Common Good Café @ 1415 Northeast 43rd Street, Seattle, WA 98105, USA

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Thursday
May
15
2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 7-7:30pm
7-7:30pm
This workshop, led by lifelong activist Mark McDermott, draws important lessons from our long fight to expand and strengthen our democracy in the face of entrenched corporate power. It focuses on the critical role of an engaged people in ensuring that our democracy is truly of, by and for the people. Attendees are inspired and given greater hope by deepening their understanding of how working people and our allies built a broader democracy that laid the foundation for a decades-long broadly shared prosperity.
Thursday
May
8
2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 7-7:30pm
7-7:30pm
In this talk Dr. Dan Dombrowski, Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University, will present two different philosophical arguments in favor of the claim that nonhuman animals have basic rights. These are the arguments from sentiency and from marginal cases. The practical results of these arguments, if they are sound, are far-reaching.
Saturday
May
3
2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 10am-6pm
10am-6pm
Fed up with billionaires buying elections? Want to make Washington perhaps the first state to call for a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to restore our democracy by a ballot initiative to the people? Join us for a very special event: the 28th Amendment National Roadshow at University Temple United Methodist church on Saturday, May 3, 10 – 6 pm. Hosted by the WAmend coalition and Money Out Voters In, the show will feature nationally recognized journalist John Nichols and an outstanding lineup of speakers, a preview screening of the new feature documentary Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes, and organizing training sessions with the experts, all geared toward supporting Washington ballot initiative I-1329. Tickets are available at http://28amend-movi.org/seattle. Please contact wamendinfo@gmail.com for more information. See you there! Speakers include: John Nichols, author of Dollarocracy Jim Forbes, Wolf-PAC Edgar Frank, Community to Community and Move to Amend Ken Dammand, Washington Public Campaigns Nancy Amidei, UW emeritus faculty Mark McDermott, labor educator Michele Sutter, Money Out Voters In Amanda Knief, author of The Citizen Lobbyist Toni Bellante, WashPIRG Students John Wellington Ennis, Director, Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes
Thursday
Apr
17
2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 8-8:30pm
8-8:30pm
In the midst of the rising tide of economic inequality, the Seattle area is leading the charge toward creating a living wage future for our region. People of spirit and faith draw on deep wells for such a commitment. Michael Ramos from the Church Council of Greater Seattle will share experiences from walking with working women and men who have struggled for living wages and will offer ideas to join in higher minimum wage and living wage efforts bringing our distinct and diverse views to the table. Michael Ramos serves as Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle and has worked on living wage issues in Washington State since 1998.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 7-7:30pm
7-7:30pm
In the midst of the rising tide of economic inequality, the Seattle area is leading the charge toward creating a living wage future for our region. People of spirit and faith draw on deep wells for such a commitment. Michael Ramos from the Church Council of Greater Seattle will share experiences from walking with working women and men who have struggled for living wages and will offer ideas to join in higher minimum wage and living wage efforts bringing our distinct and diverse views to the table. Michael Ramos serves as Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle and has worked on living wage issues in Washington State since 1998.
Thursday
Apr
3
2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 8-8:30pm
8-8:30pm
University of Washington Professor Mike Wallace will lead us in a discussion after the screening of Chasing Ice, and academy award nominated film about the changing state of glaciers throughout the world.
Thursday
Mar
20
2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 8-8:30pm
8-8:30pm
In this talk, Dr. Matt Sparke reflects on the divergent ways in which communities and individuals around the world are responding to the challenges of growing in-country inequality. Author most recently of “Introducing Globalization,” Sparke argues that when local forms of suffering, dispossession and alienation are put in their global context it becomes easier to imagine more collective and caring kinds of response. Too often, though, reactionary responses based on various forms of chauvinism, xenophobia, and fear take precedence, blinding communities to the ways they share common vulnerabilities with others. Yet other responses focus just on individualistic strategies of securing personal resilience. The challenge then is to see how these varied responses – the new 3 Rs of resistance, reaction and resilience – relate to one another, and how understanding their overlapping emergence amidst global structural change may ultimately make it possible to turn the passions and preferences for reaction and resilience into the foundations for collectively resisting the processes that produce inequality.