Mayor Jenny Durkan’s announcement that she wants the city to come up with a plan for “congestion pricing,” to toll surface streets in downtown and South Lake Union, is only the latest in a growing tradition of city policies that are meant to sound and feel good, but that are deeply delusional and throw Seattle’s working poor under the bus – in this case, literally. Continue reading Congestive Failure→
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.
Filing has closed, and we now know who will be on the ballot for Mayor. But before we get into it – a mea culpa. Your writer mistakenly gave the wrong draft of the matrix to your editors last week. This caused heartburn that was unnecessary, and for that, I apologize. Continue reading Mayoral Matrix→
I know many are hurt and scared right now but this election clarifies where we are as a country. I appreciate the honesty of this election. Honesty is a gift. Honesty destroys all illusions.Continue reading We Must Aim Higher→
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→
Amplifying the Authentic Narratives of South Seattle