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Entries from April 2015

Draw, Dream and Discover at the Burke Museum Sat Apr 18 10-2pm

April 14th, 2015 by master

this saturday, april 18, the seattle urban sketchers will be at the Burke Museum facilitating anyone who can hold a pencil to draw inspiration from the museum’s artifacts and make their own art.

Hoplophoneus at the Burke Museum Illustration by: Tina Koyama Courtesy of Burke Museum Website

Urban Sketchers, a nonprofit organization, is all about drawing. By promoting the art of drawing on location around the world, they are hoping to raise awareness and get people out and about recording their observations with pencil to paper. Saturday, they will be at the Burke Museum to draw with you.

The event, hosted by the Burke Museum, will be a day of drawing in the museum with SUS’s there to offer tips and suggestions. The Burke will have some specialty object available for close viewing and they will also be supplying art materials for you to use.

All you need to do is show up ready to be inspired and surrounded by a museum-full of artists and wonder.

Where: The Burke Museum

Sat., Apr. 18, 2015 | 10 am – 2 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members; suitable for all ages; no previous drawing experience needed

For more information contact the Museum.

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Earthday Everyday: Reminders for Living a Green Lifestyle in Western Washington

April 14th, 2015 by master

On Behalf of Washington Energy Services, this is a PSA: If you haven’t already, April is the month to CLEAN UP YOUR ACT!

Take a look at this great infographic and find out how good (or bad) you score on your clean living points as compared to your neighbors.

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Global Visionaries Takes Action for the 'Miss Representation' of Girls

April 13th, 2015 by master

Global Visionaries, a Seattle-based non-profit working to empower youth to be global leaders, launches a film and lecture series centered around social justice and global issues.

The Visionary Viewings Film & Lecture Series is a community engagement and fundraising initiative organized by GV’s Youth Board. Each month from January to June, each team will select and present a film and speaker on a topic.

“You Can’t Be What You Can’t See”

Miss Representation interweaves stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews, to give an inside look at the media and its message. The film’s motto, “You can’t be what you can’t see,” underscores an implicit message that young women need and want positive role models, and that the media has thus far neglected its unique opportunity to provide them.

Social Action = Change

The film includes a social action campaign to address change in policy, education and calls for socially responsible business. GV has partnered with Young Women Empowered for this film and the event has been prepared by young women from GV’s youth board program.

Bring every woman and girl you know for a very powerful message about social justice for girls.

When: Sunday, April 19 4:30-7:30pm
Where: UW Savery Hall
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets
For more information, check out their Facebook Page

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What's up with the Minimum Wage Increase? Know Your Rights!

April 1st, 2015 by master

Sawant and labor is launching an independent outreach to educate workers on the new wage law

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File

WHAT: Press conference unveiling new bus ad announcing minimum wage increase, with action at low wage workplaces immediately following

WHERE: Westlake Park, 4th and Pine

WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 11:15am

WHY: A coalition including Councilmember Sawant, 15 Now, Teamsters 117, Unite HERE Local 8, IBEW 46, and Casa Latina is launching a bus ad campaign to educate workers about the minimum wage increase that features a wage theft hotline.

Councilmember Kshama Sawant is concerned that there is not enough information for workers regarding their the new wage increase and how to deal with employers. In a statement, she said:

“On Saturday I talked to low wage workers at fast food chains and some of them were unaware that the minimum wage was going up and what they should be earning starting April 1. The city has not done enough to educate workers about their rights under this law, so I have contributed $10,000 from my solidarity fund to help fund a bus ad campaign along with labor unions and grassroots organizations that fought for $15.”

Jess Spear of 15 Now is worried that “the city’s outreach has been insufficient.  We have to learn from the failures of the paid sick leave enforcement, which focused on educating employers and did not aggressively enforce the law.  The city’s outreach on the new wage law appears to be focused on educating employers, not workers.”

Immediately following the press conference Councilmember Sawant and other coalition members will be going to low-wage workplaces in downtown Seattle including McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Target to talk directly to workers about the new wage law.

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