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Systemic racism is everywhere, even — and oddly— in math

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 14:18
The U.S. Census Bureau is projecting that for the first time ever, U.S. kids under 16 are mostly either non-white or Hispanic, according to the Associated Press. Over the whole population, non-Hispanic whites now account for 60 percent of the population,...

Esperanza

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 14:15
In ‘Every Day We Get More Illegal,’ former U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera imparts hope through poetry Many people are intimidated by poetry, so let me, a poet myself, offer a frame: Poetry is not pieces of fiction chopped up and dropped at random on the page. If it helps as an entry point, though, you might imagine the synergy between such pieces. Poetry...

Life on pause

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 13:49
Supporting Indigenous villages during the pandemic On the banks along a stretch of the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington, Lana Jack brings supplies to Underwood, Lyle and Lone Pine. These are just a few of the fishing villages that are the homes of the Columbia River Indians, who typically make...

'My rebellion is in song'

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 11:30
Stephanie Anne Johnson reflects on music, faith and protest Looking around the stage and into the audience at the Neptune Theatre in 2018, Stephanie Anne Johnson was nervous. This performance was in honor of the prolific musician Aretha Franklin who had recently passed away. Johnson was about to perform “The Weight...

Win for LGBTQ people, thanks to the Civil Rights Act and three champions

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 11:05
“Held: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII.” The words, written by conservative Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, sent shockwaves throughout the LGBTQ+ community in mid-June. The line, followed by...

Covid bites back

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 11:03
Cases of the coronavirus have soared as some states relax stay-at-home rules, and the federal health officials say that known infections may only be the tip of the iceberg. Positive tests hit a new high in the last week of June, reaching nearly 40,000 in a...

The problem with saying ‘All Lives Matter’

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 10:54
The racist events of the past few weeks, days or months have highlighted to the whole world the day-to-day life difficulties we fear as Black people in America. We also know this is a very difficult time to be a police officer, as not all officers are...

Download the July 1-7, 2020 issue PDF

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 10:46
Dear Readers, Because a large number of Seattle offices and businesses have shut down in response to the coronavirus, vendors have seen a large drop in the number of customers and locations to sell. We are choosing to offer the PDF of this week's paper to...

Streaming to stay sane

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:59
Almost all King County events are canceled, so we’re listing streaming events for optimal physical distancing June 28 Bookin’ Around Greenwood Scavenger Hunt Phinney Neighborhood Association & The Seattle Public Library, Greenwood; 7 a.m.–9 p.m., free: tinyurl.com/yadekze7 Greenwood residents and friends, get excited for the book scavenger hunt! The Seattle...

In memoriam | Daniel Long

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:57
“I don’t give up,” is the motto that Daniel Long used to live by. If you knew Daniel, you were sure of two things: He would defend his opinion even if he knew he was wrong just to be right, and he loved country music. He would blare his speakers full of...

Structural racism is killing people in our communities

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:54
These last few weeks I cringed as I awaited erasure as our society, afflicted with perpetual amnesia, forgets this moment and allows it to reemerge later. Like clockwork, anger manifests over the killing of yet another person of color. A damn pandemic did...

Dungarees are funny even when nothing else is

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:52
There’s been a lot of good news lately, but I’m having trouble finding any humor in it. The end of the Aunt Jemima pancake syrup brand is good news, but it’s hardly funny in itself. What might be funny would be if Aunt Jemima was replaced by a smiling Ward...

Holding space

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:43
The paradox of CHOP is social justice in many factions On a Sunday afternoon within the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), Angel is stationed at the No-Cop Co-Op. The co-op is filled to the brim with food, Gatorade, water, blankets, toilet paper, tampons and face masks so that protesters and people in the...

Seattle police killing of Charleena Lyles localizes Blacklives protest and amasses similar stories, three years later

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:35
Three years ago, two Seattle police officers arrived at the home of Charleena Lyles, a 30-year-old pregnant mother of four. Lyles had called them — she was afraid that there was a burglary in progress at her housing complex in Sand Point. The Seattle Police...

Precariously rebalancing city budget

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:30
A $300 million shortfall due to COVID-19. Three progressive revenue proposals and one initiative aiming for the ballot. A massive civil rights uprising calling for — at least — halving the police budget and reinvesting in community programs. The Seattle...

DACA lives

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:25
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a move by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program, indefinitely extending protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of people in the United States. DACA was set up...

This week, Real Change vendors are back out on the street

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:22
This week, Real Change vendors are back out on the street, earning an income and directly experiencing the caring community that our amazing readers have provided for more than 25 years. As you know, Real Change offers much more than an income to those who...

COVID-19 and child care: It’s time to fix this struggling system

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:18
The coronavirus epidemic has dramatically changed child care in Washington state, while raising clues about how to repair an inadequate system that has gotten much worse. Child Care Aware Washington, a statewide referral agency, says COVID-19 has...

Protests carry on

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 13:05
Daily protests and an occupation of Capitol Hill have continued in Seattle in response to the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. The outcry in Seattle and across the country has brought issues of inequity front and...

Streaming to stay sane

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:41
Almost all King County events are canceled, so we’re listing streaming events for optimal physical distancing June 22 George Floyd neighborhood vigil: 5023 Rainier Ave. S; 6–7 p.m., free , tinyurl.com/ycbxoz4r During times like these, it’s important to gather with your community and show support for each other. South Seattle Access for Justice will strive to make...

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