Events to check out


april 27 = invisible children displace me event - saturday, 6pm-9am @ magnuson park

may 1 = immigration rights march - Seattle, 3pm @ Fisher plaza

may 3 = international justice mission benefit gala, 7pm @ sheraton seattle hotel

may 5 = work party @ Fremont Abbey Arts Center 11a-4p, food/music provided. HELP!

may 4 & may 11 - Art Walks / may 8 - Anathallo @ Atlas

damien rice talks

a friend took me to Benaroya last night to see Damien Rice... beautiful show... had never seen anything in there besides a couple symphonies and this was much louder and more intense. what was interesting though is that the show was an Earth Day thing put on by KMTT (radio) and so midway through the concert Mr. Rice spoke for probably 10 minutes about environmental concerns... he didn't rant and seemed pretty balanced on the "who do we believe" question, which i found refreshing. mostly though he told a story of how he found a paralyzed seagull in Dublin and ended up saving it... it healed... and was released. it was something he did personally. i did find it odd though that he is doing a benefit album with a bunch of friends and still doesn't know yet who the beneficiary will be (just for the Earth is all they've got so far). this just goes to show again that bands & audiences need a lot better help to connect with good non-profits they can trust.


Round 23 is April 23.

*updated* we have a very nice group of artists this month. Gabe & Tirzah Archer (Pale Pacific, Finder), Julie Jane, Noah Weaver (U.S.E.), (and Shane Tutmarc from Dolour just added!)
Chris Sheridan, Kristen Cochran, on live painting
Kyle Ricci & Aaron Ashby (Youth Speaks)... www.fremontabbey.org


DISPLACE ME - Saturday April 28

www.invisiblechildren.com/displaceme on April 28th at magnuson park.
"this is a large-scale protest/simulation of the displacement camps in northern uganda. you may have heard of "global night commute" last year. that event protested situations in northern uganda that were causing thousands of children to commute into cities and sleep cramped into small places in unhealthy conditions. two months after "global night commute" things began to change and now there is virtualy no commuting!
also, we are looking to double or triple our volunteers. we need people to be parking attendants, first aid people, security, people to collect letters written to congress people, sign people in, sound engineers etc. VOLUNTEER - becky tucker (eyeheartseattle@gmail.com)


Joe isn't a Fair Trader?

What? No. It couldn't possibly be.

But, they are strangely deficient of Fair Trade coffees. Strange isn't it?

While trying to escape the U-District Trader Joes in Seattle without spending $100's, I went to grab some coffee beans and it took me literally 1.5 minutes to find the fair trade coffee down on the bottom shelf. There were about 3 or 4 varieties out of the 30+ they have. I looked closely at all the other kinds thinking that maybe ol' Joe has his own Fair Trade system. He doesn't. He simply doesn't stock many fair trade coffees at all and doesn't prioritize them in displays.

This should change.

I spoke with the manager and asked if Trader Joes does in fact care about Fair Trade (since I was pretty sure they did) and she gave the classic & seemingly sincere "oh we are trying to find more fairly traded coffees, yada yada". Granted, she did say they would move them up higher on the shelves, but still. If Trader Joes can't even do a good job of selling a good % of Fair Trade coffees... then what can we expect of Starbucks or other stores!

The good news is that the fair trade coffee was almost sold out tonight. And the other good news is - YOU CAN HELP CHANGE THIS. I think it would be a great statement to show how our voices can change corporate policies.


FILMS: Sierra Leone Refugee All-stars, Black Gold

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and Black Gold were the highlights of the film forum i was at this weekend. Iraq in Fragments was pretty good too. check them out...


upcoming good events.

events I will be at and highly suggest:

hip hop film screening - tuesday, april 17 @ varsity theatre

benefit for clinics in africa - friday, april 20 @ fremont abbey arts center, 7pm

invisible children film screening - tuesday, april 24 @ fremont abbey arts center, 7pm
invisible children displace me event - saturday, april 27 @ magnuson park
international justice mission benefit - thursday, may 3 @ sheraton seattle hotel



film faith and justice form is this weekend. started tonight @ UW, Kane Hall. i'll be tabling there some of the time... Saturday evening for sure... hope to see you! www.filmfaithandjustice.com