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Posts for 'Civil Rights'

Seattle Must Do More to Help Former Prisoners Get Housing

August 7th, 2017

We all need a second chance at some point in our lives. Many of us have done something in our past we regret. That said, our mistakes should not define us, especially when we’ve paid the price for what we’ve done. Council Member Herbold has been championing in her Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and […]


A Bystander’s Guide to Standing up Against Islamophobic Harassment (and Other Types of Harassment, Too)

February 22nd, 2017

This post is not original to me but is especially well done.  It was written by a Paris-based  illustrator and filmmaker who goes by the handle Maeril on Tumblr .  She posted a short and helpful illustrated how-to guide for bystanders  who want to help someone being bullied in a public place.  I found it first in a […]


Putting an End to the Death Penalty

January 23rd, 2017

In our nation, we have chosen to legally sanction hundreds of peoples’ deaths by shooting, hanging, electrocuting, lethally injecting, or gassing in jail. In the State of Washington, we have a moratorium to execution called by Gov. Inslee three years ago. However, without legislation abolishing the death penalty, those on death row could again face either lethal […]


The “No Cap” Option Goes Down in Flames – but Uber and Lyft will Thrive in Seattle

February 28th, 2014

On Thursday, February 27, 2014, my colleagues and I voted on the future of taxis, “for hire” vehicles, and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft. We all agreed that irrespective of the mode, all drivers need to be trained, cars need to undergo appropriate safety checks, and decent commercial or umbrella insurance coverage […]


Supporting a Second Chance

June 10th, 2013

While attending an event this weekend, a long time friend and business owner approached me and said “I cannot understand why you people (viz: Seattle City Councilmembers) insist on passing laws that make it harder to do business in this city.” He was referring to the Job Assistance Legislation, C.B. 117796, which passed out of […]


Tragedy in Connecticut: How will we respond?

December 15th, 2012

I have had tears in my eyes all day thinking about the little hands and faces of those children slain in Connecticut and the others who witnessed it.  Every one of us has a child, a grandchild or KNOWS a child this age. Can you even imagine getting that call from the school?  It is […]


PACE pilot community leadership program off to a great start

May 7th, 2012

If you’ve been following this blog, you already know that I’m a champion of the Department of Neighborhood’s (DoN) People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE). This pilot program, which is designed to provide leadership training for new community leaders, kicked off on April 26. Classroom space has been donated by Seattle University. (Thank you, Seattle University, […]


Missed opportunity for dialogue on LGBT issues

March 19th, 2012

By now the word has spread: Last week, the City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Commission abruptly cancelled a reception with a delegation of six LGBT citizens from Israel. The commission cancelled the meeting because certain activists who are vocal opponents of the Israeli government’s policies lobbied them into submission. This was wrong. The visitors […]


I support marriage equality

January 11th, 2012

I fully support marriage equality legislation and want it to pass in the Washington State Legislature this year. The reason?  I don’t think it’s fair to say to one group of people, “Yes, you can marry”, and to another, “No, you can’t”. People don’t choose who they love. Gay and lesbian couples should have the […]


South Park Bridge groundbreaking & celebration on Thursday

May 3rd, 2011

It’s tough to beat an afternoon party, especially one that features a 20-foot pinata and officially kicks off the construction of a new bridge reconnecting the South Park neighborhood to the rest of the city. Check out the West Seattle Blog for details on the pinata replica of the 16th Avenue Bridge, which will be suspended from a crane before it’s […]


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