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Machination: a dance popularized by Electric Boogaloo Dancers and Electoral College

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 11:12
The Supreme Court has been very busy lately, and I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all. So many rulings, so many rants to write. I’ll never finish. SCOTUS ruled 9-0 that Washington State can require electors to vote for the candidate they are “supposed to...

Ghoulish history

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 11:09
A hardscrabble Pacific Northwest town grapples with its ugly past At the beginning of the 20th century, the most violent city in the Pacific Northwest was Aberdeen, Washington. It was a “roaring” town, full of itinerant sailors, lumberjacks and longshoremen, with accompanying saloons and brothels. Fights and accidental...

Ballet bias

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 11:07
Pacific Northwest Ballet strives under the long shadow of classics — notably, racism With the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, many organizations have announced their alliance with it. But for Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet, upholding a commitment to racial inclusivity goes beyond just a Facebook post. It requires taking a hard...

Real Change Field Organizer Neal Lampi embarks on new, key adventures

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 10:37
I was stranded in Seattle when I came to the Belltown office of Real Change, where I sold a few newspapers over the next six months. I will never forget the $19.00 tip I received Christmas season ’03. Twenty bucks is not a lot of money but it was the most...

DACA recipients and supporters continue to plead for at least a path to citizenship

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 10:13
When the first cases of the coronavirus began appearing in Washington state, Julio Maldonado decided it was time to get out. He boarded a plane, feeling anxious around fellow passengers who were coughing, and flew to his family’s home in south Texas, not...

Cut down to size

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 10:04
Seven members of the Seattle City Council have committed to severe cuts in the police department’s budget — a move that the Mayor’s Office says would mean abolishing the department altogether. Councilmembers Lisa Herbold, Andrew Lewis and Dan Strauss joined...

Big-business tax approved quickly in Seattle City Council for coronavirus budget deficit

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 09:59
Two years after the Seattle City Council approved and then repealed a business tax to fund homelessness services, a new measure to fund coronavirus relief, services and housing projects sailed through the City Council with a veto-proof majority. And this...

Point-in-time homelessness count doesn't tell near the whole story

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 09:13
More than five full months after King County’s point-in-time count, the Regional Homeless Authority has finally released their snapshot of homelessness for Jan. 24, 2020. Seldom has so much effort delivered so little so late. Two weeks later, the report has...

How our movement taxed Amazon

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 09:04
On July 6, City Council voted for a big business tax that will raise over $200 million each year to fund affordable housing. Contrary to the narrative that corporate media outlets like The Seattle Times are determined to peddle, this historic victory over...

Streaming to stay sane

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 10:16
Almost all King County events are canceled, so we’re listing streaming events for optimal physical distancing July 15 Movies at Marymoor: ‘Jurassic Park’ & ‘Grease’ Marymoor Park: 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond; 9:15–11:30 p.m., $25 per car, all ages tinyurl.com/y92vfaxt Every Wednesday and Thursday until the end of August, Marymoor Park will host a...

Strictly speaking, consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. Thus, inconsistency is the anti-hobgoblin. I hope no one is confused

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 10:13
The results of the annual point-in-time count in King County are finally out. It took 160 days to completely cook the stew this time. I think that may be a record. It took so long that I had actually forgotten there had been a homeless count in January this...

Deceit, conceit and mercy in Durkan’s Seattle

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 10:07
Social psychologists note three traits among those most driven by the forces of revenge: (1) a preference for social dominance and hierarchies, (2) an acceptance of social norms and the importance of authority and (3) a need for the world to be predictable...

Silence to violence

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 10:05
Rebecca Solnit’s memoir documents early life in San Francisco and rampant violence against women Reading feminist author Rebecca Solnit after reading some contemporary writers can be like eating a gourmet dinner after living on fast food; her sometimes elliptical prose is evocative and precise, rather than the straightforward, “no-frills” prose that...

We're back

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 09:59
The onset of the coronavirus in February changed King County. As cases festered through the month, devastating the most vulnerable and challenging medical systems, the county and its cities locked down. Runs on grocery stores emptied shelves, toilet paper...

Undefining identity

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 09:40
Carina del Rosario challenges the power of official documents to splice humanity The inside of every U.S. passport’s blue-toned page has a statement superimposed on faded images of patriotism. “The secretary of state of the United States of America hereby requests all to whom it may concern to permit this citizen or national of the...

Homelessness count rose, with many factors to consider

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 09:29
New results from the annual count of people experiencing homelessness show a 5 percent increase in the number of people found in shelters and on the streets as well as persistent disparities in how homelessness impacts Black and Indigenous communities. The...

After shutting chop, Durkan promises $100M and follow through to BIPOC communities

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 09:26
Seattle’s mayor, Jenny Durkan, approached the podium to discuss the clearance of the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP), an order her police officers had executed that morning. Two people had been killed at or near the occupied section of Capitol Hill,...

Black Collective Voice organizers reply to mayor’s executive order and CHOP sweep

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 09:20
In the early hours of July 1, Mayor Jenny Durkan issued an executive order directing the Seattle Police Department (SPD) to clear the area known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP). The SPD arrived around 5 a.m. with an armored vehicle and more...

Streaming to stay sane

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 14:23
Almost all King County events are canceled, so we’re listing streaming events for optimal physical distancing July 6 Pop-Up Blood Drive at The Paramount Bloodworks Northwest: 911 Pine St., Seattle; 10 a.m.–6 p.m., free, 16+: tinyurl.com/yba45ry6 Giving blood may not be on your to-do list these days, but the need for blood in local hospitals and patients is always a...

Working from home(less)

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 14:21
The tempo of downtown Seattle has changed. Gone are the crowds of commuters getting on and off buses. Lunch spots that haven’t been without a line in years are dark most of the time; takeout hasn’t turned enough business to make it worth their while to re-...

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