Category Archives: Public Policy

Tacoma Teen Supports I-1631 Because He Grew Up in an Era of Racism and Climate Injustice

by Nate Williams

In my lifetime, I’ve seen how much we take a healthy environment for granted.

As a child I’ve always had a love for trees and all animals. When I was little I used to go on hikes with my dad. I was amazed at how tall the trees were and by the different colors of the forest. We loved going down to the beach and walking through the zoo to learn about animals from across the world. Nature was a way for me to find peace of mind.

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The Seattle Architecture Lobby Hosts Tour of Hostile Architecture in Pioneer Square

by Alexander Froehlich and the Seattle Architecture Lobby

The Seattle Design Festival comes downtown every year to celebrate “how design improves the quality of our lives and our community.” This year the Seattle Architecture Lobby will be conducting a Hostile Architecture Tour to explore who has the power to design, who doesn’t, and which communities are affected by design choices. Through a 10-stop tour we will examine design as the result of deliberate processes that serve some and not others. We will also discuss our role as designers with power and complicity in those processes which shape our city.

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Protestors Amass at ICE Headquarters for Deadline to Reunite Families

by Neal McNamara

(This article originally appeared on Patch.com and has been republished with permission)

On deadline day for President Donald Trump’s administration to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, a group of more than 100 protesters demonstrated outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in downtown Seattle Thursday morning.

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African Women Business Alliance Receives $75,000 Equitable Development Initiative Grant

by Leilani Leach

Nourah Yonous didn’t expect to get the grant, thinking the fledgling organization she founded was too new. But then she checked her voicemail.

“I screamed,” the founder and Executive Director of the African Women Business Alliance said. “I could not believe it.”

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Durkan Picks Carmen Best as New Seattle Police Chief

by Neal McNamara

(This article originally appeared on Patch.com and has been republished with permission.)

SEATTLE, WA — Carmen Best was selected as the new Seattle police chief, according to Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office. Durkan will make the selection official at a press conference scheduled for [today] Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

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Why the Landlord Lobby Should Fear the Washington Tenant Movement

by Gina Owens

Washington tenants face skyrocketing rents, unduly harsh eviction laws, and weak enforcement of tenant protections. Several years ago, I was in a car accident that rendered me disabled and unable to work. While I was in the process of getting Social Security Disability approved, I was evicted because I could not pay my full rent. Prior to the accident, I had had two decades of good rental history, but that did not protect me.

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Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) Report on the King County Sheriff’s Office

by Neal McNamara

SEATTLE, WA — The King County Sheriff’s Office should revise its internal investigations complaint process, an independent group has found. The county’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) asked the Connecticut-based Daigle Law Group to assess the effectiveness of the complaint process, and the report was presented to the King County Council Law and Justice Committee on Tuesday. Continue reading Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) Report on the King County Sheriff’s Office