InspireSeattle: Nick Licata's Observations of ALEC

Hi everyone!  Below is an invitation to our next InspireSeattle Social, Sunday November 15th at 5:30PM at Dave and Pat Griffith’s home.  We have scored again and will have a great speaker, Nick Licata to discuss his Observations of ALEC.

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE FROM OUR USUAL DAY AND TIME! 

Remember – IT’S A POTLUCK!!

Come join us!   www.inspireseattle.org

InspireSeattle

Invites YOU to join us at our Social Forum:  Sunday, November 15th at 5:30PM.

Main discussion topic for this evening:  Nick Licata’s Observations of ALEC

Do you know ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) or son of ALEC, ACE (Alliance for Choice in Education)?  ALEC is the source of some of the most egregious legislation over the last decade.  ALEC is the marriage of corporate influence with state and local legislators (mostly Republican) who devise “model” legislation which is often adopted word for word in state legislatures.  Some examples are “stand your ground” laws, restrictive voter requirements, and privatization of education.

Our own City Councilman Nick Licata attended and blogged about this year’s ALEC assembly.  No, he hasn’t gone over to the dark side, but he will tell us about how ALEC operates and about a new progressive version.

Please join us for this important discussion!

Guest Speaker:  Nick Licata 

Nick Licata grew up in a working class family where neither parent graduated from high school.  Though he couldn’t read until age nine, he was the first of his relatives to attend college.  At Bowling Green State University he led the local chapter of Students for a Democratic Society and was elected student body president.

Despite being outspent and with the mayor, council and newspapers supporting his opponent, Nick was elected to the city council.  Elected to five terms, he was named by the Nation as “Progressive Municipal Official of the Year” and twice named “Best Local Politician” by the Seattle Weekly.  In 2003 Licata authored the children’s novel Princess Bianca and the Vandals.  Nick has a new book in progress on how to be a social activist.

About InspireSeattle:

InspireSeattle is a progressive network of Seattle-area people sharing ideas and supporting action.  InspireSeattle’s vision is to create connection throughout our community and better community through activism.  InspireSeattle’s mission is to provide a fun, supportive gathering for people who care deeply about our community, our country and our planet. We embrace progressive policies that improve our society and protect our environment.  We discuss current issues, share ideas and activism efforts while striving to inspire additional action.  Visit us at www.inspireseattle.org.

When:  Sunday, November 15th at 5:30PM.  NOTE THE DAY AND TIME and please try to be on time!!!

Where:  Dave and Pat Griffith’s place, 2561 12th Ave. West, Seattle  WA  98119, (206) 285-2452

Google map:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/2561+12th+Ave+W,+Seattle,+WA+98119/@47.642487,-122.3750827,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x54901575abc590a7:0x6e8181ffe60c3d96

By Bus:  You can take the #1 which stops about 3 blocks away, or the #2 which stops 6 blocks away or the D Line which requires a hike up three blocks of steps.

Format 

It’s a potluck:  so please help out and bring something to eat and to drink!

5:30 to 6:30:  Social time!  Eat, drink, relax, and catch up with some other local progressives

Formal discussion and guest speakers, 6:30 to 8:30

Other Announcements – got any?

Rules of Engagement!

1.  So that everyone has a chance to participate, please keep your comments short

2.  Raise one’s hand to ask a question in lieu of shouting out

3.  Respect the points of views of others

4.  No arguing of politics during the formal discussion – save that for afterwards! 

Income Inequality in King County (and America)

InspireSeattle invites YOU to join us at our Social Forum: Saturday, May 30th at 6:30PM.

Main discussion topic for this evening: Income Inequality in King County (and America)

Much has been written and said of the widening income inequality in America. But even with the press coverage the issue has been receiving recently, most Americans still don’t realize how extraordinarily unequal our country has become since the 1970s. These misconceptions are captured in this 6 minute video on Wealth Inequality in America:

This distressing trend unfortunately exists in King County as well. And the impacts extend beyond income inequality itself – race, income, neighborhood are each major predictors of whether we graduate from high school, become incarcerated, how healthy we are, and even how long we will live. Given the national and international factors leading to income inequality, is there anything we can do about it locally?

