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Vendor Profile: Mike Hall

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 14:36
Have you ever noticed the big, free-standing clock on First Avenue near the Real Change office? Mike Hall keeps that clock running by winding it once weekly. He’s been doing that for years, and, along with his long white beard, it’s earned him the nickname...

All Black lives, L.A. signifies

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 12:30
The Black Lives Matter street art in Los Angeles is a unique signage. Designer Luckie Alexander, an activist and artist and the founder of Invisible Men, was instrumental in ensuring that wording painted on the LA street — though it followed a similar...

Streaming to stay sane

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 12:26
Almost all King County events are canceled, so we’re listing streaming events for optimal physical distancing October 21 The Unique Wisdom of Intersectional Identities: A Panel with Local Queer and Disabled Leaders Town Hall Seattle and Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities : online event; 6 p.m., free, all ages tinyurl.com/y2rpb9dh Did you know the...

The Temptation of St. Mike: The fly on his head painted him in glo-ry

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 12:12
We all remember the adorable house finch that landed on Bernie Sanders’ podium during a 2016 Portland, Oregon, rally. Now we get to remember an adorable fly who became attached to Mike Pence’s head for two minutes during the debate. I’m going to say that...

Fortify your soul

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 12:08
Our bodies have limits to how much tension we can absorb. We are already in the midst of a generation-defining disruption in normal life, and then we add to it the tide of white supremacist violence and reverberating effects of prolonged isolation and...

Inequity by the numbers

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 12:00
Economist Thomas Piketty’s latest tome further measures our lopsided economy Not many academic economists publish massive statistical analyses that become best-sellers. That’s what happened with Thomas Piketty’s tome, “Capital in the 21st Century,” which argued persuasively that the current extreme levels of inequality in Europe and...

You never find the same art twice

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 11:51
“With the clearing of the chop, the city saw value in that mural and wanted to keep it and put up the protective barriers to keep automobiles from driving on it.” — Jason Huff, OAC project manager lead The big Black Lives Matter work of art on Pine Street that made headlines in June is now a permanent fixture in Seattle, at least for the next five years. Before Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, Takiyah Ward and Joey Nix, who are Seattle artists and...

Mayor plans to defund support for vehicle residency

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 11:24
A longstanding program that works with vehicle residents will lose funding under the mayor’s 2021 budget proposal, but city officials hold that there will be no reduction in outreach services. The Scofflaw Mitigation Team won $100,000 in the 2020 budget,...

Positive COVID test prompts protest outside ICE detention center

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 11:15
Demonstrators gathered outside the Tacoma ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Processing Center last week, calling attention to unsafe conditions within the detention center. La Resistencia, a grassroots organization that advocates for shutting...

Durkan beats recall | Debate night

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 11:07
Durkan beats recall Mayor Jenny Durkan will not face a recall vote, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled on Oct. 8, despite finding the allegations against her were “deeply troubling.” The justices reversed a lower court finding that the recall effort,...

Streaming to stay sane

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 12:50
Almost all King County events are canceled, so we’re listing streaming events for optimal physical distancing October 12 Virtual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center: online event; 1:30 p.m., free, all ages tinyurl.com/y3wyu7uy Just because we can’t celebrate in person doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate at all. This year’s Indigenous Peoples’...

A rose blooms in concrete

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 12:47
“One of the hardest parts of being homeless was losing a sense of routine. I used to love doing my eyebrows. One day, someone came up to me and pointed out how messy they had become. You don’t get time to do self care when you’re living on the streets. For...

Remembering Evie Lovett

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 12:44
I met Evie Lovett briefly one day during my shift in the Real Change Vendor Center. She came up to the door of the community room where, at that time in the pandemic, we would pack a bag of food and hygiene products whenever someone asked. I cannot remember...

I give Trump credit for being rare. He’s one in 8 billion

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 12:39
Because I write these things, I often jot down thoughts I have, thinking I might use them later. Here’s one I found that I wrote a couple of months ago. I have no clue what I was reacting to: “Some people invite karma. They beg for life’s hard lessons. Who...

Why poor people pay more taxes than the president

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 12:36
In this Washington, it’s extra bad After a New York Times report surprised exactly no one by revealing President Trump’s meager tax filings, a lot of people around the country were mad. But in Washington, we all should have been even more mad — because here, the homeless pay more in taxes...

Refuting the myths

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 12:34
Study enlightens us as to who gets abortions and whether they have regrets The right to have an abortion is increasingly under attack. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent death means that abortion will become one of the leading issues in the U.S. general election in November. Yet, as Diana Greene Foster points out,...

Creative during COVID

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 12:29
Artists are stretching their imaginations to keep working Meryl Alcabes is a Seattle-based event and portrait photographer who is also a feature and humor writer. Meryl has lived in South America and in Europe, but her favorite city is Seattle, where she raised three sons and lived to tell about it. Meryl dabbles...

Adding life to what matters

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 09:52
The breathtaking and memorable Black Lives Matter mural painted by Vivid Matter Collective on Pine Street in June was harmed by the application of a sealant treatment, but it is being repainted. The mural arose during the Capitol Hill Occupied Protests. Now...

Local courts shifting for COVID might stay that way

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 09:49
When the first COVID-19 case in the U.S. hit Seattle, it was like someone pressed the pause button on the region. By the governor’s order, life slowed to a crawl as in-person gatherings were canceled and restaurants closed, until the only place to find...

Staying home | Virus hits White House

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 09:45
Staying home Housing advocates demonstrated in Olympia Oct. 2 to call on Gov. Jay Inslee to extend the statewide moratorium on evictions as the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten the livelihoods and housing of Washingtonians. The advocates,...

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