by Cliff Cawthon
At 8:30am today a press conference was held by the City in front of “The Jungle”, one of Seattle’s biggest homeless encampments, before clearing it and destroying it. The Jungle, also known as the East Duwamish Greenbelt Encampment (EDGE), is one of the most well-known encampments in the City of Seattle. It is an informal community under the I-5’s greenbelt going through SODO. Continue reading Jungle Residents Forcibly Relocated as City “Sweeps” Homeless Encampment
by Clifford Cawthon
On September 26, Seattle appeared a city of two tales: one, a city with a seemingly transparent government whose executive is open with the public; the other, a city with citizens excluded from interacting with their government, stuck in an overflow room screaming at an unresponsive screen. Continue reading Who Shut the Doors: Lawyers Guild Seeks Explanation for Council Chambers Closure
by Cliff Cawthon
Most every millennial is familiar with the “work experience required (preferred)” barrier keeping them from gainful employment.
Seattle City Council’s Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee took a huge step on Friday in addressing such impediments to jobs in Green employment fields by passing Got Green’s “Green Pathways” legislation through committee. Got Green, a South Seattle based environmental justice organization, has been lobbying for the legislation for the past several months.
Continue reading City Council Votes to Approve Got Green’s Green Pathway Legislation
by Clifford C. Cawthon and Tammy Morales
It’s no secret that in America, Black and Brown people are killed by police at a higher rate than white people. In 2015 Think Progress, a progressive policy magazine infamously listed the police among many common things that are more likely to kill you than an act of terrorism.
In April, the state legislature passed a resolution commissioning a Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing to review current practices and recommend changes. But after 9 hours of meetings the task force has yet to discuss deadly force. So the community thought they’d take a crack at it. Continue reading Community Members Pledge Action on Deadly Use of Force by Police