Category Archives: Opinion

The NAACP’s Concrete Plan to Close Intolerable Opportunity Gaps

By the NAACP Ethnic Studies Committee: Tracy Gill, Rita Green, Jon Greenberg, and Tess Williams 

Quick quiz. How many of these historical figures can you identify? Bayard Rustin, Benedict Arnold, Sylvia Rae Rivera, Larry Dulay Itliong, Robert E. Lee, Cecile Hansen, Queen Liliuokalani, Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu, Audre Lorde, Lucy Gonzales Parsons. Continue reading The NAACP’s Concrete Plan to Close Intolerable Opportunity Gaps

Repealing Obamacare Will Disproportionally Harm Black People and People of Color

by Gerald Hankerson

While the debate continues over repealing the signature law of America’s First Black President, The Affordable Care Act (ACA), the largest beneficiaries of Obamacare are once again being neglected and are poised to become the biggest political casualties under Trumpcare – namely black people and other people of color. Continue reading Repealing Obamacare Will Disproportionally Harm Black People and People of Color

At The Intersection of Politics and Food In Skyway

by Ira Sacharoff 

Suppose you are an elected official, representing a large area, and part of the area you represent is a retail district that has been in decline for a number of years.  Twenty three years ago, before you represented this district, it had three supermarkets, a hardware store, a drug store, an auto parts store, a couple of taverns, a veterinarian, an auto parts store, a couple of barber shops, a Mexican restaurant, a Thai restaurant, a burger joint, a couple of coffee shops, and more. Continue reading At The Intersection of Politics and Food In Skyway

Op-Ed: NAACP Firing Back at SPS Over Garfield Investigation

by Gerald Hankerson 

The King County NAACP wrote an open letter to the Seattle Public School District responding to what we feel has been a continued mishandling of their investigation into alleged recruiting violations involving Garfield High Head Football Coach Joey Thomas.

Mr. Thomas continues to be tried in the court of public opinion by our media that instead of delving deeply into the authenticity of claims against Thomas, has treated only one side of the story as gospel.

The letter is as follows: Continue reading Op-Ed: NAACP Firing Back at SPS Over Garfield Investigation

Leadership, Apologies and When to Step Down

by Michael Maddux

The city is still reeling from the bombshell in politics that occurred April 6, 2017.  Worse still, was the second bombshell that went off April 14th.  It has now been three weeks. I wrote about the response to the sexual assault allegations here. Danni Askini published her own op-ed in response, putting forth the idea that the mayor should resign: not because of his accusations, but because of the way he handled them. Continue reading Leadership, Apologies and When to Step Down

Voting Records and Their Constant Scrutiny

by John Colby

As many readers know, Danny Westneat from the Seattle Times wrote a piece highlighting the voting record of current mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver. This was followed by a Facebook post by Ms. Oliver, and a piece for this publication, both of which sought to downplay the point that Mr. Westneat was making. In Ms. Oliver’s case, she has painted this as an attack rooted in race and class. Mr. Taher goes so far as to imply that voting actually doesn’t matter. Continue reading Voting Records and Their Constant Scrutiny

What it Really Takes to Be Mayor: Voting Is Not The Bedrock of Democracy

by Ariän Taher 

Author’s Note: I am not a member of the Nikkita Oliver campaign, nor of the People’s Party. I am a local organizer and political analyst, whose attention was brought to Mr. Danny Westneat’s recent article in which he critiqued mayoral candidates Nikkita Oliver and Casey Carlisle. As someone who, like Mr. Westneat, is also a critic of politics and politicians, I noticed many simplistic yet serious theoretical and objective flaws in his article. As such, this essay is for the purpose of addressing those flaws, namely in his critique of Ms. Oliver.

The central thesis in Mr. Danny Westneat’s entire critique of Ms. Nikkita Oliver can be synthesized into this: voting is “the bedrock democratic process”, so one’s citizen voting-record, or lack of, is a primary criterion to being qualified for the high office of mayor. Continue reading What it Really Takes to Be Mayor: Voting Is Not The Bedrock of Democracy