Category Archives: Perspective

The Displacement Tax: An Update from Gentrification Ground Zero

by Reagan Jackson

Rainier Beach is the new gentrification ground zero. I have a front row seat. I recently celebrated my seventh anniversary of being a homeowner. I have watched my neighbors get foreclosed on and pushed out. I have watched the house flipping teams come through and trim up the yards, slap up new fences, and paint over bright color with the neutral blues and grays white people seem to prefer. When I walk through my neighborhood now, it’s a lot less like the vibrant diverse place I chose to live in and a lot more like Pleasantville.

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Anti-Semitism Didn’t Die with the Holocaust

by Carolyn Bick

“Jesus. Active shooter at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.”

Surrounded by shadows created by the early Saturday morning light filtering into the bedroom, I stare at my mother’s text. Grief sticks in my throat like a bone. She doesn’t say it, and neither do I, but I say it later to my husband: “I’m not surprised. I was just waiting for it, that’s all.”

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The Seattle Architecture Lobby Hosts Tour of Hostile Architecture in Pioneer Square

by Alexander Froehlich and the Seattle Architecture Lobby

The Seattle Design Festival comes downtown every year to celebrate “how design improves the quality of our lives and our community.” This year the Seattle Architecture Lobby will be conducting a Hostile Architecture Tour to explore who has the power to design, who doesn’t, and which communities are affected by design choices. Through a 10-stop tour we will examine design as the result of deliberate processes that serve some and not others. We will also discuss our role as designers with power and complicity in those processes which shape our city.

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South Seattle Celebrates Second Official Latinx Pride Festival

by Chloe Collyer

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Crowds gather in the Plaza Roberto Maestas, during the first annual Latinx Pride event.

Under a warm summer sun, Ray Corona stood on a stage bursting with color.

“I want to talk about why we use the term ‘Latinx,’” Corona said to the crowd. “Part of the reason why we use the term ‘Latinx’ is because it’s a non-gendered term, and it’s [used] to highlight diversity in our community and to highlight transgender individuals and non-binary individuals.”

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MC Ray Corona, right, takes a selfie with a friend.

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Independence Day History Lesson

by Bri Little

(This article originally appeared in Real Change and has been republished with permission.)

Never is America’s hypocrisy and exclusionary nature more visible than on the Fourth of July. Since its inception, this country has largely disregarded the highly aspirational human rights decree, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Are these renowned words from the Declaration of Independence truths? Are they self-evident?

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Articles of Faith: Juneteenth – A Valuable Story of Freedom

by Pastor Harvey Drake

(accompanying photos are from various Juneteenth celebrations from across Seattle taken by Susan Fried)

Freedom is an intrinsic spiritual value that is deeply rooted in the DNA of our country. It is a value we celebrate nationally. For weeks preceding Independence Day, our flag covers items in stores as families look forward to gathering for food and fireworks. Continue reading Articles of Faith: Juneteenth – A Valuable Story of Freedom