Latest Twist in Garfield Inquest Calls Recruiting Story Into Question

by Marcus Harrison Green

In the latest twist in the ongoing investigation into Garfield High School’s alleged football recruiting violations, John McKinney speaks out to “set the record straight”.

McKinney is the man responsible for enrolling the former student at the center of the controversy with Seattle Schools. Continue reading Latest Twist in Garfield Inquest Calls Recruiting Story Into Question

Searching for a Collective Movement in “Progressive” Seattle

by Renea Harris-Peterson & emily warren

Seattle, celebrated for its progressive positions on many issues, still struggles to push past the façade of “liberalism” into the true realm of equity. Lack of rent control, the police force being under investigation, woefully underfunded education, and the proposal to build a new youth incarceration facility are just a few examples of how the city has fallen short on its promises of progressivism. Continue reading Searching for a Collective Movement in “Progressive” Seattle

Town Hall, Carnival and Neighborhood Report Card Highlight Rainier Beach’s Weekend

by Susan Fried

The Rainier Beach Community Center joined its next door neighbor South Lake High School last Saturday, May 20, in hosting events dedicated to the South End community’s education and entertainment. The community center held the second annual “Spring Into Summer Community Carnival”, while the high school played host to the annual Rainier Beach Town Hall.
Continue reading Town Hall, Carnival and Neighborhood Report Card Highlight Rainier Beach’s Weekend

Seattle Police Reform Needs More Direct Democracy

by Howard Gale

The birth of Seattle’s Community Police Commission (CPC): an advisory body

In August 2010 First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams was murdered by Seattle police officer Ian Birk, becoming the latest and most egregious civil-rights violation (aka, crime) committed by Seattle police against people of color and marginalized communities in recent memory.  The fact that officer Birk was never prosecuted, or even charged with a crime, added to a pervasive sense of outrage across diverse communities in Seattle. This led the ACLU of Washington, joined by 34 other local organizations (among them the NAACP of Seattle King County, El Centro de la Raza, Central Area Motivation Program, Mothers for Police Accountability, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and International District Housing Alliance), to write a letter to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), calling on them to investigate the Seattle Police Department (SPD) for civil-rights violations (1). Continue reading Seattle Police Reform Needs More Direct Democracy

News Gleams: New Skyway Fire Chief Returns Home, Senior Center Leaning on Community, and Beacon Hill Artist’s Proposals

collected by Antonio Foster

 

Happy Returns for New Skyway Fire Chief

One of King County Fire District 20’s (Skyway Fire) own is returning home to lead the fire department he first started at the age of 19. Eric Hicks, the former Everett Fire Chief, calls his return to Skyway “truly a blessing with emotions running high. The memories I have as a young firefighter in the early 90’s in Skyway were good times. Now I get to help protect the citizens of West Hill once again.” Continue reading News Gleams: New Skyway Fire Chief Returns Home, Senior Center Leaning on Community, and Beacon Hill Artist’s Proposals

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