King County is working to address this through their Equity and Social Justice work (see the “King County Equity and Social Justice Annual Report”, which is found on this website http://www.kingcounty.gov/equity (on right of the page)). The county is committed to implementing our equity and social justice agenda to work toward fairness and opportunity for all and to remove barriers that limit the ability of some to fulfill their potential. Our economy and quality of life depends on the ability of everyone to contribute.

Solutions that build equity and opportunity rely on us all getting involved. Come join us for this interactive discussion on inequality and equity, and how we all can participate in a more fair and just community.

Please join us for this important discussion!

Guest Speaker:  Carrie Cihak:

Carrie S. Cihak is Chief of Policy in the King County Executive’s Office. She develops solutions for issues that are complex, controversial, cross-agency, or of particular concern to King County Executive Dow Constantine. Carrie leads a team of advisors known informally as the “policy pod” to guide implementation of the goals of the King County Strategic Plan. She comes to the Executive Office after eight years as a senior-level policy and budget analyst for the County Council. Carrie is trained as a PH.D-level economist and worked on international trade and finance for President Clinton’s Council of Economic Adviser.

Additional Info on Forum:

Earlier this week, King County Executive Dow Constantine delivered his annual State of the County address, in which he highlighted the threat income inequality poses for our region. He also announced a proposal called Best Starts for Kids that would put every child in King County on a path toward lifelong success and the ability to contribute their fullest to our region. Best Starts for Kids would fund prevention and early intervention strategies based on the latest brain science with a property tax levy costing the average homeowner about $1 per week. You can view or read his State of the County address and learn more about Best Starts for Kids here: http://1.usa.gov/1bRrqTr.

About InspireSeattle:

InspireSeattle is a progressive network of Seattle-area people sharing ideas and supporting action. InspireSeattle’s vision is to create connection throughout our community and better community through activism. InspireSeattle’s mission is to provide a fun, supportive gathering for people who care deeply about our community, our country and our planet. We embrace progressive policies that improve our society and protect our environment. We discuss current issues, share ideas and activism efforts while striving to inspire additional action. Subscribe (or unsubscribe) to InspireSeattle by visiting www.inspireseattle.org/contact.html.

When: May 30th at 6:30PM. Please try to be on time!!!

Where: Candy’s place
1140 Alki Ave SW, #505, Seattle, WA 98116
206-938-7508 (tel) 206-661-5657 (cell)
candacesullivan@comcast.net (e-mail)

Google map: http://goo.gl/maps/cF5ky

Directions: From West Seattle Bridge:

Once on the bridge move to the right. . [Avoid exits to Harbor Island and Delridge Way]

Stay in the right of the 3 lanes. There will be an exit sign to Admiral & Avalon/Harbor. (Admiral will go straight up the hill.) Move to the right lane for the Avalon/Harbor exit. It will be down an incline. When the lane ends, go right on to Harbor.

Pass Salty’s restaurant (I’m .7 miles from Salty’s). Pass a pier with the water taxi landing. You will begin to turn around a point. There will be vertical parking on the right, a mid-rise condo on the left, some cottages on the left, and then a dark brick mid-rise condo on the left. That is me – 1140 Alki – the Duwamish Head condominium. I’m in #505 on the fifth floor.

Kitty corner across the street a few yards further on the right is the Luna Park bulkhead, also known as Anchor Park. It is a small park that extends into the Bay.

Caution: Alki begins very near our condo. It is easy to get confused by the numbering on Harbor, similar to ours but no 1140.

The entrance is up some stairs. There is a phone at the door. Locate Sullivan. Ring me and I will buzz you in. [If you need handicapped access, you will need to call me so that I can let you in the rear door.

Format

It’s a potluck: so please help out and bring something to eat and to drink!

6:30 to 7:45: Social time! Eat, drink, relax, and catch up with some other local progressives

Formal discussion and guest speakers, 7:45 to 9:30

Other Announcements – got any?

Rules of Engagement!

1. So that everyone has a chance to participate, please keep your comments short

2. Raise one’s hand to ask a question in lieu of shouting out

3. Respect the points of views of others

[Breaking] Kayaktivists Confront Shell's Arctic Destroyer

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Kayaktivists Take Action, Now It’s Your Turn!

