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How Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan Could Affect You

by Guy Oron

(This article was originally published on Real Change and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


On Aug. 24, President Joe Biden announced a sweeping plan to tackle student loans, canceling up to $10,000 for borrowers who make less than $125,000 a year. Pell grant recipients will be eligible for up to $20,000 in debt forgiveness.

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‘Normal Is Unacceptable’: Seattle Author Angela Garbes on Parenting Through the Pandemic

Book Review: Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change by Angela Garbes

by Jennifer Astion

(This article was originally published on Real Change and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


In Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change, Angela Garbes examines why “American life is not working for families.” Child rearing, Garbes writes, is “a social responsibility, one that requires robust community support. The pandemic revealed that mothering is the only truly essential work humans do. Without people to care for our children, we are lost.” Essential Labor makes a compelling argument for valuing mothering through both personal stories and social critique.

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Nothing Without Us: Unions Stop Work in Area Actions

by Guy Oron

(This article was originally published on Real Change and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


Striking Seattle-area workers have shut down workplaces throughout the region this summer in an attempt to win better wages, working conditions, and other changes.

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Tenants in Limbo After Sale of ‘Naturally Affordable’ Apartment Building

by Guy Oron

(This article was originally published on Real Change and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


Tenants of a Capitol Hill apartment complex are fighting to stay in place after their building — an example of “naturally affordable” housing in Seattle — was sold to a private company.

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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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SPU Students Protest Board’s Decision to Maintain Homophobic Hiring Policies

by Guy Oron

(This article was originally published on Real Change and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


The Seattle Pacific University (SPU) board of trustees voted on May 23 to maintain their homophobic employment policies, to the consternation of many students, staff, and faculty. In response to the decision, queer students, staff, and their allies staged multiple protests including a walkout and a multiday sit-in outside the university president’s office.

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Readers: Tell Us What You Think!


Real Change, the International Examiner, and the South Seattle Emerald are collaborating to better serve our readers. As community-based nonprofit publications, we are dedicated to serving our communities, we are proud of what we publish, and thank you for your positive comments, financial support, and awards. But, over the past two years, we know things have changed and may never get back to “normal.” We need to hear from you, our readers. 

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Seattle and Skagit Communities Commemorate May Day

by Guy Oron

(This article originally appeared on Real Change and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


Across Skagit County and Seattle, hundreds of workers and their families marched and celebrated International Workers Day, popularly known as May Day. Organizers highlighted the struggle for better wages and conditions as well as a variety of other progressive causes.

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Police Use More Force Against BIPOC Individuals, Report Shows

by Guy Oron

(This article originally appeared on Real Change News and has been reprinted with permission.) 

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A preliminary report released by the Seattle Police Monitor shows that Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers committed violence against Black people in 2021 at a disproportionate rate, consistent with previous years. The report also suggests a small decline in minor uses of force by police officers and an increase in higher severity uses of force.

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Just What Is Social Housing?

by Erica C. Barnett


Later this year, Seattle voters could take a first step toward building a new kind of permanently affordable, mixed-income public housing known as “social housing.” The House Our Neighbors! Coalition — a project of the housing advocacy organization Real Change — is collecting signatures for Initiative 135 (I-135), which would create a new public development authority (PDA) to build and operate new housing; funding for the PDA would come later, through future State or local legislation.

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