Category Archives: Commentary

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The purpose of the outing was, of course, to see whether the current precinct is so outdated and overcrowded as to warrant the construction of a $149 million new facility (i.e. the Bunker).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

Minimum Wage Data Finds ‘The Sky is Not Falling’

by Hanna Brooks Olsen

(This article was originally published on Seattlish and has been reprinted with permission)

Or at least, that was how Councilmember Tim Burgess characterized Seattle’s economy following a presentation from the interdisciplinary team at the UW who are focusing on the public health and economic impact of the (eventual) $15 minimum wage in Seattle.

Continue reading Minimum Wage Data Finds ‘The Sky is Not Falling’