Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

b9 architects: Urban + : adding density while retaining character

As a part of Seattle Design Festival, b9 architects is excited to host a panel discussion, exploring alternative development strategies to preserve Seattle’s existing physical and cultural character while meeting the city’s growing density needs. With an esteemed panel, we will be examining strategies in design, municipal code, and policy in Seattle that balance future growth with current physical and cultural character. Our panelists include -

Moderator:
Rick Mohler, UW Architecture & Mohler + Ghillino Architects

Panelists:
Chris Persons, Capitol Hill Housing
Quanlin Hu, City of Seattle
Matt Hutchins, CAST Architecture
Jessica Clawson, McCullough Hill Leary
Charles Mudede, The Stranger

The event is free and open to the public. It will take place 6-8pm on Thursday, Sept 13 at our storefront studio. We hope to see you there!
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Sep
8
to Sep 9

Hostile Architecture Tour - The Seattle Architecture Lobby

From The Architecture Lobby Seattle event https://www.facebook.com/events/269725036965508/:

The Seattle Design Festival comes downtown every year to celebrate “how design improves the quality of our lives and our community.” This year the Seattle Architecture Lobby will be conducting a Hostile Architecture Tour to explore who has the power to design, who doesn’t, and which communities are affected by design choices. Through a ten-stop tour we will examine design as the result of deliberate processes that serve some and not others. We will also discuss our role as designers with power and complicity in those processes which shape our city.

This tour will be a cursory look at vehicles of inclusion and exclusion embedded in the architecture around Pioneer Square and the Chinatown-International District. We’re indebted to and building on the efforts of many (mostly non-architect) groups who have been working on the issues we aim to discuss. We intend to add an explicitly architectural perspective and facilitate a discussion around organized architectural labor’s potential to aid the work of community groups.

Join us under the bear and Tsonoqua totems, on the north side of Occidental square, September 8th and 9th, at 12pm and 3pm. Tours will last one hour. Accessibility: We will be walking for approximately one mile on paved sidewalks with 200 feet of elevation gain, ending at the Panama Hotel & Tea Ho

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The Seattle Architecture Lobby is part of a national organization advocating for positive change of both process and product through the creation of a union of architectural workers. The Lobby recognizes things that need to change within our profession (e.g. a history of patriarchy and unpaid labor, and the declining value of architectural labor). The Lobby is also concerned with the power of organized labor to effect positive change in the built environment (e.g. combating racism and displacement, questioning borders, incarceration and immigration, and increasing the rights of residents to the city).
http://architecture-lobby.org
http://www.mascontext.com/issues/27-debate-fall-15/identifying-the-designer-as-worker/
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Sep
5
9:00 AM09:00

Tell King County, Affordable Housing First!

From https://www.facebook.com/events/1241066409366314/

On September 5th, the King County Council will again hear public testimony and discuss the allocation of the county's Lodging Tax. Will they choose a handout for wealthy sports team owners, or affordable housing for working families?

This time, we expect them to take a vote. That means we need to be there in force! The meeting starts at 9:30am, but arrive early to sign up for public comment.

Here's some background:

King County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed that $185 million in public funds from the Hotel/Motel Tax over the next two decades be used to upgrade Safeco Field, the Mariners’ stadium.

This revenue could be used instead to fund affordable housing and services for homeless youth. King County is in a severe affordable housing crisis, with unprecedented numbers of residents facing homelessness, housing insecurity, and displacement.

So far four councilmembers - Upthegrove, Kohl-Welles, Dembowski, and Gossett - have clearly stated their support for redirecting nearly all the funding proposed for Safeco Field to affordable housing. We're making progress, but we need at least five votes to change course!
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Aug
29
9:00 AM09:00

Tell King County, Affordable Housing First!

