Category Archives: Social Justice

City Council Meeting Erupts with Block the Bunker Protests, Altercation with Security Guards

by Kelsey Hamlin

 Once Seattle City Council’s Monday meeting reached items on the agenda involving a new North precinct (‘the Bunker’), demonstrations were held, tensions rose, and the meeting was adjourned — which wouldn’t be the first time. But before all that, Seattle Council Security confronted Block The Bunker activists in what was described by activists involved as “a physical assault.”  Continue reading City Council Meeting Erupts with Block the Bunker Protests, Altercation with Security Guards

Time to Rise Again: An Interview with Aaron Dixon

by Cliff Cawthon

Seattle is nationally known as a counter-cultural hub for protest movements, such as the alter-globalization movement, and for revolutionary political stories. One such story is that of Aaron Dixon, the co-founder of Seattle’s Black Panther Chapter and a former Black Panther Captain.

This October will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Oakland Black Panther Party. The Oakland Black Panther Party was revolutionary in its time and would later become an inspirational cultural icon of Black-led social activism and political resistance. Continue reading Time to Rise Again: An Interview with Aaron Dixon

Seattle and Washington Tribes March for Standing Rock, Sign Resolution

by Kelsey Hamlin

“Every single tribe, they’re gems to our community and to our state” said Peggen Frank of Northern Arapaho and Oglala Lakota Tribes. “There’s no media coverage. They’re missing the point, not showing the real pictures. [The North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and supporting Native Americans] are not protesters, they’re protectors.” Continue reading Seattle and Washington Tribes March for Standing Rock, Sign Resolution

Reparations: Event to Grapple with Privilege, Systemic Oppression, Community Building

by Reagan Jackson

Join Natasha Marin and Reagan Jackson for a moderated discussion of the Reparations.me project Thursday, September 22 at 7:00pm, Northwest African American Museum

 It’s been three months since local artist and activist Natasha Marin launched her Reparations project . What began as an invitation to a facebook page has grown into a website and a movement that has raised $10,000 through its troll fund and sparked a viral conversation. Continue reading Reparations: Event to Grapple with Privilege, Systemic Oppression, Community Building

Stand, Kneel, or Sit: What Today’s Seahawk Action Means For Black Lives Matter

by Marissa Jenae Johnson

It’s the beginning of a new football season for the NFL and, like almost every other facet of American life, the movement for Black lives has left its mark. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines weeks ago when he sat for the national anthem during their pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers. When reporters asked why he chose not to stand for the anthem, Kaepernick said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Continue reading Stand, Kneel, or Sit: What Today’s Seahawk Action Means For Black Lives Matter

Community Members Pledge Action on Deadly Use of Force by Police

 By Clifford C. Cawthon and Tammy Morales

 It’s no secret that in America, Black and Brown people are killed by police at a higher rate than white people. In 2015 Think Progress, a progressive policy magazine infamously listed the police among many common things that are more likely to kill you than an act of terrorism. 

In April, the state legislature passed a resolution commissioning a Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing to review current practices and recommend changes. But after 9 hours of meetings the task force has yet to discuss deadly force. So the community thought they’d take a crack at it.  Continue reading Community Members Pledge Action on Deadly Use of Force by Police

Natasha Marin Brings an Army to the Troll Fight

Natasha Marin
Natasha Marin

Unless you have been living under some sort of social media blackout for the past couple of weeks you probably already know about local artist Natasha Marin’s project, “Reparations,” which has been getting a lot of media attention, from The Stranger to the Los Angeles Times, to The Guardian in the UK, and Art Forum.

The project began experimentally, as an event on Facebook, to which Ms. Marin invited people from her wide network of connections. Very quickly the number of people wanting to get involved grew, the project outgrew its medium, and she evolved the concept into a website. The best way to define the project is in its creator’s own words, from the Reparations website: Continue reading Natasha Marin Brings an Army to the Troll Fight