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A Conversation With Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis is a world-renowned economist who is best known for his seven months last year as finance minister of Greece. There, he led resistance against austerity policies during renegotiation of Greece’s debts to the “troika” of the IMF, the European Central Bank and the European Commission. That resistance ultimately failed, and Varoufakis resigned. Now, […]

Hell and Homelessness

This blogpost is basically a feelings dump. My work brings me into contact with a fair number of homeless people. As with any journalism, it’s tough to strike the right emotional balance between professional distance and empathy when an elderly woman on the side of 4th Ave. weeps as she tells me she has nowhere to […]

Morrow Responds to Allegations

Scott Morrow, the controversial organizer voted out of Nickelsville earlier this month, today released the following letter in response to allegations against him. -CJ Decades ago I began community organizing work with homeless people in Seattle.  The choice wasn’t based on organizing ability but rather a love and enjoyment of homeless people and the homeless […]

Brief reviews of some PS3 games

About a month ago I bought a Playstation 3, and boy, have I been using it. While a generation out of date, the console has impressed me with the quality of some of its releases. This post is a quick review of some of the games I’ve played so far. Uncharted 1, 2, and 3 […]

Video: initial SPD use of force on May Day 2015

Here is previously unpublished video of Seattle police using force on anti-capitalist marchers during May Day 2015. This video begins immediately after a bike officer tackles a black bloc marcher; starting at the 40 second marker in this overhead video, you can see yours truly on the right edge of the screen filming with a white smartphone (I’m […]

Gay marriage *is* a slippery slope

Alito’s right: there’s no good reason to extend marriage rights to monogamous gay couples but not to sextuples or non-romantic life partners. The government may have a compelling interest in granting special rights to people who are creating the basic social unit, a life partnership. But life partnerships aren’t necessarily heterosexual, or limited to two people, or romantic.

SW: Kshama Sawant phones Greenpeace pirates; UW protesters oust regents

I’ve got two new posts up on Seattle Weekly. First, read about how a bunch of loud (but nonviolent) protesters chased the UW’s Board of Regents away from their dinner and into a subterranean lair (I’m not making this up). Second, feast your brain on city councilor Kshama Sawant’s conference with Greenpeace’s oil-rig climbers (it […]

New Seattle Weekly stuff

I’ve got a new piece in Seattle Weekly on implementation of Seattle’s new minimum wage. When Seattle’s minimum wage jumped to $11 per hour last week, bypassing the state minimum of $9.47 and giving the city its first taste of what a higher wage floor looks like in action, neither did the sky fall nor […]

Environmentalists launch blimp to call on people to join “Kayak Flotilla” to stop Shell oil drilling rigs

Originally posted on Josh Kelety:
04.03.15 On Thursday morning, environmentalists gathered at Jack Perry Memorial Park at Alaskan Way and Marginal Way to launch a blimp reading “ShellNo, Join the Flotilla!” The blimp floated upwards of 150 feet in the air in an effort to both bring attention to the slated arrival and docking of Shell…