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Why is Seattle so Good at Iconic Moments of Radicalism?

In 1885-1915, the state's formative period, "Washington attracted a prodigious share of radicals, socialists, and utopians," coming here because we were a state that welcomed radical change.

Mayor Durkan at a Low Point: Five Options for Survival

The best way to allow for healing is for the mayor to say two things: Tell me what the pain is, and How can I help?

Fantasies: The Purpose of Crowded Starbucks Stores

I once asked one of the original founders of the coffee company how it could be economical to have so many folks occupying tables for hours while spending a pittance on a cup of coffee-flavored milk drinks.

Protest Marches Foretell a Political Sea-Change for Seattle

If Act I of the rise of Movement Left in Seattle was the 2019 city council elections, these protest marches are Act II. They will have an enduring effect on participants.

“Defund the Police” Gets Real

Minneapolis public schools have gone so far as to terminate its long-standing contract with local police to provide security officers at schools.

Kits to Convert Restaurants to Post-COVID Dining

The design constructs wooden decking to cover the sidewalks and parking strips, semi-private booths, and carefully spaced tables.

Issues or Riots? How Media Coverage Shapes Perceptions of Public Protests

All this puts protesters in a tricky situation, playing with matches. Their issues and grievances typically have a tough time breaking through to media attention.

Climate Politics: At Last Some Reasons to Hope

One decision is to give up on the Republicans, rather than trying to woo them into some marginal concessions, since they have obviously been "bought." The effort now is to unify the Left, not seek a center.

Take Back the Streets: Remaking Seattle As ‘The Outdoors City’

Restaurants are reinventing themselves in this way, knowing that eating outdoors is healthier for resisting transmission of the coronavirus. Might Seattle reinvent itself broadly as an outdoors city, despite the mild and rainy winters?

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Why is Seattle so Good at Iconic Moments of Radicalism?

In 1885-1915, the state's formative period, "Washington attracted a prodigious share of radicals, socialists, and utopians," coming here because we were a state that welcomed radical change.

The Arts Online: Ten Great YouTubes that wouldn’t have been made without Lockdown

Deprived of their usual performance venues, artists have turned to the internet to make and disseminate their art. The art is evolving quickly

Capitol Hill’s Occupied Zone and how it Happened

Overall, observers and participants will need to continue thinking about how claiming a portion of public space for an underserved and discriminated community can initiate effective social and political change, and not perpetuate the status quo or ignite a right-wing backlash that pursues further repressive policies.

Reading: The Plague During Plague

This spring I decided to take a zoomed book class offered by Alliance Française Seattle. The assigned...

Paint The Town: Takiyah Ward and the Autonomous Zone’s Defining Mural

“Normally getting a project of this size done in the city of Seattle would have required months of bureaucracy, red tape, and writing grants, and trying to find the money, all of which can kill a creative vibe or project real quick.”