We packed the hearing on July 30, let's rock this one too!
Meeting starts at 9:30am, but arrive early to sign up for public comment.
King County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed that $185 million in public funds from the Hotel/Motel Tax over the next two decades be used to upgrade Safeco Field, the Mariners’ stadium.
This revenue could be used instead to fund affordable housing and services for homeless youth. King County is in a severe affordable housing crisis, with unprecedented numbers of residents facing homelessness, housing insecurity, and displacement.
How can we justify taxpayer money to build an “upper-concourse kids zone” for baseball fans, when thousands of kids in our community don’t even have homes?
We are in a state of emergency, one that demands that our elected leaders make difficult and responsible decisions about priorities and the common good. With the repeal of Seattle’s big business tax, prioritizing existing revenue streams to address the crisis is more important than ever.
We need your help to urge ALL the councilmembers to make the right choice. They are holding a special meeting and public hearing on Monday, July 30th at 10am. Joins us at the King County Courthouse, in the council chambers on the 10th floor. Arrive by 9:45am to sign up for public comment! Remember you have to go through security to get into the courthouse and budget your time accordingly.
Councilmember Dave Upthegrove had stated his support for directing this revenue to housing and homelessness, instead of stadium upgrades. After the July 30 hearing, Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles announced her support for diverting nearly all the stadium money to affordable housing. We're making progress, but we need at least five votes to change course!
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Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Washington CAN - Seattle Community Meetings

  • 1806 East Yesler Way Seattle, WA, 98122 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From Washington Community Action Network:

Building power to win housing justice - especially rent regulation - in our state starts on the local level. Join us at our local community meetings to learn more about your rights and how we can organize to strengthen them. At this meeting, we will talk about the fight to repeal the state ban on rent regulation as well as local tenant rights fights. 

We will provide food, childcare, and interpretation. Please RSVP so we can prepare appropriately for the meetings. Our friends from the Housing Justice Project, who are pro bono lawyers who work on tenant issues, will join us. Questions? Contact Xochitl@washingtoncan.org

RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/IySzr3D1EUzXGKM12

More information and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/396093520907954/

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Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

The Urbanist Walking Tour: Housing Community in South Seattle

From The Urbanist. More info and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/391211234617526/

Seattle is changing and growing increasingly unaffordable for working class people. One solution is to build more public and non-profit owner affordable housing to provide options for lower income residents at risk of being displaced. Seattle has been investing in affordable housing for many years and has a lot of wonderful projects built and in the works. Join The Urbanist and others as we learn about some these great community based affordable housing projects along the Link light rail line in South Seattle.

We will use the light rail to travel the Rainier Valley learning about El Centro de la Raza's Plaza Roberto Maestas - a truly mixed use community next to the Beacon Hill Light rail station that includes affordable housing, retail, childcare, social program and public open space. We will then travel via light rail to explore another TBD project before continuing on to the Othello Station to learn about the proposed Othello Square project. This catalytic community project will incorporate affordable rental and ownership housing, a multi cultural community center, low income medical clinic, childcare, economic development offices, affordable commercial space, and a charter high school. 

We will meet at Plaza Robert Maestas (adjacent to The Station coffee house - perfect for your pre-tour food and drink needs). This tour will travel by foot and Link Light Rail. Participants are responsible for their own rail fair and for travel back from our final destination. The tour will happen rain or shine and participants should be prepared to walk approximately 1 mile.
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Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

Housing Now - It’s Not 1994 Anymore, A House Party to Update the Comprehensive Plan

  • 420 Belmont Avenue East Seattle, WA, 98102 United States (map)
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From Housing Now:

Housing Now is an all volunteer organization focused on expanding publicly financed housing.(www.housingnowseattle.org)
Come on over for food and conversation as we kick off a new effort to update Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan!
Background:
Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan shapes what housing is allowed in the city. Yet we are still using an Urban Village Strategy from 1994! Housing Now Seattle is starting a public conversation about a major update to this plan. With the present housing crisis, it is clear we must change from limiting new housing to narrow portions of the city, to a strategy that welcomes people (and their housing) in more broadly. This is necessary if we are build a lot more housing including a lot more publicly financed and non-profit housing. Creating and adopting a Welcoming Communities Strategy will require a broad coalition of individuals and groups. Let’s get started! Bring yourself and something nostalgic, ideally from 1994 or thereabouts. Food and beverages will be provided but you’re welcome to bring something to share if you like.
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Jul
28
11:00 AM11:00

The Urbanist Walking Tour: Housing Community in South Seattle

From The Urbanist:

