Category Archives: Politics

Protestors Unite Following City Attorney’s Threat to Aggressively Prosecute ‘Reckless’ Protesters

by DJ Martinez

In an Op-Ed for the Seattle Times August 29, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes wrote that he would no longer be “turning a blind eye” to protesters who invoke their First Amendment rights by using non-violent protest tactics that block city traffic, in reaction to recent protests earlier this year held by activists from multiple movements.

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The Primary Election Results: Progressives Surging, But Still Have Work to Do

by Geov Parrish

Primaries in even-numbered years with no presidential or governor’s elections and no local elections other than the Washington  Legislature traditionally have the lowest turnout of any of the state’s primary election days. In 2014, the last such year, fewer  than 30 percent of eligible King County voters actually voted—about 351,000 of 1.175 million.

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“I don’t think any child should be in a jail” — An Interview With Daron Morris

by Guy Oron

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity

Daron Morris is a 20-year public defender. He is running for King County Prosecutor to unseat Dan Satterberg, a two-and-a-half-term incumbent. I sat down with Morris in a Beacon Hill coffee shop to ask him about his background and stance on important issues affecting Seattle’s South End.

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Vote Now, So We Can Vote Later

by Geov Parrish

If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal … Oh wait.

And if voting didn’t change anything, they wouldn’t try to slip the primary past people in the middle of their short, glorious summer, when the last thing many of us want to do is pay attention to political candidates. In 2014, the last non-presidential election year with no local offices on the ballot, fewer than 30 percent of registered voters in King County, and less than a quarter of all eligible adults, bothered to vote. Continue reading Vote Now, So We Can Vote Later

All Children Deserve an Education, No Matter Their Immigration Status

by Rhonda M. Carter

The Trump administration has already fostered an anti-immigrant climate catastrophic for many immigrant children and their families. Many young immigrants are seeing the promise of an education slip out of their grasp. Moves from abruptly ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and revoking Temporary Protected Status from tens of thousands of established U.S. residents to effectively banning travel to the U.S. for those from selected majority Muslim countries are working together to burden students. Immigrant students are receiving a resounding message that their desire to learn is not meaningful and that they, along with their families and communities, are unwelcome and at risk of separation at any time from those they love most and who most love them.

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Why Is a Statewide Anti-Union Group Suing to Stop Tiny House Villages in Seattle?

by Erica C. Barnett

When the Olympia-based Freedom Foundation—a conservative group that has spent the bulk of its energy over the past decade fighting against health care workers’ right to organize—filed a lawsuit to stop a Low Income Housing Institute-run “tiny house village” for homeless people from opening in South Lake Union, it raised some eyebrows.

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Representation Matters: Why Politics Is Always a Matter of Life or Death

by Joe Nguyen and Rosa Mai

When I started campaigning on the idea that representation matters, I received pushback from people who felt that I was playing into identity politics. Some of these people argued that I needed a wider appeal or that I could not win on demographic votes alone. There seemed to be a lot of folks assuming that representation begins and ends with race. In the end, representation never seems a satisfactory reason for a candidate to run nor for us to vote for them.

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