by Xing Hey
Many years ago, I sat dejected as a judge sentenced me to life in prison for crimes committed as a 15 year old. At the time, I felt as if the world was falling away and I was hanging on without a parachute or a place for a soft landing. The arms of somebody that would catch and hold me couldn’t be found. I never felt so alone as I did in that moment. Aside from three random strangers, the packed courtroom on that day was there to encourage the punishment of a criminalized teenage me. When the punishment was officially announced, the satisfaction of the audience in that room was eerie. I still feel the chills from that day years ago today.
Continue reading OPINION: The Limits of Reform—No Justice for James and Jerome Taafulisia
by Kayla Blau
A seven-year-old Black student was put in a chokehold by a white school security guard at Stevens Elementary in March, right before schools closed due to COVID-19. The incident further exposed Seattle Public School’s commitment to punitive policing of students, a dangerous practice that fuels the school-to-prison pipeline.
KUOW reported that the student was screaming “I can’t breathe!” while the security guard, David Raybern, held her in an illegal restrictive hold with his “right forearm across her neck,” the article noted. Principal John Hughes was present for the abuse and did not intervene.
Continue reading OPINION: Why Does Seattle Public Schools Spend $3.2 Million on Security Guards?
by Carolyn Bick
Despite reaching a tentative agreement with the district Friday night, educators could still vote to strike. Teachers will meet to discuss the agreement Friday evening, Sept. 7, and vote on the agreement the next day.
Continue reading Tentative teacher contract not strong enough in race equity, some educators say
by James Akbar Williams
Jackie De La Cruz is mother of two African American sons and also a student at Seattle University. She attended the Restorative Justice Town Hall at Urban Impact two Wednesday’s ago, because she feels our young people should be loved and uplifted more. Immediately following the event, she described it as “a beautiful, powerful night of community, grassroots activism.” Continue reading Rainier Beach’s Restorative Justice Town Hall: Creating the Better Way