poetry of politics

May 24, 2016

Olympia City Hall

This is last week’s news, but in case you missed it, it’s worth a mention. On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, a group of advocates for the $15 minimum wage used their three-minute public comment slot to express themselves in front of the Olympia, Washington, City Council in what Andy Hobbs at The Olympian calls “the first organized poetry slam at an Olympia council meeting.”

Calling their public appearance the “Poetry Smash City Council Meeting,” the group offered a Creative Writing Workshop / Working Washington session in advance to help participants “embrace their inner creative writers and poets, even if you didn’t know you had one.”

In his article on the event, Hobbs says, “council members praised the speakers — and even responded with poetry of their own.” Mayor Pro Tem Nathaniel Jones recited part of a poem and Council member Jim Cooper said, “This is the most beautiful public comment in my four and a half years on the City Council.”
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