Category Archives: Opinion

Those the “March for Science” Ignored

by Block The Bunker

On Earth Day this year, over 20,000 people showed up to the ‘March for Science’ in Seattle. Just before Mayor Murray was to speak, community members took the mic to deliver a statement. March organizers had police physically carry a Block the Bunker activist off the stage; she and a fellow activist were arrested. Block The Bunker was far from the only group with fundamental objections to how this March was planned. Another group, Women of Color Speak Out, published their experience here. Continue reading Those the “March for Science” Ignored

I’m Marching on Tax Day to Demand That We Fully Fund Our Schools

by Makenzie Graham 

A close friend of mine is a dedicated teacher who works with struggling readers at a public school in Seattle. Day in and day out she goes to work with a sense of purpose and drive, motivated by her students’ achievements. By advancing the reading skills of some of the kids who are left the farthest behind in our state, she increases their self-confidence and helps them catch up to their peers. Continue reading I’m Marching on Tax Day to Demand That We Fully Fund Our Schools

Op-Ed: Women of Got Green To City of Seattle: Pass the Sugary Beverage Tax (SBT), Reinvest Money in Food Security for Working Families

by Andrea Bernard and Willea Cooks

We are the women of Got Green’s Food Access Team. We welcome the City of Seattle’s proposed Sugary Beverage Tax (SBT), but urge the Mayor and City Council to reinvest ⅓ of the revenue in expanded programs that close the food security gap for working families.   

The Food Access Team is made up of single mothers with young children. Some of us have jobs making a decent wage, but recently experiencing a raise in our rents. Meanwhile, we struggle to put the healthy food on the table that our kids require to stay fit in playing sports and being present in school. Continue reading Op-Ed: Women of Got Green To City of Seattle: Pass the Sugary Beverage Tax (SBT), Reinvest Money in Food Security for Working Families

Op-Ed: Murray Drops His Property Tax Levy

by Nikkita Oliver and the Seattle Peoples Party  

As the Peoples Party has shown, with our detailed platform to address the housing and homelessness crisis on the Party webpage, we have a vision for how we can serve the housing needs of all Seattleites starting with the needs of the most vulnerable amongst us. We believe in our plan and the community who developed it. Continue reading Op-Ed: Murray Drops His Property Tax Levy

Building Capacity for Agents of Change, One Leader at a Time

by Myani Guetta-Gilbert and Diana Paredes

The outcomes of the recent presidential elections were deeply devastating and many in our communities are still reeling from its shock. Nevertheless, the collective anger we have felt has in one way or another mobilized us – some of us have taken to the streets, and others have set their gaze on city government. At Puget Sound Sage, we believe that the path forward is transformative change at the local level that must be led by people of color. With this vision in mind, we are eager to announce the launch of our 2017 Community Leadership Institute, and we are currently looking for the next round of community leaders to apply (application can be found here).  Continue reading Building Capacity for Agents of Change, One Leader at a Time