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.
Continue reading OPINION: Seattle Isn’t Dying — Here’s How to Respond to People Who Think It Is
by Brett Hamil
Last night my wife tucked the toddler into bed as she normally does then headed out for a meeting. I sat in the studio downstairs and listened to him scream for his mommy for about 15 or 20 minutes, a feral, throat-shredding yowl that didn’t let up. I tried to go in and comfort him several times but he wasn’t having it. “I want Mommy! I need mommy!” he wailed, kicking his legs and flailing his arms and clawing at his face.
Continue reading Parenting in the Shadow of American Concentration Camps
by Nina Monei
I keep seeing this argument being made that black boys are being “coddled” and that this is why many of them grow up to struggle as men. What confuses me most about this argument is that it’s most often used in conversations about black men who have criminal records, histories of violence, low education and who lack financial literacy and independent living skills. The perception is that “too much coddling” is to blame for these things.
Continue reading OPINION: We Are Failing Black Boys
by Share The Cities
(written by members Calvin Jones, Rachael Ludwick, Laura Loe)
Seattle’s city-owned, privately managed, golf courses have come into the public eye as Mayor Jenny Durkan has questioned whether golf courses are the best use of transit-adjacent public land. Seattle’s 2017 Parks and Open Space Plan states: “Over the past decade, the city of Seattle has grown rapidly, adding an average of about 4,000 housing units and 7,000 people each year. In the years to come, Seattle expects to accommodate a significant share of the region’s growth. In 2016, Seattle’s population was estimated to be 686,800, with projections that growth over the next 20 years will add an estimated 120,000 people to the city.” As we face a crisis of houselessness, rising housing costs impacting folks at every income level, and even more workers coming to our city, now is exactly the time to discuss what we value in our public shared spaces.
Continue reading OPINION: Why Open Space Equity Priorities Matter Near Future Light Rail Stations
by Valentina Warner, MD
For the past 20 years, I have worked as a physician at Neighborcare’s Rainier Beach clinic. I went into community health because I wanted to use my education to provide high quality medical care to those in my community, particularly those who are often treated as second class citizens. I wanted to find a place where, when people are facing hard times and medical problems come up, there is an open door for them, regardless of their insurance, immigration status, or financial situation. I came to Neighborcare because it was committed to the same values.
Continue reading OPINION: Neighborcare Union an Inspiring, Positive Change
What is rent control, how does it work, and could it benefit Seattle?
by Natalie Barry
Earlier this spring, Kshama Sawant and the Seattle Renters Commission repeated calls for a citywide rent control ordinance and economic eviction assistance. In letters to the City Council, they specifically called for a repeal of the rent control ban on the city level, and an extension of the 30-day rent increase notice period, requiring landlords to inform tenants 180 days before increasing rents.
Continue reading OPINION: Understanding Rent Control
by Leslie Dozono, Lauren Hipp, Vy Nguyen, and Erin Okuno
In spring of 2019, the Washington State legislature passed I-1000 which allows for considerations like race, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, religion, ethnicity, and citizenship status to be a factor when considering a person for public education or employment opportunities, overturning Initiative 200, which banned those considerations in the 1990s. While many people support affirmative action, there was opposition — including from a vocal group of Asians claiming they stand for equality collecting signatures to take Referendum Measure 88 to the voters in hopes of repealing the new law. This is our response to our community and our ask of our families: decline to sign and say NO to Referendum Measure 88.
Continue reading OPINION: Support Fair Opportunity, Decline to Sign Referendum 88