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Lost and Found: How caring community saved my life

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 04:00
This little woman helped save my life out there. I heard voices then, telling me to jump off the Aurora Bridge. Tried it twice. I couldn’t get over that damn new, high fence. Hell, I couldn’t even get over the low fence. I was homeless for 16 years. That...

Book Review: ‘Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?’

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 04:00
Bill McKibben’s ‘Falter’ may be hard to read, but it will be even harder to live through Given the terrifying knowledge he possesses, it cannot be easy being Bill McKibben. McKibben writes in an indefatigable effort to alert us all to the ecocatastrophe already well underway. His compelling book “Falter” is the most recent contribution to his...

Woven Glass: Artist Carol Milne knits delicate sculptures

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 04:00
Knitting a sweater, a scarf or another article of clothing usually begins with a spool of yarn, two needles and a slipknot. It’s a skill artist Carol Milne learned at 10 years old from her grandmother, and before long, she was hooked. She fondly recalls the...

Real Change Vendor Gladys Moon considers Seattle heaven on Earth

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 04:00
When Gladys Moon walks down the street, you can tell she has a little country in her. Usually wearing a bright pink cowgirl hat, she’s hard to miss. “I grew up on a farm,” Moon said. “My dad always had horses, chickens, goats and even bunny rabbits.” Moon...

Let’s not bus a whole lot of homeless people to LA for a while, OK?

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 04:00
Real Change columnist Reagan Dunn is a King County councilmember who wants the county to spend $1 million on tickets to bus homeless people away. We already have programs that do that, but they don’t have that much money. With $1 million, we could lob homeless people all over...

Sinners and Saints

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 04:00
Real Change columnist “You do not have to be good,” wrote the mystic poet Mary Oliver. As a social justice organizer, these words feel both comforting and threatening. If goodness is not mandated, then how do we call out greed and cruelty? If we cannot claim moral high ground,...

The Middle Ground by Sam Day 9/18/19

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 04:00
Cartoonist Sam Day's take on current events.

Vying for Votes: City Council District 1 candidate Phil Tavel

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 04:00
Tavel is running against incumbent Lisa Herbold in the general election District 1 is separate from Seattle, an island of a peninsula connected to downtown by a bridge that only brave people dare tread. When they dare, however, they find West Seattle, a beautiful place that encompasses everything from the bathhouse at Alki...

Vying for Votes: City Council District 1 candidate Lisa Herbold

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 04:00
Herbold is running against Phil Tavel in the general election District 1 is separate from Seattle, an island of a peninsula connected to downtown by a bridge that only brave people dare tread. When they dare, however, they find West Seattle, a beautiful place that encompasses everything from the bathhouse at Alki...

Reporter's Notebook: Get outta here

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 04:00
In 2017, the Guardian newspaper released its bombshell report “ Bussed out ” which detailed a strategy employed by American cities to “solve” their homelessness crises by literally bussing people to other communities. Two years later, a King County...

City ordinance protects domestic abuse survivors, but landlords ask what about us?

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 04:00
An ordinance meant to protect domestic violence victims by ensuring they are not held liable for damage to rental units caused by their abuser is facing pressure from landlords who want the measure to include a fund to compensate them for potential losses...

The Art of the Possible: Lisa Daugaard says the future is now and there's no turning back

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 10:36
Over the past two decades, Public Defender Association Executive Director Lisa Daugaard has changed how criminal justice looks in Seattle. Her Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion ( LEAD ) program is now the gold standard for progressive law enforcement...

Book Review: ‘Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics’

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 10:30
In spring 2018, three states that went for Donald Trump in 2016 – Arizona, West Virginia and Oklahoma – had statewide teachers’ strikes. The strikes were not just for higher pay; they wanted better funding of public education. The legislatures of each state...

CEHKC, KCRHA: No matter how you spell it, the process just increases

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 10:17
Real Change columnist At the end of last month we learned that even though Seattle has a homeless emergency, we don’t have a wealth emergency . “You’re doing great!” said FEMA. “So, we’re taking our funding for shelters and food banks away to give to truly needy cities.” Hey, it...

The Middle Ground by Sam Day 9/11/19

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 04:00
Cartoonist Sam Day's take on current events.

2019 Real Change Vendors of the Year Evie Lovett and Yermane Berhe

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 04:00
Evie Lovett When Evie Lovett arrived in Seattle in 1998, she didn’t know what lay in wait. Lovett came to the Emerald City on a whim — born in New York, she’d lived for a time in Savannah, Georgia, a town she described succinctly as “hot and racist.” “It...

Vying for Votes: City Council District 4 candidate Shaun Scott

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 04:00
The race for District 4 — a heterogenous section of Seattle that encompasses the lakeside community of Sand Point to Wallingford by Aurora Avenue — took a turn after the primary. Of all of the candidate pairs to fulfill the narrative of a Seattle split...

Vying for Votes: City Council District 4 candidate Alex Pedersen

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 04:00
The race for District 4 — a heterogenous section of Seattle that encompasses the lakeside community of Sand Point to Wallingford by Aurora Avenue — took a turn after the primary. Of all of the candidate pairs to fulfill the narrative of a Seattle split...

City resolves to help end violence against Indigenous women

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 04:00
In an emotional vote that left many on the dais and in City Council chambers in tears, Seattle’s elected officials voted unanimously to pass a first-of-its-kind resolution aimed at stopping an epidemic of violence against Native women and girls. The...

Reporter's Notebook: New homelessness authority

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 04:00
Mayor Jenny Durkan and County Executive Dow Constantine, flanked by providers involved in homelessness services and election officials, announced legislation to create the King County Regional Homeless Authority (KCRHA), a new body meant to coordinate the...

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