Category Archives: Civics

Congresswoman Jayapal Leads Westlake Square Rally to Save Affordable Care Act

words by Cliff Cawthon

photos by Naomi Ishisaka 

On Sunday, Representative Pramila Jayapal and supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gathered in downtown’s Westlake Square to defend outgoing President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation from being gutted by a Republican congress.  Continue reading Congresswoman Jayapal Leads Westlake Square Rally to Save Affordable Care Act

Jon Grant Officially Back in the City Council Race With A“Bold Housing Agenda”

by Clifford Cawthon

On Saturday, Housing Justice activist and former Seattle City Council candidate, Jon Grant launched his campaign effort after announcing that he qualified for the new Democracy Voucher program on Wednesday. He announced that his campaign  for  one of Seattle’s citywide seats (Position 8) will be characterized by a ‘bold housing agenda’ to address Seattle’s rocketing housing costs. Continue reading Jon Grant Officially Back in the City Council Race With A“Bold Housing Agenda”

Happy New Year? The 2017 Political Landscape

by John Stafford 

INTRODUCTION

Politically, the beginning of 2017 will be interesting and momentous – at both the national and state level.  At the federal level, the Republican Party controls the presidency and both houses of Congress, and there will soon be a conservative Supreme Court.  This is also a time of unprecedented GOP power at the state level.  Continue reading Happy New Year? The 2017 Political Landscape

Seattle’s Immigrant Community Discuss Impact of “Trump Effect”

by Cliff Cawthon

Wednesday morning leaders, activists, and advocates from Seattle’s Immigrant and Refugee community participated in a round-table at City Hall hosted by Councilmember Lorena González to discuss how their communities will potentially be impacted by the impending Trump presidency.

The discussion focused on concrete actions the city could take in support of immigrant and refugee communities stung by anxiety due to an incoming administration prone to racist and xenophobic rhetoric. Continue reading Seattle’s Immigrant Community Discuss Impact of “Trump Effect”

County Council Selects Rebecca Saldaña For 37th District Senate Appointment

by Cliff Cawthon

After a contentious process that included an 11th-hour lawsuit by party activists, the King County Council appointed Puget Sound Sage director Rebecca Saldana to represent the 37th District, which includes South Seattle and parts of Renton, in the state senate. Continue reading County Council Selects Rebecca Saldaña For 37th District Senate Appointment

Summit Highlights Community-Driven Solutions to Curb Displacement

by Cliff Cawthon and Kelsey Hamlin

Housing is a human right, though to an increasing number of Seattleites it’s a dream deferred, wilting in the sun. To solve this issue South Communities Organizing for Racial Equity (South C.O.R.E.), a coalition of community organizations, hosted a Housing Affordability Summit on Thursday evening that drew 300 people to downtown’s Central Library. Continue reading Summit Highlights Community-Driven Solutions to Curb Displacement

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?