released their Family-Sized Housing Action Agenda, detailing the need for new housing options and making 11 recommendations for how to build it.
And with the release of this agenda comes—why not?—a party. Head downtown for drinks, light appetizers, and a presentation on the action agenda (plus snag your own copy).
Party for the Family-Sized Housing Action Agenda, Tue, February 25, 5:30–7pm, 1301 First Avenue Ste 301, free.
Send the details to Genie Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org.