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Table of Contents
August 30, 2006, Vol. 13, No. 36
- Now You’re Walking: This Labor Day, instead of a BBQ, why not come out and join the March for Human Rights and Economic Justice? Page 2
- The Eyes Have It. Looking to halt the “nuisance” of downtown crimes, business advocates set their sights on video surveillance. Page 3
- Berate Britain. To ensure the British hear the voices of the homeless, Barry Etheridge walks the country, gathering stories. Page 4
- Fair Weather Friend. Author Dan Berger contends the Weather Underground were driven by an anti-racist ideology, not violence. Page 6
Table of Contents:
Not Going Away. Group weighs in on transportation issues for Nov. ballot by Rosette Royale, Pages 1, 12
- Picture: Rachel Smith, of Transportation Choices Coalition, is keeping close tabs on a number of transportation initiatives voters will confront this November, including I-917, Tim Eyman’s attempt to drop vehicle excise taxes to $30.
- Photo by Michael Dopps
A Fair Shake. South Korean activists seek “mini-WTO protest” at trade talks. By Cydney Gillis, Pages 1, 10, 12
- Picture: Aehwa Kim has set up shop in Seattle to prepare for the Sept. 6-9 trade talks between South Korea, her native country, and the U.S.
- Photo by Elisa Huerta-Enochian
Editorial: The Fierce Urgency of Now. This Labor Day, stand together for dignity and justice by Timothy Harris, Page 2
Change Agent: John Wilson and Jill Shelby by Amy Besunder, Page 3
- Picture: John Wilson and Jill Shelby, helping others recover balance in their lives.
- Photo by Brooke Kempner
Pan Opticon. Video cameras, anti-begging campaign in store downtown. By Adam Hyla, Page 3 [RE: Anita Woo, Downtown Seattle Association, Kevin Lindamood, Baltimore’s Health Care for the Homeless, Inc., Wanda Lanier, Jacksonville Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition]
Just Heard…, Page 3
- Jilted by Rosette Royale [RE: Rev. Kathlyn James, First United Methodist Church, Fifth and Marion, Seattle]
- The bug shrugged by Adam Hyla [RE: West Nile Virus, Hilary Karasz]
- Occidental Park: an open question by Cydney Gillis [The park reopens Sept 7, 2006]
Walkabout. Barry Etheridge is on the trail of real improvements for Britain’s homeless. By Clare Harris, Pages 4, 5
- Picture: Homeless in Scotland for three years, Barry Etheridge realized that no one in power listens to what homeless people need. Fixed on shaking up the system, he is gathering homeless people’s stories.
- Photo by Clare Harris
Short Takes, Page 4
- Working wounded by Cydney Gillis [RE: Hotel workers suffer the highest rate of injury of all service workers, Rev. Paul Benz, Pramila Jayapal, director of Hate Free Zone Washington, Sadia Argo, Unite HERE]
- Nickels appointment to SHA draws flack [RE: Sybil Bailey, John Fox, Resident Action Council, Jim Bush, Marcia Johnson, Rev. Paul Benz, Elana Dix]
- Dishing the tax breaks by Adam Hyla [RE: How much businesses took in tax breaks]
Interview: An Empire and its Outlaws. The Weather Underground deployed for a revolution in the making with solidarity, not violence, in their hearts. Interview with Daniel Berger by Adam Hyla, Pages 6, 7
- Picture: JJ, the principal author of the “Weatherman” statement, marches with other Weatherman at the Days of Rage demonstration, held in Chicago, October 1969.
- Photo by David Fenton
- Picture: Dan Berger’s Book, Outlaws in America, sees the Weather Underground as a militant anti-racist fighting force.
- Photo by Adam Hyla
Armed to the Truth. Book: Armed Madhouse: Who’s Afraid of Osama Wolf? China Floats, Bush Sinks, the Scheme to Steal ’08, No Child’s Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War by Greg Palast. Review by Bonnie Olson, Page 8
Sex and Race in a Day’s Work. The Motel. Directed by Michael Kang. Review by Lester Gray, Page 8
- Picture: Jeffrey Chyau and Samantha Futerman in The Motel
Adventures in Irony. The Public Interest by Dr. Wes Browning, Page 9
Poetry, Page 9
- (Now and Then) by Elias Padilla
- When I Awake, Daughter, What Matters by Denise Calvetti Michaels
Street Watch. Compiled by Emma Quinn, Page 9
Letters to the Editor: Page 10
- No mindless citizens here! By Adron Hall
- God Save the Readers by Joan Rupp | Seattle
Classified Ads, Page 10
Calendar. Compiled by Dena Burke, Page 11
Director’s Corner by Timothy Harris, Page 11
First things First. Get Involved. Take Action., Page 11
We Can’t Afford to Lose More Housing
- Issue: Over 2,000 rental units were converted to condominiums and 681 were demolished in Seattle last year. Displacement of low-income households is reaching record levels. The city doesn’t have the ability to fully regulate these occurrences because state law overrides the city’s power. However, there are steps the Mayor and the City Council can take to slow down or reverse this trend. But will they? What’s the effect of the growth and gentrification on our efforts to end homelessness? Do we have to choose between increasing density in our urban centers and preserving affordable housing, or can we do both?
- We need to reassess our city’s commitment to growth and increased density at all costs. The drive to upzone neighborhoods without attempting to mitigate or even understand the impact on our existing housing stock is one of the most significant causes of homelessness and growing inequality in our city.
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