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Today, Kayaktivists from the sHellNo! Action Council confronted Shell’s Arctic Destroyer in the Port Angeles.

Arctic Destroyer Arrives in Port Angeles`

Do you appreciate beautiful, principled, creative action?

Help Backbone Campaign skill-up more Kayaktivists by supporting the kayak safety trainings with a meaningful contribution today.

Donate online HERE or send checks to PO BOX 278, Vashon, WA 98070

Support effective and creative                artful activism by making a meaningful contribution                TODAY!The growing fleet of kayaks took their clarion call to “Save the Arctic” from the land, out to sea, and even the air! Equipped with paddles, PFD’s and a whole lot of heart, they brought their message, “Arctic Drilling = Climate Chaos,” right to Shell. Paddlers probed the 100 yard “safety zone” of the Polar Pioneer, the platform being prepped for Shell’s pillaging of the arctic.

Even an Orca whale joined the protest, albeit in the form of a 10 foot large kite. More unusual sights will follow as the creative, beautiful, and powerful movement grows to preserve the arctic and stop catastrophic climate change.

Join the sHellNo! Action Council!

Take the pledge of resistance!

Become a Kayaktivist!

Sign-up for this weekend’s kayak trainings, and Thursday’s Training for Trainers to become a Action or Safety Lead.

  • Note Ignore other times, 5pm is the official start time! – Intro to Kayaktivism: Saturday April 18th – 5pm – Register HERE
  • Intro to Kayaktivism: Sunday April 19th – 10 am – Register HERE
  • Kayaktivism Training for Trainers: Thursday April 23rd 5pm – REGISTER HERE

Arctic Destroyer Arrives in Port Angeles

Arctic Destroyer Arrives in Port Angeles

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How you can Fight the Battle in Seattle against TPP

On Monday, March 30, Seattle City Council will vote on a resolution OPPOSING FAST TRACK for the massive, secret, corporate-negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

http://pol.moveon.org/event/moveonaction/143352

Fast Track would circumvent normal Congressional review processes, restricting debate and limiting Congress to an up or down vote on trade policy that would permanently change the balance of power, allowing global corporations to sue our government if economic and environmental policies limit their “future anticipated profits.” A fast track bill could be introduced in Congress any day, and Congress in Washington DC is closely following the debate in Seattle. Join us at full City Council hearing from 2-4 pm and vote to make sure Seattle votes YES on this historic resolution!

http://pol.moveon.org/event/moveonaction/143352

THE BATTLE IS ON and once more it’s in Seattle; as goes Seattle, so may go the rest of the nation. If you can’t make it to the City Hall, please call the Council members so they hear from us not just the opposition at this crucial moment.
The message should be that the TPP, negotiated in secret, with no public involvement, has harmful provisions that threaten Seattle’s ability, as well as the state of Washington’s ability, to protect our environment, health, and worker’s rights. This is due to investor state provisions in the TPP that allow multi-national corporations to sue governments in secret trade tribunals when they believe a law or regulation harms their profits. Seattle needs to stand up and oppose this attack on our sovereignty.

Here is an easy way to e-mail them: council@seattle.gov.

I ask that you call also. At a minimum, please call the first five. Here are the numbers:

Sally Bagshaw 206 684 8801
Sally Clark 206 684 8802
Jean Godden 206 684 8807
Bruce Harrell 206 684 8804
Tim Burgess 206 684 8806
Tom Rasmussen 206 684 8808
Nick Licata 206 684 8803
Mike O’Brien 206-684 8800
Kshama Sawant 206-684 8016

Linda Brewster
MoveOn Regional Organizer
360 379-4023
TPP Call Host Team
www.stopfasttrack.com
www.flushthetpp.org

Ending the War on Drugs: a talk with Inspire Seattle

InspireSeattle invites YOU to join us at our Social Forum: Saturday, April 25th at 6:30PM.

