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TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2017

At the cusp of our society's biggest threat to stability in decades, the familiarity of the local winter rains can be a comfort. Even if they mean a little mountain snowmelt.

WEATHER

Wet and potentially windy today and Wednesday.

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ROLIE POLIE OLY

Thousands of parents and teachers gathered at the capitol to exhort Legislators toward establishing full K-12 funding at last. (West Seattle Blog)

Gov. Inslee and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced proposed legislation to end the death penalty in Washington. (AP) 

Ferguson also said his office will "be instrumental in fighting the Trump agenda." (Weekly)  

Does the election of one Democrat on Mercer Island to the state Senate "spell the end of the GOP on the Eastside"? (Josh Feit) 

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IN THE RESISTANCE

Educator/activist/musician Benjamin Hunter, speaking at Seattle Central in an MLK Day program, says we should work to "make America again, the way it was meant to be" (i.e., not the exclusionary, discriminatory way it's always been). (South Seattle Emerald) 

"Black kids will save America." (Ijeoma Oluo)

There was a big turnout at this year's MLK Day march from Garfield High to the Federal Building; perhaps 10,000 or more. (Capitol Hill Seattle) (KING)

At Spokane's MLK rally, people shouted "Save our health care!" at Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. (Joel Connelly) 

A workshop teaches Seattle schoolchildren "to resist hate and Islamophobia." (KING) 

St. Mark's Cathedral issued "a call to action for marginalized groups." (SeaTimes) 

What will the new DC regime do for (or rather, to) public lands in the west? (NWNews)

A UW education prof warns that "U.S. public schools are in danger" from the new DC regime, particularly from the Amway heiress and charter-school proponent nominated to run the Dept. of Education. (South Seattle Emerald)

THE RACE IS ON

It's been 75 years since Boeing only reluctantly hired its first Black workers, mostly due to WWII labor shortages. The company's road to diversity since then has been a bumpy ride. (SeaTimes)

GeekWire talked to seven Black "tech leaders" on the continuing struggle to bring diversity to techie industries.

Seattle's remaining Black churches are "hanging on by a thread" amid hyper-gentrification. (Crosscut)

POLICING THE POLICE

As police civilian patrol units get re-established after a two-year layoff (due to budget cuts), "the role of unarmed officers remains an open question." (The C Is For Crank)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The Seattle Human Rights Commission is officially displeased that the City's Office of Civil Rights will play a lesser role in monitoring future encampment "sweeps." (SeaTimes)

COURTS

Rainbow Love, who ran a series of sexual-healing "goddess temples," won't have to go to prison for pimping. (PI.com)

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO CENTURY 21?

Airbus is said to be developing a flying car (self-piloted), and might test it in Oregon later this year. (GeekWire)

THE 1% OF THE 1% OF THE 1%

Eight people control as much wealth as half the Earth's population, according to the UK charity Oxfam. Among them are six Americans. Among them are Gates and Bezos. (GeekWire)

THE BIG A

Amazon has applied with the FCC to hold "undisclosed tests in Washington state" for unspecified technologies. (What could POSSIBLY go wrong?) (CS Monitor)

 

TODAY

Congressional office open house with Pramila Jayapal. (1904 3rd Ave. #510, 10:30 a.m.) 

TONIGHT

Sarah Schulman, author of "Conflict Is Not Abuse." (Central Library) 

"Race and Police Brutality" panel. (Washington Hall)

Great Good Fine OK. (Crocodile)

"The South Sound Night of Stars." (Parlaiment)

Night Shade. (Highline)

"Tape Worm! #2" standup comedy video taping. (Rendezvous)

Jamison Ross. (Jazz Alley, thru Wed)

Cate Le Bon, Tim Presley. (Chop Suey) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(St. Augustine):

"Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are."

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