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.
by Rebecca Chase-Chen
One afternoon in late November, as I was cleaning my classroom and preparing materials for the next day’s lessons, an email arrived. Unlike the colorful advertisements for classroom products and brief reminders about upcoming meetings, I immediately saw this email was different. There was no colorful title, no graphics, just the subject line, in all caps: SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BUDGET UPDATE. As I started to read, my head, heart and stomach felt sick as I read the words. 74 million dollar shortfall. Crisis. Significant cuts. Continue reading Seattle Public Schools Should Shelter High Poverty Schools from Budget Cuts
This week Mark Baumgarten, Editor- In-Chief of the Seattle Weekly, dropped by to lament the year that was 2016 with Hanna and Marcus, and also ponder what lies ahead in 2017. Mark and Marcus also gleefully geeked out on obscure sci-fi references.
by Nikkita Oliver and Gyasi Ross
It is true. People harm each other. In our current world this seems an unavoidable inevitability. The certitude of which is frightening for many. This fear often drives the public into the arms of anything that might offer a semblance of protection–like jails or police. Or we just throw money at the problem. This will surely make it go away! Continue reading So, What Do We Do With Youth Who Attempt To Kill?
by Kelsey Hamlin
As a new year approaches, people continue to ask what actions they can take to improve the lot of the world. Locally, a sea of community faces come together time and time again, but feel like they’re in some sort of limbo, no matter how much they want to help.
This is all unfortunately a reaction to the U.S. president-elect, Donald Trump, winning office despite running a campaign short on substantive policies and heavy on hateful rhetoric. Specific jobs, movements, identities, and people have already been targeted by his campaign and many fear it will only get worse. But what can people do? What can allies do? Continue reading Action Items for Those at a Loss, Part 2
by Kelsen Caldwell
People across the country are reeling from and grappling with the new and unfolding realities that accompany a Trump presidency, one that is undergirded by a resurgence of right wing populism and overt white nationalism. Continue reading Toward a Fierce, Liberatory White Anti-Racist Practice in the Times of Trump
This week Hanna tried to work on that whole work/life balance thing so Crosscut’s David Kroman gamely attempted to fill her shoes. He joined Marcus to talk Russian hacking and the #NoNewYouthJail movement. Anti-racist trainer Dustin Washington also stopped by to drop “honesty bombs” on progressive Seattle.
Sit back and enjoy!