I’ve got a new piece up on Publicola: coverage of last Thursday’s affordable housing town hall organized by city council members Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata. They introduced a resolution endorsing rent control and condemning the statewide ban on the policy mechanism—legislation which they hope will be ratified by their colleagues on the council with enough public support and grassroots pressure. The council members want to stoke a social movement akin to last year’s successful campaign for a $15 minimum wage by capitalizing on the abundance of anger and anxiety over Seattle’s through-the-roof rents, emotions which were reflected at Thursday night’s meeting. Naturally, local pro-development advocates are livid, and that’s all in there.
Standing room only at Sawant & Licata’s affordable housing town hall.
Also, not a single 11th grader at Nathan Hale High School in north Seattle took the SBAC test—a state mandated common core oriented standardized test—King 5 reports. The test (and its equivalent: PARCC) has been rolled out in numerous other states, and resulted in similar controversy and resistance. In case you missed it, read my feature story for Real Change News from early April on the build up to Nathan Hale’s massive student opt-out.
On the morning of Wednesday March 18th employees of the Space Needle Corporation gathered outside the Seattle landmark to protest working for over 1,000 days without any kind of raise. After employees, and council members Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata spoke to the assembled crowd, the group marched over to the Space Needle Corporation offices only blocks away and handed a list of demands with signatures of employees to the corporation’s public relations manager. Media were quickly told upon entry onto the premises of the office to stop taking pictures and filming. Most of us snagged a few shots anyway. Read The Stranger’s Sydney Brownstone’s reporting on both the event and the space needle’s history of labor-related issues.
This overdue post brings you a smattering of recent projects that I’ve produced or worked on in some capacity over the past three weeks:
My photography was published alongside several nimby stories in the January 14th issue of Real Change News: one on the ACLU condemned attempt by the City of Burien to criminalize poor hygiene, and the other regarding Ballard residents squawking at the prospect of having low-income or homeless people frequenting a under construction urban rest stop in the area. Both articles were written by RCN staff reporter Aaron Burkhalter.