Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bring on a great day with some cool events!

Battle in Seattle came out in the theaters about the WTO protests in your city, Seattle in the '90s. The movie shows the protests through multiple perspectives and I think is a valuable tool to start you thinking about a trade, corporate power and the upcoming election.

"Battle in Seattle" directed by Stuart Townsend about the 1999 WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO) DEMONSTRATIONS for economic fairness, environmental wellness, and active democracy. Tens of thousands of ordinary people - UNION MEMBERS, ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS, FARMERS, STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND NUNS - gathered together in an extraordinary alliance to challenge the WTO in Seattle. http://www.battleinseattlemovie.com


This next event is really worth going to if you have kids or are thinking about wanting to have them :) or you just find learning about parenting fascinating. Paul Kivel is one of my heroes as far as a really fantastic social justice educator that is a great community organizer and teacher. He is an author of several books that I own and you should really look into his work on multiculturalism. Specifically, he has focused on parenting for social justice and he is really outstanding. Check him out:

THURS SEPT 25, 5:30 - 6:30 Dinner, 6:30 - 8:30 Workshop, at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave E on Capitol Hill in Seattle, wheelchair accessible; New Beginnings will sponsor the Boys will be Men: Raising our Sons for Courage, Caring and Community, a community WORKSHOP ON RAISING HEALTHY BOYS with social justice educator, Paul Kivel. Paul has been an innovative leader in violence prevention for more than 27 years. He is an accomplished trainer and speaker on men's issues, racism and diversity, challenges of youth, teen dating and family violence, raising boys to manhood, and the impact of class and power on daily life. A community workshop for men, parents, mentors, teachers, youth workers, social workers, and anyone committed to raising healthy boys. Men strongly encouraged to attend, everyone welcome. Sponsored by New Beginnings in partnership with King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Asian & Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center and Project DVORA. New Beginnings' mission is to provide shelter, advocacy and support for battered women and their children, and to change attitudes and institutions that foster and perpetuate violence. Childcare available upon request. Free. RSVP to socialchange2@newbegin.org or 206-926-3016. info http://www.newbegin.org or 206-926-3028

Some other cool events happening in Seattle today and tomorrow are:

**SEPT 24 - 28, at Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle; Seattle's 5th INDEPENDENT SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (ISAFF) is a five-day festival of independent feature films, short films, and documentaries from the South Asian subcontinent and Diaspora living around the world. ISAFF also features workshops, panels, presentations, and discussion forums. The theme, "Personal is Political: A South Asian Lens on Love," illustrates topics that resonate in the film selection, including South Asian LGBTQ rights and issues, arranged marriage, and cross-cultural relationships. ISAFF is produced by Tasveer, a community-based, not-for-profit organization promoting independent South Asian film in the Northwest. Many community sponsors. $65 Festival Pass, does not include workshops, individual events free-$15. Babes in arms welcome in the movie theater. Kids Play Room also available for children over 1year old to be dropped off at suggested minimum donation of $5 per event. info Farah Nousheen, farah@tasveer.org, 206-779-9561 or http://www.tasveer.org

*WEDS SEPT 24, and subsequent Wednesdays, 6 p.m. on KBCS- FM, 91.3, online at http://www.kbcs.fm ; Live call-in talk show "VOICES OF DIVERSITY" will focus on topics related to CULTURAL DIVERSITY, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES. The show is produced by Community Volunteers. Show is sponsored by the City of Bellevue Parks and Community Services department and KBCS; We'll also be taking calls from our listeners at 425-564-2424. This show: TBA. info Callie Shanafelt 425-452-7922 or cshanafelt@ci.bellevue.wa.us or http://www.kbcs.fm Show archive online at http://kbcs.fm/site/PageServer?pagename=voicesofdiversity [confirmed 5/24/08]

