Category Archives: Voices

Starting Over In Skyway

by Robin Boland


True confession time. I’ve lived in Seattle my entire life and I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never explored Skyway. The lovely editor of this publication asked my embarrassed self to write an article about living in the Skyway area from a newbie perspective. So here goes (confession is good for the soul, right?).

I came to live in Skyway following a life change that necessitated renting near Seattle. Since I can’t curse here there’s no way to truly and accurately express the horror I felt, looking for an affordable rental in Seattle. I couldn’t afford to live anywhere near my previous neighborhood (Brighton) unless I was looking to live in a tiny, musty basement with my 6ft tall teenager for 2k a month.

Enter Skyway. Continue reading Starting Over In Skyway

Opinion: Expanding Quality Educational Opportunities for ALL Students

by Brandon Hersey


Seattle Public Schools is actively engaged in a new era of focus for our district. Through our strategic plan we have codified our commitment to black boys and their families as well narrowing the opportunity gap for all students who are furthest away from educational justice. Continue reading Opinion: Expanding Quality Educational Opportunities for ALL Students

Opinion: My Choice for Washington’s Presidential Primary

collected by Emerald Staff


March 10 is Washington’s first presidential primary election.  For the first time, our state is in play and can have a major impact on the Democratic presidential nominee leading up to this Summer’s National Democratic Convention. King County Elections mailed primary ballots out several weeks ago. Voters will have until March 10 at 8 p.m to deliver their stamp-free ballot to a drop box or return by mail. Continue reading Opinion: My Choice for Washington’s Presidential Primary

Opinion: Tax Amazon and the Biggest Businesses (not workers) for Social Housing and a Green New Deal

by Rev Angela Ying


We the people are part of a broad and powerful Tax Amazon Movement. Why am I, a faith leader, actively participating?

In a word, it is LOVE. Love your neighbor as yourself.

In a word, it is JUSTICE. For Cornel West shares “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” For I believe, those who lead the people need to love the people. Continue reading Opinion: Tax Amazon and the Biggest Businesses (not workers) for Social Housing and a Green New Deal

Opinion: Investments in Early Education and the Brilliance of Each Child Matter

by Sen. Rebecca Saldaña and Rep. Debra Entenman


This legislative session, the Washington State House and Senate have introduced proposals that advance early care and education for children from birth through age five. We support these policies because we know first-hand the lasting power of quality education and care in a child’s earliest years. Continue reading Opinion: Investments in Early Education and the Brilliance of Each Child Matter

Pride From Prejudice: What We Can Learn from the Kennedy Catholic Debacle

by Krystal S. Marx


We see ourselves in the lives and shared values of the people around us. That’s what makes up ‘community’, and two weeks ago my LGBTQIA+ community was reminded yet again that our lives are still not valued by some of our most powerful institutions. On February 14th – Valentine’s Day – two teachers from Kennedy Catholic High School (KCHS) in Burien, Washington were forced to “voluntarily resign” for no reason other than being gay/lesbian and choosing to marry their partners. Continue reading Pride From Prejudice: What We Can Learn from the Kennedy Catholic Debacle

Opinion: Whitewashing Bellevue’s History

by Erin Shigaki


Note: Erin Shigaki’s statement below was submitted this morning prior to the Bellevue College Board of Trustees meeting. The Trustees announced that both President, Dr. Jerry Weber and the Vice President Dr. Gayle Barge, who defaced Erin Shigaki’s art, are no longer at Bellevue College, effective immediately.


In my community we honor Day of Remembrance so that we never forget and never repeat February 19, 1942, the day President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, forcing the removal and incarceration of 126,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast. This year I received a painful reminder that some would prefer this history to be erased, even at a time when it is being repeated on many levels. Continue reading Opinion: Whitewashing Bellevue’s History

Opinion: The Personal isn’t just Political, It’s Electable. Why I’m Supporting Warren

by Sarah Stuteville


After months of trying to convince every progressive I met to vote for Bernie Sanders, I went ahead and cast my primary ballot for Elizabeth Warren yesterday. And it wasn’t because she gave a sexist, racist, billionaire hell on national television (though that didn’t hurt). And it wasn’t because my four-year-old son heard her on the radio, asked who she was and then announced, “But women aren’t presidents” (knife through my heart that it was). It was because of something that happened to me on a delivery table back in the winter of 2015 and a video that Warren posted last week about the maternal mortality crisis and race inequity in perinatal health.˛ Continue reading Opinion: The Personal isn’t just Political, It’s Electable. Why I’m Supporting Warren

Seattle Asians for Black Lives Engaging in Racial Healing Work

by Melia LaCour


The call for liberation fuels the actions of many.  For those of us who march to the beat of justice, this call pushes us to stand up and take action, even when the resistance bears so greatly on our souls. It forces us to work for the light at the end of a long battle. And it pushes us to dive deeply into our collective shadow to root out the destructive racial narratives that fester and collide against our struggle for liberation. Continue reading Seattle Asians for Black Lives Engaging in Racial Healing Work