Well, it turns out I am not a journalist. Fortunately, you don’t need me to be a journalist, because we have a magnificent crop of people – locally and nationally – who are doing a truly fantastic job. This is a golden age of journalism, enabled by the Internet, which can bring the finest minds in the world to us instantly, and often for free.
See our new Journalism Page for a list of local and national journalists and publications who will give you a decent idea of what’s really going on. It’s not a pretty picture, but it is a picture we can see with our own eyes, thanks to the intelligence and labor of these people and organizations.
Upon reflection, my eight-month foray into journalism on this site has been more about organizing than about reporting. My roots are in organizing, and I will now turn back to that explicitly, joining the legions of good people who are attempting to mount a response to the humanitarian emergency of homelessness. More on this to come…
Briefly reflecting on the struggle of the past eight months: I joined with my neighbors to oppose the wholesale transfer of the city’s growth potential to profit-seeking developers. We lost this fight. On October 17, the City Council unanimously passed the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, which opens the door to massive redevelopment without adequate regulation or public input. Seattle will be utterly transformed, and the benefits of growth will go to wealthy private interests, while the middle class and people of color will be driven out or deprived of the benefits of livability.
We are fighting against a flood of money so huge that it sweeps everything before it. The richest people in the world – tech companies, oil companies, finance companies, the manufacturers of military equipment – intend to remake the world so it serves them, and that includes the neighborhoods of our city. The government, hollowed out by years of ideological attacks from the right wing, has neither the resources nor the inclination to put up a fight on our behalf. The Empire is coming home, and the American middle class are beginning to experience what people around the world have experienced for years under American imperial rule.
The eternal question remains: What then shall we do? Each of us must decide how we can be most useful, and to whom. I am at the beginning of a personal strategy that combines, on the one hand, logistical operations to provide sustenance to those most in need, and, on the other, communications to contribute my energy to the building of community. These vaguenesses will become more concrete in the coming months, and will be recounted here.
Thank you to everyone for your interest and support! I look forward to going with you on a new journey.
P.S. Please check out the Journalism Page. It’s a good list, if I do say so myself!