Today at 2:00 p.m, the Seattle City Council will vote on the aggressive-solicitation bill. There is a brief public comment period (two minutes per person, 15 minutes total allotted) before the vote, so get there early to sign up if you have something to say. (Council Chambers, Seattle City Hall, Floor 2, 600 Fourth Avenue, 2:00 p.m.)

For you union members, the A. Philip Randolph birthday celebration promises a film presentation and refreshments (hopefully cake). Mr. Randolph organized the African-American porters of the Pullman company and was kind of a big deal in both the labor and civil rights movements, which is why he gets a 121st birthday party. (Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 1st Avenue, Hall 8, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., free)

There's a 36th District Town Hall meeting featuring Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Representatives Mary Lou Dickerson and Reuven Carlyle, who will talk about the 2010 Legislative session and future state issues. (Q Café , 3223 15th Avenue West, 7:00 p.m.)


In one of the many Earth Day Week events scheduled, British environmentalist and socialist Bill Hopwood will speak twice on why a democratically planned socialist economy is the only solution to the environmental crisis. I can't imagine that anyone in America should have a problem with that. (Seattle Central Community College, Broadway and Pine, Room 3132, 1:00 p.m. and then Seattle University, Administration Building Room 220, south of the campus entrance at 10th and Madison, 7:30 p.m., free)