Inspire Seattle

Main discussion topic for this evening: Ending the War on Drugs

For four decades the US has fueled its policy of a “war on drugs” with over a trillion tax dollars and increasingly punitive policies. More than 39 million arrests for nonviolent drug offenses have been made. The incarcerated population quadrupled over a 20-year period, making building prisons the nation’s fastest growing industry. More than 2.3 million US citizens are currently in prison or jail, far more per capita than any country in the world. The US has 4.6 percent of the population of the world but 22.5 percent of the world’s prisoners. Each year this war costs the US another 70 billion dollars. Despite all the lives destroyed and all the money so ill spent, today illicit drugs are cheaper, more potent, and much easier to access than they were at the beginning of the war on drugs, 40 years ago. Meanwhile, people continue dying on the streets while drug barons and terrorists continue to grow richer, more powerful, better armed.

Not one of the stated US drug policy goals of lowering the incidence of crime, addiction, drug availability, or juvenile drug use, has been achieved. Instead, our approach has magnified these problems by creating a self-perpetuating, ever-expanding policy of destruction, yet the US still insists on continuing the war and pressuring other governments to perpetuate these same unworkable policies. The drug war wreaks havoc, funds terrorism, and causes major corruption around the globe. This is the very definition of a failed public policy. This madness must cease!

With this in mind, current and former members of law enforcement have created a drug policy reform group called LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition). Supporters of LEAP believe that to save lives and lower the rates of disease, crime and addiction, as well as to conserve tax dollars, we must end drug prohibition. LEAP believes a system of regulation and control is far more effective than one of prohibition.

Please join us for this important discussion!

Guest Speaker:  Jim Doherty:

Jim Doherty prosecuted drug users as a chief prosecutor and also helped keep them in jail as a corrections officer. Prior to attending law school, Jim spent a year working as an “alternatives worker” getting criminal defendants into drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs and spent a year as a cell block officer in a large county jail. He later gained experience with the opposite perspective by serving as a public defender. In total, he has been practicing law for over thirty years, including several years as a felony public defender in Oregon, several as a municipal prosecutor for Washington cities, and two years as the Chief Prosecutor in the Attorney General’s office in American Samoa.

Jim describes his criminal legal experience as an exercise in futility when dealing with drug issues. “The legal prohibition of drugs has clogged our courts and jails, and has led to an out-of-control black market that destroys the lives of too many people, both here in America and abroad.”

He is part of the King County Bar Association Drug Policy Project, which was the country’s first county-wide collaboration to look at and work towards alternatives to America’s longest war. He is also a member of the Voluntary Committee of Lawyers. Since 1993, Jim has served as a full time legal consultant with Municipal Research & Services Center, a non-profit organization providing research assistance to cities and counties in the State of Washington.

About InspireSeattle:

InspireSeattle is a progressive network of Seattle-area people sharing ideas and supporting action. InspireSeattle’s vision is to create connection throughout our community and better community through activism. InspireSeattle’s mission is to provide a fun, supportive gathering for people who care deeply about our community, our country and our planet. We embrace progressive policies that improve our society and protect our environment. We discuss current issues, share ideas and activism efforts while striving to inspire additional action. Subscribe (or unsubscribe) to InspireSeattle by visiting www.inspireseattle.org/contact.html.

When: April 25th at 6:30PM. Please try to be on time!!!

Where: Toni Merritt’s place, 1334 44th Ave SW, Seattle WA 98116, 773-495-4398.

Google map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/1334+44th+Ave+SW,+Seattle,+WA+98116/@47.5909059,-122.386944,19z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x54904073f9488d41:0x4c67063a02b81ccf

Directions: Go west over the West Seattle bridge – take the Admiral Way exit – go up hill to California Ave SW – go right (north) on California – go 8 blocks to Atlantic – go left (west) on Atlantic – go right at 44th (first intersection) – first house on right.

Format

It’s a potluck: so please help out and bring something to eat and to drink!

6:30 to 7:45: Social time! Eat, drink, relax, and catch up with some other local progressives

Formal discussion and guest speakers, 7:45 to 9:30

Other Announcements – got any?

Rules of Engagement!

1. So that everyone has a chance to participate, please keep your comments short

2. Raise one’s hand to ask a question in lieu of shouting out

3. Respect the points of views of others

4. No arguing of politics during the formal discussion – save that for afterwards!