We Have the Rights Stuff

Dec. 14-20, 2005

Send listings two weeks in advance to braincity@seattleweekly.com.

Human Rights Forum Sponsored by the U.S. Committee for Labor and Human Rights in the Philippines, this program includes the signing of a "demand statement" to be sent to the Philippine president and a tribute to victims of assassination at the hands of the country's military regime. The 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave. S., RSVP to usco_laborandhr@yahoo.com. Free. 6-7:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 14.

Bill of Rights Day University of Puget Sound professor emeritus LeRoy Annis joins folk group Rebel Voices and performance artist Luke Smiraldo for a celebration of our constitutional freedoms, including a recitation of the Bill of Rights, which was drafted by then-U.S. Rep. James Madison and became law on this date in 1791. Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave. (Tacoma), 253-272-9747. Free. 7-9 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 15.

Clay Jenkinson A rock star among humanities scholars, he'll portray Teddy Roosevelt at Town Hall. Sponsored by Seattle Public Library. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-386-4636. Free. 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 15.

Social Justice Forum Daybreak Star Cultural Center hosts a discussion about the discrimination faced by Native Americans in and around Seattle; Craig Bill, head of the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs, is scheduled. 3801 W. Government Way, 206-285-4425. Free. 7-9 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 15.

Timothy Egan Expect the author of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (reviewed in this issue) to field audience questions about the similarities between that disaster and Hurricane Katrina. Elliott Bay Books, 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 15.

Disability Forum The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center hosts a discussion of "The Politics, Tricks, and Skills of Disability," open to the public. 1625 19th Ave., 206-322-4856 ext. 102. Free. 5:30-8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 16.

Lila Rajiva The correspondent for the online magazine Dissident Voice examines how media have covered torture in The Language of Empire: Abu Ghraib and the American Media. Elliott Bay Books, 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600. Free. 6 p.m. Fri., Dec. 16.

Film ScreeningOutfoxed director Robert Greenwald's documentary Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price assesses the retail giant's economic and cultural impact. The screening is a benefit for Socialist Alternative; a discussion is likely to follow. UW Savery Hall (Room 239), 206-293-8389. $5-$10 (suggested; no one turned away). 7:30-9 p.m. Fri., Dec. 16.

Lockheed Blackbird The Museum of Flight comes to the rescue of stir-crazy families who need a field trip between holidays with "tip-to-tail" tours of the legendary spyplane, which to this day is the fastest piloted jet in the world. Boeing Field, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720, www.museumofflight.org. $7.50-$14 (children 4 and under free). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Mon., Dec. 26-Sat., Dec. 31.

 
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