Category Archives: Column

Democracy is a Participatory Process

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

An Evaluation Of The Obama Presidency: Implications for Understanding Our Times (Part One of Two)

by John Stafford

INTRODUCTION

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)

Seattle Public Schools Enact New Protections and Supports for Immigrant and Refugee Students and Families

by Melia LaCour

On February 19 the nation acknowledged the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order forcing the mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese-Americans. This anniversary sparked memories of our government’s long history of xenophobic-fueled, reflexive acts of violence towards citizens and immigrant communities. 75 years later, we are confronted with another Executive Order.
Continue reading Seattle Public Schools Enact New Protections and Supports for Immigrant and Refugee Students and Families

Northwest Tribes and Communities of Color Uniting to End Police Brutality

by Courtney Weaver 

What we need to get across in American culture is that nobody deserves to be shot. The astounding rate of police-involved shootings compared to other countries is mindblowing, 2015 saw more people shot and killed in the United States in a given month than most other industrialized countries over the last twenty years. Continue reading Northwest Tribes and Communities of Color Uniting to End Police Brutality

People in Your Neighborhood: A Guy Walks into a Bar

by Kris Kendall 

Local news doesn’t stop just because of the near constant stream of attention-grabbing headlines spewing from Washington D.C.

South Seattle, like other parts of this city, is full of neighborhoods in flux as economics and demographics continue to shift. What do the residents of Rainier Beach think of what’s happening here in their own neighborhood? Continue reading People in Your Neighborhood: A Guy Walks into a Bar