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MISCmedia MAIL for 11/17/16: UP ON THE FARM
Nov 16th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Instead of insulting and dismissing rural/suburban voters, I’ve got a better idea: reach out to them! Support the people there (and they ARE there) who’ve been struggling for freedom and equality, against entrenched social/political/economic machines. Back in newsier news, we’ve got a big-big solar farm for Eastern Washington; a one-day walkout by what we used to call “community” college faculty; and a Presidential medal for the Gateses.

MISCmedia MAIL for 11/16/16
Nov 15th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Should we form an indie nation of western states? Join up with Canada? Do you know how darn-near impossible it’d be? In more real-world coverage, we view a settlement in the coal-train suit; EMP becoming “MoPOP” (no relation to KEXP’s show “WoPop”); King County’s aging homeowner population; and a wood-fueled jet plane!

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 11/15/16: THE NEW ‘GREATEST GENERATION’?
Nov 14th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Teenagers from all over the area gathered to protest the potential coming of evil unleashed. Further subjects include another threatened grocery store; a horrid crime against one of the “Deadliest Catch” guys; a temporary victory for pipeline opponents; and a potential Port of Seattle “solar farm.”

MISCmedia MAIL for 11/14/16: IN THE NAME OF LOVE
Nov 13th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

As the American Resistance enters its second week, we have protests both solemn (here) and anarchist-invaded (Portland), and more exhortations of hope and faith from local opiners. Plus: More Dakota Pipeline direct action; and a bad-boy rocker who’s now a girl.

MISCmedia MAIL for 11/11/16: LEST WE FORGET
Nov 10th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

We end a bad, terrible, horrible, not-good week with a Veterans Day remembrance and many calls for solidarity, action, and empathy. Also the usual dozens of weekend event possibilities, and the death of a music legend.

MISCmedia MAIL for 11/10/16: TAKING IT TO THE STREETS
Nov 9th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Yep, today’s installment, like yesterday’s, is mostly about reactions to the potentially worst thing to happen to our nation in 1.5 decades; including the faces and voices of the many among us who outspokenly resist.

MISCmedia MAIL for 11/9/16: THE MORNING AFTER
Nov 8th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

You all know the big story of the day, and how it will have a “half-life” for days and years to come. But we’ve also got more upbeat stuff, like stuff about keeping sewage out of the Sound; a jury’s defiant statement against racist policing; and how “mislabeled” seafood might be better for the planet than the real stuff.

MISCmedia MAIL for 11/8/16: THE MORNING BEFORE THE MORNING AFTER
Nov 7th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

It’s the last day to save the American democracy as we know it. You’ve no excuse to not do your part. Once you’ve done that, you can read here about the guerrilla beautification of a vacant lot off Aurora Ave.; the return of the coal-train fights; Boeing’s attrition of skilled workers; potentially scary news about sexual assault rates; and the Seahawks barely pulling one off.

MISCmedia MAIL for 11/7/16: A CLARIFICATION AND A PLEA
Nov 6th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

We really, really want you to vote if you haven’t already, for reasons that apparently aren’t as painfully obvious as they should be. Further subjects this day include the status of “Mini Mart City Park” and of the big 23rd Avenue street disruption; NW places at risk from even a “small one” earthquake; and the local connection to a late synth-pop pioneer.

MISCmedia MAIL for 11/4/16:
Nov 3rd, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Café Racer, a longtime friend of MISCmedia and a pivotal aspect of multiple local communities, needs help to survive right now. The rest of our work this day concerns the centennial of the Northwest’s bloodiest worker-rights event; the overheated Vancouver real-estate market’s crash; the usual scads of weekend stuff-2-do; and a non-religious college finally sheds its “Missionaries” team name.

IT HAS HAPPENED HERE
Nov 3rd, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

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The Everett Massacre occurred 100 years ago this Saturday.

It was the bloodiest labor dispute in Northwest history.

It’s something even some people who grew up here don’t know about. But it’s important.

The short version:

The International Workers of the World (IWW or “Wobblies”) was (and is) the most radical labor group America ever had. Its ultimate stated goal was not to reform the capitalist system but to replace it with a “workers’ society,” built around “one big union of all the workers.” The IWW had gained a local foothold among loggers. It attracted the interest of many (abused, underpaid) workers, and the ire of corporate leaders and the politicians they owned.

In 1916, IWW people wanted to intervene in a months-long strike by workers at a Everett shingle mill. The strikers weren’t just looking for more money, but to reform a factory setup that led to amputated fingers through saws and respiratory deaths from breathing sawdust.

The strikers were violently opposed by Snohomish County Sheriff Donald McRae and the Everett Police.

On Nov. 5, 1916, some 250 IWW organizers came from Seattle to Everett on the steamships Verona and Calista. They intended to stage a public demonstration supporting the strikers.

Sheriff McRae and some 200 volunteer “citizen deputies” met the Verona at the dock. Harsh words were exchanged. Someone fired a first shot. Other shots came in response.

Five Wobblies and two “deputies” were killed. Others were deliberately injured when they were forced to run a gauntlet of anti-union goons.

National Guard troops were sent to Everett.

When the Verona returned to Seattle (the Calista didn’t even try to land), 74 IWW members were arrested. One, teamster Thomas Tracy, was charged with the deputies’ murder. An IWW trial lawyer achieved his acquittal.

No deputies were arrested or charged.

(Everett Herald) (SeaTimes) (Everett Public Library) (HistoryLink) (UW Libraries) (The Stand)

There’s a commemorative concert tonight at the historic Everett Theater (my ol’ childhood movie spot). It includes Jason Webley, Kevin Murphy (Moondoggies), Tomo Nakayama, and even NY composer Kate Copeland.

A new documentary by Denise Ohio about the incident, Verona: The Story of the Everett Massacre, screens Saturday at the Everett Public Library and Sunday at the Everett Theatre.

MISCmedia MAIL for 11/2/16: POKEBALLS WITH A PURPOSE
Nov 1st, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Mukilteo inventors have designed a sturdy, spherical refuge for humans in case of tsunami. Further subjects today include a really wide waterfront highway plan and its discontents; Paul Allen’s settlement over his mega-yacht’s coral-reef trashing; Amazon’s real-life bookstore quietly raising its prices (to non-“Prime” people); and an opera with only one man and one woman playing one role.

MISCmedia MAIL for 11/1/16
Oct 31st, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

A new month, and the last week of Campaign 2016, have arrived; and we study little-kid ghost sightings; icky stuff from our road surfaces that gets into our waters; alleged racism in WSU student discipline; two more doomed local bars; and an idea to replace KeyArena with housing.

MISCmedia MAIL for 10/31/16: DEATH OF A TALL COOL ONE
Oct 30th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

We say goodbye to John “Buck” Ormsby—a Fabulous Wailers member, a partner in a pioneering artist-owned record label, and one of the inventors of Northwest rock. We also speak of the end of the little cable-news channel that could; racists falsely claiming police support; a new deal for the Public Safety block; and Huskies and Sounders triumphing while Seahawks go pffft.

MISCmedia MAIL for 10/28/16: NIGHT OF THE HAUNTER
Oct 27th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

We’ve got a plethora of Halloween weekend events and a few costume-related pleas. We additionally have stuff about more attention given toward the opioid crisis now that upscale white people are in it; Metro scrapping problematic old buses while confronting problematic new buses; the brief life of the “V2” pop-up arts space; Amazon’s grocery ambitions; and the Sounders living to play another day.

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