Carnage at the Capitol. Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters

As hundreds of rioters who breached the Capitol are being identified by the authorities and their communities, the Associated Press reported in January that over 30 police officers are under investigation for their presence at former President Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally.

The rally, a bare-faced attempt to subvert an electorate that decisively rejected Trump in the November 2020 election, caused $30 million in property damage. By the time the attack was over, scores were injured, and five people were killed, including one police officer.

DivestSPD, a local organization dedicated to pressuring corporations and businesses to cut ties with the…


THE SOCIAL JUSTICE + ENGINEERING INITIATIVE

Shane Rounce via Unsplash.

In Durham, North Carolina, a city-council-led effort to plant trees between sidewalks and city streets began in 1937. Seeing the intrinsic value that more tree coverage had on their neighborhoods, residents and city employees planted pines and maples and oaks in many unoccupied city-owned spaces.

Except, of course, in historically Black neighborhoods like Cleveland-Holloway or Edgemont. This was 1937, after all, and redlining, a now-infamous form of racial discrimination, was the hot new trend. The city’s all-white leadership did not see value in improving the lives of their Black constituents. The effects of this environmental racism linger today.

Cut to…


Everything was going okay until Nancy started talking.

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After a jury of his peers found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts presented for the murder of George Floyd, Democrats across the country were quick to celebrate the case’s long-anticipated result.

The most haphazard of these responses was uttered by Speaker Nancy Pelosi shortly after the trial concluded.

“Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice,” Pelosi said. “For being there to call out to your mom — how heartbreaking was that?”

Uhh, no. Just no.

First off, George Floyd was not a martyr for the Democrat’s uninspired police reform bill that egregiously…


BLACK VOTERS MATTER!

The peach state’s biggest corporations must take extreme action to reject GOP voter suppression tactics

Protesters at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Photo credit: AJC.

On Wednesday, Georgia mainstays Coca-Cola and Delta announced their “crystal clear” opposition to the voter suppression law recently passed by state Republicans. Both companies released these similar statements after facing harsh criticism and possible boycotts for their muted response to the bill.

Both Coke and Delta failed to use their political capital to stop the signing of this partisan bill that will undoubtedly result in racially disparate consequences at the polls. The same goes for UPS, Aflac, The Home Depot, and all major Atlanta sports teams. Even my beloved Atlanta Hawks are not immune. …


Black Voters Matter!

Words are not enough: The peach state’s biggest corporations must take action to reject GOP voter suppression tactics.

Protesters at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Photo credit: AJC.

On Wednesday, Georgia mainstays Coca-Cola and Delta announced their “crystal clear” opposition to the voter suppression law recently passed by state Republicans. Both companies released these similar statements after facing harsh criticism and possible boycotts for their muted response to the bill.

Both Coke and Delta failed to use their political capital to stop the signing of this partisan bill that will undoubtedly result in racially disparate consequences at the polls. The same goes for UPS, Aflac, The Home Depot, and all major Atlanta sports teams. Even my beloved Atlanta Hawks are not immune. …


SEX DRIVE: A MEDIUM SERIES.

Ending the “war on sex workers” is the only solution

A group from Duluth, GA, gathered outside Gold Spa in Atlanta. Photo: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

On a chilly Tuesday evening in Georgia, eight lives were tragically cut short at three different massage parlors. Six of the victims were Asian women.

The killer drove from Acworth to Atlanta on his spree. He drove south down I-75. It’s a busy interstate; I’ve traversed it many times. He passed by the university I graduated from, my parent’s home, darting from one murder scene just to create another. He was caught hours later, fleeing south to Florida in the hopes of taking more lives.

After his arrest, reports broke that the killer blamed his sexual addiction for his actions…


He’s challenging what it means to be a rapper, enraging conservative outrage artists in the process.

Lil Nas X and Satan share an intimate moment in the MONTERO music video. Credit Lil Nas X/Vevo.

Rap has long been an easy outrage foil for the conservative right. Long ago, it was “thugs” like N.W.A. and “shock artists” like Eminem that were poisoning the minds of America’s youth.

Today, it’s Lil Nas X and the lapdance he gave Satan.

Yes, as you’ve probably heard by now, in the music video for MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name), the Devil makes an appearance. Around the 2-minute mark of the video, the Atlanta rapper grabs hold of a stripper pole and plunges to depths of Hell, only to back that thang up on Satan himself. …


SEX DRIVE: A MEDIUM SERIES.

Ending the “war on sex workers” is the only solution.

A group from Duluth, GA, gathered outside Gold Spa in Atlanta. Photo: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

On a chilly Tuesday evening in Georgia, eight lives were tragically cut short at three different massage parlors. Six of the victims were Asian women.

The killer drove from Acworth to Atlanta on his spree. He drove south down I-75. It’s a busy interstate; I’ve traversed it many times. He passed by the university I graduated from, my parent’s home, darting from one murder scene just to create another. He was caught hours later, fleeing south to Florida in the hopes of taking more lives.

After his arrest, reports broke that the killer blamed his sexual addiction for his actions…


The Social Justice + Engineering Initiative

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

Men, and occasionally even women, can perceive perfectly ordinary human behavior as “feminine.”

Whether it’s something as trivial as a sugary dessert, or something as urgent as preserving our planet, gender identity maintenance consistently stands in the way of social change. Due to stereotypes, perceived femininity, and internalized homophobia, eco-friendly behavior faces a straight male roadblock.

Understanding why some men appear incapable of expressing emotions like empathy, leaving them unequipped to perform actions they’ve determined to be “womanish,” requires a baseline understanding of “toxic masculinity.”

Personally, I’m not too fond of that term. To so many of the men whose…


Demonstrate Seattle!

My first protest of 2020. Atlanta, GA.

George Floyd’s death spurred nationwide protests against police brutality. At long last, Mr. Chauvin, the officer filmed with his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck, will be tried in criminal court for his actions. He faces charges of manslaughter and second-degree murder.

In May, it seemed almost certain to me that Mr. Chauvin and the other three officers who watched him slowly kill Mr. Floyd would face swift punishment for their actions. Today, I am uneasy about the trial, mostly because I am convinced the former officers will be acquitted on all charges.

It was indeed a moment in history; the…

Nick Lozier

Writer, photographer, and progressive activist in Seattle.

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