Category Archives: Opinion

Opinion: Why Did Raucous Protests Breakout at the 37th Dem LD Meeting?

by Cliff Cawthon

If there was ever a time for radicals like myself to be present — even in the most uncomfortable and mainstream spaces — to fight Trump, now is the time. I went to the 37th Legislative District Democratic Party meeting with the perspective that I was there to get beyond petty party foolishness and deal with any bitter disagreements, even though  I know from experience that legislative districts have a reputation for that rancor. What’s a revolution without the occasional argument, right? Continue reading Opinion: Why Did Raucous Protests Breakout at the 37th Dem LD Meeting?

Op-Ed: Seattle Must Address Root Causes of Education Disparities

by Pamela L. Banks, Estella Ortega, David Beard, Erin Okuno, and Roxana Norouzi

In early 2016, we were invited to join the Advisory Group for the Mayor’s Education Summit. We joined a broad stakeholder group to think innovatively about how to close opportunity and achievement gaps holding back students of color, especially African American/Black, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and immigrants and refugees. Continue reading Op-Ed: Seattle Must Address Root Causes of Education Disparities

Beauty and the Beach

by Marcus Harrison Green

 The Beach needs more beauty.

Other than our country’s collective suicide by Trump, that’s been my mind’s prominent thought since returning from San Francisco’s Mission District to visit an old college friend last month.

Walking down the neighborhood’s Valencia Street, we stopped so I could admire a pocket park, or parklet, carved out in the sidewalk and bustling with the loud laughter of neighbors.  Continue reading Beauty and the Beach

Op-Ed: We Need Affordable Housing, 1000 Homes is a Good Start

by Robert Kaminski and Emily Johnston

Dear Seattle City Council,

350 Seattle is grassroots climate group with over 3000 supporters from throughout the Seattle area. Our supporter base is broad, and covers all seven city legislative districts.

Our main focus is on climate issues. However, issues of both immediate environmental damage and climate change disproportionately affect the most marginalized members of our community. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report states that vulnerability to climate change mirrors socioeconomic inequality and poverty. These issues are fundamentally intertwined. Continue reading Op-Ed: We Need Affordable Housing, 1000 Homes is a Good Start

Op-Ed: Time to Act

by Sophie Clark

Spread across the headlines this morning we were faced with a single, unavoidable but equally unanswerable question: What will Trump do now?

Well, that ship has sailed and we have two months and eleven days to guess the course it will take. The more pressing question is: What will we do?

If we define our democracy by the right to vote, then our part is done. We can only sit back and watch the spectacle unfold. But that definition washes away the reality of hundreds of years of US history, built on the backs of ordinary people fighting to shape the country they wanted to live in. Continue reading Op-Ed: Time to Act