by Marcus Harrison Green and Maggie Mertens
Before Lorena González was a Seattle City Councilmember, or a civil rights attorney, she was the daughter of migrant farmworkers in central Washington. Next, she hopes to be Seattle’s mayor.
On Wednesday morning, González, a first-generation American, officially announced her run for the position of the city’s top elected official.
Continue reading Pledging a “Pathway to Shared Prosperity,” Seattle Councilmember Lorena González Announces Run for Mayor
by Marcus Harrison Green
For too long, Colleen Echohawk says that Seattle politics has lacked a “people-first approach.”
With a vow to bring one to City Hall, Echohawk officially announced her mayoral run on Monday morning.
Continue reading In Announcing Mayoral Run, Colleen Echohawk Promises “People-First Approach” to Seattle Politics
We asked two community members to weigh in on Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announcing her retirement from SPD. Their two viewpoints follow.
by George Griffin III
Carmen Best is a friend. Good people. Classy, strong. She deserved better.
After everyone gets through scapegoating the Seattle City Council and Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests for her resignation, maybe we should take a good hard look at Seattle’s years of inactivity when People of Color and other people said the department needed some serious reform and restructuring. This lack of attention to the concerns of People of Color and allies contributed to the Seattle Police Department ultimately being placed under the current consent decree after an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2012. Do we need to be reminded how, when Best was interim chief in 2018, she was disrespected and passed over by the current mayor in the initial interview process and how she only got the job after communities of color and allies spoke up? Many prominent people were quiet at that time because they didn’t want to criticize their friend, the new mayor.
Continue reading OPINION: The Importance of Nuance in Confronting Racism