Seattle is changing and growing increasingly unaffordable for working class people. One solution is to build more public and non-profit owner affordable housing to provide options for lower income residents at risk of being displaced. Seattle has been investing in affordable housing for many years and has a lot of wonderful projects built and in the works. Join The Urbanist and others as we learn about some these great community based affordable housing projects along the Link light rail line in South Seattle.
We will use the light rail to travel the Rainier Valley learning about El Centro de la Raza's Plaza Roberto Maestas - a truly mixed use community next to the Beacon Hill Light rail station that includes affordable housing, retail, childcare, social program and public open space. We will then travel via light rail to explore another TBD project before continuing on to the Othello Station to learn about the proposed Othello Square project. This catalytic community project will incorporate affordable rental and ownership housing, a multi cultural community center, low income medical clinic, childcare, economic development offices, affordable commercial space, and a charter high school. 
We will meet at Plaza Robert Maestas (adjacent to The Station coffee house - perfect for your pre-tour food and drink needs). This tour will travel by foot and Link Light Rail. Participants are responsible for their own rail fair and for travel back from our final destination. The tour will happen rain or shine and participants should be prepared to walk approximately 1 mile.
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Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Seattle Tech 4 Housing Happy Hour

Join Seattle Tech 4 Housing for an after work happy hour at Optimism Brewing. This will be a fun and informal way to get to know the organization if you haven't been out to an event before. Come chat with us about housing, homelessness, politics and tech, or just enjoy the summer weather.

More info and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2212865698852556/

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Jul
10
5:30 PM17:30

The Urbanist Monthly Meetup with Council Member Lorena González

From The Urbanist:

This monthly social event is free and open to everyone. Come by if you want to meet other people who care about our city, network, or hear from an inspirational speaker at a local pub. You can find us in the billiards room on the lower level, and our guest speaker starts at 6:30 PM.

Our guest speaker this month is Council Member Lorena González, one of two at-large (citywide) representatives and the first Latina/o elected to serve the Seattle City Council. She has a decade of experience as a civil rights attorney and community advocate. She is a nationally-recognized civil rights leader and recently served as legal counsel to a former Seattle Mayor.

Before joining the Mayor's Office, Councilmember González was a partner at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, the region's largest plaintiff's law firm. Her practice focused on representing people who were victimized by those in authority positions. She primarily represented workers in wage theft and anti-discrimination cases as well as representing victims of police misconduct.

Born and raised in Washington's lower Yakima Valley to a Spanish-speaking migrant farmworker family, Council member González earned her first paycheck at the age of 8, alongside her parents and five siblings. She relied on scholarships and worked 3 jobs to attend community college and later Washington State University. She moved to Seattle in 2002 to attend Seattle University Law School, where she graduated with honors in 2005.

Councilmember González was endorsed by The Urbanist in the 2015 and 2017 elections.

More information and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/593075027704424/

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May
15
8:30 PM20:30

Resisting Displacement

From the Museum of History and Industry:

Al Smith documented decades of change in Seattle’s Central District. Today, over 1,000 people move to Seattle every week. How can we integrate newcomers without displacing longtime residents and businesses?

From community land trusts to development moratoriums and community controlled development—come learn about local organizations’ strategies for resisting displacement and keeping communities intact.

Moderated by: Inye Wokoma, Seattle-based filmmaker and visual artist

Panelists Include:

Hodan Hassan, Got Green

Jolene Haas, Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center

K. Wyking Garrett, Africatown Community Land Trust

Marlon Dylan Herrera, CID Coalition

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May
14
5:00 PM17:00

Solve for Home: Disrupting Seattle's Affordable Housing Crisis

From Bellwether Housing:

Join Bellwether Housing and local thought leaders Nick Hanauer, serial entrepreneur and founder of the policy incubator shop Civic Ventures, Shefali Ranganathan, Seattle Deputy Mayor, and Gabriel Grant, Principal at Spectrum Development Solutions, to explore how innovation and disruptive thinking might bring solutions to our housing crisis. The panel will be moderated by Jessyn Farrell, former State Representative and Senior Vice President with Civic Ventures. Bellwether Housing is sponsoring this event as part of Affordable Housing Week, organized by the Seattle-King County Housing Development Consortium.

More info and RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solve-for-home-disrupting-seattles-affordable-housing-crisis-tickets-45211161802

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May
2
6:00 PM18:00

North Seattle Town Hall on The Progressive Tax on Business

From Councilmembers González, Mosqueda and O'Brien:

Please join Citywide Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda, Position 8, Lorena González, Position 9, and Councilmember Mike O'Brien of District 6, and Progressive Revenue Taskforce Members for the North Seattle Town Hall on the Progressive Tax on Business for Homelessness and Housing Affordability.

Following more than four months of deliberation, Council will be introducing legislation and a companion spending plan resolution outlining the details of a progressive tax on business, which would generate additional revenue necessary to further address homelessness and housing affordability in Seattle.

