Racial disparities, poverty the focus of state budget and policy summit

At a $70-per-ticket summit on December 7, attendees discussed Washington state’s budget and how to change it to benefit marginalized people and close wealth gaps. “When progressives get together we usually agree with one another and vent about Trump and whatever,” said Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, a featured speaker at the Washington State Budget &Continue reading “Racial disparities, poverty the focus of state budget and policy summit”

Houseless advocates hold vigil outside city hall, deliver letter against budget cuts to services

Approximately 45 homeless advocates silently stood outside Seattle City Hall on a cold Wednesday evening, holding signs that read “without shelter, people die.” Women in Black, a group created by Seattle Housing and Resource Effort(SHARE)/WHEEL, honor homeless people who have died on the streets. As soon as they find out, a vigil is held aboutContinue reading “Houseless advocates hold vigil outside city hall, deliver letter against budget cuts to services”

Checking in with District 3 Rep. Sawant and the 2017 People’s Budget

This Thursday, Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant will host the People’s Budget to create a movement demanding specific funds stay or be added on to city’s final budget.

O’Brien and Harris-Talley: Tax Seattle businesses for homelessness

In a press conference Thursday morning, Seattle City Council members Mike O’Brien and Kirsten Harris-Talley announced the core of a new proposed budget for the city: making the top 10 percent grossing businesses pay a tax of less than five cents per hour per full-time employee.

Seattle’s Budget with Burgess: BLM and Mandated Retirement Money

As Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess announced his changes to the budget created by former mayor and accused sexual abuser Ed Murray, the new mayor gave an explicit nod to Black Lives Matter, focused on sexual assault survivors, and expressed gratitude for the Seattle Fire Department. via South Seattle Emerald

Private contributions provide boost in the UW’s funding

Private contributions from outside donors play a large role in university funding across the nation. The UW received approximately $227 million in last year’s private gifts, almost $28 million less than gifts from the preceding 2013-14 fiscal year. “The [contribution] that is significantly smaller is [to] the School of Law,” said Walt Dryfoos, associate viceContinue reading “Private contributions provide boost in the UW’s funding”

Academic workers speak out on campus budget and tuition issues

In the process of addressing tuition and workers’ pay at the UW on Thursday night, the Academic Workers for a Democratic University (AWDU) brought up new and surprising statistics. “In order to do social change in a university like the UW, we have to understand how it works, and a part of that is learningContinue reading “Academic workers speak out on campus budget and tuition issues”