by Emerald Staff
Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA 9th Congressional District, including South Seattle), chair of the House Armed Services Committee, answered questions from journalists at a press conference on Tuesday about President Trump’s call to utilize the U.S. military to intervene to stop the “insurrection” of demonstrators protesting the murder of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers. According to Trump, states have been weak in handling demonstrators and he said he would call in the military if states don’t bring order to their cities soon. Many legal experts and communities are concerned about the constitutionality of Trump’s proposal to use the military in a domestic situation.
Continue reading Congressman Smith Rejects Trump’s Call for Military Intervention
by Katie Pyontek
Box Brown’s graphic novel Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America, explores the long, racist history of cannabis prohibition in the United States. It’s a history of fabricated studies, hate-mongering, and propaganda. Continue reading Graphic Novel Explores the History and Criminalization of Cannabis
by Georgia McDade
Should I stay or should I go? Be there or not to be there? Speak up or be silent? The characters in Tony Kushner’s drama A Bright Room Called Day ask themselves these questions and many others, but not at the beginning of the play. The audience, by extension, may ask themselves the same questions.
Continue reading Williams Project Brings Kushner’s ‘Bright Room Called Day’ to Hillman City
by Kelsey Hamlin
A sea of fake information continues to spew out of the White House and extremist or alt-right websites, making it harder for people to find accurate information on urgent issues, like Islamophobia or anything to do with Muslims. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is formulating its second go-round on an Executive Order banning refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries, something many call a Muslim ban. Continue reading Action Items For Those At a Loss, Part 3
by Kelsey Hamlin
A so-called “emergency rally” was formulated as a Facebook event within the same week of its event date (Sunday, Jan. 29), but the emergency was exacerbated by President Donald Trump’s executive order, barring those from “particular countries” on immigrant, student, or employment visas from entering the United States — even if they were already living and working here, or were already approved after completing the tedious visa process. Continue reading Thousands Show Solidarity with Immigrants at Westlake Rally
By Kelsey Hamlin
Following the release of President Donald Trump’s executive order popularly referred to as the “Muslim ban,” the nationwide airport protests that followed, and an emergency rally and march at Westlake Park in Seattle, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Monday morning that he’s filing a lawsuit against Trump, the Department of Homeland Security, and “highly-ranking Trump officials” regarding the executive order. Continue reading BREAKING: Attorney General Bob Ferguson Brings Trump to Court
by Kelsey Hamlin
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article contained the name of the victim in Friday night’s shooting. We apologize to both the victim and the victim’s family as their name never should have been included in the article at the family’s request.
Information surrounding a Milo Yiannopoulos protester shot at the University of Washington (UW) Friday night keeps rising like steam. The shooting transpired after political groups of all stripes flooded the university’s Red Square. Continue reading Aftermath of the UW shooting and an update on police investigations
by Erica C Barnett
“I am considered, today, so dangerous that today I’m the second most dangerous man in America—after, of course, Daddy.”
“Daddy,” of course, is Donald Trump, and the person speaking was Milo Yiannopoulos—the professional outrage purveyor best known for promoting Gamergate, getting kicked off Twitter for his racist rants against actor Leslie Jones, and signing a $250,000 book deal. Yiannopoulos spoke Friday night at the University of Washington to a crowd of about 200—students and paying “VIPs” who made it inside Kane Hall before protesters outside blocked the entrance. Continue reading Essay: UW Creates Safe Space for Notorious Troll While Violence Breaks Out in Red Square
by Marcus Harrison Green
“Got Hope, Got Freedom, Got Love, Got Hope,” was the rally cry that echoed onto the steps of the Rainier Beach Community Center’s plaza, at 12:30pm when hundreds of students from Rainier Beach High School (RBHS) staged a walkout in protest of the election of President Donald J. Trump. Continue reading Rainier Beach High Students Walkout to Find Hope, Optimism After Shocking Election
by Dustin Washington
I know many are hurt and scared right now but this election clarifies where we are as a country. I appreciate the honesty of this election. Honesty is a gift. Honesty destroys all illusions. Continue reading We Must Aim Higher