You are here

Real Change News

Subscribe to Real Change News feed
Updated: 3 hours 4 min ago

Rampant Radicals: KJ Moon, Transit Riders Union organizer

4 hours 58 min ago
Rampant Radicals is a monthly report about Seattle's change makers from the Real Change Advocacy Department

KJ Moon had a dramatic shift in his career trajectory. He moved to Seattle to work in the financaily industry at Capital One but was compelled to participate in economic justice movements. Since his revelation, he has dedicated his time to organizing for transportation and housing justice with the Transit Riders Union (TRU).

Chromatic Commute: SODO Track murals bring public art to a two-mile industrial corridor

12 hours 41 min ago

Industrial areas aren’t known for award-winning views, but a public art project is changing the face of a two-mile corridor in SODO. Among the new murals changing the landscape is a wolf frozen in motion with a colossal fireball exploding behind it.

Artists Baso Fibonacci and Jean Nagai collaborated on the piece. “Escaping a Burning Culture” references the impact of rising rents and home prices in Seattle on creative voices. Fibonacci is weighing his options on whether or not to remain in the Emerald City.

Totem Tour: Victory against coal port fuels fifth annual totem pole journey

12 hours 41 min ago

Using artwork and music, the Lummi Nation’s totem pole journey celebrated past successes and highlighted ongoing conflicts with fossil fuel projects as it stopped in Seattle on Saturday.

The journey, dubbed “Kwel’hoy,” or “We Draw the Line,” is the fifth such tour the Lummi have undertaken in a quest to support other tribes and confront projects by oil and coal companies that they say threaten tribal lands, waterways and the environment.

Café Red is brewing coffee and culture

12 hours 41 min ago

A local independent coffee shop located in South Seattle’s Rainier Valley is serving up more than just your favorite cup of joe. It also has gluten-free bread, wine, a wide array of coffee blends, homemade cookies and other tasty food items.

Located at the iconic corner of Othello and Rainier, Café Red is the new “it spot” in South Seattle.

The Middle Ground by Sam Day 10/18/17

12 hours 41 min ago

View previous editorial cartoons by Sam Day.


Wait, there's more. Check out articles in the full October 18 issue.


President Trump dances like a White guy in no need of urgent safeguarding

12 hours 41 min ago

Few people know me intimately. Reasons include: I talk too much; I tell endless stories that go nowhere; I laugh inappropriately at my own jokes — loud donkey snorts; I subject people to my musical tastes.

My wife, Anitra “She Who Has Survived” Freeman, gets to hear most of what I jokingly call Romanian goatherd music. Actually very little of it is about goatherds. It’s mostly about shepherds. I just think goats are funnier than sheep. I listen to the songs all the time, even though the only word of Romanian I know is cioban (shepherd).

One-fifth of Seattle police working side gigs

12 hours 41 min ago

Almost a fifth of Seattle’s police force was granted permission to work side gigs in 2017, with at least one officer balancing 16 ongoing permits with Seattle City Light and various construction entities, records show.

The records provide an additional window into explosive reporting by The Seattle Times in September. The Times reported that the FBI, at the request of Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, has been investigating allegations of price-fixing and intimidation by off-duty officers.

City of Seattle applies race-equity analysis to sweeps

12 hours 41 min ago

City of Seattle officials are now using a race-equity analysis tool to examine the rules governing sweeps of homeless encampments.

Q&A with David M. Buerge, author of 'Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name'

12 hours 41 min ago
Seattle author explores the history of Chief Seattle and the invasion of White settlers

David Buerge, author of “Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name,” points out that Seattle is the largest city in the Americas named after a Native American, and yet very few people know why our city was named after Seattle and few people really knows that much about him.

DOJ’s done with Seattle

12 hours 41 min ago

The Department of Justice weighed in on behalf of the Seattle Police Department (SPD), asking a federal judge to find the department in “full and effective compliance” with reforms ordered by the courts in 2012.

The city of Seattle had asked Judge James Robart to clear the department on Sept. 29. The DOJ and Community Police Commission, a civilian body that has overseen the reform process, submitted documents concurring that the department was in compliance.

