by Glenn Nelson
If you are BIPOC in America, it’s difficult to celebrate the 2020 elections too robustly. A fist bump, for sure, for Kamala Harris — and a middle finger for Donald Trump. But there surely must be more.
Continue reading Biden and Harris Have Won, But the Struggle for Justice, Equity, and Change Still a Huge Climb
by Michael Reagan
Seattle Colleges District, the three-campus community college system for the City of Seattle, has been a flagship of professional, technical, and academic transfer instruction since 1970. Typically, during years of high enrollment — often when high unemployment pushes people to learn new skills, become certified, or complete a degree — North, Central, and South Seattle Colleges have collectively served over 45,000 students annually. The District’s “open-door” admissions policy welcomes students with all kinds of needs. Students of color comprise 56% of the student body at Central College, 40% at South Seattle College, and 36% at North Seattle College. But the combined pandemic and economic downturn has created a financial crisis across the district.
Continue reading OPINION: Seattle Colleges in Crisis, But Harmful Budget Cuts Not the Answer
by M. Anthony Davis
Last night was one of the longest nights I’ve had in recent memory. Even as I woke up this morning to the latest polls, I still feel like I’m processing everything that happened, and the election still isn’t over.
As it stands now, Biden has just been projected to win Wisconsin. If Biden’s lead in Arizona, Nevada, and Michigan hold he will win the election. Whether or not Trump accepts that victory is to-be-determined.
Continue reading Opinion: Win or Lose, the Fight Goes On
by Roy Fisher, MA LMFT
Question: I’m having a really hard time believing that I’m successful at anything right now. As a parent, I feel like I’m dropping the ball. As an employee, working from home is difficult because I’m always distracted by something going on that takes me away from getting tasks accomplished. As a partner, I don’t think I have a lot to give to my relationship because I don’t feel good about myself. I have always seen myself as competent, so this is all new and I’m not handling it very well at all. I’m cranky and lash out but want to find a new way of dealing with everything — help!
Continue reading Ask a Therapist: Letting Go of Self-Criticism During a Pandemic
by Adana Protonentis
“They forgot where they live. We never forget where we live.”
It was November 9, 2016, the day after the last presidential election, and I was on the phone with my mom. I’d been telling her about how everyone in Seattle seemed to be in a state of shock. Everywhere I looked, people were in tears or stunned into silence — they just hadn’t seen it coming. They’d never honestly considered the possibility that Trump would become president. They were completely unprepared, and I was completely baffled. So I called my mom, the wisest person I know, and asked how these election results could possibly be such a surprise? A crushing disappointment, sure, but a surprise? And then she reminded me of a truth I’d been taking for granted: Some people get to forget how cruel this country can be, but Black people never can. We can’t afford to forget.
Continue reading No Matter What Happens, Keep Believing the Cassandras
by Caitlin Lombardi
Last Thursday afternoon, Derrick Martin-Armstead got a long-awaited resentencing hearing. After spending a quarter of his young life behind bars, Derrick is getting a chance at freedom. The hearing was a snapshot, a brief and formal moment in time, punctuating eight years of back and forth, tears, hopes, heartbreaks, emails and phone calls, phone calls, phone calls between Derrick and the Post-Prison Education Program, trying to forge some kind of future for him. Trying to install hope where there has been no justice.
Continue reading OPINION: What the Pandemic and ELection Have Meant for Nonprofits Struggling to Keep Our Communities Together
by Melia LaCour
This article is the second in a series following Persist PAC’s efforts to support Black womxn running for the state legislature. The series will follow their process and share and explain the tools used within the campaign process that anyone can use to support candidates running for office.
On August 4, the womxn of Persist PAC began to see a collective dream crystalize. The dream that generations of Black womxn have tirelessly fought for – the absolute right to lead and shape policy at some of the highest levels of government in our nation and in our state. During the historic Washington State primary election, all ten of the Black womxn candidates Persist PAC supported won their primary races for seats in the State Legislature. This unparalleled set of victories resulted from a potent blend of outstanding candidate leadership and talent, and mighty institutional and financial support which is so often missing for Black womxn candidates.
Continue reading Persist PAC: Centering Black Womxn On Election Day
by Luna Reyna
On Monday, Oct. 26, the Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force held its first public virtual meeting. It started off like any other virtual meeting — the kind many of us are all too familiar with: the odd feedback and crackling of mics while task force members situated themselves and made sure they could be seen and heard.
The task force is “responsible for making recommendations to the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) to establish a social equity program for the issuance and reissuance of existing retail cannabis licenses.” This is an affront to many Washington residents who feel the LCB has targeted Black cannabis entrepreneurs and has contributed to the gaping racial disparities in the local industry. There are also fewer than 40 licenses that fall under that limited umbrella in the entire state of Washington.
Continue reading Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force Aims to Overcome Liquor and Cannabis Board’s History of Injustices to Washington’s Black Community
by Sarah Stuteville
The first election I voted in was a contested election. It was November of 2000 and I was a new radical forged in the WTO protests of the previous fall. Seattle was still buzzing from riots against neoliberalism and global capitalism that (as has become our brand) turned a global eye on the unexpected vanguard that is this weird little city in the corner of the country.
Continue reading OPINION: This Election, Beware of ‘Back to Normal’ Politics