by Sarah Stuteville
There is something so obnoxious about white people talking about whiteness. The constant compulsion to center white experiences, the fragility, the evasion, and the virtue signaling set me on edge (even as I participate in it). But the only thing worse than white people talking about whiteness is white people who ignore whiteness or refuse to talk about it.
It was in this cringey tension that I held a copy of a recent collection of essays — and the centerpiece of this Thursday’s Town Hall event, “Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor: Essays on Life and Lineage by White Women.” The book — edited by Bellingham-based therapist, author, and publisher Lisa Iversen — is urgently personal. Whiteness is a system and all white people, past and present, have served to uphold it. Feeling the discomfort and pain in that truth — and using it to motivate change — is at the center of the project.
Continue reading ‘Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor’ Book and Town Hall Event Explore Urgent Need for White People to Talk About Whiteness
by Beverly Aarons
No one in Seattle is meeting in large groups, but Town Hall Seattle is up and running again — virtually. And materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez informed, awed, and amused an audience of about 40 people on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. The author of The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another, Ramirez describes herself as a science evangelist on a mission to make science approachable, tangible, and relatable to the average person. I didn’t know quite what to expect in the digital format but I was not disappointed. Ramirez delivered little-known historical facts and discussed the impacts of scientific innovation on the human mind, body, and behavior — all with wit and humor.
Continue reading Materials Scientist Ainissa Ramirez Explores How Technology Has Changed Us
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Viadoom’s lessons for an environmentally sustainable future
Activist organization Transit Riders Union has said that the closure of the Highway 99 Viaduct has shown that Seattle commuters are prepared to embrace public transit and bicycling, shifting people to a more environmentally sustainable modes of transportation.
Continue reading News Gleams: Viadoom Fizzled; Minimum Wage Had Minimal Impact on Groceries
by Carolyn Bick
Anand Giridharadas is a former New York Times foreign correspondent, but his newest book, Winners Take All, isn’t based on what he witnessed in other countries. It’s based on what he’s seen right here in the United States. The book examines our current understanding of philanthropy, in which the nation’s wealthiest give money to mitigate the problems they help to create.
Continue reading Author Anand Giridharadas Brings His Research on America’s Extreme Wealth and Inequality to Southside Commons
by Irene Jagla
The time for grief is over; the time to act is now.
That was the common refrain during Got Green’s Town Hall event, “Don’t Displace the South End.” What began as a campaign to ensure community organizer Esther “Little Dove” John avoided displacement from her longtime residence by a micro-studio development has evolved into a broader effort to stop predatory developments across Seattle’s most vulnerable communities.
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by Teddi Beam-Conroy
Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Nine days since Charleena Lyles was shot to death by Seattle Police Officers. Nine days since I, an African-American woman, started fearing the police in a whole new way. Continue reading “Speaking Power to Power”: Women of Color Take Lead at Charleena Lyles’ Town Hall