by James Williams and Johnny Mao
Last year, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) purchased a sponsored article in the Seattle Times, titled ‘Cleaning up your climate footprint with carbon offsets’. In what is essentially a paid advertisement, the writer claims that carbon offsets are a viable option to “reduce long-term greenhouse gas-related devastation”. The author presents carbon offsets as a way of atoning for our individual roles in generating pollution. Continue reading Opinion: Why We Should Reject Carbon Offsets
by Marcus Harrison Green
When the entire news industry suffers from the flu, media outlets created by and for people of color endure bouts of fungal pneumonia.
That phenomenon bore out earlier this month when the Seattle Globalist sent an email to supporters detailing a dire financial situation.
After seven years of operating an award-winning journalism platform and educational programs for Seattle’s immigrant, refugee and POC communities, the organization was forced to lay off all of its employees and consider shutting down completely, read the email sent by the Seattle Globalist Board of Directors.
“As an organization, we’ve run out of money to support any staff,” the email said.
Continue reading Opinion: Journalists of Color Deserve More Support. Here’s How Seattle Can Help.
by Susan Koppelman
A 7-year campaign led by disabled riders and anti-imperial, anti-privatization, disability justice and labor solidarity activists has pushed King County to cut ties with a corporation that was subcontracting Metro’s Access transit service. Veolia operated the federally mandated paratransit service. Continue reading Opinion: Access Riders Score Victory Against Veolia & for Improved Service
by The Port Community Action Team
On December 10th, Port of Seattle Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt Resolution 3767, The Duwamish Valley Community Benefits Commitment (DVCBC).
This adoption marks the culmination of over 2 years of community collaboration between the Port Community Action Team, made up of South Park and Georgetown residents, and the Port of Seattle, bringing the two closer towards institutionalizing the voices of the Duwamish Valley into Port of Seattle processes. Continue reading OPINION: Adoption of Duwamish Valley Community Benefits Commitment by Port of Seattle is First of its Kind Agreement with Duwamish Communities
by Nancy Huizar and Sean O’Neill
Got Green is an environmental justice organization that builds community power in working-class communities in South Seattle. Got Green envisions healthy and resilient communities, where all people are able to: (1) work meaningful jobs that nourish our earth, our communities, and our souls; (2) eat affordable, healthy food that is grown with dignity for workers and the environment; (3) live in safe and sustainable housing, rooted in climate resilient neighborhoods; (4) and care for our environment in our relationship to the land, the climate, and each other.
Got Green’s Climate Justice Organizer Nancy Huizar had the opportunity to travel to Madrid to meet with social movement leaders during the week of COP25 – the United Nations’ climate conference. The following is a conversation between Nancy Huizar and Sean O’Neill (Got Green’s Development Director) about the purpose of this trip, the proposals being discussed at COP25, and the need for international solidarity. Continue reading Grassroots Reflections on the COP25
by Erin Okuno
We believe children, especially children of color, have the right to be whole, well, and successful. With this belief the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition and their partners set out to construct a family engagement survey to learn how families feel about engaging with schools and the education system. Continue reading Input Sought for Southeast Seattle Education Coalition’s Family Engagement Survey
by Rabbi David Basior
Do you remember where you were when 9/11 happened? Most likely, if you were above the age of five, you have a memory of where you were that day.
I was in New York City and had just entered my midtown Manhattan office where I served as an assistant at a real estate management company –– my first job after graduating from the University of Florida. The office was situated within three city blocks from Grand Central Station, the Empire State Building, the Consul General of Israel, and the United Nations’ headquarters. I had just seen Michael Jackson perform at Madison Square Garden the night before, and I was coming in a few minutes later than my expected 9 a.m. start time. The events unfolding downtown made my slightly late arrival go unnoticed, which I had only a moment to be thankful for before learning why everyone was so soberly concerned. Continue reading Opinion: Fighting Antisemitism in the Name of Collective Liberation
By Franklin High School students Yuki McKenzie and India Unwin
For our recent field trip to Bellevue as part of the Women’s Transportation Seminar Transportation YOU program , we were told that we would be taking a bus, so we expected a regular yellow bus rental. What we got instead was a chartered King County Metro bus with “SPECIAL” on the LED display! On our way across the lake, we happened to pass by some new Sound Transit Light Rail construction. Continue reading Community Voices: A Metro Field Trip Opened Our Eyes to How Women Guide Public Transportation
by ChrisTiana ObeySumner
Almost three years ago, I began my first business as a social equity consultant. I had been an advocate and community organizer for years before, fighting for intersectional disability issues. Recently, someone asked me what the most common question I received was. I shared that it was often a rambling thought containing three main questions: (1) “Can you help me understand the difference between Diversity, Equity and Inclusion(DEI); (2) Will it help us/me better figure out how to ensure I’m being equitable and inclusive in my business/advocacy/life; (3) What does equity and inclusion really mean anyway?” Continue reading Equity is the Engine: The “Pimp my Ride” Parable
by Margaret Babayan & Andy Nicholas
We need to talk about our racist tax code.
Washington’s state tax code was created within many economic and legal systems and institutions aimed at keeping people of color from having access to wealth and opportunity: segregation, employment and housing discrimination, and cultural assimilation, among so many other things. Built on a history of institutional and systemic racism, this state tax structure – which is the most inequitable in the nation because it relies on those with the least to pay the most – is both a product of and perpetrator of racial and ethnic inequalities. In short, our state tax code compounds the barriers to economic opportunity faced by many communities of color. Continue reading OPINION: The Tax Code Should Advance Racial Justice