Posts for 'Civil Rights'

Local young social justice activist has no need for spell check

October 3rd, 2013

When I meet with young people or have interns in the office I invariably tell them to keep honing their communications skills. Different fields need different specialized skills, but all fields need strong communicators. And, so, I’m pleased to spotlight up and coming strong communicator Savannah B, a junior at Rainier Beach [More]


Resolutions and Russia

September 20th, 2013

Recently there have been articles about Russia’s new laws against gay “propaganda” being distributed to minors (you know, like propaganda about healthy relationships and safer sex), increasing hostility to LGBT people, and outright attacks on LGBT people. Some people have said it’s time for LGBT people to “flee Russia.” Next year’s Winter [More]


More important than I thought.

February 4th, 2013

Note: This post contains graphic language. Apologies in advance. I spoke with an AP reporter last Friday about a subject from a few years ago working its way to completion – adapting state codes to use more gender neutral language. Former Councilmember Jan Drago and I came across the word “fireman” when [More]


See It, Send It… Do something

October 11th, 2012

The recent launch of the See It, Send It campaign by the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau Street Scene Task Force has generated a new run of debate over Seattle’s attitudes and responses to disorder Downtown. “Disorder” takes many forms depending upon your threshold.  So far the campaign has forwarded eight (as [More]


Mid-point check-in

July 6th, 2012

Somehow we got into July and I’m not sure how that happened. At the top of this year the Council went through our annual agenda priorities exercise which yielded this 2012 Action Agenda and I thought, “Great. We finished this relatively quickly at the start of the year. Now we have the [More]


Seeking Safety in Rainier Valley

December 20th, 2011

Sunday night I participated in a safety walk with four officers from SPD and about 40 Othello-area neighbors. We walked and talked through the streets surrounding the Othello Light Rail station – the area where Danny Vega, a beloved member of the city's Filipino and gay communities, was beaten leading to his [More]


Reconsidering the Grand Canyon State

November 8th, 2011

Learning that the National League of Cities will hold the fall “Congress of Cities” meeting later this week in Phoenix (meeting sites are selected four years in advance) has prompted me to think about what I’ve learned in the almost year and a half since I pushed forward a resolution calling for [More]


Making a tough job tougher

January 24th, 2011

I get a few newsletters in the mail and via email.  They’re often the best sources for what’s going on in a neighborhood or within an organization.  That can be true of the Seattle Police Guild’s Guardian newsletter, but the Guardian can also, from time to time, serve as a tool for [More]