Notes From Cascadia: Rainier Beach Zen Priest Jason Wirth

by Paul Nelson

Jason Wirth is a Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University, a 11+ year Rainier Beach resident, a Zen Monk and author of Mountains, Rivers, And The Great Earth: Reading Gary Snyder and Dōgen In An Age of Ecological Crisis. He talked to us about his book looking at the legendary Beat poet Gary Snyder, Snyder’s use of the 13th century Buddhist priest and Zen poet Dogen, visiting Snyder’s home in Nevada City, California, the connection between water, compassion and the bioregion known as Cascadia and the necessity of “identity politics” and how to make them unnecessary. Here is a portion of the interview. You can hear it all here. Continue reading Notes From Cascadia: Rainier Beach Zen Priest Jason Wirth

Muslim Community’s Day of Dignity Provides Supplies to Seattle’s Unsheltered

by Molly Quinton 

By 7 a.m. Saturday, twenty people were already waiting outside Belltown’s Millionair Club Charity, zigzagging down the street and trying to shield themselves from the rain. Two and a half hours later, as the doors opened at 9:30, the line wrapped around the block. Volunteers passed out Top Pot doughnuts and hot coffee, and they laughed and joked with those in line. Continue reading Muslim Community’s Day of Dignity Provides Supplies to Seattle’s Unsheltered

Threads of Solidarity: Duo’s Clothing Line Embraces Rebels and Scholars

by DJ Martinez

This fall, local clothing company Rebels & Scholars commemorates 3 years of staying true to their mission of celebrating cultura en el noroeste (culture in the Northwest.) Whether you’re catching a show at The Crocodile or cruising through Beacon Hill, you’re likely to see one of the South End based company’s signature t-shirts in sarape lettering, or their classic Los Marineros snapback– caps. Continue reading Threads of Solidarity: Duo’s Clothing Line Embraces Rebels and Scholars

In Support of Equitable Development and HOMES

by Mike O’Brien and Kirsten Harris-Talley (City of Seattle Councilmembers)

Seattle is facing a crisis of displacement that disproportionately falls on communities of color, immigrants refugees, seniors, transgender and disabled residents. We know that as our City continues to experience a boom in population and wealth, these communities are disproportionately being pushed out of Seattle.

These costly and destabilizing moves, often to areas with limited transportation access and reduced economic opportunity, push families deeper into poverty. Rapidly rising rents and housing prices caused by our economic boom is also pushing people entirely out of housing and into vehicles, tents, shelters or doorways. This recognition is not anti-business, this is facing reality. We need more creative and progressive revenue sources to solve our displacement and homelessness crises, and the time to act is now. Continue reading In Support of Equitable Development and HOMES

Political Pulpit: It’s Not the Saints Who Can Bring Us The Sinners

by Dae Shik Kim Hawkins Jr, Opinion Writer

For a lot of white people, it took Trump to wake them up. In an era of Trump and Neo-Nazism, progressive America is looking to white liberals to save the day. We’ve called upon Hollywood stars and left-leaning democrats to help lead the charge against Trump’s xenophobic regime. Continue reading Political Pulpit: It’s Not the Saints Who Can Bring Us The Sinners

Rad Books, For Rad Kids: Four Stories of Surviving Rape Culture

by Maggie Block

I’ve been wanting to share Young Adult book recommendations dealing with rape culture for awhile. And in light of the popular resurgence of the #MeToo hashtag,I feel now is probably the appropriate time. But– and forgive me, this is going to take a while– I think we need to start by talking about rape culture. Continue reading Rad Books, For Rad Kids: Four Stories of Surviving Rape Culture

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