Category Archives: Opinion

OPINION: Toxic Prisons are the Reality of the Injustice System

by Villainus

We live in a dangerous world. People leave the house in fear, in fear of the world outside. The crime, the robberies, the rape, the murder. In these grim streets with piss stained alleys, they see danger around every corner. Those fears are what make the world dangerous; in the name of protection many children have been slain. All in the name of the injustice system, all in the name of public safety, but is the public safe?

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OPINION: Hiding Behind the Frontlines and the Reality of Leadership

by Villainus

Over my time traveling through the South I’ve been blessed with a plethora of experience. I have been able to see different realities and lives that where both extremely different and astonishingly similar. This has given me time to reflect on how we as activists and as a society view reality. Who is made invisible? Unlike the identity politics of today, my travels have deepened my understanding of our oppression and our struggle for liberation.

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Emijah Smith, Mother, Survivor, and Seattle Public Schools Volunteer Counters Media Shaming

by Emijah Smith

I am a mother who loves my children. As a parent, it’s my responsibility to protect the safety of my family and keep them from harm.

I am a survivor. Seven years ago, my family’s safety was in jeopardy. Dangerous adults violated and disregarded a protection order when they came to my home with ill-intent to harm us. This incident was one in a long, traumatic series in which members of my family experienced violence and threats of violence. My entire family was harassed and our physical safety was threatened prior to and after the incident recently reported. I protected my family to the best of my ability. However reporting by The Seattle Times and particularly KUOW have represented this experience in ways that are an attack on my character and victim-blaming.

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OPINION: Poverty and Progress

by Villainus

The word “progress” is often a euphemism for “gentrification.” The impact of so-called progress are dire for the communities being gentrified. If you think I’m wrong, I would bet it has something to do with your material interests. Because when progress comes, so does displacement, so does incarceration, so does houselessness.

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OPINION: District 7 School Board Director Search Has Not Prioritized South End Voices

by Erin Okuno

Southeast Seattle, District 7, is currently without a school board director. In June 2019, Director Betty Patu announced she would be stepping down from her board seat July 2019. Patu had 2 years and 4 months left in her term. This left the remaining six school board directors to fill the seat through an appointment process. Last night, August 21, the board narrowed the field to three candidates: Brandon Hersey, Emijah Smith, and Julie Van Arcken.

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OPINION — A Fat Problem: Intersection of Class, Race, and Living While Fat

by Villainus

This society is full of oppression, marginalization, and intersections.  So many of these intersections are being addressed in the realm of social media and academic conversations. However there are more then few that go unseen except by those who experience them.

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OPINION: Willem Van Spronsen and John Brown Both Chose to Die Opposing Human Bondage

by Casey Jaywork

In the early morning of July 13, Tacoma police shot and killed Seattle-area man Willem Van Spronsen at the Northwest Detention Center, where the federal government imprisons refugees awaiting deportation. According to police statements published in various media, Van Spronsen was in a parking area attempting to damage vehicles used to facilitate prisoner transport, carrying a rifle and throwing “incendiary devices” near a propane tank. No one except Van Spronsen — shot and killed by police — was physically harmed.

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OPINION: Seattle Needs a Green New Deal

by James Williams

At Got Green, we feel the energy and national conversation sparked by the Green New Deal as proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a good thing. In this moment, it is possible to make societal change on a massive scale. Climate Change — and the fact we must restructure our lives to survive impending environmental disasters — has captured the imagination across generations. All of this is a really good thing.

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OPINION: Seattle Isn’t Dying — Here’s How to Respond to People Who Think It Is

by Kayla Blau

By now, you’ve probably seen or at least heard about KOMO 4’s “Seattle Is Dying” documentary — it gained more than 4 million views online alone. The hour-long documentary is plagued with sensationalized claims, like “We don’t have homeless crisis, we have a drug crisis” (in one of the most expensive rental markets in America), and a menacing soundtrack that rivals Law & Order: SVU.

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