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
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
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’.
Continue reading Demanding Justice: Why We March
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
by Staff Writer
Seattle youth have engaged in a new experiment in direct democracy over the past six days with Youth Voice, Youth Choice. The participatory budgeting program, has allowed youth to vote on where $700,000 of the city’s budget should be directed across more than 19 projects. Continue reading Intiative Offers Youth a Voice in City Budgeting Process
by Sharayah Lane
More than 50 people gathered at Westlake Center last Tuesday in support of the nationwide celebration of Equal Pay Day, an event designed to raise awareness about the continuing pay gaps between men and women and hosted by South Seattle based non-profit Moms Rising. Continue reading “Moms Rise” for Equal Pay Day
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