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Needle and Thread: Julia Fioravanti’s artist palette comes from spools of fiber

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:43

With a needle and thread, artist Julia Fioravanti brings a vision to life on fabric. One piece shows a woman pursing her red lips while her hand rests under her chin. Her gold hoop earrings and a kelly-green necklace stand out against her brown skin. Her black hair is in tight curls. She’s sitting in a room, and it’s evident something is on her mind. It’s one of the many embroidery works Fioravanti has produced. The artist says she enjoys making things and staying busy.

Advocates want to take down Seattle's own Confederate memorial

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:21

Among the headstones at Lake View Cemetery on Capitol Hill is a Confederate memorial. It was erected in 1926 by the Seattle chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Given recent events in Charlottesville, VA Ian S. has started an online petition for its removal. His goal is to gather 2,500 signatures.

Global Vendor: Cynthia Ellington

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:11

Cynthia Ellington woke up in a shelter the morning of this interview. She waited in line for an hour to take a shower. Then she had to wait in line for a towel, a washcloth, a curling iron, and makeup. “You have to wait in line for everything. They gave me two conditioners today, but I wasn’t going to wait in line again for another shampoo.” After the shower, she had a 25-minute walk to the Denver VOICE office.

Though her life has taken her from the stage to the streets of Denver, Cynthia still has the smile of a star. She is beautiful.

The Middle Ground by Sam Day 8/16/17

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:05

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Adventures in Irony - My feelings about nuclear war are simple: Just don’t bury me alive under the rubble

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:56

This is not going to be a very funny column. Trump leads the United States the way I drive cars. I crash them. That’s why I haven’t had a driver’s license in 30 years.

Some people say, look at the stock market, look at all the new jobs. Well, you know, nothing gets a person working like bombing the heck out of a country. There have to be more bombs to be made. More planes to deliver them. So if you like the economy the way it is now, you’re going to love it when the Korean War resumes. At least until we’re all dead.

The resistance doctrine: Naomi Klein tells us how to resist the ‘Trump show’

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:21

Naomi Klein’s latest book offers a strong dose of clarity to counteract the chaos plaguing the country since Donald Trump won the election.

Klein draws from her unique areas of expertise — almost clairvoyantly — to decipher what the hell is going on at this moment in history.

The Canadian author and award-winning journalist spent much of her career researching and writing about trends that, if personified, look a lot like our current president.

Seattle passes fair chance housing law

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:32

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to restrict the ability of landlords to use a prospective tenant’s criminal history as a reason to deny housing.

Landlords could previously see a formerly incarcerated individual’s criminal record stretching back seven years, and use it in their decision-making process to rent to that person. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued guidance in 2016 noting that this could have a discriminatory effect on people of color who are far more likely than White people to be involved in the criminal justice system.

House preserves document recording fees

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:18

The Washington House of Representatives passed a bill that would preserve fees on certain real estate documents that are used to fund programs to house people experiencing homelessness.

House Bill 1570, sponsored by Seattle legislator Nicole Macri, would preserve $30 of the $48 surcharge that will otherwise expire in 2018. The fees provide money for the Home Security Fund. Housing advocates say that the preservation and extension of the fees is an annual item on their legislative wishlists.

State supreme court upholds gun tax

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:08

The Washington Supreme Court on Aug. 10 upheld a 2015 Seattle tax on firearms and ammunition that’s used to directly fund research about gun violence.

The tax — a $25 charge on each firearm sale and a 2- to 5-cent charge on each round of ammunition — was approved by the Seattle City Council in August 2015. It was challenged in King County Superior Court where it was upheld.

Book Review: 'No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:11

Naomi Klein’s title says it all: “No Is Not Enough” as we try to address “a naked corporate takeover, one many decades in the making. It seems that the economic interests that have long since paid off both major parties ... have decided they’re tired of playing the game. ... So now they’re cutting out the middlemen — those needy politicians who are supposed to protect the public interest.”     

Director's Corner: Learning from the worldwide network of street papers

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 04:00

Next week, I’ll be in Manchester, U.K., for a conference of the International Network of Street Papers (INSP). The INSP conference is hosted by a different successful street paper each year. This annual event gives us a chance to see what our counterparts look like and to see firsthand some of the best models for our work.

NIMBYs protest leaked legislation reforming RV camping laws

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 04:00

Neighborhoods burned to the ground after a “rolling meth lab” explodes. A “permanent underclass of people living in vehicles.” A dystopian Seattle overrun by former homeowners and apartment dwellers decamping from their stable living environments to take up residence in a recreational vehicle as part of an elaborate property tax dodge.

Seattle transfers property to community organizations

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 04:00

The city of Seattle is preparing to pare down its real estate portfolio with a series of land transfers that could benefit nonprofits that serve Seattle’s most vulnerable residents.

The Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) initiated a process in August that would allow the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) to take control of the building that houses the Greenwood Senior Center. FAS also intends to use the same process to give Neighborcare, a nonprofit provider of health services, ownership of its clinic on Rainier Avenue South.

Eighty farmworkers stuck in US fighting poor working conditions

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 04:00

Lucia Suarez sat perched on a plastic chair next to the driveway of the single-family home she shares with her husband, Joaquin, and their three children in Sumas, Washington, a rural farming community that abuts the Canadian border. A pile of black plastic garbage bags filled to bursting with clothing and other donated items dwarfed the small woman.

An homage to guerrilla feeds and feeding people no matter what

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 04:00

I’ve been interested in feeding the hungry all my life. It’s why I volunteer at soup kitchens and the reason why I was asked to move from my alley encampment a year ago.

Remembering Nagasaki, 1945

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 04:00

Because all life is connected, I seek to understand the values that are being promoted in the realm of politics. I grasp toward the ultimate results of those values. I see what dominant political parties, the media and the market value and uphold: the military. We love, adore and serve the military.

Adventures in Irony: I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 04:00

The leaked transcripts of Trump’s phone calls to world leaders are teaching me a lot about the art of the deal. I never knew about this “you’re killing me” technique.

I especially like the way Trump discussed the proposed border wall with the president of Mexico. After a year or two lying and telling everyone in the world that he was going to make Mexico pay for the wall, he basically told President Peña Nieto that he had to play along with the lie or it would make Trump look bad.

The Middle Ground by Sam Day 8/9/17

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 04:00

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Book Review: ‘Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy’

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 04:00

If you’ve been denied job after job, even some of those entry-level, low-wage positions, Cathy O’Neil can explain. If the rates you’re finding for auto insurance are sky high, Cathy O’Neil knows why. If your amazing teacher was just fired or your employer has started charging higher health insurance premiums for not using a Fitbit or the number of cops in your neighborhood is growing at a rate disproportionate to actual crime, allow Cathy O’Neil to introduce you to the opaque, self-reinforcing world of weapons of math destruction (WMDs).

Someone is passed out on the sidewalk. How do you help?

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 04:00

The man was lying on his back in the middle of the sidewalk on the 500 block of Main Street, a primarily residential area near the International District with a handful of small restaurants and art galleries nearby. His head, covered in a mass of red hair flecked with gray topped with a cap, was propped up against his backpack, which, in turn, rested against the pole of a street sign. He gripped a screwdriver in his right hand.