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To All Good Men: You Must Be Braver

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by Danica Bornstein

Note: This article contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors. 

Reading all the recent accounts of sexual harassment and assault, I’ve been remembering what it was like to experience sexism as a very, very young woman. Continue reading To All Good Men: You Must Be Braver

A Year After the Election, Voting Rights Are Still Critical

by Hanna Brooks Olsen

We may not be talking about Hamilton electors any longer, but we still need to talk about what’s next for elections

Nearly a year has passed since the surprising events that unfolded on November 9, 2016. As such, many voters who, last winter, were passionate and vocal about the need to reform the system have moved from talk of Hamilton electors to current-day damage control. Continue reading A Year After the Election, Voting Rights Are Still Critical

From Small town, to Vietnam, To The Most Eclectic Place on Earth, My Journey as a South Seattle Dentist Comes to an End

By Fred Quarnstrom  

It’s been a long road, but after 54 years on the job and 77 years on this earth, it is time to finally retire as a South East Seattle dentist.

In my more than half a century as a dentist, I have treated the grandchildren of children I treated in the 1960’s.  All told, I have probably treated over 15,000 residents of Seattle’s South End.  It has been my honor and privilege to be trusted to serve the folks here.  Continue reading From Small town, to Vietnam, To The Most Eclectic Place on Earth, My Journey as a South Seattle Dentist Comes to an End

Getting America’s House in Order

by Lola E. Peters

Imagine that you’re living in a very large house with ten other people who are not your family. Imagine that there are no agreements among the residents of the house. Everyone gets to do whatever they want, however they want, whenever they want. There are no agreements about use or maintenance of common spaces: living room, bathrooms, kitchens, storage areas, parking spaces, or garden. No agreements exist about when or how the rent/mortgage or utilities are paid. Guests? There are no rules about them, either. Nothing dictates when residents can have guests, how long they can visit, or even when/if a guest is considered a resident. Continue reading Getting America’s House in Order

THE “LOGIC OF TRUMP”: IMPLICATIONS FOR “THE RESISTANCE” (Part Two of Two)

by John Stafford

INTRODUCTION

This article is the second in a two-part sequence. The first article provided an assessment of the Obama Presidency.The second addresses the rise of Trump. They are written in tandem, in an attempt to provide insight into the question of how a nation as great as the United States has produced a president as appalling as Donald Trump. This is a critical question, because in order to effectively oppose the administration, one must understand the “logic” behind it. In my view, “The Resistance” (which I fully support) is at times misguided due to an incomplete appreciation of the dynamics that have engendered Trump. Continue reading THE “LOGIC OF TRUMP”: IMPLICATIONS FOR “THE RESISTANCE” (Part Two of Two)

International Workers of Natural Foods Grocery Stores, Unite!

by Alex Gallo-Brown

When I think back, it was probably riding the bus home with my co-worker that did it. We barely knew each other’s names, but we worked in the same department, she was upset, and I let her know that I would listen. Her kid was sick, she already had nine points, her meth-head brother was at home, and if she missed even one more day, they would probably let her go… Continue reading International Workers of Natural Foods Grocery Stores, Unite!