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Benefits for some, but some get none

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:43
Since the beginning of March, thousands of Washington state residents have found themselves underemployed, unemployed and otherwise without a clear idea of how they’ll pay rent this month. Many of them were told that their best bet was to apply for...

We are all in this together

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:41
I rode a bus yesterday for the first time since COVID-19 hit King County. People looked at me like I was either there to kill them or to die in front of them. I think I’m going to walk a lot in the near future. Yet, a silver lining to the global pandemic is...

Wealth and the city

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:33
Three generations of Trumps show how real estate is dependent on government support Cities in the United States — including Seattle — have been rapidly changing in the past decade or two. Industrial areas with well-paying jobs have been redeveloped for high-end housing or technology companies; affordable residential areas have disappeared...

Alone in an empty city

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:14
A deadly novel coronavirus has silenced the streets of Seattle Click the image to the left to view this photo essay. When Seattle shut down non-essential businesses and services due to COVID-19, I hit the streets in the city’s core to see how social distancing would take place at the street level. A pandemic that...

Pandemic brings progressive change, but for how long?

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 13:45
In February, Sound Transit held a meeting at Seattle’s El Centro De La Raza to discuss changes to its fare enforcement policy. At question were practices that potentially discriminated against homeless people and people of color, and what could be done to...

Federal response lacking

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 13:39
As state and local governments struggle to contain the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. government efforts to get needed protective gear to medical professionals and economic relief to Americans have been slow and inadequate, experts say. President Donald Trump...

A father and son kept apart by the quarantine remain in harm’s way

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 13:35
Every day since the coronavirus struck Seattle, Michael Dare Sr. leaves his apartment on the top floor of Ernestine Anderson Place and goes outside. The complex, meant for low-income people who are 55 or older, no longer allows visitors, in order to protect...

It took a pandemic to create the emergency response we’ve needed all along

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 13:24
In the last three weeks, King County has done more to expand and humanize our shelter system than we’ve seen over the past four years of the “homeless state of emergency.” We’ve reduced the intolerable overcrowding in our shelters, created capacity to move...

Pandemic tolls The Stranger and interconnected work

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 12:59
I was working at The Stranger’s calendar department, an insanely dedicated group of five upbeat young womxn, when the COVID-19 pandemic stopped feeling abstract. In a normal week, we would post hundreds, even thousands of descriptions of events happening...

Download the Apr. 1-7, 2020 issue PDF

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 10:34
Dear Readers, Because a large number of Seattle offices and businesses have shut down in response to the coronavirus, vendors have seen a large drop in the number of customers and locations to sell. We are choosing to offer the PDF of this week's paper to...

Vendor Profile: Mike Hall

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:36
Have you ever noticed the big, free-standing clock on First Avenue near the Real Change office? Mike Hall keeps that clock running by winding it once weekly. He’s been doing that for years, and, along with his long white beard, it’s earned him the nickname...

Brutal anti-immigrant COVID-19 response

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:33
This U.S. presidential administration has proven to be as equally criminally negligent as it is incompetent. There is really no way to sugarcoat it. Tactful language could not articulate the dire straits in which many marginalized communities find...

We would have endless energy if we learned to harness stupidity

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:23
Every morning, I try to think of the worst thing that might happen by the end of the day. Lately, it almost always happens. As I’ve said here often, my principal hobby in life is the amateur study of stupidology, a science I personally invented. I’ve been...

Two facets of tribal justice

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:19
In August 1973, Suquamish tribal police were called to break up a fight during the annual Chief Seattle Days on the reservation on the Kitsap peninsula; one of the combatants slugged a deputy, so the tribal police arrested him. A local lawyer challenged the...

'The life-giving Skagit has been purposely dewatered by the city of Seattle, and why?'

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:15
Dear Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Councilmembers: I am writing to share my feelings with you and ask questions regarding the three hydroelectric dams owned and operated by the city of Seattle on our scared Skagit River. The Skagit River (if you don’t already...

Efforts from near and D.C. to save the crashing economy

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:10
Social distancing to impede the coronavirus has severely impacted the local and national economies, prompting government officials in Washington and Washington, D.C., to ameliorate the economic pain. Restrictions on where and how Washingtonians can travel,...

Tax Amazon campaign gains steam

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:13
Proponents filed an initiative to tax large businesses on March 19 amid a coronavirus outbreak that threatens the city’s finances. The “Tax Amazon” initiative is structured the same as another effort pushed forward at the City Council-level by...

Fundraising season is fading into the distance

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:06
Michelle Douglas had a plan. Douglas is the chief executive officer of the Emergency Food Network (EFN), a Pierce County nonprofit. She met with her team Tuesday, March 10, to discuss their options. Their Recognition Breakfast, a fundraiser and celebration...

Real Change shelters in place

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:48
Many people have asked me if, in this time of nearly unprecedented disruption and uncertainty, Real Change and our vendors are going to be OK. While there is a whole lot I don’t know, the answer to the former is easy. Yes. Our organization will be fine. As...

Download the Mar. 25-31, 2020 issue PDF

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:37
Dear Readers, Because a large number of Seattle offices and businesses have shut down in response to the coronavirus, vendors have seen a large drop in the number of customers and locations to sell. We are choosing to offer the PDF of this week's paper to...

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