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District 2 Candidates Fundraising in Crowded Race for City Council

Candidates draw contributions from individuals, organizations, and Seattle’s Democracy Vouchers program. Next candidate forum is at New Holly on May 28.

by Carolyn Bick

Seattle’s elections are this coming November, and the field doesn’t want for candidates, particularly in South Seattle’s District 2.

While two have dropped out, there are still seven candidates running for Seattle City Council’s open District 2 seat, the winner of which will represent the neighborhoods of Southeast Seattle and Georgetown.

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Local, State Organizations Encourage Inclusion of Communities in Midst of 2020 Census Fears

by Hannah Myrick

Communities across King County risk being undercounted in the upcoming census because of fear around a potential citizenship question, according to organizations that work with undercounted populations in Washington.

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Tukwila Businesses Scatter as Justice Center Construction Begins

by Hannah Myrick

In a small office along Tukwila International Boulevard, Tawfik Maudah is preparing to move his business for the second time in less than a month.

Maudah’s car dealership, grocery stores, hair salons, and a travel company were among the 16 majority-East-African-owned businesses who scattered across Tukwila to make way for a new justice center as a part of Tukwila’s larger public safety plan. The businesses signed settlements with the city of Tukwila requiring them to relocate from their former community center on March 31.

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Northwest Detention Center Resistance Celebrates Five Years

story and photos by Alex Garland

The Northwest Detention Center Resistance, now known as “La Resistencia,” celebrated five years of work in Columbia City at the Southside Commons building. The night compiled five years of stories of resistance, stories of victories, and stories of survival. It was a night that gave hope to the struggle for human dignity. The space was full, packed with activists, community members, and organizers.

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DOC Ended the Book Ban, but the Media Celebrated Too Soon

by Alex Garland

After weeks of protests, the Washington Department of Corrections lifted a ban on used books that had been quietly implemented in mid-March. The ban blocked nonprofits who sent books to prisoners. The policy reversal followed an onslaught of news coverage, including a report from the Seattle Times that found that the DOC’s claims that the books were used to transport contraband were untrue.

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Indigenous Activists Lead Environmental Protests to 44 Area Branches of Chase Bank

story and photos by Alex Garland

According to Alec Connon, an environmental activist with 350 Seattle, “JP Morgan Chase is the largest funder of fossil fuels in the world, with $196 billion invested in the fossil fuel industry” since 2015. The company’s investments contradict CEO Jamie Dimon’s statements that he disagrees with Trump’s decision to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

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