Category Archives: Perspective

Op-Ed: Seattle Must Divest From Wells Fargo and Fossil Fuel Industry

by Jon Grant, Candidate for Seattle City Council Position 8

The Standing Rock Sioux and hundreds of allied tribes have been fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline on grounds of tribal sovereignty, water protection and climate justice. The city of Seattle needs to support them in this fight by ending business with Wells Fargo, one of the biggest investors in the pipeline. This starts by the Seattle City Council immediately voting out of committee the socially responsible banking ordinance at its hearing on February 1st. Continue reading Op-Ed: Seattle Must Divest From Wells Fargo and Fossil Fuel Industry

Op-Ed: If We Build The New Youth Jail, The Violent Criminals Will Come

by Gyasi Ross and Nikkita Oliver

Building a new youth jail and filling it with non-violent juvenile offenders and youth who violate probation will only accomplish one thing: creating more violent, adult offenders for the Seattle-King County region. To be frank, a youth jail is a public safety nightmare. Continue reading Op-Ed: If We Build The New Youth Jail, The Violent Criminals Will Come

Post #WomensMarch Reflection

by Robin Boland

On Saturday, January 21st millions of people across all 7 continents marched in support of women and against the misogynistic nature of the incoming administration. It was a powerful moment in our history and locally it was the largest crowd (130,000 +) to ever gather in Seattle, per the Seattle Police Department. The sea of pink hats across the country and the growing wall of protest signs arranged along the White House fence are potent visual statements not soon to be forgotten. Continue reading Post #WomensMarch Reflection

U.S. Public Schools Are in Danger

by Ken Zeichner 

President-Elect Donald Trump has nominated school privatization advocate and billionaire Elizabeth (Betsy) DeVos of Grand Rapids Michigan to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education. The appointment of DeVos as Secretary of Education will mean big trouble for efforts to strengthen public schools in the U.S., and will harm many children and families. Continue reading U.S. Public Schools Are in Danger