Passing The Baton to Communities That Need It Most

by Johnny Fikru

At the end of September, environmental justice organization Got Green hosted a private event at the Southside Commons filled with an unlikely bunch. The audience consisted of business leaders, nonprofits, government agencies and young leaders in the community.

The reason for the gathering:  A chance to use the mechanism of entry level, green living wage jobs to create more leaders of color in the environmental movement and to address wealth redistribution Continue reading Passing The Baton to Communities That Need It Most

Battle of the Sexes: “Male Chauvinist Pig Versus Hairy-Legged Feminist”

by Gracie Bucklew

Note: This column contains spoilers for the movie Battle of the Sexes]

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Battle of the Sexes. It touched my heart in so many ways to see a movie in a theater (Ark Lodge Cinemas) that stars a driven, self-discovering lesbian womxn. Continue reading Battle of the Sexes: “Male Chauvinist Pig Versus Hairy-Legged Feminist”

Tax on Large Businesses to Pay for Homeless Services Faces Debate at City Budget Hearing

by Erica C. Barnett

(This article was published in conjunction with The C is for Crank)

A plan to tax large businesses to pay for homeless housing and services faced intense scrutiny from several skeptical city councilmembers Monday at the first budget briefing since council members Mike O’Brien and Kirsten Harris-Talley first floated the HOMES (Housing, Outreach and Mass-Entry Shelter) Act last week. (The proposal would resurrect the so-called “head tax,” a tax for each hour an employee works, that was repealed in 2009). Continue reading Tax on Large Businesses to Pay for Homeless Services Faces Debate at City Budget Hearing

It’s Not Apathy That Keeps The South End From Voting

by Hanna Brooks Olsen

Low voter turnout in District 2 is a matter of systemic barriers, historical tactics, and unrealistic expectations

There is a perception that folks in the South End simply don’t vote. A confluence of income level, race, age, housing, immigration status, and language barriers Seattle’s second district combines almost every factor that decades of research have linked to low turnout. Continue reading It’s Not Apathy That Keeps The South End From Voting

We Are Not Fighting Against the Future, We Just Want to be Included In It

by Esther “Little Dove”John

Note: Last week, the author of this Op-Ed learned via a letter that the small Beacon Hill apartment complex she called home for the last 12 years had been sold. It is scheduled to be torn down and replaced with a larger complex consisting of 44 tiny “pod” or small efficiency type living units.

The author has since joined with neighbors and friends in deciding to fight for a just housing transition. They are encouraging community members to write letters to the City of Seattle asking for more public input before additional permits are granted to the new development. The group has also joined forces with the Got Green Climate Justice committee to call on Mayoral Candidates and City Council members to flesh out the details on how they intend to support longtime residents being pushed from the city, and what they will do to stop displacement. The following is an open letter to the community. Continue reading We Are Not Fighting Against the Future, We Just Want to be Included In It

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