Category Archives: Perspective

Can Seattle Really Call Itself a Sanctuary City?

by DJ Martinez (words and photos)

Just over a week ago, a large crowd of supporters turned out to “defend the defender,” immigration advocate Maru Mora-Villalpando, in front of downtown Seattle’s Immigration Court on Second Ave, the “epicenter for the deportation pipeline in Washington State” said Mora-Villalpando. Continue reading Can Seattle Really Call Itself a Sanctuary City?

No New Youth Jail Coalition Demands Moratorium on Construction During Week of Action

Recounting a week of  direct action from the heart of the No New Youth Jail Campaign

by DJ Martinez

On Monday, March 19th, the No New Youth Jail Coalition delivered a letter to King County Executive Dow Constantine’s office demanding a moratorium on construction of the $210 million youth jail, known as the Children and Family Justice Center. The People’s Moratorium asserts: Continue reading No New Youth Jail Coalition Demands Moratorium on Construction During Week of Action

The No New Youth Jail Campaign Shows No Signs of Stopping

by DJ Martinez

At 8am Friday March 2, I joined four anti-racist White collectives who were supporting the No New Youth Jail campaign as they united to take the streets of downtown Seattle, initially locking arms (literally) and posting themselves in front of King County Executive Dow Constantine’s office at the Chinook Building before continuing down 4th avenue and locking down at multiple intersections. The direct action created major delays on both I-5 and I-90, with buses needing to be re-routed. Continue reading The No New Youth Jail Campaign Shows No Signs of Stopping

Youth Spend Weekend Learning to Undo Institutional Racism

by Chloe Collyer

I have the people behind me, and the people are my strength.”

-Huey P Newton

“The password today is Huey P Newton.” This is the greeting each student receives as they enter the Black Power Epicenter in Beacon Hill. A volunteer checks in each young adult who in turn, repeats back the day’s quote with a dutiful confidence. Continue reading Youth Spend Weekend Learning to Undo Institutional Racism

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