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Womxn’s March changes are afoot

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:27
by Phoenix Johnson & Team Womxn’s March Seattle is amidst change, after it was intended for cancelation. White womxn from former years stepped down to support positions or away completely. Over coffee, the new and returning leaders decided cancelling the march would be a disservice...

If there were five homeless people in Methow, Washington, FEMA would surely intervene

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:00
According to a new poll (Crosscut/Elway), homelessness, together with the need for social services, is the main concern these days of people all across the state, not just in Seattle. I don’t know what that means. Are there really a lot of homeless people...

Whatcom honors MLK

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:00
It feels special that the first Real Change column I am writing will be in the paper for Martin Luther King Jr. Day as I get to share another birthday weekend with Dr. King and believe he continues to be an incredible moral leader. By 1967, the year before...

Fight against hate

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:00
Peter Duffy's 'The Agitator' retells the story of Bill Bailey and the first American revolt against the Nazi flag An ancient symbol. It can be found in many cultures, known variously as the Fylfot, the Gammadion and Hakenkreuz. In China it’s called the Wan, in Japan the Manji. We know it as the Swastika, a term derived from Sanskrit. The figure is in the lore of the...

Unrest and protest

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:00
Clashes of ideology play out on city streets El Diablo Coffee in Queen Anne is the kind of café that feels like you left your house only to walk into another living room. The tight corridors give way to open space with small tables and a communal bar where people sat with their laptops at noon on a...

Next stop: Dystopia

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:00
Letter to the editor “Cporate greed that fueled the loss of trucking jobs ruins local communities,” RC op/ed, Jan. 8, was spot on. And, indeed, totally under reported vis a vis the accounting/fraud debacle. Most of the mainstream media reports I read wanted to make it sound...

HUD reports rise in homelessness

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:00
A new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shows that homelessness in the United States ticked up by roughly 3 percent in 2019, but advocacy groups say that the figures grossly underestimate the number of homeless youth and...

Tacoma starts enforcing tent ban

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:00
To comply with court ruling, the city helps find shelter for those who were living in area parks The city of Tacoma began enforcing a controversial new rule that prohibits structures with walls in public parks on Jan. 7, forcing nearly two dozen campers to move along or accept offers of shelter. Officials helped 12 people access shelter during “the...

At a time when the city can’t take care of our own, funding a tropical shark tank seems a bit obscene

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:00
Oddly enough, KIRO right-wing radio personality Dori Monson and I have something in common. At a time when the city can’t take care of our own, funding a tropical shark tank seems a bit obscene. “$34 million for a shark tank,” Monson asks, “is that really...

Vendor Profile: Nick Lopez

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 15:00
Nick Lopez had reasons for moving to Seattle. “I’m in this city to work on my art. I paint and I write. I’m forming my new voice.” He’d been living in Eugene, Oregon. “I was hanging out with Zane Kesey, the Merry Pranksters. There’s a bunch of artists...

Endangered rulers make war

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 15:00
History repeated itself already in 2020 as Trump attempted to start a war with Iran amid his impeachment proceedings. The last U.S. president to face impeachment, Bill Clinton, also dropped bombs in Iraq during his trial, deflecting attention and delaying...

It's 'OK, boomer' time for some of our personal politics

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 15:00
“Most people don’t even know pulleys have wheels in them.” — made-up Trump quote Trump has become a blustery variant of Don Quixote, literally attacking windmills. “They kill the birds. You want to see a bird graveyard? You just go. Take a look. A bird...

Moving the center

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 15:00
Ian Haney López’s ‘Merge Left’ analyzes political messaging to find what might move the middle After Donald Trump won the presidential race in 2016, lots of writers weighed in on what cost Hillary Clinton the election and how to win back White working-class voters to the Democratic coalition. The most common prescription seemed to be to forswear “...

Role models

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 15:00
Black men inspire through Smithsonian exhibit visiting Tacoma Music sensation Kendrick Lamar, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali and prolific writer James Baldwin are a few of the revolutionary Black men honored in a Smithsonian exhibit traveling through the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. Part of the Smithsonian...

No stranger to the Seattle music scene, housing insecurity, or self-doubt

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 15:00
by Robert Roth If you’re familiar with the way Mary Lambert performs — especially if you’re fortunate enough to have seen her perform live — then you know to expect some crying. According to Lambert, fans were treated to a great deal of it at her recent show at the...

At the start of another election year, protesters, anti-protesters, police and journalists draw each other out

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 15:00
Seattle police arrested four people Sunday who were protesting a far-right, anti-government militia group that held a rally outside City Hall in downtown Seattle. The arrests occurred near the tail end of the Three Percenters “United Against Hate” event as...

Village asked to move on

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 15:00
Nickelsville tiny house village received a notice to vacate property owned by a church within a month to make room for an affordable housing development, according to a resident of the village, making it another at-risk Nickelsville location. This tiny...

Local program expands harm-reduction treatment for opioid sufferers

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 15:00
Emily Katz, the supervisor of an opioid treatment program at DESC, remembers how clients commonly get Suboxone, a treatment for opioid use disorder. A client would schedule more than five hours for the process. A nurse administers Suboxone — strips of...

Corporate greed that fueled the loss of trucking jobs ruins local communities

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 15:00
by Ruth Prudence Job losses are coming, and we’re in deeper trouble than it seems. Did you hear the one about the truckers? About how 3,000 truckers lost their jobs right before the holidays? Three thousand jobs, lost. Imagine all the coffee shops throughout Seattle — that’...

Getting what you've earned

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 15:00
January is a time for new resolve, new goals — and new laws to go into effect. Almost every year, the changing calendar means new labor policies or updates. For example, beginning on Jan. 1, the statewide minimum wage will reach its full value of $13.50,...

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