Category Archives: Commentary

The 5th Estate: Mayoral Primary Special

by Hanna Brooks Olsen, Marcus Harrison Green, and DJ Martinez 

The band’s back together! The 5th Estate crew (Hanna, Marcus, and DJ) reunited last week to discuss the climax of Seattle’s crazy mayoral primary, what to expect in the general election now that the dust has settled a bit, and their hopes for the Seattle electorate. Additionally ,they have a few laughs with some special guest, and advice guru The Beauster himself stops by to play a Seattle politics word association game.


Touring the North Seattle Police Station

by Brett Hamil

Yesterday morning I went on a tour of the North Seattle police precinct station with a group of journalists, activists and community leaders organized by city councilmember Kshama Sawant.

The purpose of the outing was, of course, to see whether the current precinct is so outdated and overcrowded as to warrant the construction of a $149 million new facility (i.e. the Bunker). Continue reading Touring the North Seattle Police Station

Commentary: Black Death

by Hodan Hassan

In the last couple of months, we’ve seen two black people murdered, both events recorded and widely distributed in traditional and social media. Alton Sterling was a black man living in Baton Rouge who was killed by the police on Tuesday July 5th. He was selling CD’s outside of a store when the altercation happened, he was handcuffed and on the ground when he was murdered.

The police in Falcon Heights, MN killed Philando Castile on Wednesday July 6th. He was pulled over by the police for an alleged traffic violation and disclosed he had weapon. He was reaching for his driver’s license when the officer opened fire on him. His death was broadcast on Facebook Live™ by his girlfriend, who was a passenger in the car. Continue reading Commentary: Black Death