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→
(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.
Everyone should take a look at the corporate mediasoft-focus profilesthey’re doing about ousted Seattle Police Officers Guild president Ron Smith. This is how they always do it: Helping cover up blatant systemic racist violence and minimizing the SPD’s shitty leadership by blaming it all on “one bad tweet.” Continue reading Commentary: One Bad Tweet→
Seattle’s looking to build a $160 million three-story police station that would be among the most expensive in the country. Comedian Brett Hamil takes you behind the scenes for a sneak peek into what absolutely necessary amenities those dollars might buy.