Category Archives: Opinion

The Case for Tim Burgess

Editor’s Note: We asked two Seattle residents to make a case for each of the candidates running for Seattle’s City Council Position 8. The position is one of only 2 voted on city-wide. This is the second of those two op-eds. You can read the case for Jon Grant here.

by Estela Ortega

We in the social justice movement have such an impressive advocate in Tim Burgess that we have joined together enthusiastically to support his reelection to the Seattle City Council. Continue reading The Case for Tim Burgess

The Case for Jon Grant

Editor’s Note: We asked two Seattle residents to make a case for each of the candidates running for Seattle’s City Council Position 8. The position is one of only 2 voted on city-wide. This is the first of those two op-eds. You can read the Case for Tim Burgess here.

by Colin Maloney

I’m voting for Jon Grant because we are at a critical moment in Seattle’s development and this election provides a clear choice of what direction we want to move as a community. Jon is one of a number of candidates this year who are articulating a need and a vision for change, for a Seattle that works for everyone who lives here, for greater affordability in the city, and greater accountability from City government. Continue reading The Case for Jon Grant

The Case for Bruce Harrell

Editor’s Note: We asked two District 2 residents to make a case for each of the candidates vying to represent the district as its first-ever city council representative. This is the second of those two articles. Read The Case for Tammy Morales here.

Understanding the Passion of Bruce Harrell: It’s Why You Should Vote for Him

By Cindi Laws, South Seattle Emerald’s “Emerald in the Rough” columnist

When I first met Bruce Harrell, he was registering voters on the South End of Seattle in the late 1990s, at least a decade before he ran and won a seat on the Seattle City Council. He caught my attention because he was comfortably engaging with everybody as though he were a fresh 18-year-old voter, casting a ballot for the first time. As someone who’s registered tens of thousands of voters since the early 1980s, I wanted to get to know this guy.  Continue reading The Case for Bruce Harrell

What a High School Textbook Taught Me About Migration

by Fathi Qarshie

Roni Dean-Burren the mother of the 15 year old boy who pointed out, in his geography textbook, words that distort the grave history of the Atlantic slave trade, ignited outrage on social media, eventually forcing, McGraw, the nation’s largest textbook publisher to apologize. At the center of controversy was the use of the word ‘workers’ rather than slaves to narrate the odyssey of the Africans’ forcefully brought to the New World to labor in plantation camps. Continue reading What a High School Textbook Taught Me About Migration

The Case for Tammy Morales

by Reagan Jackson (featured photo by Alex Garland)

Editor’s Note: We asked two District 2 residents to make a case for each of the candidates vying to represent the district as its first ever city council representative.  This is the first of those two articles.

With elections around the corner, the race for city council in district two has come down to new comer Tammy Morales and incumbent Bruce Harrell.  For the past year the race could easily be considered a David vs. Goliath match up, with Harrell clearly ahead in terms of funding, name recognition, and of course the added advantage of eight years of experience on the City Council. Continue reading The Case for Tammy Morales

Op-Ed: What the Whitlatch Case Reveals About Police Reform Efforts

by Tammy Morales

The safety of our community and the mistrust between community members and our police force are among the most pressing issues we face in Seattle. Despite the Seattle Police Department (SPD) being under a US Department of Justice consent decree since 2012 these issues still plague us. Continue reading Op-Ed: What the Whitlatch Case Reveals About Police Reform Efforts