Category Archives: Politics

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

City Council Passes Its 2017 Budget: Affordable Housing, Homelessness Response, Early Learning and an Independent Office of Labor Standards

by Cliff Cawthon

For Seattleites who believe 2016 has been A REALLY REALLY REALLY HORRIBLE YEAR for the nation, their city approved a budget today that funded a number of vital services and projects that should make most residents hate 2017 a little less.

Continue reading City Council Passes Its 2017 Budget: Affordable Housing, Homelessness Response, Early Learning and an Independent Office of Labor Standards