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
by Jennifer Tran
The number of Washington state children with health insurance has risen to historic highs, with 39 of every 40 kids in the state now covered by health insurance. Further, disparities in access to health care have been reduced across nearly all racial and ethnic groups. Continue reading Washington Seeing Historic Progress in Kids’ Health Care Access
by Bob Hasegawa
I’ve spent my life fighting to make Seattle a city more accessible and equitable for all. First, as a leader for the Teamster’s Union, second, as a state representative and, most recently, a state senator. Continue reading Hasegawa: Clarifying My Record on Transit
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!”
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
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
by Georgia McDade
One day some of the Republican luminaries who gathered to defeat President Obama on Inauguration Day will apologize.
One day some of the Congresspersons who slowed or stymied progressive agendas will apologize.
One day Mondales’s Comprehensive Child Development Act of 1971 will become law as it could have had not Richard Nixon vetoed it. Continue reading A Poem for Inauguration Day: One Day