Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Crosscut's News & Brews: Regulating Big Tech

From Crosscut, more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/324613255063112/:

Is it time to break up Amazon? Should we regulate social media monoliths?

Tech industry giants like Facebook and Amazon have incredible power and impact on our lives. As their reach and influence has become more apparent, lawmakers have begun to heed the calls for greater scrutiny, regulation and maybe even breaking them up. Is it time? It is legal?

Join Crosscut and an all-star panel of legal experts, policy advocates and politicians, as we debate these issues together. Complimentary cocktails (and food) provided, to ease the tension.

Crosscut's Political Reporter Melissa Santos will moderate a panel of guests:

Sally Hubbard, Expert on Antitrust & Tech Platforms; Host of Women Killing It! podcast

Reuven Carlyle, WA Senator

Noah Purcell, WA Solicitor General

Jack Kirkwood, Professor of Law at Seattle University

Your ticket includes access to the pre-reception (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM) where you will enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers. The program will follow at 7:00 PM and run for approximately (1) hour.

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Mar
18
5:30 PM17:30

AIA's Understanding Homelessness: Lecture by Rex Hohlbein

From AIA Seattle Committee on Homelessness, more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/462432867628743/:

This is the second in a series of events where we invite homeless service providers to talk about their experiences working both with and for those in our community that are living without permanent shelter.

Rex Hohlbein
Founder + Creative Director at Facing Homelessness
Principal at BLOCK Architects
Co-founder of the BLOCK Project

A Seattle native, Rex ran a successful residential architectural firm for 30 years. In 2010, after befriending several men experiencing homelessness along the Fremont canal, Rex started a Facebook page to raise awareness for those living unsheltered through the sharing of photos and personal stories. Today, that Facebook page has over 51,000 followers, becoming a thriving and inspirational non-profit, Facing Homelessness. Rex now combines both architecture and community outreach in starting a social justice architecture firm, BLOCK Architects, with his daughter Jenn LaFreniere.

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Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

Coalition on Homelessness' Homelessness Advocacy 101

From Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, more information at https://homelessinfo.salsalabs.org/2019advocacy101udistrict/index.html:

Join Coalition staff and partners for an engaging, fun, and inspiring Homelessness Advocacy 101 workshop. Register with this form for the Saturday, March 9 workshop. 

  • Learn how to be an effective advocate – and help others speak up, too.

  • Refresh your 8th grade civics and put it to use.

  • Get good information about current proposals to create more affordable homes and help people while they are homeless.

We the people can influence our elected officials at every level of government to make housing, safety, and justice top priorities. Right now is the time to contact state legislators in Olympia about real solutions for homeless people, and urge them to pass smart policies, fund good programs, and craft budgets that put people first.

Our workshops are fun, free, and open to all! With Friend of the Coalition Nancy Amidei (Civic Engagement Project) and local policy experts, we review how good ideas become laws and budgets, and explain 3-4 key proposals. We provide simple actions, sample messages, and a chance to practice your skills. You will leave informed and inspired, with tools to engage your co-workers, classmates, clients, fellow congregants, and others to speak up and make a difference.Our lively workshops are open to all, and free. You will leave informed, inspired, and ready to join teh movement for housing and other solutions. 


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Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Affordable Housing 101

Interested in learning more about how affordable housing is developed in your own backyard? Join Tech 4 Housing and Mercy Housing NW for a brew and an informative evening learning how affordable housing is developed, engaging with opportunities to get involved with Tech 4 Housing’s advocacy efforts, and connecting with like-minded citizens.

Mercy’s Real Estate Development Team will start with a ‘101’ style presentation and follow with a panel-style Q&A as we dive deeper into the affordable housing system, Mercy’s unique approach to development, and examples of successful communities.

More info and RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/337896660150233/.

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Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

Mandatory Housing Affordability Citywide Public Hearing

With five hearings down and 18 committee meetings by the Select Committee on Citywide MHA so far, we’re in the homestretch for Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program! Lend your voice to ensure that new development in Seattle includes homes that are affordable.

