by Carolyn Bick
As he leaned against the railing of Cafe Red, Anthony Pardi talked about how, at just 29 years old, most of his adult life has been spent cycling in and out of homelessness.
Though Pardi currently has a home, the hip-hop artist and Washington state native was homeless just last year, due to a mental illness crisis in which his post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorder kicked into high gear, leaving him unable to work. Pardi said that because he doesn’t have family in the area, he was left to live on the street. Continue reading House Party Wants Housing For All
by Carolyn Bick
Robin Cockerherm just wants a police chief who is honest, and who listens to and acts on behalf of the community – not just someone who gladhands and smiles for the camera.
“Do it because you really care, not for a show,” Cockerherm said. “[We need] somebody that’s going to be trustworthy, and organic to their job … Somebody who is going to be real. I think that would be awesome for Seattle, and something that is needed in the communities.” Continue reading Families of Gun Violence Victims Weigh in on Police Chief Search
by Carolyn Bick
For the past two years, pain and trauma have been Andre Taylor’s constant companions. As he does almost every time he talks about his history, Taylor wills himself to drag up the incident that spurred him to act: on Feb. 21, 2016, Seattle Police Department officers shot and killed his brother, Che Taylor. It was a needless show of deadly force, he said, and traumatic for him and his family. Continue reading What’s Next After I-940’s Passage?
by Hanna Brooks Olsen
Wrapping up her second session, the community organizer-turned-lawmaker is getting bills passed at breakneck speed. Her secret? Active-listening.
In her sunny office on the State Capitol’s campus, State Senator Rebecca Saldaña has a perfectly-framed view of the Legislative Building’s iconic dome. Inside that building, Saldaña, who’s been in the legislature less than two years, has achieved important, difficult policy wins, including bills which protect farm workers, increase access to voting, and reduce barriers to employment for individuals with criminal records. Continue reading How 37th District State Senator Rebecca Saldaña Gets Things Done In Olympia
by J Seattle
(This article was originally published on Capitol Hill Seattle)
A group of protesters targeting King County Executive Dow Constantine and the under construction 12th Ave Children and Family Justice Center blocked the street outside the county administrative building at 4th and James Friday morning. Continue reading No New Youth Jail Protestors Block 4th Avenue
by Alec Dietz
Prior to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s campaign promise to provide Seattle Public School graduates with two years of free college tuition, the 13th Year Program only guaranteed one year of tuition. That left either the students themselves or their parents to foot the bill for the remaining years. Continue reading City Leaders Outline Changes to Free College Tuition Program
by Kelsey Hamlin
South End and Central District community members and small business owners gathered Monday to discuss their personal experiences with Seattle’s so-called “soda tax.”
The soda tax, also commonly known as the sugar tax, was originally brought forward by Seattle’s previous Mayor Ed Murray. The tax originated in part out of a response to America’s “obesity epidemic” and to raise approximately $16 million a year for education, specifically to close racial disparities. As it turns out, this tax may be exacerbating disparities in other areas. Continue reading One Year After Being First Proposed, Micro Business Owners Weigh Impact of Sugar Tax