Category Archives: Civics

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.
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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

#BlockTheBunker Succeeded, Momentarily

by Kelsey Hamlin

In a turn of events, Mayor Ed Murray officially announced yesterday that the new North Seattle Police Precinct — otherwise known as ‘the Bunker’ — will be put on hold.

Initially, the project had a price tag of $160 million, despite many in the community very clearly finding a new precinct unnecessary and unwanted. After some public outcry, the cost was then reduced to a still-hefty sum of $149 million. Continue reading #BlockTheBunker Succeeded, Momentarily

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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