Calling all radicals, politicos, lefter-than-left-wingers, and progressives, aka Seattleites! If you’re tuned in and civic-minded, but like to mix some pleasure with your purpose, this is your week.
Start with the talented and righteous Guardian columnist Lindy West, hosting It’s Our Right: 43 Years of Legal Abortion on Friday, Jan. 22. The occasion is the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, but this is no idle celebration. This is the meeting of the minds on the front lines of the continuing battle—yep, even in Washington—to preserve access to reproductive freedom. The event will bring together a collection of local storytellers, including Amelia Bonow, a Seattle-based activist whose loud-and-proud Shout Your Abortion campaign has gone a long way to de-stigmatize abortion and those who choose it. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, townhallseattle.org. $10–$50. 7 p.m.
If you’re a Bernie Sanders fan, check out the local #MarchForBernie on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 23, when a mass of humanity led by University of Washington students will join hundreds of other groups across the country. It’s a solidarity event for those “fed up with establishment politics” and “the billionaire class” in advance of the very first opportunity anyone will get to cast a vote for the man: the Iowa Caucus on February 1. (Washington’s is on March 26.) The UW march starts on campus at the George Washington statue and will be followed by an indoor meeting, building TBA, to view Sanders’ live-streamed address to his supporters. F
ree. 1:30 p.m.
Then, if you’ve any righteous anger or creative juices left, grab a drink and pen a letter to your Senator at To Whom It May Concern: Writing for a Cause on Tuesday, Jan. 26. The event is free, the bar is open, and everyone will be there to flex his or her verbal muscles in the name of justice. The evening will start with inspirational readings on social change by local authors Charles Mudede, Litsa Dremousis, and Jennie Shortridge, to be followed by a roundtable discussion and the opportunity to free-write on “any topic you believe in.” Raise a fist, write a poem. Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030, hugohouse.org. Free. 7 p.m.
Sara Bernard writes about environment and education for Seattle Weekly. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-467-4370. Follow her on Twitter at @saralacy.