Category Archives: Voices

Essay: The Girl Who Wouldn’t Go Away

by Carolyn McConnell

In the summer of 1971, my mother, age 24 and many months pregnant, came to Seattle. I don’t know how she got there, but she had little money, so she must have copped a ride or taken Greyhound. She didn’t have a place to stay, so she went to Seward Park in southeast Seattle, where there were other young people camping out, to sleep under a weeping willow along the shore of Lake Washington. Sometime that night, the police swept through, booting people out of the park. But they let my mother be. Continue reading Essay: The Girl Who Wouldn’t Go Away

Opinion: Durkan’s Executive Order Is A Step Toward Climate Justice, But More Needed

by Nancy Huizar 

On January 8th Mayor Jenny Durkan signed an Executive Order to advance the City of Seattle’s work to combat climate change and commit Seattle as a national climate leader. While there are significant portions of the Executive Order that Got Green and other community partners  have fought for and have supported, we at Got Green are critical of the lack of meaningful engagement of frontline communities and workers in the drafting of the Executive Order.   Continue reading Opinion: Durkan’s Executive Order Is A Step Toward Climate Justice, But More Needed

Opinion: Defiance of Sanctuary Law Puts Families and Communities at Risk

by Rebecca Saldaña

What happens when the very people paid to enforce our laws willfully violate them?

This is the alarming situation reported in a recent Crosscut article about several law enforcement agencies committed to defying a state law that took effect last May. Continue reading Opinion: Defiance of Sanctuary Law Puts Families and Communities at Risk

Ask A Therapist: My Child Refuses to go to School

by Liz Covey

My 13 y.o. son is a nice kid. He’s pretty shy, but hasn’t ever had trouble in school with the work or with making friends. About a year ago, he started to complain about going to school, which was not a surprise, but his complaining turned into many sick days and some trouble catching up at the end of the year.  This year, he is not wanting to go at all anymore. We’ve tried bribing him with his favorite things like extra video game time and going to the trampoline park, but those aren’t working anymore. We’re wondering if we should be more serious about our consequences, or what we should do. When we take his privileges away for not going to school he says we’re being cruel, that he has too much stress and we’re punishing him for that. We don’t know what to do, and the school  hasn’t been able to help us much since he isn’t there hardly at all. What do you suggest?   Continue reading Ask A Therapist: My Child Refuses to go to School

I Was A Father For Three Days

by Nick Patterson

These seven words encapsulate my feelings of gain and loss, all my hopes and fears, and ultimately the belief that everything happens for a reason.

This is the story of my wife Chelsea and me becoming parents, then having that relationship taken away from us. We thought it was the culmination of our long journey to adoption. Instead it became 74 hours that were among both the best and worst of our lives, during which we experienced the greatest joys and deepest sorrows. Yet it was also a time when we felt an unbelievable amount of love and support from our community, both during the time the baby was home and in the aftermath. Continue reading I Was A Father For Three Days

Opinion: Why We Should Reject Carbon Offsets

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

Opinion: Journalists of Color Deserve More Support. Here’s How Seattle Can Help.

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.

Opinion: Access Riders Score Victory Against Veolia & for Improved Service

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

OPINION: Adoption of Duwamish Valley Community Benefits Commitment by Port of Seattle is First of its Kind Agreement with Duwamish Communities

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

Grassroots Reflections on the COP25

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