“Macklemore, White Privilege 2, White Allies, and Black Liberation”

by Amir Islam

Ours is the story of two young men who grew up just miles apart similar in many ways, but with different paths. I have known Ben Haggerty a.k.a. Macklemore since our childhood days. We grew up together, and although not the best of friends we shared childhood memories, busted raps together, ran in some of the same circles, and later on in life we would keep up with each other, even crossing paths on our road to recovery from drug addiction. Continue reading “Macklemore, White Privilege 2, White Allies, and Black Liberation”

News Gleams: Update on Homeless Encampment Shooting and Pagliacci Pizza in Columbia City?

collected by Antonio Foster

Pagliacci Pizza potentially coming to Columbia City

On Tuesday, February 2nd, the Columbia City Historic District Review committee will consider two building proposals. One proposal is for the Hastings Building on Rainier and Ferdinand, which formerly housed Carol Cobb Salon, to now contain a Pagliacci Pizza restaurant. Continue reading News Gleams: Update on Homeless Encampment Shooting and Pagliacci Pizza in Columbia City?

Public Notice: Rainier Court Phase IV

(This is a public notice published as a courtesy to SouthEast Effective Development)

SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) requests the public’s review of the alternative cleanup actions being considered for the Rainier Court Phase IV site, located between 34th and 35th Avenues South and adjacent to South Spokane Street, in the Mt. Baker neighborhood. Much of these sites were formerly in industrial use and used as an unregulated landfill in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Due to possible levels of contamination, the sites were included in the King County Brownfields Showcase in 2001 and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has undertaken substantial environmental testing. SEED’s consultant, GeoEngineers, has conducted additional analysis of the data, including groundwater sampling. These studies have found landfill debris (glass, bricks, domestic garbage, charred debris, etc.) beneath the site at .5-10 feet deep. Continue reading Public Notice: Rainier Court Phase IV

To Fight Back Against Companies Like Uber, Workers Need Organizing—Not Technocratic Fixes

by Jonathan Rosenblum (this article originally appeared by In These Times)

What are U.S. workers to do about the problems presented by the gig economy?

The past year saw a number of prominent liberals offer policy ideas to mitigate the worst elements of precarious employment. Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich proposed that companies pay into a common benefit fund for the gig workers they employ. Left-leaning think-tank executives, academics and even a few union leaders signed on to a manifesto declaring that portable benefits were the solution to easing the lives of precarious workers. Continue reading To Fight Back Against Companies Like Uber, Workers Need Organizing—Not Technocratic Fixes

More Than a Thousand Brave Rain For Skyway Library’s Grand Opening

by Marcus Harrison Green

Not even a heavy downpour could spoil the mood at the grand opening of Skyway’s new library.

On Saturday morning, more than a thousand Skyway residents braved steady rains to assemble on the corner of 76th and Renton Avenue for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new 8000 square foot building. Continue reading More Than a Thousand Brave Rain For Skyway Library’s Grand Opening

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