by Erica C Barnett
Seattle’s city council recently passed two significant new pieces of campaign finance legislation aimed at reducing the influence of big corporations like Amazon in local elections, with a third bill still ongoing revisions. The first bill bans contributions from “foreign-influenced” corporations; the second creates new disclosure requirements for political ads, and the third—which sponsor Lorena Gonzalez has said she will bring back once she returns from maternity leave this spring—would limit contributions to political groups to $5,000. Continue reading Seattle’s New Campaign Finance Legislation, Explained
by Chetanya Robinson
Girmay Zahilay, the King County Council’s newest member, chose to be sworn into office on Sunday evening at Franklin High School, a place close to his heart. It was a place where Zahilay, born in Sudan to Ethiopian refugees and raised in the South End, found himself and found community. Continue reading Girmay Zahilay Sworn in as Newest County Councilmember at Franklin High School
by Carolyn Bick
With the exception of Councilmember Kshama Sawant, the Seattle City Council almost unanimously passed its $5.9 billion 2019-20 budget.
The nine-member council voted 8-to-1 in favor of passing a budget that included increases in funding for police and the city’s homelessness outreach program, as well as funding for a new program aimed at low-acuity mental health response. The budget largely reflected what Mayor Jenny Durkan originally proposed, with minor changes.
Continue reading Seattle City Council $6 Billion Budget Reflects Incremental Change
by Johnny Mao
The City of Seattle and its leaders can further define their legacy for young people of color with the 2019-20 budget plan. Got Green’s Young Leaders propose for the City of Seattle, its councilmembers, and Mayor Jenny Durkan to fund the Green Pathways Fellowship in partnership with Rainier Valley Corps.
Continue reading Got Green Seeks City Funding for Green Pathways Fellowship
by Bryan Nakata
A new survey by the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs shows that almost half of the immigrants surveyed in Seattle do not know how or where to register vote, a community that already votes at lower rates than U.S.-born residents.
Continue reading Study: Lack of Information, Language Barriers Keep Immigrants from Voting
by Beverly Aarons
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the winners of the Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities Competition Tuesday, September 18th, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. The event was part of the Seattle Design Festival and in conjunction with the Discovery Center’s exhibition Design With the 90%: Improving Lives Around the World. There were 40 submissions from 19 countries.
Continue reading American Institute of Architects (AIA) Announces Inclusive Cities Competition Winners
by Guy Oron
On a hot Thursday summer morning in a church in South Beacon Hill, I joined about 40 people of all ages, from youth to elders, to learn about racism. Organized by Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR), which is affiliated with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, Tyree Scott Freedom School is a five-day summer camp, primarily for youth and young adults of color, which focuses on community organizing, learning a deeper analysis about racism and systems of oppression, and undoing racism in our society.
Continue reading A Day at Freedom School: How Could Other Education Models Transform Our Public Schools?
by DJ Martinez
In an Op-Ed for the Seattle Times August 29, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes wrote that he would no longer be “turning a blind eye” to protesters who invoke their First Amendment rights by using non-violent protest tactics that block city traffic, in reaction to recent protests earlier this year held by activists from multiple movements.
Continue reading Protestors Unite Following City Attorney’s Threat to Aggressively Prosecute ‘Reckless’ Protesters
by Leija Farr
Seattle is ahead of the curve in a phenomenon, and not in a good way: the displacement of Black people in our city has left the idea of safe spaces undeniably malleable. The Central District, once a community replete with Black lives and culture, has undergone displacement for many years now. As a result, lineage and generational foundation have been relocated, as a new narrative builds itself in the vacancy.
Continue reading Imagine Black: Art Collective Create Signs That Expand The Idea of Black Identity and Community In The Central District
by Erica Barnett
African Americans, especially children, are far more likely to be kicked out of Seattle libraries than patrons of other races, according to data the South Seattle Emerald obtained from the Seattle Public Library (SPL) through a public disclosure request.
Continue reading People of Color, Especially Children, Most Likely to be Asked to Leave Seattle Libraries