What happened on May Day during a protest at a Rainier Avenue Wendy’s
by Goorish Wibneh
On May Day this year, I participated in a two-hour Boycott Wendy’s Protest on Rainier Avenue South. The point of the picket was not to criminalize misguided customers but to heighten awareness about Wendy’s, which sources its tomatoes from an agricultural industry in Mexico that has severe labor-rights issues, including engaging in gender-based harassment. Continue reading A May Day Protest: Judging a Cause on Its Own Merits
by Rabbi David Basior
Friday before last, I led a morning Jewish prayer service at the construction site of the new youth jail in King County, and witnessed police arrest six participants. I was leading the service as part of the People’s Moratorium, an effort to halt construction of the planned facility. Continue reading Why I Will Never Stop Protesting the New Youth Jail
by Vivian Brannock
Based in the systemic suffering and inequality faced by inner-city black youth, hip-hop and rap music has reached a surprising level of popularity in a society that denies the racial hierarchy it was founded upon and continues to support. Continue reading No, The N-Word is Still Not Appropriable
by Nikkita Oliver
Amazon Go is supposed to be a one of a kind experience. You can walk in, pick-up a few items and walk out without opening your wallet. Well, without physically opening your wallet. You will pay. And to be honest it makes me a little uncomfortable for a few reasons. Continue reading Amazon Go: Black Mirror in Real Life?
“…all I could think about was my son’s injury and the slow trickle of blood clotting down his neck. But, then, I started to wonder about my daughter’s question, about the audacity of asking it, about the thoughts that must now be racing through the doctor’s mind…”
by Brian Bergen-Aurand
It was a Tuesday night, about dinnertime, and my seven-year-old son was lying on a gurney in a local emergency room. My wife held his hand. I held his leg. His older sister stood near the table. The attending pediatrician was cautiously checking the inch and half gash behind my son’s left ear. Some blood still oozed from the wound he had obtained playing indoor soccer. Continue reading Emergency Room Visits
by Lora-Ellen McKinney
In our lives, there are days that are especially memorable. One of mine was experienced with a childhood friend who had been a member of my grandfather’s church in Cleveland, Ohio. At the time, we both lived in New York. He was an assistant minister and I was a member of his congregation. We went to musicals and ate dill pickles from the 57th Street Deli. One summer Saturday in the wee morning hours, after cleaning pounds of dead rose bushes from my rental home in Brooklyn, we decided to head from New York to Boston for dinner. It was a ludicrous quest. We got only as far as Mystic, Connecticut. The most important journey was inside the car. We sang the theme songs of every sitcom we could. We tried to stump each other with peculiar trivia facts. Continue reading A Drive, A Lesson, A Life: My Father Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney
by Will Sweger
Restraint in power imbalances should be mandatory, not optional
Last summer I took an assignment covering a protest of Sharia Law. Right-wing groups from the Oathkeepers to the Proud Boys gathered on the flagstones in front of Seattle City Hall in their paramilitary finery. On the street below a mass of counter-protesters arrived carrying signs with slogans in solidarity with Muslims. The display shut down Fourth Avenue. Continue reading The Saga of State Violence and Heroic Restraint
by Jonathan Rosenblum
Rubi moved to Seattle last year, arriving after a long road journey from southern California. She immediately found secure housing that met all of her needs.
Rubi had it easier than the 1,000 people who move to our city every week and are blown away by skyrocketing rents. She didn’t have to worry about finding a safe place nightly, like the 8,500 people who are living on the streets, under bridges, in abandoned buildings, in RVs, and in shelters. And she didn’t share the anxiety of the 100,000 Seattleites whose crushing rents are forcing them to forgo basic necessities of life. Continue reading Seattle’s Gilded Age: Housing for Trees, but not for People
by Georgia McDade
April 4, 1968… I was alone in my dormitory room at Atlanta University in Georgia when I heard over the radio that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had been shot and killed. I immediately stopped reading my book and laid down on my bed. Continue reading How Far We’ve Come, How Far We Must Go Since MLK’s Death 50 Year Ago
words by Helen Gilbert
photos by Kathleen Merrigan
In honor of Women’s History Month, we will present essays throughout the month by local authors documenting, honoring and celebrating powerful women who inspire us in South Seattle and beyond.
Women’s leadership in challenging injustice was front and center at Radical Women’s celebration of International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 11. Moving and powerful speakers from different races and backgrounds, working on a range of issues, expressed how life challenges propelled them into the forefront. In that process, they are finding community, confidence, and allies.
Continue reading Revolutionary Woman: Vibrant Local Activists Reflect the Many Fronts of Working Women’s Struggles