The North Seattle Town Hall will include a presentation on the progressive tax and spending plan proposals as well as an opportunity for community members to provide questions and feedback. For individuals not able to attend the town hall, the event can be viewed on the Seattle Channel the following day.

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Apr
30
7:30 AM07:30

Leading the Charge for Housing Justice - a panel discussion

From the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance:

Hear from powerful women leaders who are tackling housing affordability and homelessness at the local, state, and federal level.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
State Representative Nicole Macri
State Senator Rebecca Saldaña
Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda

Join us for a morning panel discussion to kick off Our Homes, Our Voices, a national week of action. Get inspired by the housing champions who are fighting – and winning – to create communities where everyone has access to a safe, healthy, affordable home. Find out what's next and how you can be a part of the movement for housing justice!

7:30am - Coffee and networking
8:00am - Program begins

More info and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1015842768584950/

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Apr
3
6:30 PM18:30

Media, Messaging and Public Testimony Training

https://www.facebook.com/events/1941851049464305/

Come join Communications/Media professionals from the Sightline Institute and the Sierra Club to learn about best practices for communicating pro-housing messages in a complex and evolving media landscape. What messages change hearts and minds around housing issues in the Puget Sound area? How can we advance narratives in the media that drive home the importance of adding housing options in our communities? How do we get reporters to cover our issues?

The second part of this event will be a public testimony training, so you can make your voice heard at upcoming affordable housing hearings.

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Mar
13
5:30 PM17:30

The Urbanist Monthly Meetup // Katie Wilson, Transit Riders Union, Housing for All

This monthly social event is free and open to everyone. Come by if you want to meet other people who care about our city, network, or hear from an inspirational speaker at a local pub. You can find us in the billiards room on the lower level, and our guest speaker starts at 6:30 PM.

Our guest this month is Katie Wilson, a co-founder of the Transit Riders Union currently serving as its General Secretary. Since 2012 TRU has been a leading force in making public transit more affordable and accessible through programs such as ORCA LIFT, Seattle Youth ORCA, and King County’s Human Services Bus Ticket Program. Last year TRU helped to lead the campaign for a Seattle progressive income tax, which is currently making its way to the Washington State Supreme Court. Now TRU is working with the Housing For All Coalition to shift Seattle’s response to the homelessness and housing crisis.

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Feb
21
9:30 AM09:30

Support Parking Reform: Cheaper Rent, Cleaner Air, Better Buildings

https://www.facebook.com/events/155077468619313/

Imagine an ordinance that could help lower the cost of rent, relieve congestion, reduce our transportation emissions and air pollution, and improve bicycle parking. Changing city rules for off-street parking in new buildings will do all these things! 

That's why it's important to speak up on Wednesday, February 21 at a Seattle Public Hearing.

Proposed legislation before the Seattle Cit Council's Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee, with a few additional amendments, will:

-Reduce how much parking a developer must construct in those parts of the city served by frequent transit.
-Allow for off-site rental of underused private parking, which will also reduce the amount of new parking construction
-Improve bike storage and bike parking options.
-Require landlords to unbundle the cost of parking from rent, so those who don't want to pay for a parking space won't have to.
-Sets stronger, uniform standards bicycle parking.

The hearing begins at 9:30am. We'll gather at the coffee shop inside City Hall at 8:30am to help anyone interested in giving comment to craft their remarks and better understand the ordinance.

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Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

Seattle's Housing Gap: Unmet Needs & Challenges

https://www.facebook.com/events/202548007156293/

The “affordable housing” that is often most difficult to provide and in short supply is housing for those making 0-30% Area Median Income. With consistent cuts to social programs from the federal and state governments, it has more and more come to local governments to assist people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. With intersections of poverty, racism, sexism, addiction, untreated chronic health conditions, and more, these populations – these neighbors – are often left without access to permanent affordable housing or the additional support they may need to achieve stability.

