Category Archives: Politics

Trump Administration Cans Gender Wage Data Collection – Leaving Cities to Pick Up the Bag

by Hanna Brooks Olsen

Without federal data collection, local information gathering will be more important than ever

Last week, the Trump administration announced that it would halt data collection from businesses with over 100 employees—close to 63 million businesses in total. The program, initiated by the Obama administration, was designed to find potential solutions to the ongoing racial and gender wage gaps among private employees. Similar data had been collected among federal contractors for years. Continue reading Trump Administration Cans Gender Wage Data Collection – Leaving Cities to Pick Up the Bag

I’d Like To Be Taxed, Please

by Ashok Chandwaney

Tax day is the day that ordinary Americans send their money to Washington, D.C., and wealthy Americans send their money to the Cayman Islands. – Jimmy Kimmel

Nowhere is this more true than Seattle. Working class people pay 16.8% of their income in taxes to make this city run. The wealthiest only pay 2.4%. I’m a tech worker, and expect to make over $250,000 this year and more in the future. Living in Seattle is a lot like if I hid my money in the Cayman Islands: I pay nearly nothing but still benefit by using roads, transit and all the other things working people fund. Continue reading I’d Like To Be Taxed, Please

Sawant and O’Brien: “If teachers go on Strike on May 1, We’ll Have Your Back!”

by Kshama Sawant and Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Councilmembers

Over the next week, members of the Seattle Education Association (SEA), the union that represents educators in Seattle’s public schools, will be voting on whether to take an important step in defense of public education.

If this vote is approved by the SEA membership, our city’s public school educators will hold a one-day strike on May 1, International Workers’ Day and historically a day of immigrant rights protests. Continue reading Sawant and O’Brien: “If teachers go on Strike on May 1, We’ll Have Your Back!”

Op-Ed: The Need for Food Innovation in Rainier Beach

by David Sauvion

Historically, Rainier Beach has always been a place for health and wellness. Seattleites would ride the electric trolley for a day at the beach and take in the fresh air, maybe a dip in the lake and enjoy expansive waterfront views. Before long, the area was built up and a new wave of settlers found homes where the Duwamish had previously established their village. The “little Island” became Pritchard Island, and the forest trail through the valley that connected it to the salt water (Elliott Bay) was named Rainier Ave S. Continue reading Op-Ed: The Need for Food Innovation in Rainier Beach

Op-Ed: Divesting From Wells Fargo is Only a Start

by S.A.F.E in Seattle

On Tuesday the Seattle City Council became the first city, by a 9 to 0 vote, to end an 18-year relationship with Wells Fargo over its investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline. We’ve already seen the ripple effects of this as the Davis, CA Council also voted unanimously to sever its ties with Wells Fargo. S.A.F.E. in Seattle applauds this historic move as a blow not just for climate justice but, for housing justice as well.

Standing Against Foreclosure and Eviction (SAFE) in Seattle has existed since 2012 in the wake of the Occupy Movement and the rise of resistance to corporate greed in cities across the country. Since then we have fought against the theft of homes of our neighbors by big banks, vulture capitalists, and developers and we’ve organized in low-income communities to put people before profit, without apology, and through direct action. Continue reading Op-Ed: Divesting From Wells Fargo is Only a Start