by Jesiah Wurtz
Skyrocketing rents, the constant looming threat of displacement, proliferation of luxury apartments, and the rapidly increasing economic segregation plaguing this city are facts of life in Seattle. As a co-owner of a small South End business that has become a hub for artists, organizers, and other community members struggling to hold space in this reality, I see and hear the impact of gentrification daily – and there’s no end in sight. Tech giants like Amazon are driving the cost-of-living to unattainable heights for the poor and working class here, who are already forced to get by under some of the most regressive tax codes in the nation. With Trump handing out giant corporate tax breaks while cutting crucial social service funding, Seattle simply cannot continue allowing profit-driven corporate monoliths and their big business lobbyists to evade their civic responsibilities to the rest of us. If we are to equitably share a city, it is time to hold these companies economically accountable for their impact on the housing market. Continue reading “No” Is An Unacceptable Response to Address Housing Affordability
by Susan Koppelman
King County Metro’s Access paratransit program, already reeling from a June 2017 audit showing serious service deficiencies, seems to be compounding its troubles by making costly mistakes that may make the transportation problems of people with disabilities worse rather than better. Continue reading No Access: Metro Purchased Inaccessible Access Vehicles, Highlighting the Need for an Access Review Board
by Brenda Williams
As a parent of two Seattle Public School kids, I’ve talked with other parents whose kids describe a deep desire to participate in the 17 minutes of action called for by national student leaders on 3/14/2018. The planned national action provides a platform for student/youth voices and is particularly important to many SPS youth. Continue reading An Open Letter to Seattle Public Schools
by Peter Johnson
The Seahawks traded Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles last night, and they’re expected to release Richard Sherman this week unless they can trade him. Continue reading Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman Leave an Impressive Legacy with the Seahawks
by Sharon Maeda
In the larger scheme of things, a $31,000 custom dining room set for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s private dining room is peanuts, especially in light of the current administration’s slashing of social programs.
But, this one is personal. I know that dining room and the new furniture are a small sign of the arrogance of federal cabinet secretaries who cut billions of dollars of much-needed education, health, housing, and human services funding and have no regard for the hard-working people who pay taxes in this country. Continue reading A $31,000 Dining Set is Trivial, The Continued Slashing of Social Programs for the Vulnerable is Not
by Tim Burgess
In my time at Seattle City Hall I discovered something that, frankly, we don’t like to discuss or even acknowledge.
We are failing to prepare all of our children for a successful life, a reality that creates injustice and social inequity harms our long-term economic prospects, and costs all of us a lot of money. This tragic fact is most evident when we look at education achievement. Continue reading Every Child Deserves a Strong and Fair Start
by Brian Bergen-Aurand
This month, Washington could become the twentieth state to eliminate the death penalty. Last week, the State Senate passed SB 6052, a bill to reduce criminal prosecution expenses by replacing capital punishment with life imprisonment. The bill has moved to the House and received a public hearing in the Judiciary Committee. Continue reading The Next Step in the Washington Death Penalty Debate