by Casey Jaywork
In the early morning of July 13, Tacoma police shot and killed Seattle-area man Willem Van Spronsen at the Northwest Detention Center, where the federal government imprisons refugees awaiting deportation. According to police statements published in various media, Van Spronsen was in a parking area attempting to damage vehicles used to facilitate prisoner transport, carrying a rifle and throwing “incendiary devices” near a propane tank. No one except Van Spronsen — shot and killed by police — was physically harmed.
Continue reading OPINION: Willem Van Spronsen and John Brown Both Chose to Die Opposing Human Bondage
by Brett Hamil
Last night my wife tucked the toddler into bed as she normally does then headed out for a meeting. I sat in the studio downstairs and listened to him scream for his mommy for about 15 or 20 minutes, a feral, throat-shredding yowl that didn’t let up. I tried to go in and comfort him several times but he wasn’t having it. “I want Mommy! I need mommy!” he wailed, kicking his legs and flailing his arms and clawing at his face.
Continue reading Parenting in the Shadow of American Concentration Camps
by Share The Cities
(written by members Calvin Jones, Rachael Ludwick, Laura Loe)
Seattle’s city-owned, privately managed, golf courses have come into the public eye as Mayor Jenny Durkan has questioned whether golf courses are the best use of transit-adjacent public land. Seattle’s 2017 Parks and Open Space Plan states: “Over the past decade, the city of Seattle has grown rapidly, adding an average of about 4,000 housing units and 7,000 people each year. In the years to come, Seattle expects to accommodate a significant share of the region’s growth. In 2016, Seattle’s population was estimated to be 686,800, with projections that growth over the next 20 years will add an estimated 120,000 people to the city.” As we face a crisis of houselessness, rising housing costs impacting folks at every income level, and even more workers coming to our city, now is exactly the time to discuss what we value in our public shared spaces.
Continue reading OPINION: Why Open Space Equity Priorities Matter Near Future Light Rail Stations
What is rent control, how does it work, and could it benefit Seattle?
by Natalie Barry
Earlier this spring, Kshama Sawant and the Seattle Renters Commission repeated calls for a citywide rent control ordinance and economic eviction assistance. In letters to the City Council, they specifically called for a repeal of the rent control ban on the city level, and an extension of the 30-day rent increase notice period, requiring landlords to inform tenants 180 days before increasing rents.
Continue reading OPINION: Understanding Rent Control
by Leslie Dozono, Lauren Hipp, Vy Nguyen, and Erin Okuno
In spring of 2019, the Washington State legislature passed I-1000 which allows for considerations like race, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, religion, ethnicity, and citizenship status to be a factor when considering a person for public education or employment opportunities, overturning Initiative 200, which banned those considerations in the 1990s. While many people support affirmative action, there was opposition — including from a vocal group of Asians claiming they stand for equality collecting signatures to take Referendum Measure 88 to the voters in hopes of repealing the new law. This is our response to our community and our ask of our families: decline to sign and say NO to Referendum Measure 88.
Continue reading OPINION: Support Fair Opportunity, Decline to Sign Referendum 88
by Helen Gilbert
On April 2, 2019, the International Socialist Organization (ISO) publicly announced that members had voted to disband because of their failure of confidence in an organization to which many had devoted decades. The problems centered on sexual abuse, racism, and lack of democracy. ISO’s dissolution is proof of the necessity for socialist feminist practice on the Left. The tragedy is that ISO is not the only group on the international Left that has been torn apart over sexual abuse in the last ten years. These failures discredit the entire movement and drive women out of radical politics.
Continue reading OPINION — The Meltdown of International Socialist Organization: How Anti-Feminism, Racism, and Bureaucracy Led to Its Demise
by Bess Hepner, Michael Grant, and Risa Nagel
Earlier in May, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle hosted a Community-Wide Safety Training Series led by the Department of Homeland Security, Seattle Police Department, and Anti-Defamation League — all institutions infamous for promoting militarism and racism. As young Jews, we can’t help but wonder why we should take safety advice from organizations working to make us unsafe. We believe that instead of perpetuating the ideologies built to destroy our communities, Jews in Seattle can find real safety in solidarity with other communities threatened by white nationalism.
Continue reading The Answer to Anti-Semitism is Not Homeland Security
I want to talk about one understanding of sorcery to address our world’s situation. When I say sorcery, I mean it as early science, so as not to be confused with mysticism. For example, alchemy is not just turning lead to gold (though we are now very close to that), it also was involved with water purification — more chemistry than mysticism. Or pharmacia, which again was once considered sorcery but was just the science of medicines and herbs.
Continue reading OPINION: Necromancers’ construction of present society
by Amy Hagopian
On Monday, May 20, the 37th District Democratic Party organization will hold its primary endorsement meeting to decide which candidates to back in the Seattle City Council races for the ballots due on August 6, 2019.
Continue reading OPINION: The Socialist Alternative and the 37th District Democrats at endorsement meeting Monday
Tammy Morales sent the following letter to the city of Seattle’s Human Services Department, Nickelsville, and the Low Income Housing Institute. It is reprinted here with permission. A petition calling for mediation between the organizations can be found here.
by Tammy Morales
Dear Nickelsville, Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), and Seattle Human Services Department Leaders,
I have immense admiration for the work that both LIHI and Nickelsville have done for years in serving our underserved homeless neighbors. Nickelsville, you have stood against corporate power in the city that wants to stop spending on human services. You have served the needs of our community members and have shown us that we can have permanent affordable housing.
Continue reading OPEN LETTER: Tammy Morales Calls for Mediation Between LIHI and Nickelsville