Category Archives: Essay

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

An Inside Account of the UW Red Square Shooting

by Kelsey Hamlin

(Updated 4/26/2017 at 8:58 pm)

I was interviewing a young woman on the University of Washington’s Red Square when people started running. We were talking about a man who ripped through the middle of her pro-immigrant banner. Within seconds, the atmosphere turned from public forum to survival. Fear spread across the faces of the crowd. Their eyes were wide open. It was like watching fish scatter after dropping a rock into the water: fast, scared, and reactionary. I didn’t understand why people ran for ten more minutes. I never heard a shot ring out. Continue reading An Inside Account of the UW Red Square Shooting

Value vs Worth: The Economics of Human Being

by Afroliterati

Over the years, working in an operations capacity at computer, bio tech, and aerospace companies, I’ve consistently witnessed Black Americans, and people of Latin, Hispanic, and African descent in lower wage jobs – security, reception, cafeteria worker, copy and janitorial services, and I’ve felt a kinship with them. Beyond the melanin. It’s a kinship of status, of a certain class to which we’ve all been relegated, together. Continue reading Value vs Worth: The Economics of Human Being

On Ed Murray and Those 1980s Rape Allegations

by Geov Parrish

(This essay previously appeared on Geov.org and has been reprinted with permission)

The Seattle Times dropped a bombshell on the local political scene last night, publishing a lengthy account of interviews with three separate men who claim that Mayor Ed Murray paid them for sex and then raped them for years while they were underage gay drug abusers in the 1980s. Continue reading On Ed Murray and Those 1980s Rape Allegations

Essay: What We Must Become

by Marcus Harrison Green

(The following is an edited transcript of a speech given on 1/29/17 at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Audio of the speech can be heard here)

Marshaling my words was tough today.  Like most of you I’ve experienced a roller-coaster of emotion, spurts of hope mixed in with utter despondency -watching the news is a tortuous act of masochism.

 There are of course cracks of daylight to behold. Continue reading Essay: What We Must Become