Public Hearing: Citywide MHA
Thursday, February 21st
5:30 p.m.
Seattle City Hall

MHA is so close to the finish line thanks to the hard work and support of dedicated advocates like you. Thank you for helping ensure that when new development comes to your neighborhood, it includes affordable homes.

More info and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/512339875957074/

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Feb
18
5:30 PM17:30

Understanding Homelessness: Lecture by Tim Harris

This is the first in a series of events where we invite homeless service providers to talk about their experiences working both with and for those in our community that are living without permanent shelter.

Tim Harris
Founding Director, Real Change
Tim Harris is the Founding Director of the Real Change homeless newspaper in Seattle, and has been active as a poor people’s organizer for more than two decades. Harris has led numerous organizing drives on issues of homelessness and poverty, including a campaign to defeat proposed aggressive panhandling legislation that garnered Real Change the Seattle Human Rights Award for 2010.

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Feb
11
5:00 PM17:00

Speak with Tech 4 Housing for affordable housing at Fort Lawton!

Advocacy opportunity! Fort Lawton is having its final public hearing to discuss building 240+ affordable homes there. It's a great time to let the city know that we need more affordable housing! If you want to speak with Tech 4 Housing, sign up using the Action Network link below!

RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/speak-with-tech-4-housing-for-affordable-housing-at-fort-lawton/

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/296904877677014/

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Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

Unjust Housing: Racism in Homelessness Panel

  • Northwest African American Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From United Way of King County and Northwest African American Museum, more details and RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/367987354008145/:

Each year in January, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. As we reflect on his vision, we must also acknowledge the ways our community still falls short.

Homelessness is an injustice. A history of discriminatory housing practices means a disproportionate number of people of color experience homelessness. We can change that.

On January 24, we’ll explore how racism causes housing injustice in King County. You’ll hear from policy experts including Linda Taylor, Housing Director of Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Diane Sugimura, former Director of the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, and Colleen Echohawk, Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club. Join the discussion to address these disparities for a more equitable Seattle.

Light food and drinks are provided, plus time for Q&A. Bring your questions and bring a friend. Parking is free.

This event is open to all with a pay-what-you-can donation. Thanks to our event sponsor, Casey Family Programs, all proceeds support United Way of King County’s work to reduce inequities and move people into homes.

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Jan
19
1:30 PM13:30

Tech&&theClimate

From 350 Seattle, details and RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2120691014640980/:

Work in tech? Concerned about climate change? Looking to meet others in this intersection? Join us for a panel & discussion and learn how workers in the tech industry can wield their power for climate justice.

Our panel of tech workers will share how they are using their positions and skills -- as workers in an industry with top-decile salaries, at companies with technical/economic/social power, and during a time of fierce competition for talent -- to push for action on climate change, the most pressing issue of our time.

Together we will discuss and explore how each of us can find our place in the climate movement and work towards a just and thriving planet.

This event is open to anyone in tech—engineers, marketers, business analysts, and anyone in between.

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Jan
5
9:00 AM09:00

Kitchen Support Volunteering at Mary's Place

Is your new year's resolution to do more giving back to your community? Join Tech 4 Housing in volunteering at Mary's Place. We'll help cook meals for all the Mary's Place locations for the week and serve lunch to the guests at the Downtown Women's Day Center. All are welcome! Sign up instructions:

1. Go to www.marysplaceseattle.volunteerhub.com and create accounts using the join code “TECH4HOUSING” to be added to the Tech 4 Housing user goup.

2. Once your account is set up and you’re logged into the site, use the dropdown menu on the front page to scroll to “Downtown Women’s Day Center ”

3. Look for an event titled “Kitchen Support with Tech 4 Housing” on January 5th, 2019 from 9 AM - 1 PM.

4. Sign up for the event, and you’re good to go!

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Dec
4
3:30 PM15:30

Can housing choices support a more equitable Seattle?

  • Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development. More info and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1143414515807989/

The legacy of redlining, restrictive covenants and zoning still impacts racial equity, access to opportunity and wealth creation in Seattle and across the region. How are cities responding in the face of our affordability crisis to both address these historic inequities and create more choices for first-time homebuyers, families with children, seniors, and others?

