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Director's Corner: It's time for Seattle City Council to pass a progressive tax to fund housing and services

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 04:00
Seattle Chamber of Commerce-backed campaigns to defeat progressives at the polls have a recognizable playbook. Whether it’s killing a latte tax, buying a waterfront tunnel or flipping the whole damn council to get a kennelful of corporate lap dogs, the...

Kent Ford has advice for young activists: Read, and keep going

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 04:00
The founder of Portland’s Black Panther Party says he's always looked to other activists for inspiration In 1969, Kent Ford was beaten and jailed for his involvement with a group of African-American men who had been studying the works of Malcolm X and Chairman Mao. He said his arrest was the result of information police had gleaned from an informant hired to...

I admit to being born in the wrong place. Most of us were, including people who are homeless

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 04:00
Real Change columnist According to an article in the online Seattle PI, the U.S. Census Bureau says less than half of the people living in Washington state in 2018 were born here. They also say nearly two-thirds of Seattleites were born in other states. A reader survey done in...

Seattle City Council election results set the stage for transformative change

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 04:00
Real Change columnist Seattle may finally be ready for something new. The electoral victories of socialist Kshama Sawant, democratic socialist Tammy Morales and the rejection of all the corporate-backed candidates, except one, sets the table for policy changes. The decisive...

The Middle Ground by Sam Day 11/13/19

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 04:00
Contact Sam Day at sam@samday.com View previous editorial cartoons by Sam Day. Read the full Nov. 13 - 19 issue . © 2019 Real Change. All rights reserved.| Real Change is a non-profit organization advocating for economic, social and racial justice since...

Book Review: ‘The Testaments’

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 04:00
Margaret Atwood returns to Gilead 16 years after 'The Handmaid’s Tale' It’s been 34 years since Margaret Atwood published her dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” set in a future America that had been taken over by a corrupt fundamentalist Christian theocracy and renamed “Gilead.” Women are deprived of all rights. Biblical...

Fierce to Fearful: Human expression profiled at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art portraiture exhibition

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 04:00
Advancements in technology have given us a myriad of options to easily connect to others with only a few quick clicks of a mouse. Now that distance is no longer a hindrance, it’s easier and faster than ever before to stay in touch with people in one’s...

Election reports from the left metropolis

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 04:00
Stand by Sawant Seattle’s Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute teemed with City Councilmember Kshama Sawant supporters the night of Nov. 5 as they waited to hear if their preferred politician had won reelection. Early results weren’t good — Sawant...

Reporter's Notebook: Initiative 976 rejected by voters, judge denies conscience rule

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 04:00
Old town road The passage of an initiative that dials back Washington car tab fees jeopardizes transportation projects and could lead to severe public transit cuts in King County and metropolitan regions throughout the state. Initiative 976, launched by...

Differently abled, equal minimum pay

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 04:00
King County Council is moving forward with a proposal to ensure that workers with disabilities receive at least minimum wage if they work for the county or a business contracted to work with the county. Workers with disabilities can be paid less than...

Director's Corner: Parallels between Seattle and Milan

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 04:00
Milan’s original stock exchange — built in the central city in 1901 as an opulent cathedral of capitalism — is now, oddly enough, the world’s largest Starbucks. Behind the grand, three-story façade stands 25,000 square feet of marble and steel. There are...

Global Vendor: Sue Anderson

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 04:00
Sue is a longtime Vancouver, Canada, resident of the Downtown Eastside (DTES) who attended Strathcona Elementary, the city’s oldest school. She remembers growing up in a neighborhood where she and her mom got free fish heads from fishermen to make bubbling...

Identify yourself

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 04:00
Real Change columnist During a recent conversation with some residents of Seattle’s Plymouth Housing, we got to talking about identification. One of the residents was trying to fly back East to attend his sister’s memorial and he was curious — and worried. Wasn’t there some kind...

Maybe we could satisfy them by renaming Westlake Avenue — a trajectory to City Hall — Amazon Way

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 04:00
Real Change columnist I cannot, yet again, glimpse enough of the future. When this is printed, there will have been an election of some importance. How will it have gone? How could I know? I’m stuck back here at the end of last week. It’s not that I want to know which candidates...

Perspective from Katie Wheeler: Recycled campaign mailers

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 04:00
Cartoon by Katie Wheeler Katie Wheeler is a cartoonist living in the Central District, where she can occasionally smell Ezell's and the Franz bakery simultaneously. She is a monthly contributor to The Lily , a publication of The Washington Post, as well as...

Book Review: ‘Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive’

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 04:00
In ‘Maid,’ Stephanie Land documents the struggle to survive in this country as a single parent with low-paying jobs Stephanie Land was aiming to go to college in Missoula the night she met her future daughter’s father, Jamie. He had his dreams, too. Both were trying to save money, so it was natural to move in together. What they didn’t foresee was a failure of birth...

No, Seattle isn't dying

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 04:00
But that doesn't mean it's all right In 1971, real estate agents Bob McDonald and Jim Youngren paid for a billboard on the outskirts of Seattle. It was only up for 15 days, but that was long enough to leave a lasting legacy on Seattle’s collective unconscious. “Will the last person leaving...

Designing Stoneware: Artist Christopher Shaw contemplates in clay

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 04:00
The physical manifestations of Christopher Shaw’s creative practice are set against dark walls within the PACCAR gallery at Northwest African American Museum ( NAAM ). Strategically placed lights illuminate the muted tones of his minimalist works in the...

Reporter's Notebook: Health One medical team becomes official, defaced campaign sign

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 04:00
Health One, go! Officials formally launched Health One on Nov. 4, a new medical response that aims to address the needs of mentally ill people and people with substance abuse issues in the downtown. Health One involves teams of firefighters and social...

State's farmers and farmworkers await court's overtime ruling

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 04:00
Farm owners and farmworkers are waiting on a Washington Supreme Court decision that could give farm workers the right to overtime pay, which industry attorneys say could ruin small farms. The question of overtime was part of a class action lawsuit in which...

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