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Mayor Franklin's Plan for Boeing Layoffs: Learn to Code, or Become an Entrepreneur

In her statement on October 1st, Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin announced that in the wake of planned layoffs at Boeing, the city would be collaborating with organizations like Everett Community College, Washington State University, and the Northwest Innovation Resource Center to "retain and tap into the skills of displaced workers…"

By Ben Karpelman

Boeing Only Wants One Thing

On October 1st, Boeing announced that it would move all 787 production to South Carolina. It was announced as a required "cost-cutting" measure due to the tanking economy and the fall-out from Boeing sending 346 people to their death in plane crashes…

By Seattle Sucks Editorial Board

Living in the Neoliberal Apocalypse

In June, wildfires crossed into the Arctic Circle, making them the first wildfires recorded north of the 66th parallel in human history. Blazes in Siberia have already burned through an area the size of Greece this year…

By Brian Platt

Washington Sucks Primary Voters Guide

We all know Gov. Jay Inslee will effortlessly get through the primary with an overwhelming win, despite him doing little to nothing to address homelessness, progressive tax reform, protecting tribes from Puget Sound Energy or his subpar response to Covid-19. There are THIRTY FIVE people running against him…

By Cassidy Butler

Communists Around Every Corner

On June 26, Donald Trump signed an executive order on “Protecting American Monuments.” The order was Trump's response to the protests against anti-Black police brutality and systemic racism that have wracked the United States since the murder of George Floyd. On the same day, the White House website published an address given by National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien two days earlier…

By Matthew Van Duyn

A History of Police in Schools

In 1967, the Tucson School District in Arizona launched what was perhaps the first modern school resource officer (SRO) program. Prior to this, police interaction with schools had been minimal and largely enforcement based…

By Brian Platt

Sheriffs Gone Wild

Last week, Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney stared at his keyboard and boldly told his Facebook followers that he would not enforce any Covid 19 related stay at home order…

By Brian Platt

Seattle's Other Gods

Once, the gods of the earth dwelled upon its surface, they danced upon its mountains and swam in its rivers. Though they made earth their dominion, they did not suffer the arrival of man and would not allow this new beast to look upon them…

By Professor Ambrose J. Hoag

Things to do in Seattle During a Plague (Week Two)

This is an ongoing series of recommended Entertainment provided by the kind hosts of the Seattle Sucks podcast to help get you through the shelter in place order in effect in Washington state, and around the globe…

By Seattle Sucks

Things to do in Seattle During a Plague (Week One)

This is an ongoing series of recommended Entertainment provided by the kind hosts of the Seattle Sucks podcast to help get you through the shelter in place order in effect in Washington state, and around the globe…

By Seattle Sucks

The Holy Temple of Blue Origin

Just as Heaven’s Gate were trying to escape planet earth being recycled, Bezos wants to run away to space with his chosen flock to escape ecological collapse. Blue Origin’s plans are just Heaven’s Gates’ theology backed up with pastoral pseudo-fantasy science…

By Summer Emerald

A Gates Foundation Study Guide

The Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world. With an endowment of more than $50 billion, the Foundation has more money on hand than many countries. Famous for his high-handed leadership in the organization, Bill Gates has used this money to shape education policy here in America and health policy abroad…

Photo of Bill Gates sniffing a tube containing \

By Brian Platt

Behemoth

Seattle’s City Council election needs to be contextualized in the forty year rollback of New Deal programs and worker gains. A political project that sought to reassert the power of capital in America. A rollback that turned Seattle into a city where ten billionaires worth over $250 billion coexist with more than 12,000 homeless people living in absolute poverty…

Photo of the New York City skyline in the late 70s.

By Brian Platt

Money For Nothing?

Partisans and commentators from all sides of the November 5th Seattle City Council race have coalesced around a narrative which claims Amazon’s overall defeat can be blamed on, get this, the huge amount of money they spent to influence the race…

Photo of the Amazon Spheres in Seattle.

By Greg Ryan

A War in the Desert

Summer comes early in Texas. And May in the high desert around the West Texas town of Redford can be scorching. It was there, on a hot day in 1997, that four ghillie-suit-clad Marines shot and killed eighteen-year-old Esequiel Hernández Jr…

Photo of a signpost threatening violence outside the gated border.

By Brian Platt

Island Nightmares in the Neoliberal City

On May 1st, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best announced a series of emphasis patrols aimed at “an attempt to reduce crime and fear of crime” in select Seattle neighborhoods…

Aerial photo of a prison on McNeil Island.

By Brian Platt

Seattle and Its Discontents

Seattle is Dying begins with footage captured by a drone as it rises above a homeless encampment on the south side of the city, eventually revealing the shimmering towers of Seattle’s urban core. This, the third documentary on homelessness…

Photo of dwellings that will be raised from a newspaper.

By Brian Platt

Blethen

I am writing under considerable torment and mental strain, for I know that before this night is over, I will likely be dead. Penniless, I can bear the torture no longer. I have tried to drown myself in alcohol and the fat clouds of my…

Photo of a woman in darkness with the Blethen Freak behind her.

By Professor Ambrose J. Hoag

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