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Poetry Feb 22, 2001

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 08:56

To view all the poems, click on the picture and scroll through

Poetry, Pages 8, 9

  • Sea Grass Waits for Our Arrival by Patrick Bissell
  • Lessons by Earle Thompson
  • Turnabout by Stan Burriss
  • The 2 x 4 x 365 Trap by Liz Smith
  • The Banker and the Boss by Jim Page

Global Vendor: VW

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:47

By VW, StreetWise, Chicago

VW says it was “divine intervention” that brought her to StreetWise.

Homeless deaths continue to rise in King County

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:00

Diana Armstrong stood outside the Seattle Municipal Court with a dozen other women.

Armstrong stuck out. Most of the other women wore all black, as is tradition for the Women in Black when they stand vigil for homeless people who have died outside or due to violence. Armstrong wore a loose plaid shirt and jeans.

Frozen Moments: Lauren Iida's '100 Aspects of the Moon' at Virago Gallery showcases papercut portraiture

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:00

If a picture is worth a thousand words, Lauren Iida’s art is easily worth double. Point to any of the 100 multilayered papercuts in the show and she’ll offer detailed information about the person depicted. She’s intimately connected to each piece because they aren’t nameless figures; among them are her mother, “Uncle” Nan and her grandmother, a survivor of a Tule Lake Japanese concentration camp in California.

Ghost Bikes: Photographer captures memorials to those killed while bicycling

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:00

Each year, between 45,000 and 50,000 cyclists are injured in traffic accidents in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2016, 840 cyclists died. Stark white, chained to a fence or lamppost and often bearing flowers, ghost bikes stand as somber memorials to these fallen riders.

The light of Rev. Samuel McKinney’s life

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:00
McKinney was a pastor, protector, prophet, civil rights leader, Morehouse alum and generational pillar of Seattle’s Black community

As hundreds streamed into the lower bowl of McCaw Hall to pay their respects to the late Rev. Dr. Samuel McKinney on Tuesday morning, I overheard Mertiss Thompson, who was sitting behind me, comment on the significance of the turnout:

“I went to a funeral once where there was only three people in attendance: me, the pastor and the man in the casket,” he said. “The kind of life you lived is judged by who shows up for you when you die.”

If the hours tax fails but no one can drive to see it, does it make a sound?

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:00
Real Change columnist

By the time you’re reading this, the question “Will Seattle have an hours tax on employees, no hours tax or half an hours tax?” may be settled. As usual I’m writing before I can possibly know how it will turn out. Rather than make up a wild guess about what will happen in five days, I’d rather speculate on what will happen in five months or more.

The Middle Ground by Sam Day 5/16/18

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:00


Book Review: ‘US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality’

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:00
Author Lance Selfa seeks to understand the Trump phenomenon in the international context of rising right-wing populism emerging from the aftermath of the 2008 Great Recession.

A year into the Trump administration, it’s clear that neither the worst fears nor the best hopes of progressives were borne out. Trump has failed in many of his policy initiatives, most notably the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the attempt to immediately ban Muslim refugees; his right-wing supporters have not been able to mobilize large numbers of people. But millions of people who have been moved to protest Trump’s politics have yet to change political realities.

Businesses could deduct much of the employee head tax

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:00

After days of heated testimony and tense negotiation, the Seattle City Council voted Monday to pass a new tax on the city’s largest businesses to increase spending on affordable housing production and homelessness services.

Washington state voters to ponder universal health care

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:00

Health care is among the top three concerns that Democratic voters hold as we enter campaign season for the 2018 mid-term elections.

The United States spends double the amount per person than other wealthy countries for worse health outcomes, and the cost of care has increased faster than the general economy since 2009, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Director's Corner: Passage of the Employee Hours Tax is a step in the right direction

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:00

This week we anticipate that the homeless sweeps will come to Real Change. Last winter, an encampment arose between the two doorways that are the entrance to our vendor center, and over time it has only grown.

For an organization that has always stood up for the unsheltered, this presents a dilemma.

Our mission is to provide opportunity and a voice to low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic, social and racial justice. Our first responsibility in this is to provide a safe and welcoming space to the vendors of Real Change.

Job satisfaction in the salsa aisle

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 12:48

John Lennon sang the famous line, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Perhaps with that in mind, writer Liz Smith used her keen skill for documenting those in-between moments that make life so special. Smith has allowed us to publish three of her recent essays (A place to rest, Compassion takes a holiday) in the May 9 - 15 issue of Real Change.

Compassion takes a holiday

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 12:37
An essay by Liz Smith

John Lennon sang the famous line, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Perhaps with that in mind, writer Liz Smith used her keen skill for documenting those in-between moments that make life so special.

A place to rest

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 11:54
An essay by Liz Smith

John Lennon sang the famous line, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Perhaps with that in mind, writer Liz Smith used her keen skill for documenting those in-between moments that make life so special.

Amazon throws its weight

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 04:00

The tax that brought the Ballard group together has angered another Seattle entity: Amazon.

The corporation told the city that it would halt construction on a 17-story tower that is part of its expansion in downtown Seattle because of the conversation about the tax. This drew criticism from tax supporters that the company — which famously paid no federal taxes last year — is playing chicken with the city at the expense of people experiencing homelessness.


Welcome to Oceania

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 04:00

Members of the Seattle City Council and the Progressive Revenue Task Force became the targets of unfiltered rage last week when an organized group of residents took over a meeting about a proposed tax on big businesses to pay for homeless services.

Seattle and King County to coordinate homelessness response

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 04:00

Mayor Jenny Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced an agreement May 4 that commits the city and county better coordinate their response to the regional homelessness crisis.

Seattle and King County will coordinate before initiating any request for proposals related to homelessness between now and 2020. The two executives also agreed to collaborate on contract language and monitoring.

Vendor Profile: Tim Buckley

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 04:00

No refined sugar, nonfat milk or froth. Not even coffee or tea. Just honey and water. Tim Buckley is a man of tradition and simplicity.

Being a man of tradition, it took Tim some time to become a vendor after hearing about Real Change.

“I became homeless in 2014. I had been seeing people with Real Change in Seattle. I always thought I was going to have to fill out additional forms. This form, this form, this form,” Tim goes on. Such is the case when trying to find work, housing and other forms of stability in the rapidly growing city that is Seattle.

Amazon Prime membership didn’t get me a closer look at those spheres

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 04:00

I have a love-hate relationship now with Amazon. The big dot com, not the rainforest or the river or the impressive mythological women that stir my imagination and brought us Wonder Woman.