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Activists Rally Over Death at Hands of Pierce County Law Enforcement

Photos and reporting by Susan Fried

Nina Gregory, a volunteer with “Not This Time” passed out shirts emblazoned with the words #Justice4Billy as a crowd gathered in the drenching rain at Westlake Center on Saturday, April 14th to support the friends and family of William “Billy” Langfitt. Continue reading Activists Rally Over Death at Hands of Pierce County Law Enforcement

Seattle School Board Selects Denise Juneau as Superintendent

by Emerald Staff

The Seattle School Board voted Wednesday night to select Denise Juneau as the new District Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools. Juneau is coming off two four-year terms as the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Montana. She will be the first queer woman of native descent to serve in the role. Continue reading Seattle School Board Selects Denise Juneau as Superintendent

BREAKING: Seattle City Attorney Charges Ex-Candidate Sheley Secrest With Theft, False Reporting

by Erica C. Barnett

(This article originally appeared on The C is for Crank and has been republished with permission)

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has filed criminal charges against former city council candidate Sheley Secrest, who allegedly used her own money to make it appear that she had more contributions toward the 400 required to qualify for democracy vouchers than she actually had. Secrest ran unsuccessfully for council Position 8, which is now held by Teresa Mosqueda, last year.  Continue reading BREAKING: Seattle City Attorney Charges Ex-Candidate Sheley Secrest With Theft, False Reporting

Seattle School Bus Driver Union Prepares to Strike

by JSeattle

(This article previously appeared on Capitol Hill Seattle)

IMG_3265-636x424Barring a last-minute breakthrough, the more than 400 bus drivers from Teamsters Local 174 will go on strike beginning Thursday morning against what the union says are unfair labor practices at First Student, the company contracted to provide “yellow bus” service for the thousands of kids in Seattle Public Schools.

“Teamsters Local 174 does not typically announce strikes in advance; however, the Union and its members wished to give Seattle parents adequate notice to make arrangements for their children,” the union said in its announcement.

The inability to agree on a deal over health care and retirement benefits led the drivers to hold a one-day strike in November.

District 3 representative Kshama Sawant called on people to “join Seattle’s school bus drivers on the picket line” while Seattle City Council members Teresa Mosqueda, Rob Johnson, and Lorena González issued a joint statement:

The people who safely transport our kiddos in Seattle to public schools deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. This must begin with a decent contract with First Student. We stand in solidarity with Teamsters Local 174 in their pursuit of health care benefits and retirement plans for Seattle school bus drivers that reflect our values as a city. When public dollars go to contract businesses, it is imperative that we ensure we are taking care of the people who take care of our kiddos and this means a higher standard for wages and benefits. We applaud the efforts of Local 174 to bring First Student up to par.

The council members also provided some transportation advice for parents:

  • Metro bus routes serve all public schools in Seattle. Click here to find which route will work best for you.
  • Consider participating in a Walking School Bus or Bike Train (a group of children walking or biking to school with one or more adults picking up students along the way). Contact Yvonne Carpenter with the Seattle School District for more information at ylcarpenter@seattleschools.org.
  • Contact your PTSA for other local school-specific plans.

“We know this means some extra planning for parents,” they write.

While many public schools in Seattle function as “neighborhood schools” where kids live within walking distance, many of the district’s special programs for students are based at specific schools across the city.

SPS families, meanwhile, may see more labor issues ahead. In 2015, the teachers union held its first strike in Seattle in 30 years before pounding out a new deal. Now, the clock is ticking on that deal with new contract negotiations with the union looming.


Image: Teamsters Union 174

Protesters Convene on Landlord Convention and Rep. Macri Announces Support for Rent Control

by Will Sweger

Tuesday morning inside the concrete and glass walls of the Washington State Convention Center was a completely unremarkable scene. Men and women, dressed in business casual, their names displayed hanging on lanyards around their necks, made rounds on the carpeted hallways and complained about uncomfortable chairs.  Continue reading Protesters Convene on Landlord Convention and Rep. Macri Announces Support for Rent Control

News Gleams: Thanksgiving Day Community Potluck, Planet Fitness Coming Mid-December, Durkan Visiting Rainier Beach on First Day

collected by Antonio Foster 

Thanksgiving Day Potluck in Hillman

Without Turkey Day plans? The Hillman City Collaboratory (5623 Rainier Avenue South) will be hosting its 4th annual Thanksgiving Day Potluck from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Thursday. The potluck is free to attend, but donations of canned goods are highly encouraged. For additional information contact Annette Jones (email) netj.jcs@gmail.com or  (phone)206.602.8215. Continue reading News Gleams: Thanksgiving Day Community Potluck, Planet Fitness Coming Mid-December, Durkan Visiting Rainier Beach on First Day