I Don’t Care That You Pissed Us Off, BLM, Thanks for Doing It!

(Note: This is one in a trio of essays the Emerald solicited on Saturday’s interruption of Bernie Sanders at a downtown rally by members of Seattle’s Black Lives Matter movement, you can read the other two here and here.)

by Andrew Lanier

Waiting in line to see Bernie Sanders rally at the Alaska Airlines arena, I get a text about the rally at Westlake: the Black Lives Movement took over the stage and wouldn’t let Bernie speak. My gut reaction is annoyance and anger; why did they shut down Bernie’s rally? Don’t they know he’s the candidate most likely to actually address the issues they care about? Why didn’t they pull that kind of stage-hijacking stunt at a Donald Trump event? I say as much to my wife, disgustedly. She listens without saying anything, looking at me. Maybe there’s something more to it than what you know? Indeed, there is. Continue reading I Don’t Care That You Pissed Us Off, BLM, Thanks for Doing It!

Marissa Johnson was Right: The Politics of Silence at the Bernie Sanders Rally

(Note: This is one in a trio of essays the Emerald solicited on Saturday’s interruption of Bernie Sanders at a downtown rally by members of Seattle’s Black Lives Matter movement, you can read the other two here and here.)

by Reagan Jackson

Presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders got an unexpected welcome as he addressed a crowd at Westlake Center last Saturday. “Thank you Seattle for being one of the most progressive cities in the United States of America,” he said, shortly before being stripped of the mic by Black Lives Matter activists Mara Jacqueline Willaford and Marissa Janae Johnson.  Continue reading Marissa Johnson was Right: The Politics of Silence at the Bernie Sanders Rally

Hookah Lounge Owners Flood City Hall to Voice Concerns Over Potential Closures

by Reagan Jackson

The City Council chamber was standing room only. Though there was no pending vote or corresponding agenda item, Hookah Lounge owners, along with activists from East African communities and organizations including the NAACP, EPIC, YUIR, and European Dissent joined together to publicly address Mayor Ed Murray’s recent ban on Hookah Lounges. Continue reading Hookah Lounge Owners Flood City Hall to Voice Concerns Over Potential Closures

Murray Goes to South Seattle, United States Senator Pays Visit to Local Businesses

by Marcus Harrison Green

“Do you think it’s okay to say hello to her?” enthused a member of the late lunch crowd at Columbia City’s Salted Sea. On Monday afternoon, she – along with more than a half-dozen surprised patrons – was treated to the sight of United States Senator Patty Murray feasting on shrimp toast as she spoke with locals. Continue reading Murray Goes to South Seattle, United States Senator Pays Visit to Local Businesses

Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Awards $250,000 to 13 Neighborhood Projects

SEATTLE (August 10, 2015) Today Mayor Murray announced $250,000 from the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund will be awarded to 13 community projects supporting neighborhoods along the Duwamish River. This program provides funds for new and existing small-scale programs focused on challenges faced by Duwamish River neighborhoods during the Superfund clean-up. Continue reading Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Awards $250,000 to 13 Neighborhood Projects

At Beacon Hill Freedom School, Students Build to Take Apart

Youth gain tools to help them combat systemic oppression at South End Freedom School.

by Tom James

Freedom School students listen intently during a session. Photo Credit: Celia Berk
Freedom School students listen intently during a session. Photo Credit: Celia Berk

In a long, sunny room in Beacon Hill’s Bethany United Church, a struggle is taking place. One by one, students sitting against the walls try their hands, diving into the middle of the room to wrestle mightily with the thing. One by one they stand up, stretch their shoulders, and try to wrap their arms around it. But every student stays firmly planted in their chair. And the sweat that stands out is not the sweat of physical exertion, but mental effort. The thing they try to wrap their arms around is not a physical foe, but a shadow. A presence. Something, they attest one by one, that has followed them throughout their lives. Continue reading At Beacon Hill Freedom School, Students Build to Take Apart

Sunday Essay: The Least Of Those Among Us, From the Stage of the Republican Debate

by Andrew Lanier

The first Republican debate is well over and done. You’ve heard the zingers, seen the headlines declaring winners and losers, but haven’t seen much about what was really discussed. You know, the issues, not the Donald. So let’s find out what matters to these candidates by looking at a simple word count from the transcript. Continue reading Sunday Essay: The Least Of Those Among Us, From the Stage of the Republican Debate

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