Category Archives: Perspective

Non-Violence in a Violent World

by Ijeoma Oluo

This is a transcript of a speech delivered Friday, Jan. 12, at the 45th Annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., sponsored by Seattle Colleges, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Seattle.

Like many black children, I was raised with tales of the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Much of that narrative — at home, in school, in television and in film — centered around Dr. King’s commitment to nonviolence in his fight for racial equality. Continue reading Non-Violence in a Violent World

Creating Community: Lessons Learned In The Barbershop

by William Jackson

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. but the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”—Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

While sitting in the barbershop waiting for my turn to get my hair cut, I could not help but witness the similarities a barbershop has to a classroom. Each barbershop has a barber, and patrons waiting for their opportunity to get their hair cut. Similarly, in each classroom, there is a teacher, and students waiting for the opportunity to be taught. Interestingly, while waiting for my haircut appointment, I could not help but draw the connection this experience had to classroom and community engagement. Continue reading Creating Community: Lessons Learned In The Barbershop

Not Defeated, Here to Stay

by Carlos Nieto

In the spring of 1998, when I was three, I immigrated from Tijuana to Bellingham. My dad arrived there a year before us to find work. A few months after that we moved to the Central District in Seattle. Then we moved to Rainier Beach, where we’ve lived ever since. As long as I can remember my dad always worked in construction or as a mechanic. While my mom moved boxes for UPS, nannied and cleaned houses. Continue reading Not Defeated, Here to Stay

Seattle’s Media Future Could Hold Less News, More Conservatism

by Peter Johnson

An FCC ruling could help conservative media giant Sinclair operate half of Seattle’s TV stations

Heavy conservative bias could be an even bigger part of Seattle’s news landscape thanks to a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Baltimore’s conservative media giant, Sinclair Broadcast Group, could take over Q13 Fox. Sinclair already owns KOMO 4, and has pushed the station’s newsroom in a conservative direction. Continue reading Seattle’s Media Future Could Hold Less News, More Conservatism

Immigrant Parents Rely on Their Children to Navigate the U.S. Socioeconomic System

by Rebekah Fonden

The Nguyen family represents all of us and our families who have migrated from another country and tried to adapt to the harsh realities of American culture, institutionalization, and the privatization of family happiness.  For immigrant mothers and fathers, the burden of taking on a new life does not fall solely on them but is passed to their children as well, putting the children into the parental role. Immigrant children become the conduit for communication between the outside society and the privatized economy of the home, and they feel the strain of this responsibility almost every day. Continue reading Immigrant Parents Rely on Their Children to Navigate the U.S. Socioeconomic System

Progressive Values Should be Inclusive and So Should Our Next Mayor

by Julie Pham

Most southenders did not vote for Cary Moon or Jenny Durkan in the primaries. You will play a big role in deciding Seattle’s next mayor. Each candidate would love to earn your vote.

I know a lot about candidates trying to get votes and endorsements. My parents started Northwest Vietnamese News in the Rainier Valley in 1986 and it’s been operating here ever since. During the dark years of the most recent recession, I managed the newspaper and brought together different ethnic media outlets in a coalition called Sea Beez. Continue reading Progressive Values Should be Inclusive and So Should Our Next Mayor