Seattle Library and Social Policy

P1010018 We were greeted by a gorgeous, sunny day in Seattle with a couple of free hours before the book event at Secky Fasciane’s house, so my colleague John Anderson from Vancouver ACORN indulged me and off we went to find the new Seattle Central Public Library.  I was eager to see the Rem Koolhaus building that was under construction last time I was downtown, and that I had read now defined the state-of-the-art in establishing a modern library and perhaps something about public space as well.  We were not disappointed.

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Citizen Wealth Maiden Voyage!

P1010001Vancouver Mary Rawles of the British Columbia Government Employees Union (BCGEU) had responded with grace when I asked several weeks ago, “Hey, I’ve got Citizen Wealth coming out, could we do something at the union?” What did either of us know about what we were doing?  I didn’t know enough to really understand what a book launch was in my first “go” at it, and Mary is too hardy a soul and good a friend to have the good judgment to say NO.  Luckily for me that turns out to be true of lots of my friends, so I need to hold onto them dearly!

Berrett-Koehler ships a box of 25 books to Canada.  Who knows?  Mary invites folks from her union and the neighboring BC Federation of Labor and others.  Josh Stuart with ACORN Canada in Toronto figures out how to send out to Vancouver names on Facebook.  I send out a couple of notes, and away we go.  First, we hear that middle of the day is a terrible time.  Hmmm?  Could be?  We’re deep in the water by then, so have no choice but to sail.  The poster plastered around the union building isn’t large, thank goodness, but in the new style of hip graphics, the picture seems huge!  Behind the scenes no more… Continue reading “Citizen Wealth Maiden Voyage!”