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Sloane Leong explores the intergalactic comic-book world of Indigenous sci-fi

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:57

Growing up on Maui with no comics scene to speak of, Sloane Leong started teaching herself how to create comics at age 12. By age 16, she’d self-published her first comic, “Crooked Root,” a “scary comedic short” about a bunny and a cyclops.

On March 7, she released her first solo long-form comic, “Prism Stalker,” an “alien intergalactic space opera” story drawn from her ancestral history and experiences as a Native Hawai’ian.

‘Figuring History’ at SAM showcases the works of Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall and Mickalene Thomas

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:00

Who tells the story of America’s history is often determined by those in power, and they have notoriously left women and minorities behind. The accomplishments of White men are outsized, but the swell against the conventional tide is growing stronger and more inclusive.

Vendor Profile: Darrell Wrenn

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:00

Darrell Wrenn has seen homelessness from both sides. For years before he was homeless, he worked in the criminal justice field — in juvenile detention in Connecticut and as “a patrol officer in Sacramento for four years before our budget got cut.

It was dangerous at times, but I loved making a difference in the community.”

“I’ve always had empathy for the homeless. Now I have even more empathy,” including for people with mental health issues. As for his situation, “My issue is just economics.”

Suddenly we’re enforcing car-camping laws older than the Smith Tower

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:00

The big local news of the week has me lost. A judge ruled the city charged a man way too much to get his impounded truck back after they found out he had been living in it. And that he should get his truck back. It was his home, therefore the judge said the Washington State Homestead Act applied to it. Oh yeah, and the Eighth Amendment prohibition against excessive fines matters, too.

Jesus was a table-turning radical

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:00

A few weeks ago I was marching with the “Resistance Choir” when a man started shouting at us through a bullhorn. His fliers, clothes and 10-foot sign all read “FEAR GOD” in stark black-and-white lettering. I admired his passion, but not the way he represented Christianity. My normal tactic of ignoring people like this failed because the march stalled right in front of him.

The Middle Ground by Sam Day 3/14/18

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:00


Metro purchased inaccessible Access vehicles, highlighting the need for an Access Review Board

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:00

King County Metro’s Access paratransit program, already reeling from a June 2017 audit showing serious service deficiencies, seems to be compounding its troubles by making costly mistakes that may make the transportation problems of people with disabilities worse rather than better.

Seattle’s promise to fund higher education

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:00

Mayor Jenny Durkan took a step toward a campaign promise to support students who graduate from Seattle high schools with two free years of tuition at any of the Seattle colleges.

Durkan, Seattle Colleges Chancellor Shouan Pan and Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland inked a partnership agreement to implement the Seattle Promise Program. The program will roll out over the next year, with all students enrolled in a Seattle public high schools eligible by 2020.

Drugs, alcohol killing King County’s homeless

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:00

Drugs and alcohol are killing homeless people in King County, according to a new analysis of five years’ of data from the Medical Examiner’s Office, prompting officials to call for increased access to low-barrier treatment programs.

The pathway to building affordable housing is riddled wih pitfalls

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:00

People filed into the Magnolia United Church of Christ one February evening to hear five panelists discuss a potential affordable housing project: 238 units of affordable housing — some to rent, some to own and some specifically for seniors — adjacent to Discovery Park, one of Seattle’s stunning natural features.

Our vendors depend on you

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:00
Fund Drive

You know what makes our vendors smile?

You. Buying a paper, being their friend, rewarding hard work.

You, supporting Real Change, investing in success and showing that a broad community stands behind our vendors.

Last month, as part of the International Network of Street Papers Vendor Week celebration, I joined local celebrities to sell papers with our vendors in Westlake Park.

I learned something about the reality of selling Real Change in 2018.

Book Review: “The End of Policing”

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:00
How have we evolved to our current state of policing? And can it be fixed?

It’s been almost four years since the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown galvanized a nationwide movement against police violence, particularly violence against Black men. As Alex Vitale notes in “The End of Policing,” “The recent killings of so many unarmed black men ... have pushed the issue of police reform onto the national agenda.”

Vendor Profile: Dennis

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:20

“I’ve always thought about it like a license to say ‘Hello,’” says Dennis on selling Real Change. “I mean, how else could you stand there and say ‘Hello’ to 85 people?” Dennis asked, laughing. With a grin almost as endearing as his philosophy, Dennis admits that he “enjoys the act of just saying hello to people just as much as the money.”

Dennis grew up in Minneapolis. He did machine work and roofing there before he found himself homeless.


Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:42

I am witness to this. I saw it with my eyes. I heard it with my ears. I felt it as it happened.
A Teiresias-blindman stood on the corner of a busy downtown street, calling out to discomforted pedestrians. He
kept saying, “I am the revolution in waiting. I am the revolution that needs to be.
“I am the revolution. My voice is the cry of the Earth. My passion is the agony of creation.
“You do not see me here at the center of our world because you are blinder than I am. You do not hear or feel me,

I wrote this column myself and turned it in on time — where’s my medal of honor? on time — where’s my Medal of Honor?

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:21

Now we have to be afraid of nuclear-powered cruise missiles with nuclear warheads. I’m really getting worn out by all the fearing I have to do. This is hard work.

We’re in the middle of fearing kids in schools with guns, talking about arming as many teachers as possible — because, hey, what could go wrong with that? — and kids need mature authority figures with ballistic weapons to guide them. And then some teacher in Georgia decides to barricade himself in an empty classroom and fire a handgun through the windows.

Access Denied: When you(th) don’t stand a chance

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:00

In February, researchers at The University of Hawai´i at Mánoa Center on the Family released the first comprehensive study of youth homelessness in the last three decades. The study, which looked at youths as young as 12 years old, confirmed anecdotal evidence that service providers have known for years: The earlier an individual becomes homeless, the more likely they are to be trapped in the cycle as an adult.

The Middle Ground by Sam Day 3/7/18

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:00


Book Review: 'Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir'

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:00
Kenyan political prisoner Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o reports on hunger strikes and a novel written on toilet paper

In 1977, author and playwright Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o was imprisoned by the Kenyan government without charge. He had produced a play that was too frank in its critique of religion and wealth in a small Kenyan village. Detained without trial in a prison holding a number of other political prisoners, he was faced with the question of how to keep his spirit alive in the face of seemingly overwhelming repression and arbitrary authority.

Black Panther: The Marvel film's meaning runs deep

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:00

“Black Panther” was amazing. It was exquisitely choreographed and exceptionally well-written. Marvel Studios’ 18th installment also presented a story that spoke to the nuance, importance and timeliness for the everyday lived experiences, thoughts and frustrations of Black Americans and the diaspora’s experiences of colonization and marginalization as a whole.

The bottled water tax is regressive, and solutions meant to help low-income people are fairly unknown

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:00

In August of 2017, the price of bottled water across the state of Washington went up.

The news didn’t make much of a splash, garnering one-off coverage in local news outlets as the tax took effect. Overnight, stores simply charged sales tax for a product once off limits, much like food and other items deemed necessary.

The reaction in no way matched the relentless deluge of press and outrage earned by the Seattle City Council’s decision to impose a significantly higher tax on sugary beverages that took effect on Jan. 1, 2018.