by Luna Reyna
The Wing Luke Museum was open late on Sept. 14 for an after-hours event for Tsuru for Solidarity, a Japanese American organizing group that supports immigrant and refugee communities “targeted by racist, inhumane, immigration policies.”
The plan was to tour the “Resisters: A Legacy of Movement From the Japanese American Incarceration” exhibit and examine the legacy and learnings of how communities organized around issues of detention and incarceration.
During the introduction of the tour, Wing Luke exhibit developer and program manager for Wing Luke’s youth camp Blake Nakatsu and others began hearing banging noises and then glass shattering.
Continue reading After Recent Hate Crime at Wing Luke Museum, True Repair to the CID Requires More Investment
by Phil Manzano
Representatives from community organizations called for greater community involvement and solidarity in the wake of more than a dozen home invasions and attacks on elderly Asians in the South End.
Continue reading Community Leaders Rally for Unity in Response to South End Home Invasions Targeting Elderly Asians
Despite the shift in rhetoric, the City Attorney’s Office may not have changed as much under Ann Davison as you’d think.
by Guy Oron
(This article was originally published on Real Change and has been reprinted under an agreement.)
When Seattle City Attorney Ann Davison took office, she pledged to bring “quiet, behind-the-scenes” leadership and integrity to the law department. Her election was hotly contested, narrowly beating out abolitionist public defender Nicole Thomas-Kennedy in what many perceived to be a conservative “backlash” election.
After the election, the one-time Republican lieutenant governor candidate became an early backer of Mayor Bruce Harrell’s “Operation New Day” to tackle visible homelessness and poverty, meeting with business owners in Little Saigon and Westlake and pledging to increase prosecutions in order to “disrupt the cycle of addiction, theft, drug sales, and human suffering.”
Continue reading Is It the Era of Ann? : A Retrospective of Ann Davison’s First Year in Office
by Sadé A. Smith
Inequitable bail laws allow bail companies to extort the poor for the little wealth they have. By working as a proxy for the courts’ cash bail system, bail companies are allowed to engage in extreme wealth transfers in exchange for your freedom. In reality, the U.S. legal system has normalized ransoms. Here’s how it works: If you are charged with a crime but not convicted, the court has the option to set bail. If you can’t afford to post bail, you are stuck in jail pretrial, despite being presumed innocent until proven guilty. You are caged until your case resolves. This process can take years. The courts make their determination based on the statements of police and charges determined by prosecutors. You have no way to refute these frequently baseless allegations. The court presumes the police are telling the truth, despite mountains of evidence that police lie in reports regularly. To obtain your freedom, you must pay the full amount to the court or pay 10% to 15% of the bond ordered by the court to a bail company. The bail company pays the full amount and will be reimbursed once the case resolves. In short, you exchange your limited resources for your freedom. The bail company keeps the 10% to 15% you paid no matter what, even if they are fully reimbursed by the court. They also secure collateral for the full amount. If you fail to appear in court (at times for any reason), and the court forfeits your bond, the bond company keeps your 10% to 15% and can collect on the collateral you signed over in exchange for your freedom. In any other circumstance, a contract leveraging your freedom in exchange for money would be null and void, but the criminal legal system allows it. Already economically depressed families have lost homes, vehicles, and other property as a result. In a disparate system that we know is racist, the central question should be, what about having money makes you safer for the community?
Continue reading OPINION | Bail, Ransom, Wealth Transfer, and Real Community Safety
by Paul Faruq Kiefer
(This article originally appeared on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.)
A month has passed since the Seattle Police Department (SPD) moved its mobile precinct to the intersection of Third Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle, scattering an open-air market for drugs and stolen merchandise that had recently been the scene of two murders.
Continue reading A Month After ‘Operation New Day’ Crackdown, Impacts on Crime Remain Unclear
by Erica C. Barnett
Last week, a 35-year-old man who had been released from jail less than one week earlier attacked a county employee in a women’s restroom at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle. The assailant, a Level 1 sex offender with a history of attacking women, told detectives he had smoked “homemade meth” immediately before the attack. A police report filed after the incident indicates the attacker, who is a person experiencing homelessness, may suffer from mental illness.
The particulars of this case might lead a reasonable person to conclude that people who commit sex offenses need closer monitoring once they’re released from custody, along with access to housing and mental health care to prevent them from reoffending once they’re released.
Instead, the assault became a symbol for conservative officials, who suggested “solutions” that included sweeping dozens of homeless people from a nearby encampment and directing women to change the way they behave in public.
Continue reading OPINION: Courthouse Assault a Symptom of Failing Systems, Not Individuals
by Neal McNamara
(This article originally appeared on Patch.com)
The woman stabbed to death Saturday night in Rainier Beach has been identified as Nissan Latrice Pigford, 34, according to the King County Medical Examiner. Pigford died of multiple stab wounds and her manner of death has been ruled homicide, according to the medical examiner. Continue reading Rainier Beach Stabbing Victim Identified