Social Welfare

Seattle Seeks to Close Internet Access Gap

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In September, the City of Seattle released the Internet for All Seattle Report. This report follows the City's July 27th resolution to establish the...
Protesters marching on Ballard Avenue with signs

Dear Seattle City Council: Override Mayor Durkan’s Veto and Divest from Racist Policing

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Dear Seattle City Councilmembers, The Urbanist implores you to do the right thing, hold the line, and take an important step toward racial justice. The...

Sunday Video: Architecture That’s Built To Heal

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https://youtu.be/MvXZzKZ3JYQ Architect Michael Murphy provides several examples of how architecture can be designed to uplift, empower, heal, and rejuvenate communities when designed with intention and...

Midweek Video: How Humans Are Making Pandemics More Likely

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https://youtu.be/qp5CEcIyk94 Vox explains how human expansion into natural habitats is directly linked to the spread of new and deadly diseases in human populations.

Sunday Video: What “Defund The Police” Really Means

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9w841nrIBg "Defund the Police" seems ambiguous to many, but Vox explains what the movement is trying to achieve in communities across the country.

Midweek Video: Why It’s So Hard To Get Unemployment Benefits

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https://youtu.be/ualUPur6iks The American unemployment system is not universal in its design. How did we get to where we are and why are some systems designed...

A Capital Gains Tax for Seattle? New Progressive Revenue Measure Enters the Conversation

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Proposed by Councilmember Andrew Lewis, the new tax would fund housing and homeless services With the Covid recession already putting local governments' budgets into the...

Black Faith Leaders Urge Seattle to Fund 1,000 New Affordable Homes in the Central...

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Calling for a "Central Area Housing Plan" that seeks to remedy decades of gentrification that have displaced Black residents from Seattle's Central District, last...