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Prideful Reflections: Steers and Queers

by Rollie Williams

Author’s note: This essay was originally composed in the summer of 2016. The world has obviously changed since then. As such,  I acknowledge my references to it getting better may not resonate as clearly as they once did with many readers. However, due to that fact I felt it was even more necessary for people to hear a positive story, which is why the piece is presented as first written.

My name is Rollie and I’m a bisexual man in my late twenties. It’s taken me a long time to say that with any confidence at all. If you’re wondering how long, I’ll give you a hint: It’s somewhere in the late twenties. In today’s world, living in Seattle, you might wonder what the hell took so long. Was he conservative? What was he afraid of? Did he experiment in college and adopt a new identity to match? The reality is frustratingly stereotypical and indicative of the power the patriarchy has over all of us. It has a happy ending though, I promise. Continue reading Prideful Reflections: Steers and Queers

To the Class of 2017

by Pramila Jayapal 

(The following is a transcript of the commencement speech given at Franklin High School’s graduation ceremony on June, 19 2017)

Good evening, Class of 2017!  How wonderful it is to be here today to celebrate YOU, to celebrate all that you have accomplished leading up to this moment, and to take this moment to just breathe before you embark on this next leg of the wonderful journey we call Life. Continue reading To the Class of 2017

An Open Letter to Persons with Guns, Especially Persons under 25

by Georgia McDade

Before you shoot and kill someone accidentally or intentionally, know that your life will be forever divided into Before the Shooting (BTS) and After the Shooting (ATS).  Regardless of what ails you now and how bad you think life is, life will be worse ATS.  If you think you were bored before, consider being confined to an 8ft by 6ft cell indefinitely.  Although you may be released early, you may remain much longer than decreed.  Continue reading An Open Letter to Persons with Guns, Especially Persons under 25

Searching for a Collective Movement in “Progressive” Seattle

by Renea Harris-Peterson & emily warren

Seattle, celebrated for its progressive positions on many issues, still struggles to push past the façade of “liberalism” into the true realm of equity. Lack of rent control, the police force being under investigation, woefully underfunded education, and the proposal to build a new youth incarceration facility are just a few examples of how the city has fallen short on its promises of progressivism. Continue reading Searching for a Collective Movement in “Progressive” Seattle

What it Really Takes to Be Mayor: Voting Is Not The Bedrock of Democracy

by Ariän Taher 

Author’s Note: I am not a member of the Nikkita Oliver campaign, nor of the People’s Party. I am a local organizer and political analyst, whose attention was brought to Mr. Danny Westneat’s recent article in which he critiqued mayoral candidates Nikkita Oliver and Casey Carlisle. As someone who, like Mr. Westneat, is also a critic of politics and politicians, I noticed many simplistic yet serious theoretical and objective flaws in his article. As such, this essay is for the purpose of addressing those flaws, namely in his critique of Ms. Oliver.

The central thesis in Mr. Danny Westneat’s entire critique of Ms. Nikkita Oliver can be synthesized into this: voting is “the bedrock democratic process”, so one’s citizen voting-record, or lack of, is a primary criterion to being qualified for the high office of mayor. Continue reading What it Really Takes to Be Mayor: Voting Is Not The Bedrock of Democracy