King County to ‘reorg’ a public health approach to juvenile justice

King County Executive Dow Constantine signed an order Thursday directing the health department to make a plan and timeline for juvenile justice reform. Seattle Police Department Chief Kathleen O’Toole supports the order. Via CHS, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

Java with Jayapal

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) met up with the Capitol Hill community Wednesday morning for some intimate updates and Q&A. The session inside Broadway’s Espresso Vivace showed the representative is busy doing the best she can to block Trump-esque bills with little time to push her own agenda through Congress.

Despite activist wins, 12th Ave youth jail construction is full speed ahead

After a legal victory by activist group Ending the Prison Industrial Complex against the funding calculation of King County’s Children and Family Justice Center, construction at the 12th Ave project is still fully underway. “There’s what we think should be happening and then there’s what appears to be happening and they’re not the same,” said EPIC’s attorney Knoll Lowney.

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

What Seattle Can Learn From San Francisco and Chicago In Dealing With Its Housing Affordability Crisis

As Seattle deals with the largest population boom in its history, the Sightline Institute, an independent, nonprofit research and communications center, hosted a panel Wednesday night at the Rainier Arts Center to learn from Chicago and San Francisco affordable housing experts. Via South Seattle Emerald

Seattle Mayor Resigns After Fifth Child Sexual Abuse Allegation

Update (9/13/2017 4:05 p.m.): Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell was sworn in Wednesday morning as interim mayor. He has yet to accept or decline to takeover the position for the remainder of resigning mayor Ed Murray’s term. Should Harrell accept he would serve until Nov. 28 when the winner of that month’s mayoral raceContinue reading “Seattle Mayor Resigns After Fifth Child Sexual Abuse Allegation”

DACA Officially Set for Removal

After a week of worry by activists and organizations who first caught wind of the nightmare last Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this morning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) will be rescinded. The 10 states that would’ve sued against DACA likely had a heavy hand in the final decision as Sessions referenced the legalContinue reading “DACA Officially Set for Removal”

DACA’s Fate Still Uncertain

President Donald Trump announced Friday morning that he “loves Dreamers” and will make a decision on keeping or phasing out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by Tuesday, Sept. 5. White House officials warn, however, that his mind could change in favor or against at any moment. Trump sits between a rock and a hard placeContinue reading “DACA’s Fate Still Uncertain”

Trump Likely to End DACA This Week

While Fox News initially reported President Donald Trump’s plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by Friday, South Seattle Emerald has confirmed the impending action with inside sources across various immigration organizations, nonprofits, and their networks. via South Seattle Emerald

Seattle Could be First in the Nation to Stop Rental Criminal History Discrimination

Update [8/14/2017, 5:40 p.m.]: Since this article was first published, the Seattle City Council officially passed the Fair Chance Housing Legislation on Monday afternoon, keeping the amendments.  As it stands, one slice of the criminalization and homelessness cycle could shatter thanks to a Seattle City Council vote set for next week. Seattle would make history, becomingContinue reading “Seattle Could be First in the Nation to Stop Rental Criminal History Discrimination”