Category Archives: Commentary

Commentary: The Plan to “Clean Up” The Jungle is Predictably Crappy

by Hanna Brooks Olsen 

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

What do you do with 300 or more individuals humans who have been living in one area, but you want them to live somewhere else? If you’re the State of Washington and the City of Seattle, you decide to tell them to move along in just two weeks, but you don’t actually expand your service offerings to do so. Continue reading Commentary: The Plan to “Clean Up” The Jungle is Predictably Crappy

A Dollar Tree Grows in Rainier Beach

by Kris Kendall

It’s just past 8 on a Wednesday night, May 11, and at the newly opened Dollar Tree location in Rainier Beach, business is brisk.

The store, located at 9000 Rainier Ave S., takes up about a third of the space that once housed Saar’s Marketplace. Next door, the remaining shell of Saar’s boasts boarded-up windows and a massive “For Lease” sign. The Rite-Aid in the corner of this business complex continues to buzz with customers. Continue reading A Dollar Tree Grows in Rainier Beach

More Than May Day

by Nikkita Oliver

May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, is celebrated on May 1st in countries across the globe. Established by members of the The Second International, a socialist party, May Day both honors the struggles of workers and memorializes the Haymarket Massacre of 1886. The Haymarket Massacre was a peaceful worker-led workers-rights demonstration turned violent by police; which seems to be the status quo Seattle Police Department is hell-bent on continuing to preserve. Continue reading More Than May Day

Washington State Should Commemerate Women’s History Month by Ensuring the Economic Futures of Women

by Marilyn Watkins

While women in other states can celebrate recent strides toward equality, here in Washington our state Legislature marked Women’s History Month by closing down its 2016 regular session on March 10 with bills that attacked gender inequity dead in their tracks. Continue reading Washington State Should Commemerate Women’s History Month by Ensuring the Economic Futures of Women

“Macklemore, White Privilege 2, White Allies, and Black Liberation”

by Amir Islam

Ours is the story of two young men who grew up just miles apart similar in many ways, but with different paths. I have known Ben Haggerty a.k.a. Macklemore since our childhood days. We grew up together, and although not the best of friends we shared childhood memories, busted raps together, ran in some of the same circles, and later on in life we would keep up with each other, even crossing paths on our road to recovery from drug addiction. Continue reading “Macklemore, White Privilege 2, White Allies, and Black Liberation”