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Monday, January 20, 2014

Good Morning MLK: Two New Justice Programs in Seattle

Posted by on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 10:06 AM

This is Joshua Arcenaux.
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  • This is Joshua Arcenaux.

People are crowding into classrooms at Garfield High School this morning to attend workshops on justice—on the school-to-prison pipeline, on the way people of color are being pushed out of Seattle by housing prices, on marijuana and race.

Basically, the idea is to spread the work on what's coming, what's possible, and to plant ideas. At the restorative/transformative justice workshop—organized by the No New Jim Crow Campaign—two new programs are being discussed: a different sort of discipline system at Cleveland High School that's in its pilot year, and Bothell Youth Court, an actual court of peers for youth in Bothell.

Another new Restorative Justice Program, this one run by the city and begun this past fall, is directed by Andrea Brenneke, who says a new philosophy is needed for justice. "As a traditional civil rights litigator for 20 years, I had the experience of people coming to me for justice, and my bringing them to war," Brenneke says.

"At Cleveland High School, instead of pontificating about the woes and wonders of the world, we are actually taking action and partnering with the City of Seattle in a restorative justice program," Cleveland principal Eddie Reed says.

Joshua Arcenaux introduces the Bothell Youth Court. He's the outreach coordinator for the court, and he got involved because of his own experience growing up in Seattle up around 145th Street, in a neighborhood struggling with violence and poverty. More in the video below and here.


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Let's see- a day spent with the comically sincere ignorant self made victims spitballing inane ideas or cleaning my truck and tools....

Yep. That truck hasn't been properly cleaned in weeks! But hey, counting nails and screws in the shed would be better than the pity party at Garfield.
Posted by Seattleblues on January 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM · Report this
Backyard Bombardier 2
@1: Let's see, an MLK day spent trolling and race-baiting, or one spent shutting the fuck up for once. I see what you chose.

Hey, are you going to show your wife this post? What does she think of how you choose to spend MLK day?
Posted by Backyard Bombardier on January 20, 2014 at 10:19 AM · Report this
Although with oversight by competent adults the Youth Court has promise. Sort of a return to a jury of ones peers. Still, the rest of it would be humorless hipsters naval gazing, so back the nails and screws. Wow, 4 pounds of 1 5/8 CT drywall screws! Who knew?
Posted by Seattleblues on January 20, 2014 at 10:21 AM · Report this

Where did I mention race, you half wit?
Protip- I can like a general idea, racial equality for example, without liking many of the hacks and whiners who latch onto it to justify their own ineptitude.

The progress this nation has made with MLK acting as needed catalyst was and is needed. I just don't think sitting in a classroom whining is progress.
Posted by Seattleblues on January 20, 2014 at 10:27 AM · Report this
Backyard Bombardier 5
@4: You don't have to mention race to be a race-baiting troll. All you have to do is drop some code words like "self made victims" in comments on a post that is about racial justice and equality.

But you know that, of course. You are the genteel sort of bigot that has learned how to use the right language in an attempt to conceal your attitudes.

You even say you are in favour of equality; you just don't like people who talk about it. Talking about it is just "whining". Which of course neglects that fact that discussing a problem is a major step in developing solutions to that problem.

But no worries, well done. You have successfully trolled. An MLK day well spent. Go play with your tools.
Posted by Backyard Bombardier on January 20, 2014 at 10:38 AM · Report this
All right, state a problem. People who are black can't afford gentrifying areas anymore, for example.

First, this isn't a racial problem, it's a money problem. Realtors will happily show a house to a black couple with the money to buy it. That couple could seek job skills, save money, pay bills on time so their credit score is sufficient and buy the house. There is NO structural or legal bar, nor even a social one, to their home purchase wherever they want to buy.

So is it a government responsibility to ensure that the CD has a certain percentage of black residents? How about the International District, how many Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and so on residents should the city force to stay there?

Treating adults like children who couldn't get a college education, job or housing without government assistance is itself racism. I certainly would resent anyone treating me that way. Rather than spend the day crying about what the can't do, these folks would honor MLK better out there doing what they CAN.
Posted by Seattleblues on January 20, 2014 at 10:55 AM · Report this
Or, shorter-

Fuck you, you self righteous ass.
Posted by Seattleblues on January 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM · Report this
I'm going to buy a mattress. 50% off today!
Posted by In the name of love on January 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM · Report this
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@ Seattleblues: there you go again showing us what a horrible "Christian" you are. So, your pastor aware of this side of you?
Posted by Dr_Awesome on January 20, 2014 at 11:37 AM · Report this

Good point, and for my last comment I do apologize.

For the rest of course I in no way regret what was written.
Posted by Seattleblues on January 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM · Report this
Backyard Bombardier 11
I for one don't need your apology. You have shown time and again that you are a hateful and petty person. You try to cover it with a veneer of civilty but you just can't help but let the mask slip.

If you aren't a race-baiting troll, then why even bother commenting on this post?
Posted by Backyard Bombardier on January 20, 2014 at 1:10 PM · Report this

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