by Shelley Morrison and Karla Esquivel
We like to think Columbia City feels like a small town in the midst of a big, growing city. One of the best things about our community is that we know each other, and we don’t want to lose that as we grow. There is something special about going into a neighborhood shop or restaurant and saying “Hi” to an owner or staff person and knowing them by name, and they knowing yours. There’s a feeling of belonging. Continue reading Why Columbia City Needed “Name Tag” Days
by Brian Bergen-Aurand
I’m now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective—the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967)
47%. By some predictions, 47% of the jobs currently available in the United States will be lost to automation and other factors in fewer than fifteen years. These estimations are respected predictions, made by economists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and other employment market watchers. Other prognostications set the number at greater than 50%. By 2030, perhaps half the jobs currently available in the United States will disappear. Continue reading It is Time to Talk About Basic Income, Again
by NaKeesa Frazier-Jennings
Almost two decades ago, my husband and I, both born in Washington, DC moved to Seattle, Washington. In my teens, I worked in the downtown area of DC in a very prestigious internship with the federal government. During that time, I noticed something very significant at the end of each workday. Continue reading The Crackdown on Immigrants and Refugees is Everyone’s Issue
by Rashad Barber
Last week it was painful to see the eviction of hundreds of water protectors at Standing Rock, by local police and the US Army Corps. Over 700 water protectors are facing criminal charges, and 5 facing federal charges. And yet, the fight is far from over. Continue reading We Can Divest From Fossil Fuels and Invest Into Communities and a Clean Energy Economy
by Laura Humpf
Kriya Yoga, from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, consists of 3 components: action, study and surrender to something higher than yourself, and I have found the mistakes white people make in navigating race can help us white folks tune into these components in a profound way. Continue reading The Yoga of White People F’ing Up
Marcus, DJ, and Hanna talk about protesting, Trump, policing, Trump, youth detention, Trump, Seattle political gossip, Trump, not centering whiteness and cisgender folks, Trump, and some other things.
by Adam Smith
The beginning of a new year is a time to reflect on both our accomplishments during the last year, as well as an opportunity to consider thoughtful questions about what the future may hold. Continue reading Op-Ed: A Pragmatic Legislator’s Response to the Trump Administration