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…


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.

Joining Manchin were Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Chris Coons…


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.

Joining Manchin were Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Chris Coons…


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…

Nick Lozier

Writer and artist based in Seattle. Discusses culture, politics, and the environment. Volunteer for SJEI.

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