What is Democracy?

“What Is Democracy?” is an urgent film that connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in democracy, we must first ask what the word even means. Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and […]
Dec 4, 2019

8 things to know about Referendum 88

Twenty years after Washington voters abolished affirmative action, it has returned to the ballot box.
Oct 30, 2019

Seattle City Council District 3: Egan Orion and Kshama Sawant

Incumbent Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant is facing challenger Egan Orion for the District 3 seat, which includes Capitol Hill, the Central District and Yesler Terrace.
Oct 16, 2019

Seattle City Council District 1: Lisa Herbold and Phil Tavel

Incumbent Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold faces challenger Phil Tavel to represent District 1, which includes West Seattle, White Center and South Park.

Seattle City Council District 2: Tammy Morales and Mark Solomon

Tammy Morales and Mark Solomon are vying to represent Seattle City Council District 2, which includes Rainier Beach, Beacon Hill, SoDo and parts of the Chinatown-International District.

Seattle City Council District 7: Andrew Lewis and Jim Pugel

Andrew Lewis and Jim Pugel are running for the District 7 position on the Seattle City Council, which represents Belltown, Queen Anne, Pioneer Square and parts of Chinatown-International District and South Lake Union.

Seattle City Council District 4: Alex Pedersen and Shaun Scott

Alex Pedersen and Shaun Scott are running for Seattle City Council District 4 seat, which includes University District, Wallingford, Laurelhurst, and parts of Maple Leaf and Fremont.

Seattle City Council District 5: Debora Juarez and Ann Davison Sattler

Incumbent Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez faces challenger Ann Davison Sattler to represent District 5, which includes Lake City, Northgate and parts of Greenwood.

Seattle City Council District 6: Dan Strauss and Heidi Wills

Dan Strauss and Heidi Wills are vying for the seat representing Seattle City Council District 6, which includes Ballard, Crown Hill and Green Lake.

Unpacking the BRI: China’s Infrastructure Plan and Its Motivations

In recent years, China under the leadership of Xi Jinping has embarked on an ambitious international infrastructure investment program called the Belt and Road Initiative or BRI. The initiative has seen China sign agreements or implement projects with countries worldwide, including in Southeast Asia, East Africa, and Latin America. Dr. Spencer Cohen, Senior Economist at Community Attributes Inc., will share his thoughts on the BRI, […]
Sep 5, 2019

Reinstated affirmative action could go to the hands of voters in November

Referendum 88 asks voters whether the state should keep the recently reinstated affirmative action, which was passed by lawmakers after an initiative.
Jul 24, 2019

Could environmental justice be written into Washington state law?

Washington lawmakers this year stopped short of writing environmental justice into law. But a task force could pave the way in the future.
Jul 10, 2019

White LGBTQIA+ Solidarity With Black Power!

No Pride in Genocide: White LGBTQIA+ Solidarity with Black Power Building the movement of white LGBTQIA+ people who stand in solidarity with the black community’s struggle for justice and power. Unity through reparations! This is an Uhuru Solidarity Movement speaking event for white LGBTQIA+ identified folks to learn about solidarity as defined by the African […]
Jun 17, 2019
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaking at a worker protest against Amazon in Shakopee, Minnesota on Dec. 14, 2018. (Photo by Fibonacci Blue via Flickr)

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar to headline CAIR-WA Ramadan fundraiser

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has gained a high national profile in the past few months, as one of the first two American Muslim women elected to Congress.
May 21, 2019

Why after 20 years affirmative action is coming back to Washington

Affirmative action has returned to Washington via Initiative 1000, which curtails the state’s 1998 ban on preferential treatment based on race or gender.
Apr 29, 2019

U.S. intervention in Venezuela gets critical eye at Seattle event

Critics of those calling for sanctions or military action against its President Nicolas Maduro say it is a ploy to grab political control of the oil-rich nation, especially given the United States' track record with intervention in South America.
Feb 27, 2019

Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz returns to Seattle amid presidential exploration

Howard Schultz, who led Seattle-based Starbucks into international growth, on tour for his memoir, also announced that he is mulling a run for president.
Jan 30, 2019

Score Voting Social: Thurston County

Join us for our quarterly Thurston County meetup. This is a laid-back event for small-d democracy advocates to come together and discuss cardinal voting methods and the future of voting reform in Washington state. All are welcome. We are a nonpartisan organization. No matter your party or whether you’re already a score voting supporter or […]
Jan 5, 2019
A sign inside the glass of a Seattle drugstore drink cooler informs customers of the new “Soda Tax.” A classic 20 ounce bottle of Coca Cola might be priced at $2.00 but cost $2.35 due to the cola’s sugar content. (Photo by Mikaela Lobe)

Initiative 1634 aims to stop a future “soda tax”

The state initiative comes a year after Seattle passed a "soda tax" on drinks with sugar to pay for programs that address education and food disparities.
Oct 31, 2018
Plants and animals thrive along the Duwamish, but the backdrop of industrial buildings belies a history of pollution. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Guest Opinion: I-1631 starts to right historic environmental injustices

Jill Mangaliman on I-1631: This initiative begins to address the needs of communities that have been most impacted by environmental damage.
Oct 23, 2018