Indigenous Environmentalism 101
Extinction Rebellion Justice: online event; 6:30–8 p.m., free, all ages
How does the mainstream environmentalist movement intersect with the ongoing and continuous Indigenous struggles for environmental justice? At a time when it feels like a lot of attention is being given to the world’s environmental concerns, there are still a lot of misconceptions surrounding Indigenous peoples’ rights, oppression and longstanding work on the frontlines of the environmentalist movement. This webinar will highlight and discuss the unique issues facing Indigenous communities around the world and the key concepts that connect these struggles worldwide. Tools and resources will be provided to help environmentalists at all stages be powerful allies to Indigenous activists who know the work of environmental injustice.
Finding Your Poetic Voice: Community Poetry with Ananya, University Heights Center: online event; 5:30 p.m., pay what you can
Poet Ananya Garg is hosting poetry classes Monday evenings with the hopes of helping people find their poetic voices and providing a space to come together in these trying times. Participants will have a chance to read, discuss and even write poems in this nurturing space. Works of accomplished poets of color will also be shared in class for inspiration. The class aims to welcome everyone, because anyone can be a poet!
Free Food Boxes for Families
Tacoma Community House: 1314 S L St. Tacoma; 10 a.m.–12 p.m., free, all ages
Emergency Food Network and Tacoma Community House have partnered to provide people with food. If you live in Tacoma and you’re short on food essentials, please head over to pick up a box for you and the bubble you may be part of. The team asks that you enter from the parking lot on L street, and please come prepared with face masks and ready to socially distance. Box distribution will begin at 10 a.m. and will be first come, first served, so be sure to get there early if you’re able. Boxes will also be distributed Sept. 22, so be sure to mark your calendars or tell whoever may be in need to be ready.
Science in the City: Crossing the Species Barrier, Pacific Science Center: online event; 7–8 p.m., $10 suggested donation, all ages
What do you remember about the SARS coronavirus outbreak? Probably not much now, as we contend with the COVID outbreak (elephant in the room). Dr. Michael Letko, a virologist from Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, will take people through a brief history of how the coronavirus jumped species from animals to humans and how we could predict the next jump. You’ll learn about coronaviruses at the molecular level and gain a deeper understanding of this and any other virus that has the potential and track record to upend the world.
Erin Brockovich: Our National Water Crisis and What We Can Do
Town Hall Seattle and Elliot Bay Book Company: online event; 7:30–9:30 p.m., $0-15, all ages
Across the country, people are turning on their taps only to find brown sludge coming out — and then have their local officials tell them the sludge is safe to drink. What is wrong with this picture? Erin Brockovich — the renowned activist and crusader — is here to tell you everything that’s wrong with it. In her long-awaited book, “Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It,” she examines what’s at stake, what structures are holding this malpractice in place and the truth behind the water crisis. She’ll also discuss the present state of the water crisis and what can be done before it’s too late. Many of us know Erin Brockovich from the award-winning film that followed her fight against Pacific Gas and Electric, but her work and fight did not end there. All the more reason to hold our attention.
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Read more in the Sept. 2-8, 2020 issue.