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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 […]

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 […]

CHS: Councilors of county and city; coffee w/ a cop

I’ve got three new stories on CHS. First, there’s a profile of King County Councilor* Larry Gossett which highlights his journey from Black Power revolutionary to elected official. Second, there’s an interview with Seattle City Council district 3 candidate Pamela Banks on why she’s running. Finally, I stumbled into a “Coffee with a Cop” event […]

Central Circuit: my first Letter from the Editor

The following is an excerpt from my first Letter from the Editor at the Central Circuit, in our November 2013 issue. The Central Circuit exists to empower students and the SCCC community as democratic citizens, by providing relevant news and creating a forum for campus expression and discussion. In other words, we are biased: we […]

On ‘Objectivity’

The following is part of an essay I wrote when applying to journalism grad school. Following the thread of yesterday’s post on how objectivity (as normally understood) isn’t a thing, this post considers a possible re-definition of the term to make it both a plausible and desirable trait of journalists. _________________________________________________ Question: Is objectivity a […]