Join us at our latest installment of our Urban Innovations Speakers Series, Tuesday, December 4 at City Hall. Guest speakers include:

Richard Rothstein - Author of "Color of Law"
Morgan Tracy - Residential Infill Project, Portland
Paula Huber - Making Room Housing Project, Vancouver BC
Jamie Stroble - Seattle Planning Commission

Moderated by Mike Rosenberg, Seattle Times

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Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

Legislative Housing Forum

Washington CAN, Housing Justice Project, WSLC AFL-CIO, Seattle Women's Commission, YWCA, Seattle Women's Commission, and Disability Rights Washington are hosting a housing forum on Nov. 29th at 6:30pm at the Filipino Community Center. Tenants will share their stories with state legislators and we will do an overview of landlord-tenant laws. 

More details and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/339184079960062/

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Nov
13
5:30 PM17:30

The Urbanist Meetup: Climate Change and Urbanism w/ 350 Seattle

More details and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/732658620527624/

This monthly social event is free and open to everyone. Come by if you want to meet other people who care about our city, network, or hear from an inspirational speaker at a local pub. You can find us in the billiards room on the lower level, and our guest speaker starts at 6:30 PM.

This month's guest will be members of 350 Seattle, a local group that works toward climate justice by organizing people to make deep system change: resisting fossil fuels; building momentum for healthy alternatives; and fostering resilient, just, and welcoming communities. They will be discussing the outcome of the election and initiative 1631 and talking generally about where they see efforts between climate organizers and urbanists aligning, with a focus on what's next after the election, the concept of city climate budgets, and the broader agenda for climate justice in Seattle. We hope to see you there!

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Nov
1
5:00 PM17:00

Collaborative Cocktails

Join Tech 4 Housing and the Housing Development Consortium for our monthly happy hour bringing together the tech and housing communities.

Everyone is welcome to join. For anyone who hasn't been to a Tech 4 Housing event before or doesn't know much about affordable housing, this is a great low key place to start.

More details and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/205031073725137/

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Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

At Home in the World

The housing crisis is a climate crisis is a housing crisis.

No decision has a bigger impact on our carbon pollution than where we live: a lack of abundant and affordable housing pushes people out of the city, where their emissions are 2-4x as high (due to a lack of good transit, and larger dwellings).

Seattle is already home to many climate migrants, and in coming decades, the Northwest is likely to be one of the most climate-stable regions; many more people will need to move here.

If we care about Seattle being a progressive, sustainable city, we need more housing—citywide, so our most vulnerable communities aren’t the only ones asked to support newcomers. How can we plan for density that’s equitable, and that makes our neighborhoods more vibrant, greener, and better able to support small business and frequent transit?

Join us to hear some of the people most passionate about housing and equity, in conversation about our options, including:

Teresa Mosqueda (Seattle City Council)

Hodan Hassan (Got Green)

Katie Wilson (Transit Riders Union)

Margaret Morales (Sightline Institute)

King County Labor Council

Capitol Hill Housing

....and more!

RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE: https://at-home.brownpapertickets.com/

Co-sponsored by Town Hall Seattle and supported by a City Neighborhood Fund matching grant.

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Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Town Hall: Poverty and Prosperity in King County

  • Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Speakers include Alan Mallach, Mayor Jenny Durkan, Mayor Nancy Backus, King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci and Marty Kooistra. Registration and more info at https://townhallseattle.org/event/poverty-and-prosperity-in-king-county/

Who really benefits from urban revival? From trendy coastal areas to the nation’s heartland, cities are seeing levels of growth beyond the wildest visions of only a few decades ago. For a look at the ramifications of this explosive growth for our own region, we convene a panel of city planning experts and representatives for our local government. First, urban practitioner Alan Mallach shares insight from his book The Divided City, spotlighting the effects of revival on major metropolitan cities over the past 20 years. He contends that, in order to foster greater equality and opportunity in increasingly crowded cities, regions must develop local strategies that focus on the needs of the people—education, jobs, housing, and quality of life.

