Hi everyone!Â Â Below is an invitation to our nextÂ InspireSeattleÂ Social,Â Sunday November 15th at 5:30PMÂ at Dave and Pat Griffith’s home. Â We have scored again and will have a great speaker, Nick LicataÂ to discuss his Observations of ALEC.
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE FROM OUR USUAL DAY AND TIME!Â
Remember â€“ ITâ€™S A POTLUCK!!
Come join us!Â Â Â www.inspireseattle.org
Invites YOU to join us at our Social Forum:Â Â Sunday, November 15thÂ at 5:30PM.
Main discussion topic for this evening:Â Nick Licata’s Observations of ALEC
Do you know ALECÂ (American Legislative Exchange Council) or son of ALEC, ACE (Alliance for Choice in Education)?Â ALEC is theÂ source of some of the most egregious legislation over the last decade.Â ALEC is the marriage of corporate influence with state and local legislators (mostly Republican) who devise â€œmodelâ€ legislation which is often adopted word for word in state legislatures.Â Some examples are â€œstand your groundâ€ laws, restrictive voter requirements, and privatization of education.
Our own City Councilman Nick Licata attended and blogged about this yearâ€™s ALEC assembly.Â No, he hasnâ€™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: Â Nick LicataÂ
Nick Licata grew up in a working class family where neither parent graduated from high school.Â Though he couldnâ€™t read until age nine, he was the first of his relatives to attend college.Â 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.Â 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.Â In 2003 Licata authored the childrenâ€™s novel Princess Bianca and the Vandals.Â Nick has a new book in progress on how to be a social activist.
InspireSeattle is a progressive network of Seattle-area people sharing ideas and supporting action.Â Â InspireSeattleâ€™s vision is to create connection throughout our community and better community through activism.Â Â InspireSeattleâ€™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.Â Â We discuss current issues, share ideas and activism efforts while striving to inspire additional action. Â Visit us at www.inspireseattle.org.
When: Â Sunday, November 15thÂ at 5:30PM.Â NOTE THE DAY AND TIME and please try to be on time!!!
Where:Â Â Dave and Pat Griffithâ€™s place,Â 2561 12th Ave. West,Â SeattleÂ WAÂ 98119, (206) 285-2452
By Bus: Â 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.
Itâ€™s a potluck:Â Â so please help out and bring something to eat and to drink!
5:30 to 6:30:Â Â Social time!Â Â Eat, drink, relax, and catch up with some other local progressives
Formal discussion and guest speakers, 6:30 to 8:30
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Rules of Engagement!
1.Â Â So that everyone has a chance to participate, please keep your comments short
2.Â Â Raise oneâ€™s hand to ask a question in lieu of shouting out
3.Â Â Respect the points of views of others
4.Â Â No arguing of politics during the formal discussion â€“ save that for afterwards!Â