Safe consumption ban blocked

12 hours 41 min ago

A King County District Court judge ruled Oct. 16 that an initiative to ban safe consumption sites in King County could not appear on the Nov. 7 ballot.

In her ruling, King County Superior Court Judge Veronica Alicea-Galván said the initiative “extends beyond the scope of local initiative power.”

Empowerment project stitches together coats and jobs for homeless women in Detroit

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:06

Some students might believe that school projects are only good for a grade, but Empowerment Plan founder and CEO Veronika Scott knew that they could be something more. Scott was a student at The College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her professor assigned her class a project to fill a real need in the community. Noticing the homelessness that pervaded the city, Scott, who was only 20 years old at the time, tried to figure out how she could help people who were homeless.

Animating Her Story: Artist Raven John is creating choices for Indigenous youth that were lacking in her own early life

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:23

Artist Raven John is carving her own path and finding work as a professional in spaces that celebrate her Indigenous and two-spirit identity.

The term “two-spirit” is a way for LGBT Indigenous people to articulate a gender identity or sexual orientation that is connected to their culture and spirituality.

“Our sexual and gender orientations have more to do with our spiritual and cultural beliefs than simply being bisexual, homosexual or gender-fluid or gendervariant or trans-sexual,” John explains.

Captured Dissent: Washington State History Museum showcases George P. Hickey's protest photography

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 04:00

A paraphrased quote from journalist Edward R. Murrow sets the stage for George P. Hickey’s protest photographs. “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty,” Murrow said in 1954, speaking on Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s hunt for communists. “When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.” His prophetic words are at the entrance to the show of Hickey’s work at The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.

Adventures in Irony: The questions we ask after a mass shooting are all distraction

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 04:00

After last week’s tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, I heard many people asking questions about it. A typical question I heard and heard more than once from multiple people was, “What kinds of guns did Stephen Paddock use, what sort of ammunition did he use, where did he get the guns, and how did he get so many to his hotel room?”

As it often does, my mind wandered into a pocket of digression.

In 1989 at my request, my therapist arranged for me to be given a battery of intelligence tests and psychological tests.

Rev. Rich Lang: Gun culture won’t change

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 04:00

Nothing, absolutely nothing, will change the gun culture of this nation. To be sure, this is a deep moral issue. But let’s face it: The legislative apparatus that could put some common-sense checks and balances on gun ownership will not be enforced.  American politics are dominated today by the cruelty of the Republican Party.   It is a party of fascist impulse; a party of masculine, White domination; a party where the wealthy are God’s elect and all others are less-than and secondary.   The Republican Party is the image of a deformed Christianity whose God is also White, male, violent and

The Middle Ground by Sam Day 10/11/17

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 04:00

View previous editorial cartoons by Sam Day.


Wait, there's more. Check out articles in the full October 11 issue.


Book Review: 'The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple'

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 04:00
The able hand of author Jeff Guinn gives a sweeping and intricate portrayal of the incredible Jonestown story that ended with more than 900 bodies rotting in fetid heaps.

Anyone old enough to pay attention to daily news in the autumn of 1978 will never forget the shocking story that exploded from the South American jungles of Guyana. It first seemed too outrageous, but the bizarre tale was soon confirmed. Members of a religious cult with ties to a church based in San Francisco had committed mass suicide. Inconceivably mothers and fathers, infants and children, teens and old people, Blacks and Whites had collectively consumed poison. It was the first time that most people had ever heard of Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple.

Tax Overcollection: If the county overcharged property owners for youth jail tax, will renters share in the windfall?

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 04:00

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is researching what it must do with excess property taxes collected for a court and juvenile detention complex in the wake of a Court of Appeals decision that the county had improperly calculated property tax rates for the project since 2014.

If a levy collects too much money for one year, the county must adjust future property tax bills to compensate for the amount property owners were overcharged, according to officials from the Department of Revenue, the Washington state department that deals with taxation.

Trump pushes religious bias

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 04:00

The Department of Justice issued legal guidance Friday instructing all federal departments and executive agencies to protect “religious freedoms.” Advocates fear the move will translate into discrimination against people who do not identify as straight or cisgender.