Category Archives: Civics

Librarians Enlist Community’s Aid In Contract Negotiations

by Marcus Harrison Green

A protracted battle between the King County Library System (KCLS) and the union representing its more than one thousand library workers continues to intensify on the eve of contract negotiations between the two.

At the heart of the 15-month-long struggle is a cost of living adjustment for the library workers which would make up the difference in expenses from now having to pay for health insurance out-of-pocket. Continue reading Librarians Enlist Community’s Aid In Contract Negotiations

City Seeking 16 for New Community Involvement Commission

(The following is a community announcement)

The City of Seattle is seeking 16 commissioners for the newly created Community Involvement Commission. With the goal of increasing equitable and inclusive community involvement, this is a great opportunity for residents of South Seattle to participate in decision-making around important city projects and neighborhood grants.

The deadline for applications is March 1 at 5pm. The application in multiple languages can be found here: http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/community-involvement-commission. Continue reading City Seeking 16 for New Community Involvement Commission

County Responds to Murray’s Call for a “Second Look” at Juvenile Detention Center

by Marcus Harrison Green

In the latest chapter of the ongoing saga of King County’s proposed  $210 million Children and Family Justice Center, the county has responded to a letter written Monday by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray addressed to King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Superior Court Judge Laura Inveen. The letter requested that the county take a “second look” at the design plans for the facility, saying that “new evidence” and “the continued decline of incarcerated youth in our community” prompted his request. Continue reading County Responds to Murray’s Call for a “Second Look” at Juvenile Detention Center

Defiant Murray Vows to Fight Trump’s Crackdown on Immigrants

by Cliff Cawthon

On Wednesday, Mayor Ed Murray and members of the Seattle City Council gathered outside City Hall to announce their opposition to two executive orders from the Trump Administration yesterday, one vowing to pull all federal funding from “sanctuary cities” that offer refuge to undocumented immigrant, with the other initiating plans for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Continue reading Defiant Murray Vows to Fight Trump’s Crackdown on Immigrants

Immigrants Unsure About Safety of “Sanctuary City”

by Julia-Grace Sanders

While headed down I-5 on Inauguration day, I drove under an overpass where a man stood, silhouetted against the rainy grey sky, waving an upside down flag, a well-recognized signal of dire distress. It offered an apt omen for many headed two miles down the road to McCaw Hall searching for family emergency planning services and “know your rights” training at the city’s third citizenship program, Seattle United for Immigrant and Refugee Families. Continue reading Immigrants Unsure About Safety of “Sanctuary City”

Vowing to be the “Collaborative Candidate” Teresa Mosqueda Enters City Council Race

by Cliff Cawthon

On Wednesday afternoon, after much speculation, Washington State Labor Council (AFL-CIO) Political and Strategic Campaign Director, Teresa Mosqueda announced her candidacy for Seattle City Council’s Position 8. The position is one of the council’s two city-wide seats. Continue reading Vowing to be the “Collaborative Candidate” Teresa Mosqueda Enters City Council Race