With these needs in mind, we turn to a panel of local policy-makers to discuss, compare, and contrast the challenges King County and the Puget Sound Region are facing in the wake of exponential growth. Sit in for a critical discussion with key figures in our local government as they share strategies for how Seattle and the region at large can overcome inequities resulting from the transformation of our urban area.

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Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Sierra Club Seattle: Housing and the Environment on Tap

From Sierra Club Seattle, details and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/347160092520992/:

Did you know that affordable housing and density can help us address climate change by reducing emissions from transportation and protecting our natural areas from sprawl? It's a win for people and the planet!

Join us for a panel discussion and trivia night to find out more and get involved!

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Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

Tech 4 Housing Organizer Meeting

This is a monthly working meeting for Tech 4 Housing organizers and interested members of the tech and housing communities. We’ll hear what organizers have been up to in the past month and discuss upcoming events, policy questions, media strategy, and advocacy and organizing opportunities. This is a good place for first timers to see what we’re up to.

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Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

b9 architects: Urban + : adding density while retaining character

As a part of Seattle Design Festival, b9 architects is excited to host a panel discussion, exploring alternative development strategies to preserve Seattle’s existing physical and cultural character while meeting the city’s growing density needs. With an esteemed panel, we will be examining strategies in design, municipal code, and policy in Seattle that balance future growth with current physical and cultural character. Our panelists include -

Moderator:
Rick Mohler, UW Architecture & Mohler + Ghillino Architects

Panelists:
Chris Persons, Capitol Hill Housing
Quanlin Hu, City of Seattle
Matt Hutchins, CAST Architecture
Jessica Clawson, McCullough Hill Leary
Charles Mudede, The Stranger

The event is free and open to the public. It will take place 6-8pm on Thursday, Sept 13 at our storefront studio. We hope to see you there!
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Sep
8
to Sep 9

Hostile Architecture Tour - The Seattle Architecture Lobby

From The Architecture Lobby Seattle event https://www.facebook.com/events/269725036965508/:

The Seattle Design Festival comes downtown every year to celebrate “how design improves the quality of our lives and our community.” This year the Seattle Architecture Lobby will be conducting a Hostile Architecture Tour to explore who has the power to design, who doesn’t, and which communities are affected by design choices. Through a ten-stop tour we will examine design as the result of deliberate processes that serve some and not others. We will also discuss our role as designers with power and complicity in those processes which shape our city.

This tour will be a cursory look at vehicles of inclusion and exclusion embedded in the architecture around Pioneer Square and the Chinatown-International District. We’re indebted to and building on the efforts of many (mostly non-architect) groups who have been working on the issues we aim to discuss. We intend to add an explicitly architectural perspective and facilitate a discussion around organized architectural labor’s potential to aid the work of community groups.

Join us under the bear and Tsonoqua totems, on the north side of Occidental square, September 8th and 9th, at 12pm and 3pm. Tours will last one hour. Accessibility: We will be walking for approximately one mile on paved sidewalks with 200 feet of elevation gain, ending at the Panama Hotel & Tea Ho

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The Seattle Architecture Lobby is part of a national organization advocating for positive change of both process and product through the creation of a union of architectural workers. The Lobby recognizes things that need to change within our profession (e.g. a history of patriarchy and unpaid labor, and the declining value of architectural labor). The Lobby is also concerned with the power of organized labor to effect positive change in the built environment (e.g. combating racism and displacement, questioning borders, incarceration and immigration, and increasing the rights of residents to the city).
http://architecture-lobby.org
http://www.mascontext.com/issues/27-debate-fall-15/identifying-the-designer-as-worker/
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Sep
5
9:00 AM09:00

Tell King County, Affordable Housing First!

From https://www.facebook.com/events/1241066409366314/

On September 5th, the King County Council will again hear public testimony and discuss the allocation of the county's Lodging Tax. Will they choose a handout for wealthy sports team owners, or affordable housing for working families?

This time, we expect them to take a vote. That means we need to be there in force! The meeting starts at 9:30am, but arrive early to sign up for public comment.

