Elder Law Workshop

Hey Seattle People!

Legal Voice and Qlaw are coming together this month to host a forum on elder law and the LGBT community. It’s going to take place at the Capitol Hill branch of the public library.

Here’s the flyer. Download it and pass it along, or just copy this blog post and share it.

Job Opening with Seattle Office of Civil Rights!

Wow! If anyone is committed to social justice and community organizing, an amazing temporary opportunity has just come up with the Seattle Office of Civil Rights. They are looking to hire someone to teach community organizations and businesses about the new Paid Sick/Safe Leave Ordinance. The job starts at $30/hour.

Here’s the job announcement:

http://tinyurl.com/7olnt3p

Here’s a summary of the ordinance so you can get up to speed:

 

And a FAQ sheet about the new law as well:

 

 

Get up to speed and get your applications in!

 

 

Washington State Wants You to Pick Apples

According to this article, the fruit industry in washington state is in trouble because of  immigration crackdowns. It’s getting to the point where farmers are offering *gasp* halfway decent wages for pickers! In some spots, the pay is still hovering around minimum wage with little to no housing provided. Other farms are going as high as $30/bin (totaling incentive pay) and adding housing to the mix.

I find this part of the article interesting:

“The governor returned home Friday after leading a 15-member delegation of farm group representatives to the nation’s capital. They urged members of Congress to oppose a Republican bill that would force employers to use a federal database called E-Verify to determine whether their employees are eligible to work in the United States. Gregoire criticized anti-illegal-immigration rhetoric prevalent in Washington, D.C., saying Congress should instead be focused on ways to get more foreign workers to help with harvesting.”

This bothers me for two reasons:

1) It confirms, in my opinion, that the unstated reason wages for picking are going up is because farmers know they have to make it worthwhile for WHITE PEOPLE to do this job.

2) By asking Congress to bring in more foreign workers, I believe Gregoire is saying, in that coded way white people do when we talk about race, that our lawmakers should know by now that “certain (white) folks” are just not going to do some jobs.

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Don’t forget: Watch Seattle Pride Live Here!

Good morning all! I apologize for the super small font. I’m not sure what happened, but I’m looking into it. In the meantime:

Happy Pride!! There’s been a lot going on this year in the LGBTQ communities, both good and not so good. Today’s a great day to celebrate being ourselves. Whether you are fully flaming out, doing your own thing like Anderson Cooper, or still trying to figure everything out, there’s a place for you. No matter what the mainstream gay media shows you, there’s no need to be a white, well off, fully tanned and toned male to be part of this tribe. I speak from experience, because I’m totally not any of those things. Well, ok, except for white. That I am.

Now, onto the show. Look down at the post right under this one. You’ll find an embedded video box that’s a live feed to the Seattle parade. I asked about how it’s supposed to work this morning, and here’s the deal:

1) You don’t have to keep refreshing your screen waiting for the show to start. Some sort of picture should come up, letting you know the feed has gone live. That’s your cue to press play. Unless it’s still blank by 11am. That’s when the parade starts. Then you might need to refresh once or twice.

2) I have Michael’s word that the coding was laid out properly, so there shouldn’t be any issues with the feed flipping out on you during the parade. If there is, just be patient.

3) The feed is running on 4G technology, so it shouldn’t drag or do the badly dubbed kung fu movie thing.

4) There is no captioning capability built into the feed itself. I apologize for that.

5) I don’t think there’s anything else to tell you. Just sit back and enjoy the show!