For Wednesday

Democracy Needs You!

This call to action is actually a U.W. campus seminar put on by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ People’s Academy for Community Engagement. Think of it as Schoolhouse Rock for grownups, in which professor and activist extraordinaire Nancy Amidei covers the functions of the three branches of government and offers five specific advocacy tools.

If you want to have an opinion about (dis)function of your government, let alone attempt to improve upon it in some way, you should at least know how things work behind the scenes.

Democracy Needs You!, Wed, Dec 3, U.W. School of Social Work, 4101 15th Ave NE, Free

For Thursday

Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Community Open House

The third and final community open house for Mayor Murray's recently established Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee takes place Northgate. As I wrote last month, and it's clear to see there is a decent effort on the committees part to be transparent about its agenda (in short, affordable housing = stronger city), and the data its using to move forward with that agenda.

That being said, these community open houses remain an opportunity for the people to get their voice in beyond all the data and the agenda bullet points. As 2014 was the year of the $15 minimum wage, 2015 will be the year of the affordable housing battle. So gear up.

Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Community Open House, Thu, Dec 4, 6pm, Olympic View Elementary, 504 NE 95th St, Free

Advance Notice for December 5

Screening of Prison Blues

Conversion, in this case spiritual, is a common narrative for those in prison. Some may find it surprising that most inmates who take a religious path in prison are not born again Christians. In fact, 80 percent of inmates who "find faith" find it through Islam.

Prison Blues is a documentary that explores the life inside the United States correctional system through the experience of a Muslim inmate. The film is followed by a panel discussion featuring the focus of the documentary, Rafi Peterson.

Screening of Prison Blues, Fri, Dec 5, 6:30pm, Erickson Theater Off Broadway, 1524 Harvard Ave, $10

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