Category Archives: Opinion

When the Mayor’s Race Got Real

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by Sharayah Lane

One of my main issues with mayoral candidates Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan has been that, publicly, they seem so similar on so many issues. Deciding on how to vote in the November 9 election has come down to the need to dig deeper into who the candidates are and what they stand for. Continue reading When the Mayor’s Race Got Real

Saving Addicts Should Not Be Used as a Political Football

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by Jin-Ah Kim

This has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write. For those of you who don’t know, the 45TH District is the election that will determine the balance of power in Olympia. Republicans hold the State Senate by one state senator. And this year, it will be decided by Manka Dhingra (D) and Jinyoung Lee Englund (R). An East Indian-American woman against a Korean-American woman. And one of them is my friend. You’ll never guess who.
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Dual Language Literacy Is Ethnic Studies

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by Tracy Gill

Last May, the Seattle Public Schools school board voted unanimously to adopt ethnic studies curriculum in every school and every grade level. Today, two programs, which are inherently ethnic studies, are under attack in South Park.

Concord International Elementary School is known to be a jewel in this South Seattle neighborhood because of the culturally rich student population and curriculum, which has centered on Latinx culture and Spanish Language. Continue reading Dual Language Literacy Is Ethnic Studies

We Are Not Fighting Against the Future, We Just Want to be Included In It

by Esther “Little Dove”John

Note: Last week, the author of this Op-Ed learned via a letter that the small Beacon Hill apartment complex she called home for the last 12 years had been sold. It is scheduled to be torn down and replaced with a larger complex consisting of 44 tiny “pod” or small efficiency type living units.

The author has since joined with neighbors and friends in deciding to fight for a just housing transition. They are encouraging community members to write letters to the City of Seattle asking for more public input before additional permits are granted to the new development. The group has also joined forces with the Got Green Climate Justice committee to call on Mayoral Candidates and City Council members to flesh out the details on how they intend to support longtime residents being pushed from the city, and what they will do to stop displacement. The following is an open letter to the community. Continue reading We Are Not Fighting Against the Future, We Just Want to be Included In It

Proposing a Moratorium on “Progressive”

by Brett Hamil, Op-Ed Columnist 

You ever repeat a word so many times it loses all meaning? That’s what Seattle did with “progressive.” After this current election cycle I never want to hear it again. We’re the fourth wealthiest US city with the third highest homeless population, located in the most regressively taxed state in the nation. Continue reading Proposing a Moratorium on “Progressive”

For a Stronger Democracy, Washingtonians in Crisis Need a Greater Voice in Government

by Cheryl Berenson RN, MS, MPH

As a public health nurse practitioner and volunteer disaster responder, I work with people from all walks of life. My patients are largely in crisis: many are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, drug addiction, physical and mental illnesses, and other emergency conditions. Continue reading For a Stronger Democracy, Washingtonians in Crisis Need a Greater Voice in Government

We Can’t Let Our Democracy Be Taken Away During The City Council Selection Process  

by Dae Shik Kim Hawkins Jr.

Seattle has had three Mayors in less than a week. By December, Seattle will have had at least four mayors in 2017 alone. Ever since the long-overdue resignation of former mayor Ed Murray, city council (a handful of whom supported Murray until the bitter end, including current interim Mayor Tim Burgess) have been playing musical chairs with their seats while trying to figure out how to rearrange power structures in place. Continue reading We Can’t Let Our Democracy Be Taken Away During The City Council Selection Process