Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bike To Work Day Eve

Yesterday was Bike To Work Day. I had to be at work by 5:30 a.m. to set up our Commute Station. There were plenty of things to give away and plenty of volunteers, so all I had to do was stand on Jackson Street and yell at bicyclists.

The day before, Bike To Work Day Eve, those employees that could rode their bikes to SODO Station for the annual photo shoot of staff participating in Bike Month.

Because the gods wanted us to take good photos, the clouds produced no rain, the temperature was downright balmy, and the coworkers were well-behaved.

Here's a video about the shoot.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Immigration rights march in downtown Seattle

I managed to leave work on Wednesday with time to catch up with the annual immigration rights march, which always goes past the building I work in. Until Wednesday, I'd only watched parts of it from a window at work.

Growing up, I heard stories about my great-grandfather, Adolph Munter, who immigrated to the U.S. from Prussia and was considered German. He was publicly and privately attacked during World War I because of his anti-war and "pro-German" activities, and was investigated by the OSS, the precursor to the FBI.

Adolph Munter - Spokane, Washington
He was viewed as foreign and thus suspicious. Today, we wouldn't think twice about a German Jew immigrating to our country. He was suspect because of the war that the US was then engaged in. History repeats itself.

The march on Wednesday for immigration rights was peaceful and organized. I was impressed with the wide range in ages, and the primarily Latina and Latino makeup of the march. I think my community has been enriched with these new neighbors and I am hopeful for their efforts and the efforts at the national level to reform immigrants' rights.

Bike Month video made by coworkers

Here's a video made by some coworkers that celebrates their Commute Challenge team, the Utes of East Link. They call themselves the Utes because they're all utility engineers. I thought maybe they were Native Americans from Utah. Nope.