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Evaluating the 2015 Legislative Session

by John Stafford

INTRODUCTION

The State Legislature, at the beginning of its Third Special Session, finally reached agreement on the three key state budgets –operating ($38.2 billion), transportation ($16.1 billion) and capital ($3.9 billion), just in time to avert a government shutdown (and yes, there are still several unresolved sticking points, most notably the suspension of I-1351).  These budgets are being touted as a success in many quarters:  by Republicans, because they prevailed with their no-new-taxes agenda; by the Seattle Times, which states that, “By any measure, the accomplishments of the 2015 Washington State Legislature are historic” (July 5); and even by Governor Inslee, who claims that the operating budget is “…a great budget for Washington State.” Continue reading Evaluating the 2015 Legislative Session

Javoen Byrd/Tunji Awodi: From South Seattle to Nigeria to New Orleans

By Polly Trout

Tunji Awodi. Photo Credit: Polly Trout
Tunji Awodi. Photo Credit: Polly Trout

Javoen Byrd, who performs African and Afro-Caribbean music under the stage name Tunji Awodi, will be making a brief visit to Seattle July 10-11 for two shows at the Moore Theater with Northwest Tap Connection. He will be drumming in the Congolese style for Odyssey – The Story of Three Dancers. The performance resonates with Javoen’s own odyssey and his vision for using African music, culture, and spirituality to empower black youth. Continue reading Javoen Byrd/Tunji Awodi: From South Seattle to Nigeria to New Orleans

District 2 City Council Candidate Joshua Farris: “Is Money the Only Measure of a Candidate?”

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Joshua Farris. Photo courtesy of Farris for Seattle.

After years spent in anti-homeless advocacy and social justice activism, rarely does Joshua Farris allow designations branded on him by someone else to cause much consternation. The exception is the one label that has consistently been associated with his name since announcing his campaign for District 2’s city council seat: “longshot”. Continue reading District 2 City Council Candidate Joshua Farris: “Is Money the Only Measure of a Candidate?”

Prideful Reflections on Marriage Equality

The eruption of jubilation from marriage equality advocates across the country upon Friday’s announcement of the Supreme Court ruling same-sex marriage constitutional, making its practice legal in all 50 states for the first time in American history, still has yet to subside for many. Five Seattleites belonging to the LGBTQ community, and having connections to the South End, were gracious enough to respond to our request for reactions and reflections on what the decision means to them. We found that even though Washington state’s legalization of gender-neutral marriage preceded that of the nation’s by over two years, the impact of the court’s decision was no less stirring: Continue reading Prideful Reflections on Marriage Equality

Cooling Shelters Announced Ahead of Heatwave

The following is reprinted as a public service

SEATTLE – The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Seattle and surrounding areas from Friday afternoon through late Saturday night. The City of Seattle is providing information and public spaces that may be used by residents to stay cool in the high temperatures.   Continue reading Cooling Shelters Announced Ahead of Heatwave

One Hood United: Former, Current Gang Members March Together for Peace

by Marcus Harrison Green

“Family Members, not family feud. You stand with me, I’ll stand with you”. The proclamation of unity rang from Downtown to Belltown Friday evening as over 200 former and current gang members with roots in South Seattle and the Central District joined with their allies to pound the pavement in protest of a “structurally flawed injustice system” and to demand accountability from local elected officials. Continue reading One Hood United: Former, Current Gang Members March Together for Peace

“History Favors the Prepared Political Movement” – An interview with Dr. Jill Stein

South Seattle Emerald’s Anne Althauser engaged Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein on topics of “lesser-evilism”, the importance of a “Green New Deal”, being an ally in the Black Lives Matter movement and why all politicians should spend a little time in jail on June 5th while she was in Seattle for the “Building an Alternative to Corporate Politics” Rally to support Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s reelection campaign.

A note from the interviewer:

When I was offered the opportunity to interview 2012 Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein, my first thought was, “not even my liberal-Seattle-pro-choice-anti-war-power-to-the-people self is hippy enough for the Green Party.” There’s always been that stigma around Leftist politics, but my naïveté – nay, the money and power of our two-party political system – kept me from exploring progressive parties. Continue reading “History Favors the Prepared Political Movement” – An interview with Dr. Jill Stein

Emerald in the Rough: Juneteenth and Independence for All

by Cindi Azevedo Laws, Columnist

Two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, United States soldiers marched into Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War was over and that slaves were now free.  It took a regiment to enforce Lincoln’s Proclamation because local law enforcement, backed by powerful land – and slave – owners, murdered the messenger who first tried to deliver the news.  But on June 19, 1865, freedom finally rang out across the great state, and the chains of 250 years of American history began to break. Continue reading Emerald in the Rough: Juneteenth and Independence for All