As City Revives Civilian SPD Patrols, Role of Unarmed Officers Remains Open Question

by Erica C Barnett 

(This article was originally published on C is for Crank and has been reprinted with permission) 

Last month, the Seattle Police Department and City Council member Mike O’Brien announced that the city would spend $2 million over the next two years to reinstate the mothballed Community Service Officer program and hire around a dozen new CSOs—unarmed SPD employees trained to respond to low-level calls, including minor property crimes, landlord-tenant disputes, runaway kids, and “nuisance” crimes like public intoxication. Over the course of 2017, a team of representatives from city departments, along with the independent Community Police Commission, will decide what the CSOs’ job descriptions will be, what kind of services they will and won’t provide, and even to whom they will report. Continue reading As City Revives Civilian SPD Patrols, Role of Unarmed Officers Remains Open Question

U.S. Public Schools Are in Danger

by Ken Zeichner 

President-Elect Donald Trump has nominated school privatization advocate and billionaire Elizabeth (Betsy) DeVos of Grand Rapids Michigan to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education. The appointment of DeVos as Secretary of Education will mean big trouble for efforts to strengthen public schools in the U.S., and will harm many children and families. Continue reading U.S. Public Schools Are in Danger

Make America Again

by Benjamin Hunter

(The following is the transcript of a speech given at Seattle College’s  44th Annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. which took place January 13 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church) 

My work revolves around looking to the past.  Preparing for something like this brings me back to those that have spoken on this issue before me; in another place or another period of time.  The philosophies from every elder before us whose watched and witnessed the ebb and flow of a nation created.  The smell of the air, the sound of the wind, even the taste of things enhance or fade with the evolutions and devolutions of a growing society.   I think of them and say thank you.  Continue reading Make America Again

Congresswoman Jayapal Leads Westlake Square Rally to Save Affordable Care Act

words by Cliff Cawthon

photos by Naomi Ishisaka 

On Sunday, Representative Pramila Jayapal and supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gathered in downtown’s Westlake Square to defend outgoing President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation from being gutted by a Republican congress.  Continue reading Congresswoman Jayapal Leads Westlake Square Rally to Save Affordable Care Act

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