Archive for ‘Economy’

April 8, 2014

On the Seattle Metropolitan Project and its Consequences

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From Tides of Flame

Yesterday, I spent 20 minutes watching a crew tear down a brick wall, and I thought of the workers, long since dead, who first built that wall. As much as I love the new, I remain haunted by the old. Just like you. Just like this neighborhood.

 -Sherman Alexie, South Lake Union, 2012

February 23, 2014

METROPOLIS Screening and Online

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Black Coffee Co-op is hosting a screening of Metropolis (2012) on Sunday March 2nd, at 7 pm, as part of the irregular Cascadia Film Night.

January 11, 2014

Looking for “Intel” On Occupy Protesters? Bank of America Boasts To the Washington State Patrol It Will Find It First

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By  of The Stranger:

Former Washington State Patrol (WSP) officer Kim Triplett-Kolerich now works for Bank of America as the company’s “West Region” Senior Crime and US Intelligence Analyst. She’s based in downtown Seattle.

December 27, 2013

#HipHop #Gentrification #KillAHipster

gentrifyBy Cody Lestelle

[NOTE: this article is an adaptation of an email I originally sent to the CHID program at the University of Washington, Seattle of which I am (sorta) an alumni. I am sharing it now in hopes of provoking wider discussion and appropriate actions on these themes]

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November 15, 2013

The Rise and Co-optation of Microcosm Publishing

Microcosm Publishing books at Urban Outfitters. "Grow" and native appropriation shirts.

By Jim Fromm

SEATTLE, OCCUPIED DUWAMISH TERRITORY – November 15, 2013

Portland, Ore.-based Microcosm Publishing, a self-described “radical publishing house,” is distributing books through sweatshop apparel dealer Urban Outfitters, a corporation with a lengthy record of bigoted and exploitative policies. Last year, the dissolution of the Microcosm Collective left Microcosm Publishing under the sole ownership and management of founder Joe Biel, whom has an alarming history of exploitative and patriarchal behavior.

November 5, 2013

Can Fast Food Organizing Breathe New Life Into a Dying Labor Movement?

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A piece on the recent Fast Food campaigns launched by SEIU – their origins, means, and prospects for revitalizing the labor movement in the U.S.

By John Jacobsen

October 4, 2013

Military-Industrial Complex A-Okay As U.S. Shutdown Enters Fourth Day

With a government shutdown, the vast majority of U.S. spending is now on military and police.

U.S. Federal Discretionary Budget from the War Resisters League

 

 

By Frank Robins

SEATTLE, OCCUPIED DUWAMISH TERRITORY — October 4, 2013

“Government Shutdown” — the words are blocked across every paper in the country this week. It sounds like a good idea — and how great it would be if it were this simple! But the majority of federal discretionary spending, deemed essential, continues unabated:  the military, all 116 federal prisons, border enforcement, surveillance, and federal law enforcement. (Except for labor law enforcement, of course. Goodbye OSHA inspections; time for some direct action.)

August 26, 2013

The Left doesn’t need a renewed emphasis on morality – instead, we must reclaim the concept of self-interest.

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By Evan Burger of Jacobin: 

August 2, 2013

IWW Rail Service Workers Go on Strike Demanding an End to Illegal Firings

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From July 26th to 29th, Management at Mobile Rail Solutions fired three workers actively engaged in unionizing efforts. The termination of these organizers is a direct attack on their Union drive and apparent retaliation for their recent OSHA filings. Management then threatened to continue firing workers showing no respect for their employees or labor law.

July 9, 2013

Want to live comfortably in Seattle? Here’s what its gonna cost you

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SEATTLE — It’s long been touted as the American Dream: A good place to live. A ride to work. A few extra bucks to go to the movies.

But the American Dream might be a little harder to catch in Seattle than other parts of the country, a recent Economic Policy Institute study found.

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