Category Archives: Civics

So What Happened At Midtown Center?

by Erica C. Barnett 

The fate of a proposed deal between the nonprofit group Africatown and the environmental preservation group Forterra to buy and develop the Midtown Center property at 23rd Ave. and Union Street hit a wall last week, when the owners of the property, the Bangasser family partnership, changed the locks at the office occupied by Black Dot, an incubator for African-American-owned businesses. According to a police report obtained by Capitol Hill Seattle, the lease for the space Black Dot was occupying ended in February. Black Dot was never the leaseholder on the space. Continue reading So What Happened At Midtown Center?

‘Done deal’ for Navigation Center Calls Into Question City’s Engagement Process With Little Saigon

by Rachel Eagan 

With signs held high above their heads, 40 plus protesters ascended the steps of Seattle City Hall’s Council Chambers Monday morning to address the City’s failure in engaging the Little Saigon community around the neighborhood’s planned growth and development. Continue reading ‘Done deal’ for Navigation Center Calls Into Question City’s Engagement Process With Little Saigon

Vowing A Transformative Campaign, Artist-Organizer Nikkita Oliver Enters Mayoral Race

by Marcus Harrison Green

Add mayoral candidate to Nikkita Oliver’s striking resume. On Wednesday the scholar, organizer, educator, lawyer, poet and boxer officially announced her candidacy for Seattle’s highest executive office on behalf of the Peoples Party.

Well respected in both Seattle’s artist and organizing communities (she’s represented the city in national Slam Poetry competitions and been at the forefront of the city’s No New Youth Jail and BLM movements), Oliver says she is running a grassroots campaign to restore a “true public servant” in City Hall, one whose interests align in lockstep with residents increasingly priced out of Seattle by skyrocketing rents, marginalized by city policy, and wanting Seattle to be progressive in practice, not only pronouncement. Continue reading Vowing A Transformative Campaign, Artist-Organizer Nikkita Oliver Enters Mayoral Race

An Evaluation Of The Obama Presidency: Implications for Understanding Our Times (Part One of Two)

by John Stafford

INTRODUCTION

Now that the nation has completed its political transition from Light (Obama) to Darkness (Trump), I have decided to offer an evaluation of the Obama Presidency.  I am doing this for two reasons.  First, I believe there is value to reviewing the achievements of what I consider to be an uncommonly successful presidency (which is the focus of this article).  Second, I believe that reflecting on the Obama presidency yields important insight into the emergence of Trump (which will be the subject of my next article). Continue reading An Evaluation Of The Obama Presidency: Implications for Understanding Our Times (Part One of Two)

Republican Backed Bill to Change Sound Transit’s Board Has Rep. Tomiko Santos’ Support

by Cliff Cawthon

Longtime South Seattle state representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-37) was called out by transit supporters two weeks ago for signing onto a Republican bill (currently in committees in the House and Senate) that would make the Sound Transit Board of Directors an elected board. Continue reading Republican Backed Bill to Change Sound Transit’s Board Has Rep. Tomiko Santos’ Support

Lobby Day Sees Youth Adovocate for Equitable Education Funding

by Meghan Patiño

On a frigid day in late January, 10 members of 206 Forward- Youth Advocates of Seattle joined more than 120 young people in Olympia for the Legislative Youth Action Day. Youth came from around the state to speak with their state legislators about several issues from funding homeless services, equitable distribution of education funding, and police accountability.  Continue reading Lobby Day Sees Youth Adovocate for Equitable Education Funding