by Elizabeth Turnbull
With the end of Donald Trump’s administration and quick action by the Biden administration to issue executive orders on immigration, city officials from across the U.S., including Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, are pushing for a path to citizenship status and greater rights for immigrants.
On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Cities for Action, a coalition of roughly 200 mayors and county executives, including Durkan, released a letter urging the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to ensure a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants and to change detention practices to keep families together, among many other reforms.
Continue reading With Trump Out of White House, Seattle and other Cities Push for New Immigration Policies
by Chetanya Robinson
As the COVID-19 pandemic raged through the world in the spring, Trump’s senior advisor Stephen Miller saw it as a unique opportunity to implement his extreme anti-immigrant policies, according to investigative journalist Jean Guerrero, whose new book, Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda, was published in August.
Continue reading ‘Hatemonger’ Examines Stephen Miller, the Extremist at the Heart of Trump’s White House
by Kevin Schofield
In this column, I’ll be giving you pointers to some of the most interesting articles and studies I’ve recently come across. I’ll be aiming for things that are “less than a book, but more than a newspaper article” — readings that are a bit of a mental workout to take in but that expand our perspectives and make us better informed in our daily lives. I’ll also try to pick items that share the joy of reading outside your area of expertise: articles not so technical and arcane that they are incomprehensible but that still give us a glimpse of how experts think about work in their own field.
Continue reading Weekend Long Reads: Remdesivir Is No Wonder Drug
by Beau Hebert
Dear The Beauster,
My 7-year old daughter asked me why Donald Trump ignored warnings about the Coronavirus until it was too late. No matter how I try, I cannot think of a suitable answer. Can you help me?
Tongue-Tied Columbia City Mom
Continue reading Dear the Beauster: Why Can’t Our Commander-in-Chief Take COVID Seriously?
by Geov Parrish
Seattle made national news Monday in a way nobody could have anticipated: A formal memo from U.S. Attorney General William Barr, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, purporting to lay out a legal rationale for withholding federal money from cities whose Black Lives Matter protests have grabbed Donald Trump’s attention — meaning they’ve been covered, luridly, on FOX News. Barr’s memo was a response to a memo early this month from Trump, who first used the “anarchist jurisdiction” terminology then, probably unaware that the phrase itself is an oxymoron. By definition, anarchists don’t have government jurisdictions.
Continue reading OPINION: ‘Anarchist Jurisdictions?’ Legally, it’s Nonsense — but That Wasn’t the Point at All
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