Category Archives: Opinion

We are better than this: Why all families, regardless of immigration status, have a right to safe housing

by Min Pease and Tara Cookson, Seattle Women’s Commission

“Dog pounds.” “Ice boxes.” That is how some female migrants are describing the Federal SeaTac Detention Center. Even then, they report that the Center’s cages, cold temperatures, and lack of blankets or mats are better than those run by for-profit companies — for-profit companies that receive our taxpayer dollars via the Department of Homeland Security.

Continue reading We are better than this: Why all families, regardless of immigration status, have a right to safe housing

Zero Tolerance Policies are Killing Children and their Parents: Make Immigration Status a Protected Class

by Priya D. Saxena, Co-Chair, Seattle Women’s Commission

(The following is the first in a series of articles written by Commissioners from The Seattle Women’s Commission. The Commission advises the Mayor, City Council, and City of Seattle departments on issues that impact the women of Seattle.

The troubling separations of children from their parents at the southern border, as part of this administration’s “zero-tolerance policy” will have long-lasting consequences on our community. As such, representatives from our Commission’s four subcommittees; Community Health and Wellness, Economic and Educational Opportunities, Equitable Development, and Violence Prevention and Justice, have each penned OpEds relating to how family separations will impact these four areas in our community.)

Since May, we’ve seen countless horrific stories, images, and videos of children who were seeking asylum and instead were ripped away from their families and living in abhorrent conditions. This is not the first time in our history this has happened but it must be the last. Continue reading Zero Tolerance Policies are Killing Children and their Parents: Make Immigration Status a Protected Class

Acronyms for Action: ADU DADU EIS

by Chrystine Kim, Matt Hutchins, Laura Loe

More Options for Accessory Residences, (MOAR), is a group of folks concerned with the future of the city, housing availability and affordability. We realized early on in our advocacy that we want to do more to reach out to all of Seattle, not just land use nerds. Last year we helped over 500 folks give the city feedback to make backyard cottages, mother-in-law units easier to build. Right now is a critical phase of public comment and we are trying to encourage as many people as possible to participate by June 25, 2018. Continue reading Acronyms for Action: ADU DADU EIS

Get Trained Up to Hit the Phones and Doors: Progressive Change Comes From Relentless Organizing

By Shaun Scott

Campaigning is hard work. What makes volunteers want to phone bank, enter data, and knock on doors for the causes and candidates they believe in? Is it injustices they’ve experienced or witnessed? Is it ideology about how the world ought to change? Or some combination? Continue reading Get Trained Up to Hit the Phones and Doors: Progressive Change Comes From Relentless Organizing

Community Voice: Where’s the Beach? At Be’er Sheva Park!

Beach Party, Grand Design Unveiling, June 2nd, 12-3pm, Be’er Sheva Park

by George Lee & Jenny Frankl

“Where’s the Beach?” Is a tagline that was born out of the 2012 Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan Update, where neighbors shared their vision and desires for the Rainier Beach neighborhood.

Be’er Sheva Park, located where S. Henderson St meets Seward Park Ave and sandwiched between an urban farm and a boat launch, is Rainier Beach’s ‘Beach’. Continue reading Community Voice: Where’s the Beach? At Be’er Sheva Park!

Seattle is No Longer a Village

A local organization attempted to acquire property, and came to terms with the reality of Seattle’s real estate market, yet again.

 by David Sauvion

When we say, “It takes a village,” we mean it takes the whole village. Remove one member of the community, and the whole effort falls apart.

In this latest example, we have all the right players lined up, a relationship with the seller, with the seller’s broker, an agent involved in the community, an angel investor, a dedicated fiscal sponsor, a supportive land preservation organization, and a group of hopeful fighters. Continue reading Seattle is No Longer a Village