By Melia LaCour
Washington residents have long maintained a state of ambivalence about Charter Schools. While the jury may still be out for some, there is no doubt that some local leaders are taking full advantage of the Charter movement to bring innovative approaches to education with a goal to eliminate racialized opportunity gaps. For one local educational leader, the hope of opening New Horizons Academy to meet the needs of underserved students, serves as a blazing beacon of hope for closing these gaps. Continue reading Potential New Horizons for South King County’s Underserved Youth
by Marcus Harrison Green
Childhood officially ends the moment you learn your friend was murdered.
Before then, regardless of how many years spent bumbling around on this spinning rock, there still exists a faith in the resiliency of tomorrows. Continue reading For Latrell Williams…
by Marcus Harrison Green
I wish I had been this courageous when I was in high school.
Those words struck my heart, as I sat in the stands of Rainier Beach High’s gymnasium with hundreds of students last Thursday afternoon for the school’s third annual Bloc Party. Continue reading Rainier Beach “Bloc Party” Celebrates Student Resistance
by Courtney Weaver
This past week, yet another homeless encampment was gutted by the city of Seattle. I can’t help but think how a slight change in my own circumstances would leave me out in the cold. You can’t talk about the homeless crisis in Seattle without talking about domestic violence. Domestic violence is the number one cause of homelessness. People ask me way too often, “Why didn’t you leave?” Well, actually mostly because of financial reasons. Continue reading No Place Like Home
by Roderick Givens
In the last 4 months, we’ve really broken through a lot of the social taboos. When I was growing up, I was taught never to talk about sex, politics or religion in social gatherings. Those walls have been broken through if not trampled upon. But there is one conversation that people are very hesitant to talk about: Marriage and money. Continue reading Money Moves: The Last Social Taboo
by Marilyn Watkins
Washington’s Legislature is more than halfway through its 2017 session and a lot of good bills have gone to the chopping block. The issues that have made it this far in the process are still alive because individuals and organizations spoke up, identified real life problems, and urged legislators to make the system more fair for people like them. Continue reading Democracy is a Participatory Process
by John Stafford
Now that the nation has completed its political transition from Light (Obama) to Darkness (Trump), I have decided to offer an evaluation of the Obama Presidency. I am doing this for two reasons. First, I believe there is value to reviewing the achievements of what I consider to be an uncommonly successful presidency (which is the focus of this article). Second, I believe that reflecting on the Obama presidency yields important insight into the emergence of Trump (which will be the subject of my next article). Continue reading An Evaluation Of The Obama Presidency: Implications for Understanding Our Times (Part One of Two)