Category Archives: Civics

Homeless Advocates Tell City Council: Sweep Trash, Not People

by Cliff Cawthon

The housing crisis has hit no one harder than the 4000 Seattleites that experience homelessness every night. Recently the “sweeps”, or rather the removal of homeless encampments around the city, have caused controversy and been described as “inhumane”. Today, 300 people gathered at the City Council chambers to support an ordinance regulating such clear-outs of the encampments. Continue reading Homeless Advocates Tell City Council: Sweep Trash, Not People

Community Members Pledge Action on Deadly Use of Force by Police

 By Clifford C. Cawthon and Tammy Morales

 It’s no secret that in America, Black and Brown people are killed by police at a higher rate than white people. In 2015 Think Progress, a progressive policy magazine infamously listed the police among many common things that are more likely to kill you than an act of terrorism. 

In April, the state legislature passed a resolution commissioning a Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing to review current practices and recommend changes. But after 9 hours of meetings the task force has yet to discuss deadly force. So the community thought they’d take a crack at it.  Continue reading Community Members Pledge Action on Deadly Use of Force by Police

Demanding Justice: Why We March

by Cliff Cawthon

Yesterday at 6 p.m. over 700 people assembled in Westlake Park to demand justice for the murder of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, with the assault on Charles Kinsey in Miami fresh in the public’s mind. Coincidentally this march came on the same day that Trump delivered an acceptance speech reminiscent of the fascist speeches of the 1930’s; with an intent on ‘saving America’.

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South End Community Vets Potential Superintendents at OSPI Forum

by Marilee Jolin

It was an interesting night Tuesday at the New Holly Gathering Hall where over 60 people attended The  Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidates Forum.  This forum, hosted by Southeast Seattle Education Coalition, Equity in Education Coalition, Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color and League of Education Voters, brought out 6 of the 9 candidates listed on the ballot, who each presented energetic – and surprisingly different – platforms in their bid for Washington State’s highest education position. Continue reading South End Community Vets Potential Superintendents at OSPI Forum

Council Debates Final Recommendations to Housing Levy

by Regina Friedland

The Seattle City Council Select Committee on the 2016 Seattle Affordable Housing Levy met Friday to discuss possible changes to the proposed $290 million levy, including rental opportunities for the elderly, individuals with disabilities, homeless individuals, families and low wage workers. Continue reading Council Debates Final Recommendations to Housing Levy