by ChrisTiana ObeySumner
After more than a decade advocating for Intersectional Disability Justice, I received the honor of being voted the first Co-Chair of the Seattle Disabilities Commission who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color. Ever since, I have turbo-charged my advocacy and study of intersectional disability and fought for the amplification of voices and lived experiences of people whose intersectionality included one or more disability, a non-White racial identity, and other socially marginalized intersections. This work has also brought to light the horrendous lack of awareness or representation of intersectionally disabled people — especially Black Autistic folks like myself.
Continue reading Black Autistics Exist: An Argument for Intersectional Disability Justice
by Got Green Executive Director Jill Mangaliman
Growing up in Seattle, I was a youth who didn’t feel like I had a future. It was a feeling that I was heading into a dead end and failing in this economy, that I couldn’t take care of myself and my family. I felt alone in this feeling, stuck and exhausted. It wasn’t until I joined Got Green in 2009, that I started to feel like my presence and opinions mattered, that I didn’t need a masters degree or a fancy title to advocate for my community. Through the environmental justice movement and being supported by our elders, I found we were the experts of our conditions and community was most qualified to come up with the solutions because we were living and breathing the conditions ourselves.
Continue reading OPINION: Green Pathways Means So Much More Than Just Jobs
The theme of this year’s “Thanksgiving” is fascism, as many sit around their warmly lit dining room tables. Slicing into steaming turkey, enjoying the company of friends and family, and engaging with or escaping the reality of the fascist ideologies consuming the present narrative. Hiding from or facing the reality of this ideological plague that’s spreading through this land — no, this world. Most dwelling on President Donald Trump’s apparent links to white nationalists and letting the conversation stop there if, if it even happens at all.
Continue reading OPINION: Fascism, A Thanksgiving Tradition
Story and Photos by Susan Fried
Hundreds of people filled the Franklin High School commons on Nov. 9 to await the official unveiling of the Franklin High School Art of Resistance and Resilience Club’s 40-foot mural commemorating the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther’s 50th Anniversary. Members of the Art of Resistance & Resilience, a social and environmental justice-oriented art club at Franklin, have been working on the mural since January and were able to display a portion of it at the SCBP 50th Anniversary Celebration in April.
Continue reading PHOTOS: Students Unveil Mural Commemorating Seattle Black Panther Party
by Natalie Barry
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report on October 6, and it’s far more dramatic than any that came before it. It offers a hard deadline for climate action; just 12 years. It recognizes that climate change is already happening, and that we are currently dealing with just the tip of the iceberg of what’s ahead.
Continue reading Missing the Deadline: Address Climate Change Now; People of Color Are Feeling the Impact
by Geov Parrish
Sept. 23, hundreds packed Seattle City Council chambers and an overflow room for their first chance to offer public testimony on Mayor Jenny Durkan’s proposed 2019-20 budget, and potential council amendments to it. Some 140 people and groups signed up to offer testimony in what turned out to be a frequently emotional four-hour marathon that hopefully left council members — at least those who weren’t looking at their phones all evening — a lot to think about. To her credit, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw chaired the hearing with a notably fairer and more restrained hand than council President Bruce Harrell employs in contentious council meetings.
Continue reading OPINION: Passionate Testimony Brightens a Bleak Seattle Budget
by Elizabeth Whitford, CEO of School’s Out Washington, Jessica Werner, Executive Director of Youth Development Executives of King County, Erin Okuno, Executive Director of Southeast Seattle Education Coalition
It is an exciting time for children, youth, and families in Seattle. The future holds promise with a new superintendent, city government and the school district working more closely together, and community support for critical educational programs. However, Seattle Public Schools still faces many challenges in its commitment to closing opportunity gaps and ensuring excellence in education for every student.
Continue reading Opinion: Say Yes to City of Seattle Proposition 1, Renewing Our Commitment to Seattle’s Kids