Here's some background:

King County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed that $185 million in public funds from the Hotel/Motel Tax over the next two decades be used to upgrade Safeco Field, the Mariners’ stadium.

This revenue could be used instead to fund affordable housing and services for homeless youth. King County is in a severe affordable housing crisis, with unprecedented numbers of residents facing homelessness, housing insecurity, and displacement.

So far four councilmembers - Upthegrove, Kohl-Welles, Dembowski, and Gossett - have clearly stated their support for redirecting nearly all the funding proposed for Safeco Field to affordable housing. We're making progress, but we need at least five votes to change course!
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Aug
29
9:00 AM09:00

Tell King County, Affordable Housing First!

We packed the hearing on July 30, let's rock this one too!
Meeting starts at 9:30am, but arrive early to sign up for public comment.
King County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed that $185 million in public funds from the Hotel/Motel Tax over the next two decades be used to upgrade Safeco Field, the Mariners’ stadium.
This revenue could be used instead to fund affordable housing and services for homeless youth. King County is in a severe affordable housing crisis, with unprecedented numbers of residents facing homelessness, housing insecurity, and displacement.
How can we justify taxpayer money to build an “upper-concourse kids zone” for baseball fans, when thousands of kids in our community don’t even have homes?
We are in a state of emergency, one that demands that our elected leaders make difficult and responsible decisions about priorities and the common good. With the repeal of Seattle’s big business tax, prioritizing existing revenue streams to address the crisis is more important than ever.
We need your help to urge ALL the councilmembers to make the right choice. They are holding a special meeting and public hearing on Monday, July 30th at 10am. Joins us at the King County Courthouse, in the council chambers on the 10th floor. Arrive by 9:45am to sign up for public comment! Remember you have to go through security to get into the courthouse and budget your time accordingly.
Councilmember Dave Upthegrove had stated his support for directing this revenue to housing and homelessness, instead of stadium upgrades. After the July 30 hearing, Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles announced her support for diverting nearly all the stadium money to affordable housing. We're making progress, but we need at least five votes to change course!
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Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Washington CAN - Seattle Community Meetings

  • 1806 East Yesler Way Seattle, WA, 98122 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From Washington Community Action Network:

Building power to win housing justice - especially rent regulation - in our state starts on the local level. Join us at our local community meetings to learn more about your rights and how we can organize to strengthen them. At this meeting, we will talk about the fight to repeal the state ban on rent regulation as well as local tenant rights fights. 

We will provide food, childcare, and interpretation. Please RSVP so we can prepare appropriately for the meetings. Our friends from the Housing Justice Project, who are pro bono lawyers who work on tenant issues, will join us. Questions? Contact Xochitl@washingtoncan.org

RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/IySzr3D1EUzXGKM12

More information and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/396093520907954/

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Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

The Urbanist Walking Tour: Housing Community in South Seattle

From The Urbanist. More info and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/391211234617526/

Seattle is changing and growing increasingly unaffordable for working class people. One solution is to build more public and non-profit owner affordable housing to provide options for lower income residents at risk of being displaced. Seattle has been investing in affordable housing for many years and has a lot of wonderful projects built and in the works. Join The Urbanist and others as we learn about some these great community based affordable housing projects along the Link light rail line in South Seattle.

We will use the light rail to travel the Rainier Valley learning about El Centro de la Raza's Plaza Roberto Maestas - a truly mixed use community next to the Beacon Hill Light rail station that includes affordable housing, retail, childcare, social program and public open space. We will then travel via light rail to explore another TBD project before continuing on to the Othello Station to learn about the proposed Othello Square project. This catalytic community project will incorporate affordable rental and ownership housing, a multi cultural community center, low income medical clinic, childcare, economic development offices, affordable commercial space, and a charter high school. 

We will meet at Plaza Robert Maestas (adjacent to The Station coffee house - perfect for your pre-tour food and drink needs). This tour will travel by foot and Link Light Rail. Participants are responsible for their own rail fair and for travel back from our final destination. The tour will happen rain or shine and participants should be prepared to walk approximately 1 mile.
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