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Weekend Reads | Mapping Environmental Health Disparities

by Kevin Schofield


Last month, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released an updated “Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map” for the state. It calculates the environmental risks for communities throughout the state, in terms of the potential negative impacts to their health.

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With November Ballot in Question, Seattle’s Social Housing Campaign Soldiers On

by Ben Adlin


House Our Neighbors, the campaign pushing to bring social housing to Seattle, said that its ballot measure, Initiative 135, is unlikely to go before voters this November. But with no end in sight to the city’s runaway housing costs, organizers are still determined to put the proposal on the ballot as soon as possible.

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Weekend Reads | Crime Data Report Gives Shallow Analysis

by Kevin Schofield


This weekend’s read is the “Crime in Washington 2021 Annual Report,” published annually by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. The report collects and aggregates data from 206 law enforcement jurisdictions in the state of Washington, covering lawbreaking offenses, arrests, and the number of commissioned and civilian employees at each agency. The State is required to collect this data every year and submit it to the FBI for its own annual nationwide report on crime and law enforcement statistics.

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Weekend Reads: Overdose Death Disparities

by Kevin Schofield


It certainly feels like all the recent news has been bad. Here at Weekend Reads, we don’t shy away from piling on, so this week, we’re tackling one of the least happy news sources out there: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report,” or MMWR. Each week, the CDC does a deep dive into U.S. mortality statistics — how Americans die — to try to provide some insights into what we can be doing to prevent unnecessary deaths. 

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Weekend Reads: Inequitable Impacts of the Sentencing Reform Act

by Kevin Schofield


This weekend’s reading starts with an item hot off the presses: a ruling from the Washington State Supreme Court this week. The case concerns a man convicted by a jury of second-degree robbery and sentenced to 63 months in prison for the crime.

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Photo Essay: Musang — A Day in the Life

by Kyle Bender and Joshua Lee


North Beacon Hill, a Seattle neighborhood already greatly impacted by gentrification, was once the home of numerous Filipino restaurants, including Kusina Filipina and Inay’s, now all closed. For Melissa “Mel” Miranda, a Seattle chef and restaurateur, her restaurant Musang is a way to bring familiar Filipino flavors back into the neighborhood with a more modern spin.

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Weekend Reads: In Employee Reviews, Words Matter

by Kevin Schofield


This weekend’s read is a report by tech company Textio on biases in job performance feedback. Specifically, the report looks at biases in the language used to provide feedback — not a surprising topic given that Textio sells a product that purports to help employees improve their on-the-job writing.

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Hailed As Rideshare Driver Victory, New Law Lets Uber and Lyft Limit Labor Rights

by Tushar Khurana


On March 4, a labor law concerning rideshare drivers successfully passed through the Washington State Legislature and made its way to the governor’s desk. The Drivers Union, a ride-hailing drivers association affiliated with the Teamsters Local 117 labor union that lobbied heavily for the bill, called it an unprecedented victory that “secures the highest labor standards for Lyft and Uber drivers … including a statewide minimum wage for drivers, paid sick leave, workers’ compensation benefits, and protection against unfair termination.”

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PHOTO ESSAY: Community Fuels Urban Farm’s Equitable Food System Plans

by Sidney Aspinall and Azeb Tuji


Since 2017, the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW) has been jointly operated by the Tilth Alliance and the Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. 

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