Reflecting on Defund the Police, new Seattle SPD tech, and the secret lives of SPD officers
Activist Class
by activistclass
8M ago
Who really funds the Seattle Police Department? In this episode we delve deep into the heart of Seattle's policing landscape, reflecting on the aftermath of the defund police movement that shook the city during 2020. We'll explore the complexities surrounding the movement, its impact on the community, and the aftermath of a now inflated police budget that includes cutting-edge police technology proposed for SeattlePD. Get an exclusive sneak peek into the latest Seattle Police gossip, including the secret world of a Seattle police officer who finds solace in writing murder mysteries. We then di ..read more
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How To Combat Disaster Capitalism After a Tragedy
Activist Class
by activistclass
10M ago
Three years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and 2020's nationwide movement to defund police, Activist Class is back. The same notorious rabble-rousers you know and love return to host Seattle's most important support-group — oops, I mean podcast. We're joined by Howard Greenwich from Puget Sound Sage, to talk about the recent wildfires in Maui and the PNW, our local homelessness emergency, and the ways disaster-capitalists exacerbate the crises they exploit. Later were joined by Real Change's Guy Oron, for our newest hyper-local news segment, Gossip Guy. All that and so much more. Cla ..read more
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Will Seattle City Council Defund Seattle Police by 50%?
Activist Class
by activistclass
3y ago
Following two months of protest, Seattle is positioned to become one of the first major US cities to substantially defund their police. We sit down with activists from Decriminalize Seattle to learn about what’s led up to the city’s historic votes to defund SPD in the remaining 2020 budget, what protestors need to know about the upcoming 2021 budget, and how we plan to reinvest in Black communities and truer forms of public health and safety. Interested in learning more about Decrim’s four point plan and participatory budgeting? Confused about what’s been cut so far and what happens next? Clas ..read more
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Activists Breakdown Seattle Protests and The Birth of CHOP
Activist Class
by activistclass
3y ago
Seattle Activists breakdown the days following the murder of George Floyd and discuss what's next following the Mayor's emergency press conference. We share first hand experiences with the police escalations, the fight to defund police by 50%, the ban of chemical warfare, and creation of Capitol Hill Organized Protests (CHOP). Having a hard time deciphering what's actually happening while reading the news?  Class is in session ..read more
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Ijeoma Oluo Joins The Activist Class To Talk About Artists Relief Funds During Covid19
Activist Class
by activistclass
3y ago
Best Selling Author Ijeoma Oluo joins the Activist Class to talk about the financial pressures increasing for those in the arts - especially for artists of color, the widespread cancellation of group events and  disproportionate impact on the Seattle arts community - especially those who rely on gigs to pay their bills, baking croissants during quarantine, and her new book!   Class is in Session ..read more
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Stafford Creek Corrections Inmate Kimonti Carter Joins The Activist Class To Talk Covid19 In Prisons
Activist Class
by activistclass
3y ago
We are joined by Prison Abolition Activist JM Wong and Washington State Inmate and Black Prisoners Caucus member Kimonti Carter, who is calling from Stafford Creek Corrections Facility. We talk about the lawsuit against the Department of Corrections, living conditions inside of Stafford Creek Corrections Facility during a health crisis, and Gov. Inslee's response to protest at Monroe Correctional Complex.    ..read more
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Undocumented During Coronavirus with Washington State Dreamers
Activist Class
by activistclass
3y ago
This week on Activist Class we sit down with WA State Dreamers and activists Alejandra Perez and Daniela Murguia to discuss what Undocumented Americans going through during this national pandemic, lack of resources in Seattle's public school system for communities of color, and play Zaddy, Daddy, Father with the Kardashian men.  Class is in session!  ..read more
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Coronavirus in County Jails and Going Straight from Campaigning to a Global Pandemic with King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay
Activist Class
by activistclass
3y ago
This week on Activist Class we sit down with freshman King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay to discuss his experience going from campaign mode to being a part of a county council that was ground zero for a global pandemic, the lack of accessibility to resources for immigrant communities and businesses, the Covid19 outbreak in county jails and what we should do about it, and Zaddy, Daddy, Father with his favorite Michaels.  Class is in session ..read more
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How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Changing the Restaurant Industry with Chef/Owner Melissa Miranda of Musang
Activist Class
by activistclass
3y ago
Restaurants have been hit hard by the economic fallout of the COVID19 crisis. Staff in the industry were the first to experience massive layoffs due to new social distancing rules and government mandated closures. Chef/Owner Melissa Miranda of Musang joins Activist Class to talk about converting her popular Seattle Filipino restaurant into a free food program. With over 100 Seattle restaurants coming together to form Seattle Restaurants United, will the government provide enough bailout money to keep these Seattle staples alive? What do restaurant workers and owners need to get back on their f ..read more
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How The Working Class Will Survive The Coronavirus with Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant
Activist Class
by activistclass
3y ago
Coronavirus Covid-19 is not only a Pandemic public health crisis, but a global financial disaster. Seattle organizers were able to pass a temporary hold on evictions for residential and commercial properties but will that be enough to help the working class survive this pandemic? Nearly half of all Americans live pay check to pay check. Almost 40% of American adults aren’t able to cover a $400 emergency. Time is running out for many families and individuals across Seattle. Councilmember Kshama Sawant calls in (social distancing!) to break down what the city needs to do right now  ..read more
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