Category Archives: Civics

Can Everyday Voices be Amplified in Politics?

by Cliff Cawthon

Power, statistically, in our legislature is very White, male, older and well-to-do. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Washington State legislature is 91 percent white, 14 percent more than the actual white population of the state. Additionally, representation from every community of color has decreased in recent years despite the state’s changing demographics and victories; such as, Representative- elect Kristine Reeves in the 30th LD. Continue reading Can Everyday Voices be Amplified in Politics?

The Race for the 37th Is Down to Three

by Cliff Cawthon

Updated 12/6/16 at 2:28pm

One thing was clear at 5:50pm last night: the 37th Legislative District is always exciting.

At the meeting to determine which of a deep bench would move forward in the nomination process to fill the seat vacated by Pramila Jayapal’s election to congress, Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) rolled into the Rainier Arts Center five minutes before 6pm with a palpable frustration, anticipation, and ambition in the air. Continue reading The Race for the 37th Is Down to Three

Who Will Be The 37th District’s Next State Senator?

by Cliff Cawthon

(Updated 12/5/16 at 11:45am)

Despite what most in the left- leaning 37th District saw as a devastating and traumatic Presidential result, the 2016 election did bring some key wins down the ballot. Progressives such as State Senator Pramila Jayapal, representing the 37th Legislative District (LD), came away with a victory in the race for the 7th Congressional District position—leaving open her seat in the most diverse and progressive district in the state of Washington. Or, as we at the Emerald call it, the “most eclectic place on earth.” Continue reading Who Will Be The 37th District’s Next State Senator?

From Florida to Washington: America’s Future

By Kelsey Hamlin

When the election night unfolded, an entirely full Seattle link was, for perhaps the first time ever, dead silent. And as Americans experience raw, intense emotional reactions to the next president, this nation has been and will fundamentally always be its people.

One of those people is Rashad Barber, Block The Bunker activist and community organizer. Continue reading From Florida to Washington: America’s Future

City Council Votes to Approve Got Green’s Green Pathway Legislation

by Cliff Cawthon

Most every millennial is familiar with the “work experience required (preferred)” barrier keeping them from gainful employment.

Seattle City Council’s Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee took a huge step on Friday in addressing such impediments to jobs in Green employment fields by passing Got Green’s “Green Pathways” legislation through committee. Got Green, a South Seattle based environmental justice organization, has been lobbying for the legislation for the past several months.
Continue reading City Council Votes to Approve Got Green’s Green Pathway Legislation

City Council Meeting Erupts with Block the Bunker Protests, Altercation with Security Guards

by Kelsey Hamlin

 Once Seattle City Council’s Monday meeting reached items on the agenda involving a new North precinct (‘the Bunker’), demonstrations were held, tensions rose, and the meeting was adjourned — which wouldn’t be the first time. But before all that, Seattle Council Security confronted Block The Bunker activists in what was described by activists involved as “a physical assault.”  Continue reading City Council Meeting Erupts with Block the Bunker Protests, Altercation with Security Guards