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Photo: REUTERS/Al Drago

Make no mistake about it; Friday’s failure to raise the minimum wage will doom the Democrats in 2022.

And while it may be Joe Biden’s name on the mailbox outside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, due to the 50–50 split in the senate, conservative senator Joe Manchin is effectively the most powerful man in the country.

Manchin wields unprecedented power in the senate, but he was not alone in this shameful failure for tens of millions of workers below the poverty line on Friday.

Manchin was joined by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Chris…


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Signs on repurposed fencing around Cal Anderson Park in December 2020.

At 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 3, the city of Seattle, supported by the Seattle Police Department, will evict dozens of unsheltered Seattleites from Denny Park. The park in question has long been a place of refuge for Seattle’s homeless and is located in the heart of Downtown Seattle. Traffic in the area has dropped off severely since the rise of remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing attention on the encampment.

This will be the first major encampment “cleanup” of 2021, and its timing is especially egregious. Social program JustCARE, which serves unsheltered people with behavioral health conditions, will…


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Maskless Trump supporters storm the Capitol. Stephanie Keith/Reuters, FILE

It was mere weeks ago that the United States Capitol building was ambushed and ransacked by far-right rioters and revolutionaries in a pursuit to overturn an election they decisively lost. Undoubtedly, these armed, angry, and misinformed citizens were led on this conquest by outgoing President Donald Trump, who had a similar intent to cling to power despite losing the election. After four years of obfuscating and ignoring his most treasonous, vile, inappropriate, racist, and anti-democratic behavior, when the smoke cleared on January 6th, it seemed some Republicans finally had enough of Donald Trump.

The base, however, has other plans.

In…


After Seattle police arrive, an “antifa soccer” game turns violent.

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A van spraypainted with Black Lives Matter symbols is parked on street. Behind, residents use the closed playfield to walk their dogs and enjoy time outside. Seattle, WA / Nick Lozier.

After failing to stop the sweep of a homeless encampment in Cal Anderson Park on Friday, local activists and antifascists decided to test the park’s supposed “closed” status and challenged the double-standard city officials have perpetuated in relation to the park Sunday afternoon.

Wearing all black, a few dozen citizens joined the upper-class tech bro crowd on Bobby Morris Playfield for an afternoon game of soccer.


As another sweep of Cal Anderson looms, both police and organizers prepare for conflict. Neither focus on the park’s sorely-needed restoration.

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Officers stand guard while a sweep of Cal Anderson Park and closure of makeshift community center ensues. September 1, 2020. Photo: Nick Lozier.

“Necessary for Public Safety.”

Now months removed from nightly teargas exhibitions, autonomous zone tomfoolery, and scores of police attacks in the area, today, Cal Anderson Park is home to dozens of unhoused Seattlites. With temperatures quickly cooling and residents increasingly eager to return to a sense of normalcy, both inundated with an overzealous police force mere blocks away, the fight over who can live in the upscale Seattle neighborhood is reaching a new level of conflict.

Rumors of an upcoming police sweep of the park found traction in recent days and are not unfounded. The park was swept of houseless citizens three times this…


I had a dream Donald Trump conceded the election.

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President Trump bites lip, but never holds his tongue. Photo: Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images

I had a dream Donald Trump conceded the election.

It wasn’t a genuine concession, of course. He obfuscated, he raged, he blamed everyone else for his inability to show any sort of empathy or leadership in the face of a crisis that has taken 250,000 American lives and shows no sign of slowing down. But, he did concede.

Even in my wildest dream, I did not expect a genuine concession from President Trump. Hardly anything throughout the near 1400 days of his flailing and chaotic presidency could be considered genuine or presidential, and there is little reason to start now…


It’s finally time to vote the bad man out.

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Every guiding ideal of American society is on the ballot today. This is our last chance to collectively reject authoritarianism and minority rule. To do so, we must defeat it so decisively that no amount of voter intimidation or disenfranchisement can stop the inevitable. If all votes are counted, and all voices are heard, Trump will go.

And while he may not go gentle into that good night, we really don’t need him to. If the polls are remotely accurate, all votes are counted, all voices are heard, Trump will go on January 20th.

And while he will eventually go…


The 150-day milestone of Black Lives Matter protests in Seattle celebrated unity. Day 151 ended in chaos.

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Protests that include live music are always better. Marshall Law Band performed.

The celebratory march down and back up the Hill Monday evening felt like a rebirth for Seattle’s BLM movement. Headed to Westlake Center, participants were treated to live music, uplifting and emotional speeches, and an overwhelming sense of positivity throughout the night.

Positivity began to elude protests as the nights stretched on. Police in Seattle and around the country violently cracked down on dissent. News outlets quit covering peaceful gatherings, but always seemed to show up in the morning to talk about property damage, no matter how minor or unrelated.

With the lack of political action in reshaping policing paired…


The police force and Proud Boys still scare me more.

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Citizens collecting donations for houseless encampment in Cal Anderson Park.

Walk out of my apartment and look to your left. The first thing you’ll see is graffiti on the pavement that reads “Antifa Outreach”.

If your media diet mostly consists of conservative fear-mongering about the Democratic party, you’re already terrified for me.

Yes, those violent thugs and lawless anarchists have moved in next door, just like Trump said! But fear not, I live in anarchist jurisdiction, the city of Seattle, not the suburbs. Noisy neighbors and the existence of people without homes are not new experiences for me.

Usually, the outreach consists of a few folks hanging out near a…


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Police officers guard the area where a man was shot and killed during street clashes and protests in Portland on Saturday. Credit: Mason Trinca for The New York Times

TLDR: If you can’t do your job of restoring law and order without citizen militias and child soldiers, why can’t we defund the police again?

The latest casualty in the fight against anarchy, vigilantism, and, according to Attorney General Barr, restoration of law and order in American society is Michael Forest Reinoehl. Reinoehl was under investigation for the killing of a Trump supporter in Portland and was killed by federal agents Thursday night.

The far-right group Patriot Prayer visited Portland alongside a 600-car caravan of like-minded individuals at President Trump’s request. According to the president, they were “great patriots” liberating…

Nick Lozier

A democratic socialist and opinion writer living in Seattle. Volunteer blogger for SJEI. https://sjei.org/

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