Category Archives: Opinion

I See You Bernie: I’m Paying Attention to Senator Sanders, and So Should You

From being called a sheepdog for who would funnel leftist Democrats back to Hillary Clinton should he not get the Democratic nomination, to the threat of losing the support of Seattle Councilmember, and socialist, Kshama Sawant for choosing to run as a Democratic candidate, Sanders has his campaign-trail work cut out for him as he visits Seattle and Portland this weekend.

by Anne Althauser

Questions for readers:

Are you tired of seeing elections bought by billionaires? (I am!)

Does the widening income gap between rich and poor concern you? (So much so!) Continue reading I See You Bernie: I’m Paying Attention to Senator Sanders, and So Should You

Op-Ed: HALA Recommendations Don’t Address Seattle’s Affordability Crisis

by Bill Bradburd

On the whole, the HALA Report’s recommendations will not dramatically address the affordability crisis in the near term.  Rather than simply looking for a path to quickly address our affordable housing crisis, the recommendations broaden the scope to include ways of producing as much market-rate housing as possible throughout the city.   Continue reading Op-Ed: HALA Recommendations Don’t Address Seattle’s Affordability Crisis

Rent Control and Its Discontents: Dissecting the Rent Control Debate

By Anne Althauser

I came home from work last Monday night to find my apartment broken into and all my electronics stolen. While the first thoughts flooding into my mind were of the irreplaceable items I had on my laptop, which I will likely never get back, my next thought was that I could not possibly afford to move. In the midst of this moment of violation that notion soon monopolized my thoughts. Continue reading Rent Control and Its Discontents: Dissecting the Rent Control Debate

Prideful Reflections on Marriage Equality

The eruption of jubilation from marriage equality advocates across the country upon Friday’s announcement of the Supreme Court ruling same-sex marriage constitutional, making its practice legal in all 50 states for the first time in American history, still has yet to subside for many. Five Seattleites belonging to the LGBTQ community, and having connections to the South End, were gracious enough to respond to our request for reactions and reflections on what the decision means to them. We found that even though Washington state’s legalization of gender-neutral marriage preceded that of the nation’s by over two years, the impact of the court’s decision was no less stirring: Continue reading Prideful Reflections on Marriage Equality

Op-Ed: The Shooting of Isiah Brazier: So Tired of Being Sick and Tired

By Amelia Vassar and James Williams

What’s the Fuss?

 On Thursday, May 28th, 2015, in Sea Tac, Washington, a 17 year old black male was shot in the head by a King County Sheriff Deputy. A relationship of blind trust between the police and the media was clearly demonstrated throughout this narrative. Continue reading Op-Ed: The Shooting of Isiah Brazier: So Tired of Being Sick and Tired

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