Join the Housing, Health, Energy, and Workers’ Rights Committee for a special meeting, where we will explore the data regarding loss of housing for very-low-income households as part of the broader affordability crisis, and what challenges providers and non-profit developers face who are working to meet this need, as well as some ideas on immediate steps that could be taken to overcome these challenges. Our panel includes:

Katie Wilson, Transit Riders Union and Housing For All Coalition
Nicole Macri, Downtown Emergency Services Center
Miguel Maestas, El Centro de la Raza
Johnny Schilling, REACH Program
Gerald Donaldson, Leschi Elementary School

Hosted by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda and Housing For All
Co-hosted by Councilmember Lisa HerboldSeattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien, and Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

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Dec
14
5:00 PM17:00

Transit Talks: Transportation Ideas for a New Mayor

  • Transportation Choices Coalition (map)
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From The Urbanist and Transportation Choices Coalition:

Seattle has a new Mayor! To ensure that everyone has access to opportunity we'll need to tackle our transportation challenges from every angle. That's why Transportation Choices is bringing together urban leaders from around the Sound to share their brightest ideas for the new administration. 
From addressing displacement to safe bike networks, our vast panel representing every sector will share lightning round presentations--inspired by the Pecha Kucha format to welcome Mayor Durkan to office.
This event is free and open to the public! 
With time for moderated discussion and audience questions, this is your chance to hear (and respond to!) all these great ideas in one place. 
Register via the ticket link to save your spot.

Details and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1834698553239366/

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Nov
28
6:00 PM18:00

Seattle Tech 4 Housing One Year Anniversary Happy Hour

Please join us Tuesday, November 28 for an informal happy hour to celebrate the one year anniversary of Seattle Tech 4 Housing.

We have a lot to celebrate at the end of our first year, including:

  • Legislative Wins: we lobbied alongside many other groups to pass Mandatory Housing Affordability in Downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.
  • Electoral Wins: we supported pro-housing candidate and now Councilmember-elect Teresa Mosqueda starting back in March, when we threw Seattle's first Democracy Voucher party.
  • Outreach Wins: we've brought out hundreds of Seattleites, many brand new to housing policy, to events featuring organizations like Capitol Hill Housing, Bellwether Housing, Facing Homelessness and The Urbanist.
  • Media Wins: in addition to mentions in The Seattle Times and GeekWire, we got our first national media coverage on NPR's Marketplace.
  • Philanthropic Wins: our members helped organize tech industry philanthropy for SKCCH's Project Cool and we're currently organizing a cohort of tech volunteers to work with housing and homeless service providers.

This has only been possible thanks to our dedicated organizers. Please come out on November 28 and say a big thank you to Brian, Bronwyn, Chris, Jonah, Laura, Thomas and Zach.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/168960850358103/

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Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

Seattle Tech Solidarity November Meetup

From Seattle Tech Solidarity:

Our November meeting is a casual, drop-in chat at Optimism Brewing Company. Come meet others interested in helping tech workers keep their companies ethical and be more engaged in their communities. We'll also be talking about our current campaigns.

There will be beer and hard cider available to buy from the venue, and you're welcome to bring your own snacks or dinner. There'll also be a food truck outside. We'll provide donuts as always. 🍩

We'll be on the West end of the space, (the Broadway side). The space is fully accessibly and served by the First Hill Streetcar and multiple bus lines.
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Nov
14
5:30 PM17:30

Seattle for Everyone's #HALAyes Celebration

  • South Lake Union Discovery Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From Seattle for Everyone:

2017 has been a year of Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) achievements, with the passage of new tenant protections, changes to the design review program, and rezones to activate Mandatory Housing Affordability in the fastest-growing neighborhoods of Seattle, among other progress.
We are pleased to invite you to join us on November 14th, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the South Lake Union Discovery Center for a #HALAyes Celebration!
This will be an evening of enjoyment with advocates, City leaders and department staff, and neighbors coming together to celebrate 2017 and rally for what's ahead in 2018. Light food and drink will be provided.

More information and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/125327258152911/

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Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Election Night Party

From Seattle City Councilmember Lorena González & Seattle City Council Candidate Teresa Mosqueda:

Join us for an Election Night Party! This is an ALL AGES facility, and there will be music, food and dancing! Come join us to celebrate all your work this year that lead to Election Night!

Hosted by Seattle City Councilmember Lorena González & Seattle City Council Candidate Teresa Mosqueda with special guest Seattle City Schoolboard Candidate Zachary DeWolf.

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/820255644821323/

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Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

Seattle Tech 4 Housing Happy Hour

Join Seattle Tech 4 Housing at Optimism Brewing! This will be a low key way to learn more about what we do, what we've been up to over the last couple months, and how you can get involved. Or, you know, just have a beer with us.

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/284281715423628/

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