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Pandemics, police and people of color

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 11:18
August was no exception with newsworthy events. As much as I prefer not to write about the pandemic, it seems necessary for providing the social context of local events through a larger prism. In this case, the sudden retirement of former Seattle Police...

Shoulds don’t always happen, and certainly not for newspaper circulation in 2020

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 11:14
Insert column here: Aug. 26, 2020 When I write one of these, I always open up a blank, new Google Doc, title it based on the upcoming issue date using an absurd code that annoys everyone, Americans and Europeans alike (month-year-day haha), and then write “...

Democrat's visionary

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 11:12
Ganesh Sitaraman’s ‘The Great Democracy’ shines a light on the resurgence of progressive politics There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of the author Ganesh Sitaraman. He might very well become a household name before long. One observer has stated that Sitaraman seems positioned to become the “chief ideologue of the Democratic Party.” He is the son...

Friend or phobia?

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 10:48
It’s normal to fear them, but we can’t live without them I screamed, and then winced in embarrassed apology. It was roughly 7 a.m. in a single-family home neighborhood in north Seattle adjacent to my multi-family complex. There are few proper sidewalks, mostly unpaved tracks between the road, a ditch of flora...

Seattle budget back in council’s court, following mayor’s volleys to relief spending

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 09:51
Mayor Jenny Durkan vetoed legislation from the Seattle City Council that aimed to reduce the size of the police department and shift money to community groups, saying that the council had not thought through the impact of their revisions. In the same press...

Ask no questions | Applying pressure

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 09:48
Ask no questions A King County Superior Court judge scrapped the county’s revised policies around inquests into killings by police officers on Aug. 21. The county’s policy was meant to provide more transparency in the process for families of the deceased...

Please join us for our online week of celebration of 26 years of Real Change

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 09:45
This year, our celebration of 26 years of Real Change will look a bit different than usual. The good news, I suppose, is that no one has to get up at 6 to get to the Washington State Convention Center on time, and it won’t matter if it’s raining or not. No...

Defund SPD

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 09:36
On a sunny day in late March, a Real Change vendor was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in SODO. The driver attempted to flee the scene until another car cut him off after witnessing the assault. The vendor, having flown over the top of the vehicle he...

Streaming to stay sane

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 10:57
Almost all King County events are canceled, so we’re listing streaming events for optimal physical distancing August 24 NAACP General Membership Monthly Meeting, Seattle King County NAACP: Zoom meeting; 6:30–8 p.m., $30 annual membership, all ages tinyurl.com/yy8xbudh The NAACP works across the country to ensure the political, educational, social and economic...

Is the criminal legal system too big to succeed?

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 10:55
Election season in the middle of a pandemic and amid a racial justice uprising creates a unique opportunity to think about the impacts of the choices we make locally. Highly visible is the Seattle City Council attempting to figure out how to take some...

If the Postal Service can deliver campaign flyers, they can get my mail-in ballot in on time

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 10:53
President Donald Trump has already resurrected birtherism for Kamala Harris. I hope he takes it to the Supreme Court and gets trounced. It’s going to be hard to make the case that someone born in Oakland, California, isn’t a citizen. The only way that could...

Birth of a city

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 10:49
N.K. Jemisin’s ‘The City We Became’ comes alive with metaphor No one would dispute that cities like New York have personalities of their own, but for African-American fantasy writer N.K. Jemisin, it’s more than a metaphor. In “The City We Became,” New York City is coming to life, embodied in six avatars (who are also...

Art, activism, accessibility

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 10:40
Young people take art equity into their own hands Forrest Neander’s paintings are styled by weaving colors and textures, acrylic on canvas. His brushes of choice are his very own hands, dipped in paint to create sweeping abstracts. Forrest’s mother, Julia Neander, says painting is Forrest’s way of...

Obituary | Caesar Hunter

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 10:18
‘... when I sell, I want to put a smile on their face!’ Caesar Hunter, a Real Change vendor for 19 years, recently passed away at the age of 62. He was known to the staff, volunteers and fellow vendors here as a happy and helpful person. “Right when he’d walk in, we would already be smiling,” Vendor Case Manager...

Seeking justice in Shoreline

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 10:14
An alleged racist incident committed against 13-year-old Kailyn Jordan has pitted neighbor against neighbor in a Shoreline community. There have been marches and rallies in support of Jordan, who objected to a neighbor’s Blue Lives Matter yard posting,...

Staying home

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 09:57
Mayor Jenny Durkan extended a moratorium on evictions in Seattle until the end of the year as renters continue to face significant financial hardship due to the coronavirus-fueled economic downturn. Under the order, landlords may not evict tenants absent an...

For every Karen out there, there is a Ken

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 09:51
Ever since Amy Cooper, the Central Park dog walker who infamously called 911 on a Black birdwatcher in May, we’ve heard a lot about Karens. But for every Karen out there, there is a Ken. Ken, too, has an overblown sense of self-importance. Ken will...

HUD heading back toward race injustice in housing policy

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 09:40
As leaders of public housing authorities in the Puget Sound region, we are distressed that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is enacting a new rule that is directly counter to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which requires all federal...

Streaming to stay sane

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 09:56
Almost all King County events are canceled, so we’re listing streaming events for optimal physical distancing August 18 The Science Inside Climate Pledge Arena Pacific Science Center: livestream; 7–8:30 p.m., free/suggested donation $10, all ages tinyurl.com/y5kjax5l Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, being built specifically for Kraken hockey, is slated to be the...

This week, dedicating my column to amplify a letter to the Seattle City Council

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 09:51
Dear City Councilmembers: We as faith leaders ask that you not fail our communities, your very constituencies. As the People’s Movement, King County Equity Now, Decriminalize Seattle, Got Green, WA-BLOC, No New Youth Jail, Puget Sound Advocates for...

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