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Sacred, toxic during COVID

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 09:45
Six months ago, the sidewalk began to feel like a place of fear and algebra. As I walk down the street, I see people coming my way, and I can tell they are calculating our speeds and charting our courses. I do the same thing, imagining how to give people...

In praise of the Great Seattle Freeway-Eastlake Avenue March

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 09:44
Lately, I’ve been feeling older than ever. Whatever happened to “nonviolent” protests? Didn’t there used to be nonviolent protests? Or am I having a senior moment? It seems like nonviolent protests have all turned into merely peaceful protests. There’s a...

Honoring Attica

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 09:40
Graphic novel remembers the infamous prison riot 49 years later It is a powerful photograph, taken in September 1971. Inmates of Attica Correctional Facility in western New York state are seated or standing at a long table. Almost all are Black. On the opposite side of the table sits a white man, Russell Oswald,...

Finding mana

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 09:33
The ti leaf is dark green and glossy. Using her hands, Kalei’okalani Matsui deftly weaves, folds, shapes and bends the leaves into a rope, adding more leaves to elongate the lei. Her fingers move quickly, bracelets clinking gently around her wrists from the...

What's changed?

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 09:23
10 years after the killing of John T. Williams A crowd gathered near the Space Needle in the early afternoon of Aug. 30, precisely when John T. Williams, an Indigenous woodcarver, was killed by a Seattle police officer 10 years ago. There stands a totem pole erected in Williams’ honor by his family amid...

Thank you, King

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 09:13
Talking about Chadwick Boseman “To be young, gifted and Black” this most powerful phrase was given to us by Chadwick Boseman at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards in 2019, when noting what the barrier-breaking role to be the Black Panther meant to him. On Aug. 28, 2020, the world...

Diaz carves up police force in an effort to get more cops on the street

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 09:09
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and interim Police Chief Adrian Diaz announced a shakeup in the police force on Sept. 2 that would put 88 more cops on the streets, even as advocates for alternatives to policing seek to reduce funding to the department as a whole...

Lawless and blue | Investigation, lacking

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 08:09
Lawless and blue President Donald Trump signed a memo on Sept. 2 to begin the process of withholding federal funds for Seattle and other Democratic cities that have moved to defund police and refuse “to protect their communities from rioting, looting and...

Celebrate 26 years of caring

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 07:55
Over the past six months, the Real Change community has been tested in ways we never anticipated. While the past 26 years have offered numerous challenges to our street paper model, surviving a global pandemic was never a problem we anticipated. But, like...

Vendor profile: James Morelli

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 10:04
Someone dedicated to fair treatment for everyone James Morelli has been a Real Change vendor on and off for 10 years. These days he is stationed at the Metropolitan Market in Queen Anne. He’s 55 and become “easy going” and “kicked back,” he says, thanks to his age. Morelli, a lifelong Seattleite, has seen...

Streaming to stay sane

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 09:58
Almost all King County events are canceled, so we’re listing streaming events for optimal physical distancing September 7 Indigenous Environmentalism 101 Extinction Rebellion Justice: online event; 6:30–8 p.m., free, all ages tinyurl.com/y6kwtswt How does the mainstream environmentalist movement intersect with the ongoing and continuous Indigenous struggles for...

Trying to find peace

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 09:54
Among the many, many small details of daily life that I have come to appreciate more greatly in the last six months, few are as precious — and as fleeting — as moments of complete quiet. As a writer, I was working from home prior to the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Greenland remains with no Trump Tower. 2020 has not been a water-shed, yet

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 09:52
As I’m sure you all know, having taken the relevant state-required history courses in your elementary and middle schools, the metric system is a communist plot, begun right after the French Revolution by communist French people. They took away the people’s...

Unspoken grandeur

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 09:49
Artist Jason Matias invites you to pause and turn inward In his solitary time off from the military, Jason Matias found solace in the wilderness he increasingly conveyed in vivid, layered photography. Originally from New York City, Matias was stationed in the remoteness of Alaska for his initial post. He spent...

Deconstructing George

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 09:42
GEORGE UW’s Black Lives Matter says the namesake statue forsakes antirasicm and must go The bronze, 38-foot-tall statue of George Washington that looms at the west entrance of the University of Washington’s Seattle campus has been looking different lately. It stands covered in dark red paint meant to symbolize blood, surrounded by posters and...

Washington foster care stretched by covid education measures

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 09:38
Lillie long dreamed of going to St. John’s College, a unique school in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that bases its curriculum on what it calls “The Great Books.” History, language, math, philosophy, you name it — all are taught through foundational texts that...

He’ll see you in court | Stay home

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 09:33
He’ll see you in court Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced on Aug. 28 a new step in his ongoing fight to protect undocumented young people who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, which the Trump...

City budget is under water and groups are fishing for progressive revenue

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 09:31
A progressive coalition is gearing up for the new state budget session with hopes to boost social safety net programs and enact progressive taxation, items that have been on their legislative agenda for several years. However, a pandemic-fueled recession...

There is no (good) reason for movie theaters to be open right now

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 09:26
I’ve written mostly about movies for Real Change at this point, so you could guess that I’m a cinephile (def: a person who really likes movies. What’d you think it meant?). Nevertheless, according to a wide range of public health experts, even the most...

Streaming to stay sane

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 11:25
Almost all King County events are canceled, so we’re listing streaming events for optimal physical distancing August 29 - September 1 Seattle Arab Film Festival Northwest Film Forum and Seattle Arab Film Festival: online event; $0-25, all ages tinyurl.com/y22n5rot This year’s Arab Film Fest will have short and feature films grouped into four themes: In the Diaspora...

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