Category Archives: Voices

Ask A Therapist: Why Is Talk of Trauma So Prevalent Nowadays?

by Liz Covey

Question: Why is everything all about “Trauma” nowadays? I know some people have genuinely had terrible experiences, but it just seems like everyone is becoming a victim now.  I mean, don’t we all have to get through some hard stuff when we are kids or at some other time? Not trying to be insensitive, just genuinely curious if this is healthy.

 

Dear Reader,

I hear you loud and clear on this one, though from a slightly different perspective. There’s a lot of talk about trauma these days, without a lot of explanation. Continue reading Ask A Therapist: Why Is Talk of Trauma So Prevalent Nowadays?

Opinion: The State of Our Union

By Congressman Adam Smith (D-Wash.)


It is inevitable that members of Congress will have disagreements about the policy and approach laid out by the President in the State of the Union each year. On Tuesday, however, we saw an abdication from the truth by President Trump like we have never seen before in a State of the Union address to Congress. President Trump laid out a twisted, distorted vision that misled the American people on critical issues and failed to acknowledge certain threats entirely. Many of his claims were unequivocally false. Continue reading Opinion: The State of Our Union

Opinion: SB 6282 Is A Poison Pill to Kill Desegregation of Advanced Learning Programs in SPS

By Vivian van Gelder and Bao Ng


Overcoming their usual reluctance to interfere with local control of public education, State legislators recently put forward a bill that would place significant obstacles in the way of desegregating Seattle Public Schools’ self-contained Highly Capable Cohort program. That program, in which white and affluent students are dramatically overrepresented, is the descendant of “gifted” programs originally created to stem white flight from Seattle Public Schools (SPS) during the busing era of the 1980s. Continue reading Opinion: SB 6282 Is A Poison Pill to Kill Desegregation of Advanced Learning Programs in SPS

Opinion: As a Mom and a Public Health Professional, I’m Celebrating Washington’s New Paid Leave Program 

by Zandrea Harlin


When I discovered I was pregnant about three years ago, my husband and I were thrilled. Almost immediately, we focused on figuring out what sort of parental leave we would be able to take. We were both working full-time, and we needed both incomes to cover our expenses.

I’m a huge policy nerd and I had studied this issue for years. I believed I understood the strengths and weaknesses of the paid leave policies in place at the time. Through my research and activism, I had much more knowledge than most as I tried to determine how long I’d be able to bond with my baby and recover from birth before returning to work. Continue reading Opinion: As a Mom and a Public Health Professional, I’m Celebrating Washington’s New Paid Leave Program 

“Fat Weirdos” for The Win: How to teach a Toddler About Difference and Not Raise a Jerk

by Sarah Stuteville


On a cozy Saturday morning as I ate blueberry pancakes, my then three-year-old son leaned into his godmother and announced, “You are a big, fat weirdo!”

Toddlers do all sorts of embarrassing things—from loudly discussing their genitals on public transportation to casually using the “f-word” when they drop a grape at a dinner party. But for me—a socially anxious empath—there is nothing more mortifying than watching my kid hurt someone’s feelings. Add a dash of political sensitivity aimed right at my how-to-raise-a-nice-white-boy angst, and you’ve summoned my perfect storm of social horror. Continue reading “Fat Weirdos” for The Win: How to teach a Toddler About Difference and Not Raise a Jerk

Opinion: What Black Lives Matter at School Is from the Perspective of a NAACP Youth Council Leader in Seattle

by Erica Ijeoma


In the fall of 2016, back when I was 14 years old, John Muir Elementary staff planned to wear Black Lives Matter shirts, partner with Black Men Uniting to Change the Narrative, and together greet their students, the majority of whom are Black, to school in hopes of uplifting them.

That was the whole event – high fives and a warm welcome.

But soon the press caught wind of this event, then the opposition. Backlash quickly followed, including a bomb threat. Due to the credibility of this threat, the district cancelled the event as they were concerned for the safety of students and bomb-sniffing dogs were sent out through the school that fall morning. Continue reading Opinion: What Black Lives Matter at School Is from the Perspective of a NAACP Youth Council Leader in Seattle

Opinion: Want to Make Space for Awakening in a Woke/Unwoke world?

by Julie Pham


A group of students, both white and people of color, get assigned to work together on a class project. After class, a few of them express dissatisfaction that some academic terms related to racism are used incorrectly. Another teacher, a white man, learns that the team is upset and approaches them to better understand their concerns. But no one in the group will talk to him about the issue.

After he leaves, one woman in the group says to the others, “One day, we’ll all be in the position of not knowing something. When that happens to me, I hope someone will be willing to share their views with me. I think we should talk to him.” Continue reading Opinion: Want to Make Space for Awakening in a Woke/Unwoke world?

Central District Community Members Hope Displacement Conversation With City Department Heads Leads to Overdue Policy Shifts

by Thea White


“The process of storytelling is itself a healing process, partly because you have someone there who is taking the time to tell you a story that has great meaning to them.”-Alice Walker

I grew up as a member of Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church on 15th and Fir, just two blocks northwest from the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI). Goodwill was my home outside of home. I wrote my first paper at early morning Sunday School, learned about advocacy work through the stories of my elders and built lifelong friendships serving on the usher board and youth choir. Continue reading Central District Community Members Hope Displacement Conversation With City Department Heads Leads to Overdue Policy Shifts