Category Archives: Perspective

Slow Internet Walk to City Hall: An Absurd Procession for Municipal Broadband

by Brett Hamil

Less than a block into our Slow Internet Walk from Comcast’s office to City Hall, a construction worker approached in solidarity.

“Comcast is terrible!” he said. The TV cameras turned from us to him. A KOMO reporter asked him about his experience with Comcast.

“Oh, they’re the worst. The problem is there’s no real competition. If there was some other option-“ Continue reading Slow Internet Walk to City Hall: An Absurd Procession for Municipal Broadband

The 5th Estate Episode 5: The Battle for District 7

This week Marcus was busy because he was hosting a #JournalismSoWhite panel so he found an extremely suitable special guest for the podcast: Zachary DeWolf (nee Pullin)!

Zachary is a true hero in Seattle (whenever he runs for office we’ll be all OVER it!) and he graciously joined HBO to share insights about organizing, what’s next for the Democrats, the dust-up in CD7, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and way more.

Get after it:

Black Lives Matter in The Classroom: The Journaling of a Movement

by Donte Felder

[The following is a personal chronicle of last week’s teacher led Black Lives Matter demonstration that took place at Seattle public schools citywide.]

October 12, 2016

Dear Journal,

I am  shocked that the SEA (Seattle Education Association) Representative Assembly voted unanimously to endorse a collective statement that Black Lives Matter.  I’m also cautiously optimistic that Seattle Public Schools got on board and has also endorsed the day of “Solidarity” by proclaiming, “we stand united in eliminating the opportunity gap.” Continue reading Black Lives Matter in The Classroom: The Journaling of a Movement

The 5th Estate Episode 4: Revenge of the Right

by Hanna Brooks Olsen and Marcus Harrison Green

On this, the month-iversary of the 5th Estate podcast, Hanna and Marcus talk about the shitshow on the right, the mess in City Hall, the exciting minimum wage ballot initiative here at home, and an area high school’s terrible, no good, very bad “covenant” for Black teens which, spoiler, is not particularly progressive. 

Continue reading The 5th Estate Episode 4: Revenge of the Right

You’ve Read 1000 Books

by Nikkita Oliver

I detest disclaimers. I strive to own my story, let you own your reaction, and vise versa. Nonetheless, I’d like to first quote fellowBad Feminist” Roxane Gay, from her TEDwomen Talk:

“As a feminist I feel a lot of pressure. We have this tendency to put visible feminists on a pedestal. We expect them to pose perfectly. When they disappoint us, we gleefully knock them from the pedestal we put them on…‘I am a mess.’ Consider me knocked off that pedestal before you try to put me up there.”

Disclaimer: I, too, am a mess with a lot of cleaning up to do. Continue reading You’ve Read 1000 Books