Category Archives: Opinion

Emerald in the Rough: Why Alec Stephens Deserves The City Council Appointment

After Seattle’s City Council announced 8 finalists to fill the vacant position 9 council seat vacated by former councilmember Sally Clark earlier this week, the Emerald sent interview request to those finalists living within the South Seattle area. The City Council will be convening a special hearing at 4:00pm today to hear presentations from finalists and receive comments from the public. They will then appoint a replacement for the position at Monday’s City Council meeting, which will take place at 2:00pm.

by Cindi Laws, Columnist

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Alec Stephens

I met Alec Stephens in 1987 or 88 at one of the early meetings that led to the creation of The Rainbow Coalition. The primary leaders of that movement, affiliated with Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH organization, were Larry Gossett and Roberto Maestas (El Centro de la Raza). Alec and his wife Helena were integrally involved from the get-go. Continue reading Emerald in the Rough: Why Alec Stephens Deserves The City Council Appointment

“Letter From A Birmingham Jail” Rings True in King County Today

by European Dissent

There is a powerful movement growing in Seattle. It is a movement led by youth and communities of color that brings together neighbors, faith leaders, and communities most impacted by juvenile justice, working together against King County’s new youth jail.  The people have shown overwhelming opposition to the construction of the $210 million monument to racism at recent Seattle City and King County Council meetings. Continue reading “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” Rings True in King County Today

A Woman’s Work is Never Done: A New Economic Agenda

by Marilyn Watkins

Women’s work is central to our economy. Most households couldn’t make ends meet without women’s income. Yet, women make less than men across every occupation. Because employers find ways to pay women less, families struggle to pay their bills, and can’t save for education or retirement. Continue reading A Woman’s Work is Never Done: A New Economic Agenda

Ferguson Isn’t Fremont, Right?

by Andrew Lanier

Two weekends ago, President Obama delivered an impassioned speech on the 50th anniversary of Selma’s “Bloody Sunday.” Obama’s message offered an optimistic counterpoint to the gruesome events that transpired that day and to last week’s latest batch of disheartening headlines. The following stories, a fresh crop harvested from the fertile fields of American racial injustice, remind us that the fight in Selma remains unfinished. Continue reading Ferguson Isn’t Fremont, Right?

Sunday Discourse: Where We Go From Here (3 Basic Truths)

by James Williams

There is a Better Way.

Locking young people up doesn’t work.  It doesn’t keep communities safe.  In the 90’s incarceration rates skyrocketed nationwide but had no discernible effects as far as reducing crime rates.  Locking young people up doesn’t set them up for success later in life or help them work through whatever problems they are dealing with. Continue reading Sunday Discourse: Where We Go From Here (3 Basic Truths)