Category Archives: Opinion

Seattle Municipal Bank–A Future for Us All

by Matt Remle and Nikkita Oliver

It was in early August 2016, as bulldozers desecrated grave sites and sacred lands along the Cannonball River on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.  As private security unleashed attack dogs on water protectors, it became clear our efforts to stop the Dakota Access pipeline through our moral, Tribal and environmental arguments were less and less effective. Continue reading Seattle Municipal Bank–A Future for Us All

We Must Stay Engaged In The Political Process

by Liz Hunter-Keller

Sometimes, when you put your heart into a candidate, it can feel like a personal referendum if they lose. I have anguished and seen my loved ones anguish over political losses in the last year more than I ever have in my lifetime; each loss felt so damn personal. The latest heartbreak, for many, was from Nikkita Oliver’s close loss in the Seattle mayoral primary. Continue reading We Must Stay Engaged In The Political Process

Beacon Hill, We Need to Get Serious About Air Pollution

by Celia McTigue

Fellow Beacon Hill residents,

Pollution is threatening our health. On Beacon Hill, air pollution is making our friends, families, and neighbors sick. It’s true. According to a 2013 report published by Just Health Seattle and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group, South Seattle neighborhoods such as Beacon Hill rank higher than other Seattle neighborhoods for air pollution. Continue reading Beacon Hill, We Need to Get Serious About Air Pollution

Addressing White Privilege: An Open Letter and Call to Action

by ChrisTiana ObeySummer

To White folx who deny, or are unaware of, their privilege:

Considering our Euro-Centric culture, government, and education system, I empathize being faced with a lifetime of misinformation and the subsequent schema change that must come from that epiphany. It is important to be mindful and knowledgeable about what people mean when they say “White privilege.”

Let me explain. Continue reading Addressing White Privilege: An Open Letter and Call to Action

We Need a Progressive Tax Code, Not a Regressive Tax Plan

by Devin Glaser 

Earlier this month House Republicans delivered on on their years-long promise to cut taxes for the very wealthy.  As has become the norm, H.R. 1 passed the House of Representatives with no Democratic votes, and now moves on to the Senate where the fate of its passage will rely on whether or not 3 Senate Republicans can be convinced to break from their party and vote on behalf of working class and poor Americans. Talk on the hill is the Senate hopes to vote on the legislation this week, rushing forward with an incredibly unpopular bill in an attempt to pass anything before the end of the year. Continue reading We Need a Progressive Tax Code, Not a Regressive Tax Plan

A Promise of Hope

by Zak Idan

“To be black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage.”- James Baldwin

I was in two conflicting emotional states November 8th, 2016, and November 7th, 2017. Last year’s election left me – like so many of you – angry, stunned, depressed and scared. While some saw it as a new era for American politics, many of us felt that the progress we had made in the last decade was lost. My anger and fear from last year is partly what moved me to run for office, it has taught me that rage followed with concrete action is what produces progress. Continue reading A Promise of Hope