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The Teacher Strike and the Cycle of Poverty

by Hanna Brooks Olsen (Featured Image courtesy of Michael “Renaissance” Moynihan)

If you know one thing about the teacher strike, it’s probably that the teachers are bargaining for higher wages, which is true.

Seattle Public Schools teachers haven’t had a cost of living adjustment in six years — and in that time, rents in Seattle have gone up about 40% in some places, meaning our educators are actively making less money than they were a few years ago, to do the same important job. Continue reading The Teacher Strike and the Cycle of Poverty

Back to School? Not so Fast

by Robin Boland

As you may have heard the Seattle Education Association (SEA) voted unanimously on Thursday to strike if no agreement has been reached with the Seattle Public Schools district by the scheduled start of school on Wednesday, September 9th (their current contract expires Tuesday). The absolute silence when educators were asked for votes accepting the contract was deafening. SEA is made up of approximately 5,000 school employees responsible for the education of 52,000 students (already the math is making my head spin) and their collective voice said “Strike” loud and clear last week. Continue reading Back to School? Not so Fast

Descendant of Chief Seattle Prepares to Welcome South End Festival Attendants Home

Interview conducted by Marcus Harrison Green

Ken Workman. Photo courtesy of interviewee.
Ken Workman. Photo courtesy of interviewee.

This morning’s Rainier Beach Art Walk festival will be a bittersweet “cultural homecoming” for Ken Workman. The great, great, great, great grandson of legendary Duwamish leader and Emerald City namesake Chief Seattle is – like most members of the storied tribe- still shaken by the June announcement the Federal Government would not bestow formal recognition upon them. This, despite other Washington based tribes including the Upper Skagit, Sauk-Suiattle, Stillaguamish, Samish and Snoqualmie having received acknowledgement decades ago. Continue reading Descendant of Chief Seattle Prepares to Welcome South End Festival Attendants Home

Commentary: King County Adopts A Pretty Cool Equity and Social Justice Plan

by Hannah Brooks Olsen

(This commentary originally appeared on Seattlish and has been reprinted with permission)

Not exactly known for their radical lefty beliefs (looking at you, Reagan Dunn), King County Council surprised everyone yesterday when they adopted an actually pretty great plan for strengthening its existing Equity and Social Justice Initiative.  Continue reading Commentary: King County Adopts A Pretty Cool Equity and Social Justice Plan

Why Are We Commemorating Hurricane Katrina?

by Gary Kinte Perry

August 29, 2005, has become one of those unforgettable dates in the annals of United States history.  It was on this date that Hurricane Katrina made landfall just Southeast of New Orleans, Louisiana.  The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is one of the most costly natural disasters in recent U.S. history.   Continue reading Why Are We Commemorating Hurricane Katrina?

How to Truly Commemorate Women’s Equality Day

by Marilyn Watkins

We celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26 – the 95th anniversary of women in the U.S. winning the right to vote. It was not an easy victory. It took 72 years, with a multitude of activists using many tactics, from the formal launch of the women’s rights movement at Seneca Falls in 1848 to final passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Continue reading How to Truly Commemorate Women’s Equality Day