Important, because Seattle has a really terrible combination of “lol what’s diversity?” jokes paired with, you know, actually having diversity. And while horrible, overt shit happens more than anyone wants to admit (no, they’re not just jokes, dudes), people of color are often silenced by well-intentioned, white liberals, too, as Danielle details:
I spent a lot of time at Martin Luther King Jr. events in January and Black History Month events in February, and one thing was clear—we could all be better at addressing how we talk about racial inequality. Even at events specifically organized to address racial inequality, I saw black professionals and professors being cut off as they spoke by well-meaning white liberals who thought they had the right answer, and people of color being blatantly ignored while saying what they needed. So what can we do as a culture?
If anyone else out there in dream land is starting to get real wigged out by the shit weather, have no fear. Weather oracle Cliff Mass has spoken, and it’s looking like we can all take the nooses off our necks for the time being.
And we quote, “Showers will continue…into Monday, but then high pressure will build in, bringing sun and temperatures in the upper 50s to perhaps 60F. Be prepared for springtime warmth.”
SUN AND 60F!!!!!!!!
Stay strong my babies, it’s not gonna rain forever. Till then, bourbon.
Hey guys. Did you know that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a massive detention center in Tacoma? Anyway, it’s where detainees are held for an average of 37 days before getting sent to elsewhere, whether to another ICE facility or out of the country… and word on the street is that, surprise surprise, it really blows in there.
154 detainees are currently on hunger strike — anywhere between 750 and 1,200 over this past weekend — demanding not just better conditions for themselves, but record-level deportations across the country. KUOW reports:
The detainees said their protest is against escalating deportations across the U.S. and poor conditions at the detention center in Tacoma. They said they want better food and treatment, as well as better pay for center jobs.
Immigrant-rights activists said about 20 of the hunger strike organizers have been confined to a single cell.
20 people to a cell.
The Stranger got some more details from a lawyer involved with the striking detainees:
This appears to be the first instance of collective action against conditions at the facility by detainees in its history. They’re not eating and not working—the detainees are paid $1 per day, the lawyer says, to work in the kitchen and in clean up crews. In response, “those who are more actively involved are getting their blankets, pillows, and clothes taken away,” the lawyer says.
ICE has previously said that they respect “the detainees’ rights to express their opinions,” says KUOW. That’s… nice.
Okay guys, here’s the deal: No matter what your opinion is on the best way to handle citizens of another country living here illegally is, human beings deserve to be treated with dignity — and hunger strikes are serious business. Once you’ve been without food for four days, you’re not just “expressing [an] opinion,” you’re demanding change — and that demand at least deserves a response.
One time, Official Be My Boyfriend candidate Telekinesis (real name: Michael Lerner) was on TBTL and covered “Baby” (YEAH, THE ONE BY JUSTIN BIEBER) and it turned what is otherwise a fairly grating pop song into something actually really sweet.
Similarly, this cover of “Stay” that he just tweeted is kind of lovely in an auto-tuned kind of way.
Now if only anyone could find a video of the time Mirah and Shenandoah Davis did the song at Cathedrals last summer, because that shit was AWESOME.
Hey City Council, you wanna know what happens when there’s not enough Ubers and there’s high demand? Like when everyone come to our city to spend their money on our cool thing, therefore stimulating the entire local economy?
This is what is happening in Austin right now. $110 minimum fare. That’s what happens. Because they have a brand new presence, not enough cabs to meet the demand. And not because of bullshit policy interventions, because of low supply. Which is, ostensibly, what your caps will create.
Under these circumstances there will be no one who can afford Uber and thus the business will fail. So, don’t make everything fail. Make everything good, it’s kind of your job.
Oh my god, guys, members of These Arms Are Snakes, Minus The Bear, and Undertow (plus EVEN MORE BANDS because WHY NOT) formed a band called Dust Moth, and it sounds exactly like that combination of bands. They’re working with the label The Mylene Sheath, who puts out mostly kinda mathy, heavy, art-rock — and their first single from back in October is a little more typical of that. But vocalist Irene Barber takes on more of an Andrea Zollo sound, which lightens the load a little bit and sounds totally magical.
Listen to more or pre-order over here, or just listen to this track on loop and pretend you’re at The Vera Project back when it was in Belltown, or El Corazon when it was Graceland, or something.
The Seattle Times’ Gene Balk, who is not only a great soul DJ but also basically the only person worth reading in an otherwise usually terrible paper, has crunched the numbers and, while acknowledging that Seattle is, in fact, one of the least racially diverse cities in the country, we do actually have some non-white humans living here.
The neighborhood charts are really interesting and worth a look.
Of course, the fact that in some of Seattle’s pockets, there are actually a large number of people of various backgrounds shouldn’t really be a surprise — back in 2010, it was reported that 98118 was the single most diverse zip code in the nation.
So, if the legislation goes through 750 people will get boned out of their jobs. And Seattle residents who rely on these services to get around will see at least a 83% reduction in the ability to do that thing.