Category Archives: Perspective

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

Make America Again

by Benjamin Hunter

(The following is the transcript of a speech given at Seattle College’s  44th Annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. which took place January 13 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church) 

My work revolves around looking to the past.  Preparing for something like this brings me back to those that have spoken on this issue before me; in another place or another period of time.  The philosophies from every elder before us whose watched and witnessed the ebb and flow of a nation created.  The smell of the air, the sound of the wind, even the taste of things enhance or fade with the evolutions and devolutions of a growing society.   I think of them and say thank you.  Continue reading Make America Again

The 5th Estate Episode 13: MLK Day, Everyday

Hanna and DJ talk about the news from the Legislature (chiefly, the discriminatory anti-trans bathroom bill and what you can do about it) and what white people can do for MLK Day (hint: Not post dumb-ass memes). 

Then Marcus finally shows up and talks to Congressman Adam Smith about all kinds of stuff, but mostly, what he’s doing to fight back in Trump’s America.