Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Friday, September 4, 2009

Nothing is scheduled today, probably in anticipation of Bumbershoot, so have a little local history, instead.

Tyree Scott (1940-2003) led the CCAs fight for equal opportunity in 1969. Photo courtesy of HistoryLink.

Tyree Scott (1940-2003) led the CCAs fight for equal opportunity in 1969. Photo courtesy of HistoryLink.

On this day …in 1946, Group Health Cooperative held its first formal membership meeting in Seattle. The membership set forth the principles and bylaws that still guide Group Health. Group Health remains one of the longest-running and most successful Health Cooperatives in the United States. Group Health’s commitment to quality care, preventive medicine, community outreach, consumer protection, physician autonomy, workers’ rights, health education, and public health advocacy is a model for quality care in the current Health Care debate. In an oversight, the bylaws omit nondiscrimination—that was added a few weeks later. This is not an advertisement!

…in 1969, the Associated General Contractors negotiated a settlement with the Central Contractor Association to expand construction contracting and subcontracting in Seattle to include more people of color. The CCA used direct action to bring “every major, federally funded construction site in the city of Seattle to a halt in late August and September of 1969. They did this — as other activists were doing in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Chicago at roughly the same time — by disabling equipment, blocking workers from their jobs, and demanding that federal civil rights law be used to force unions to hire more black workers” (Trevor Griffey).

…in 2001, Boeing relocated its world HQ to Chicago, putting about 1,000 workers (including my father) out of work. Boeing had been based in Seattle since the company’s founding in 1916.

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