Category Uncategorized

The Cold Outside the Closed Library

Originally posted on South Seattle Emerald:
by Casey Jaywork Outside the massive Seattle Central Library, a thirty-something black man—clean shaven in overalls and carrying a bulbous backpack—takes crackling bites from a bright red apple between cigarette puffs. “I don’t want to get a minimum wage job and work hard to still not be able to…

Why Sweep? The swirling logic behind Seattle’s mass evictions of unauthorized camps

In fall 2016, under immense pressure to look tough in the aftermath of a set of brutal murders at a shanty village, then-Mayor Ed Murray ordered police and other departments to coordinate a mass eviction of The Jungle, a decades-old archipelago of unauthorized tent encampments along and beneath the raised I-5 freeway. Because professional service […]

Seattle Weekly portfolio

I recently resigned from Seattle Weekly after covering city hall and houselessness for more than two years as a staff reporter. It was a great ride and I’m thankful to the people I worked with. Now, I’m figuring out my next steps–as a writer, as an activist, as a manager of my own mental illness, and […]

Pics from Carl Haglund Rental Law Vote

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 […]

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…

New work, new job

I’ve got some exciting news, but first, my most recent stories: on CHS I’ve got an article covering Central District business owner and Ethiopian immigrant Messeret Habeti’s attempt to create an east African immigrant business association, and another on a miraculously unsuccessful attempted gang killing that happened outside my house in the CD. In the Seattle […]