Category Archives: Social Justice

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

Celebrating Boston School Bus Drivers, a BDS Victory, & Solidarity with Flint

by Susan Koppelman

Congratulations to the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, United Steelworkers (USW) 8751, on their victory against Veolia/Transdev! This past December, after more than two long years of struggle against Veolia and the City of Boston, USW 8751 “Team Solidarity” won an improved contract with great medical and retirement packages incl. $5 copays, retroactive gains paid for the two years they didn’t have a contract, protections on 40 years of collective bargaining gains and the four fired union leaders were reinstated with full seniority and financial restitution! Continue reading Celebrating Boston School Bus Drivers, a BDS Victory, & Solidarity with Flint

TAF Academy Aims to Better Prepare Black and Latino Students for Math and Science Careers

by Lornet Turnbull

(This article was originally published on YES Magazine)

Artina Daniels has always been a tinkerer, obsessed with discovering how things around her work.

Four years ago, before starting the eighth grade, she asked her parents to help her find a school where she could channel those curiosities.

Continue reading TAF Academy Aims to Better Prepare Black and Latino Students for Math and Science Careers

Employees Describe Slipping Into Homelessness While Working at REI

by Kelsey Hamlin

(Updated 7/16/16 3:59pm)

REI is known as a place of good-heartedness and quality, so it might come as a shock to hear that many of its employees are either on food stamps, working multiple jobs, or both.

When it comes down to it, REI may have bucked their principles as a co-op for a large corporate trend: Expansion at the expense of its workers. This came to light at a public forum for REI workplace rights yesterday evening, hosted by Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant. Continue reading Employees Describe Slipping Into Homelessness While Working at REI