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The Hellhole – Week of 6/10

King Fuji farmworkers strike! Workers at King Fuji have staged strikes for two days now. In an interview with KUNW Univision’s Maria Cortez, Edgar Franks spoke to the mistreatment and conditions of the workers and that “no one wants to strike but this was the only option left by the company.” Workers presented a list… Read more »

The Hellhole – Week of 6/3

Frye Art Museum Workers Form a Union Workers at the Frye Art Museum formed a union and demanded recognition from the museum’s Board of Trustees last Friday. Councilmember Kshama Sawant and District 4 candidate Shaun Scott (both Seattle DSA-endorsed) stood in solidarity with the museum’s workers and spoke in defense of organizing to preserve dignity… Read more »

The Hellhole – Week of 5/27

Cowlitz tribal member and high school runner finds a platform on the podium. Rosalie Fish, a Cowlitz tribe member and track athlete at Muckleshoot Tribal School, competed with red face paint of a handprint and the acronym MMIW on her leg, standing for Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women. The Seattle Metropolitan area has the highest rate of… Read more »

The Hellhole – Week of 5/20

The Tragedy of Fort Lawton Housing activists have fought to build something useful on Fort Lawton ever since that barren parking lot was returned to the commons in 2005 from the US Army. Fighting back just as hard, various nearby property-owners have spent the last decade and a half trying to prevent any public, social,… Read more »

The Hellhole – Week of 5/13

Seattle DSA endorses Kshama Sawant for Seattle City Council, District 3 Councilmember Sawant has been a tireless advocate for workers and tenants during a period where the Council was under intense pressure to fold to corporate interests. She has never wavered in her support for the issues that matter most: from fighting for the $15… Read more »

The Hellhole – Week of 5/6

Seattle schools deserve workplace democracy It’s teacher appreciation week. You’d think teachers would be appreciated? Many teachers already pay out of pocket for supplies, play roles as pseudo-guidance counselors and librarians as paraeducators are cut. That’s whack. This week, the Social Equity Educators caucus of the Seattle Educators Association held walk-ins demanding better conditions for… Read more »

The Hellhole – Week of 4/29

Caregivers invisible no more as Washington funds long-term care. Washington State’s Long Term Care Trust Act is just a start, but it’s a worthy one. The fund is a modest, flat payroll tax which, absent capital gains or progressive income tax in our regressive state, will accrue up to $36,500 for workers for long-term care.… Read more »

The Hellhole – Week of 4/22

SEIU Nurses Rally for Breaks, Safe Scheduling; Sen. Walsh Needs a Rest Period After Self-Own Nurses work demanding jobs. So it’s only natural that they demand safe scheduling, fair breaks, and adequate rest. But there’s always some blowhard who disagrees right? State Senator Walsh (R – Walla Walla) derided nurses as people who play cards,… Read more »

The Hellhole – Week of 4/15

Dual bills protecting workers pass the state legislature Over 100,000 workers work in agriculture every year, producing enormous value in their communities and also $7 billion in revenue for captains of industry. Immigrants feed Washington. Since 2007, the H2-A program has grown over 1000% in Washington state and  immigrants’ rights organizations have worked hard this… Read more »

The Hellhole – Week of 4/8

Sound Transit’s Lame Plan In his piece on how Sound Transit plans to change the downtown transit tunnel, Seattle Times reporter Mike Lindblom tries to imagine anything other than a “security station” going where the current Metro customer service station was. Bodegas, bathrooms, burgers, bistros. But instead, Sound Transit decided, we’re getting a security hub.… Read more »

The Hellhole – Week of 4/1

Dealer Madness: Landlords have too much power Comrades in the market for eighths and edibles should steer clear of The Joint. In addition to being a petty landlord, the owner has a dark history with women. David Sadis, who founded the chain of recreational weed stores with his brother Shy, is a wannabe real estate… Read more »

The Hellhole – Week of 3/25

City Upzones The Seattle City Council up-zoned dozens of neighborhoods around mass transit hubs. Upzones provoke a lot of internal debate on the left because upzones, free of mitigating policy, often lead to gentrification. A new complex plopped on a block raises the market value. It is new and sleek while much of the city… Read more »