Category Archives: Opinion

OPINION Now is the Time to Stand in Solidarity on Affirmative Action

by Sam Cho, Board of Directors, Asian Pacific Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE) and Commissioner with the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA)

History is repeating itself on affirmative action. Except this time it feels different. Perhaps it’s because of the national attention around the lawsuit against Harvard. Or maybe it’s because Washington State is wrestling with its own version of the debate around the repeal of Initiative 200, that ended affirmative action in Washington in 1998. But once again, the discourse around affirmative action has been hijacked to be about how race-conscious policies are hurting Asian Americans.

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OPINION: Grief and Hope at the End of the World

Extinction Rebellion Hosts Climate Change Rally April 15

by Julia Buck

When I wake up, I think about climate change. The thought crushes me; I cannot get up out of bed. I wonder whether our earth has 12 years, or only 10, or if maybe the tipping point has already passed and it’s all over but for the screaming. I might lay there 15 minutes. I might lay there two hours. But either way, I can’t get up with my alarm.

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OPINION: An Open Letter to the City of Seattle from Othello Nickelsville’s Community Advisory Council

The following is a letter to the Seattle City Council and Mayor Jenny Durkan from two members of the Community Advisory Council, Othello Nickelsville responding to recent actions taken by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) following a decision from LIHI and the city of Seattle to replace Nickelsville staff members who manage the encampment. The letter was sent on April 9, 2019. The letter is reprinted exactly as submitted.

by Eliana Scott-Thoennes and Jesiah Wurtz

We are members of the Community Advisory Council (CAC) for the Othello Nickelsville Tiny House Village. We were shocked and outraged by yesterday’s aggressive actions by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) at the Othello Village.

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OPINION: A Page from Washington’s History of Standing Up to Fascists

by Guerry Hoddersen

An important part of a recent story by Seattle Times reporter Erick Lacitus — “Bucolic Whidbey Island surprised at skinhead headlines — and recent Lynnwood assault” (Dec. 31. 2018) — left out a major part of the history of fighting Nazis in the Pacific Northwest.

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Got Green: Our Organizing Can Prevent Forest Fires

OpEds by Got Green appear in the South Seattle Emerald every month.

by Marion Romero and James Williams

As the month of April begins to unfold, the infamous Earth Day rolls around. Like years before, many people will plant trees, participate in park clean ups, or attend fairs that focus on sustainability and a cleaner planet. While these are positive things, we must understand that celebrating the Earth one day a year will not stop climate change.

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Why I Rally For Equity

by Reneeka Massey-Jones

In Washington State, we like to think we’re progressive, but I’m not convinced we know what that means. Washington State has some of the most backward, upside down systems in place that do an injustice to low-income folks and people of color: like our regressive tax code, over-policing students of colors in our schools, the ever-growing homeless population, and child hunger, to name a few.

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OPINION: Building Bridges Through Tea and Technology

(This article was originally published on Emerald City Journal and has been reprinted with permission.)

by Elizabeth Kennedy

The Seattle Housing Authority’s Rainier Vista community has been hosting dual-language Tea & Technology Talks since April of 2018 to seek resident input on a new computer skills program coming this summer. Building Our Bridge – Seattle Housing Authority Residents Crossing the Digital Divide is an SHA resident-led, City-funded initiative to bring digital literacy skills to the Oromo, Vietnamese and English-speaking tenants of this low-income family community in Seattle’s Rainier Valley.

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