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Town Hall Seattle: Civics Series

The Civics series at Town Hall shines a light on the shifting issues, movements, and policies, that affect our society, both locally and globally. These events pose questions and ideas, big and small, that have the power to inform and impact our lives. Whether it be constitutional research from a scholar, a new take on history, or the birth of a movement, it's all about educating and empowering.

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Town Hall is a gathering place where ideas are planted and movements grow. It’s where we come together as a community to listen and be heard—to ask and answer the big questions facing our city and our world. Annually, we present hundreds of artists and scholars, and collaborate with more than 150 grassroots groups in our self-produced programs. Rooted in the belief that we all deserve a voice, our programming reflects—and inspires—our region's best impulses: creativity, empathy, and innovation. With our podcast series, we take one more step towards making our programming accessible to all. 

Jan 23, 2018

Climate change advocates and social justice groups say that a global energy war is underway. It’s a struggle between an extractive economy and a regenerative economy, fossil fuel and clean energy—and even more fundamentally, between the haves and the have-nots. Denise Fairchild, President of Emerald Cities Collaborative and editor of the anthology Energy Democracy, highlighted the magnified impact of this resource battle on low-income communities and communities of color. Fairchild invited us to a powerful discussion framing the international struggle of working people, low income communities, and communities of color. She offered us a chance to congregate and empower these communities to take control of energy resources economically and politically. As more and more activists confront shocking political realities in the U.S., this amplification of racial, cultural, and generational voices becomes more important than ever. Join Fairchild in this discussion of the global fight to conserve our natural resources, and how it starts with helping to build the energy democracy movement by inspiring our communities to show what an alternative, democratized energy future can look like.

Denise Fairchild is president/CEO of Emerald Cities Collaborative, a national nonprofit organization of business, labor, and community groups dedicated to climate resilience strategies that produce environmental, economic, and equity outcomes.