Friday, December 14, 2018

Robert Cruickshank

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Robert Cruickshank is a transit rider and progressive campaigner who lives in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. From 2011 to 2013 he served as Senior Communications Advisor to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.
There are two kinds of opposition to action on the climate crisis. The first is the one we're all familiar with: outright denial that it's happening, or that humans are causing it. However, it's the second kind that is more powerful--and less well known....
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Since 2011, Republicans in the U.S. House have forced through significant cuts to federal spending with the goal of undermining public services. No program has been immune from these cuts, including public housing. At a time when demand for affordable housing is soaring in cities like Seattle, federal austerity...
This fall Seattle voters could approve new taxes to pay for bus service -- and still lose their bus route. It sounds crazy, but if some activists get their way, Seattle bus riders will still see a shrinking system no matter how much money they pour into the system. As...