**WEDS SEPT 24, 7 pm, at Central Cinema, 21st and Union St., Seattle; The Langston Hughes AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL presents the UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FILM SERIES, A Cultural Journey to Freedom through the Lens of Black Cinema, with a full season of provocative narrative and documentary films. This film "How Do I Look?" (Documentary - USA 2006; 80min), Director- Wolfgang Bush. How Do I Look is a showcase of the talent of the Harlem "Ball" Community. The film follows several famous Ball artists such as Willi Ninja, Kevin Ultra-Omni, Octavia St. Laurent and Jose Xtravaganza as they experience Ball competitions and challenges faced by the community as it confronts the misconceptions around drug use, sex work, acceptance of sexuality and gender and HIV/AIDS. "Break dancers get together and do stuff like this and it's fully accepted " notes Willi Ninja, one of the Ball's most celebrated dancers. "If Madonna does vouge-ing, its ok." he adds "But when the Ball children dance, even now, people say, 'Oh, its a bunch of crazy queens throwing themselves on the floor.' " This film features the gritty and glamorous testimony of who excited the runways of Harlem and beyond. Panel Discussion follows.The Underground Railroad Film Series partners with community groups, organizations and traditionally marginalized populations to host a screening of films by or about Black people that intersect across cultures, providing opportunities for community engagement and self-reflection. Co presented with the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Suggested donation $5. info 206- 326-1088 or http://www.langstonblackfilmfest.org or http://lhaaffbside.blogspot.com

WEDS SEPT 24, 7 - 9 pm, at University of Washington Kane Hall 220, Seattle; FACING CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD: How Can We Help? It is well known that developing countries, and people living in poverty, are most vulnerable to the disabling effects of climate change. But how these societies will be affected, and what communities can do to adapt to the threats created by climate change, is only beginning to be understood. The purpose of this forum is to explore a coherent response to climate change in developing countries, and gain a better understanding of how the threat might alter the strategies of activists and donors supporting poor communities in overcoming poverty. Presenters: Dr. Tom Ackerman, Director of the UW's Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO), KC Golden, Policy Director at Seattle-based Climate Solutions; Heather Coleman, Senior Policy Advisor on Climate Change at Oxfam America. Sponsored by: Pangea: Giving for Global Change, The Seattle Foundation, and Center for Global Studies (Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, UW). info http://www.pangeagiving.org/

WEDS SEPT 24, 7:30 pm, at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue at Seneca Street, Downstairs, enter on Seneca, Seattle; Tariq Ali: On Pakistan. Pakistan is the lynchpin of the United States war on terror, yet relations between the two countries are never less than tense. Writer, journalist, and film-maker Tariq Ali, the well-connected, Oxford-educated scion of a famous Punjabi political family, weighs the prospects of those contending for power in The Duel: PAKISTAN ON THE FLIGHT PATH OF AMERICAN POWER. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets $5 available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com, 800-838-3006 and at the door beginning at 6:30. Town Hall members receive priority seating. info http://www.townhallseattle.org

*THURS SEPT 25, noon to 1 p.m., at Laura Pierce Consulting, 2014 E Madison St, Suite 300 (co-located with the Pride Foundation) across from Planned Parenthood, Seattle; meeting of SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK CLUB. The September book will be "The Revolution Will Not Be Funded," INCITE! If you are unable to read the whole book, please try to read this chapter, available online: http://paulkivel.com/articles/socialserviceorsocialchange.p df, Please do come even if you only have time to read the excerpt. brown bag lunch, so bring your own lunch and plan on an hour of fabulous mid-day conversation! hosted by member Laura Pierce, facilitated by Polly Trout, info Polly 206-465-6342

*THURS SEPT 25, and subsequent Thursdays, noon - 1 p.m., at the Broadway Farmer's Market, Tacoma; PEACE VIGIL organized by United for Peace of Pierce County. All peaceful folk are welcome and encouraged to turn out! info http://www.ufppc.org [confirmed 6/20/08]

*THURS SEPT 25, and subsequent Thursdays, 1 - 2 p.m., on KKNW-AM, 1150,and streaming live at http://www.1150kknw.com/ and on http://afragenesis.net ; Culture Talk, with Kevin P. Henry, on Alternative Talk and on the Afra Genesis Network. We talk about the hot topics related to CULTURE, SOCIAL AND HEALTH ISSUES, live. info Kevin Henry khenry@bellevuewa.gov [added 1/4/08]

THURS SEPT 25, Reception 5:15 pm, presentation 6 - 7:30 pm, at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue at Seneca Street, Downstairs enter on Seneca Street, Seattle; How do we change the American dream from a society that chooses poorly-planned, sprawling development to one that prefers compact, walkable, well-designed neighborhoods? Carol Coletta, CEO of CEOs for Cities and the host of the syndicated radio program Smart City, explores how to harness our common interests to create vibrant landscapes while conserving critical landscapes in a lecture entitled "DESIGN FOR LIVABILITY: CHANGING THE AMERICAN DREAM." Presented by the Cascade Land Conservancy, Allied Arts, and the American Institute of Architects. Tickets are $10/ $5 Town Hall, AIA, Allied Arts & CLC members. info http://www.cascadeagenda.com or 206-905-6862

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