by Danielle Marie Holland
As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks to grow and improve maternal and infant health by connecting more people to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC, outreach has been stymied by a Congress that keeps kicking the funding can down the road in six-week increments.
Continue reading OPINION | Congress Has Failed to Act on White House Proposal for Additional WIC Funding
by Lauryn Bray
With three hours to go before a $1 million offer expired, the Burien City Council voted 4-3 Monday, Nov. 27, to accept King County’s offer and build a hotly contested tiny home village (THV) for the homeless in the Boulevard Park neighborhood.
Continue reading Burien City Council Accepts King County’s $1M Offer to Establish a Tiny Home Village on Seattle City Light Property
by Castill Hightower
(This op-ed was copublished with Real Change.)
I finally felt some relief.
Almost 20 years have passed since my brother, Herbert Hightower, was murdered by Seattle police. Almost 20 years since we struggled to bury him and felt we had no voice or community. So when, at my instigation, the City Council passed legislation in 2022 to create an Affected Persons Program (APP) workgroup, I felt we would finally be able to bring some level of aid and representation to those most affected by police violence.
Continue reading OPINION | The Affected Persons Program: Seattle’s Broken Promise to Families Impacted by Police Violence
by Luna Reyna
The Port of Seattle Commission voted last month to admonish fellow Commissioner Fred Felleman for using his commission post to secure special privileges in an effort to influence a nonprofit environmental group.
Continue reading Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman Admonished for Seeking Special Privilege and Treatment
by Lola E. Peters
Before declaring whether government should be large or small, don’t we need to determine what, exactly, is government? Most people think of the various agencies and legislative bodies as government, but are they government, or just manifestations of government?
Continue reading OPINION | The High Cost of Small Government
by Luna Reyna
After over an hour of public comment, the Seattle City Council voted, 6 in favor, 3 opposed, to pass legislation that many argue is a regressive and harmful step back to the war on drugs era, while others claim it will help mitigate officer bias and improve access to substance use disorder care.
Continue reading Seattle City Council Passes Controversial Street Drug Legislation Amid Concerns Over Punishment Versus Treatment Options