By Josh Kelety
Originally published in the November 2014 issue.
Well, the Circuit is back, alive and kicking. Despite this college’s less-than-supportive history with student press, so far we have survived the rebirth of journalism at Seattle Central.
If you’ve been reading any of our past issues, you’ll know that we are big on conveying the dangers of complacency. And you might be probably are sick of it. “Who do these people think they are to tell me what to prioritize?”. We know that people have a lot going on, and we don’t control you, nor should anyone. As we’ve said in the past, student and individual agency is paramount.
I really do wish I could assure you that the society’s ills could be solved with collective wishful thinking.
But warm, fuzzy thoughts won’t undue racism, the rapid gentrification of Seattle, the acidification of our oceans, or slut shaming and street harassment. Developers won’t willingly stop turning this city into a playground for the rich and suddenly start building affordable housing, nor will Washington’s 1% voluntarily welcome higher taxes to pay for public services. Afterall, by some people’s twisted logic, we all pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps, right?
You should be livid, and cause to be so can be found all around. Be it the fact that our school is so underfunded that it can’t provide basic day care services, or that some students are forced to take out debt-inducing loans due to tuition rates to study at community college: the supposed catch-all, low-cost, alternative route to getting a higher education, a phenomenon which is as sickeningly absurd as it is immoral.
So what should you do about it? We’ll tell you again. Get involved. Now. Research the issues you care about, get in contact with local activist and advocacy groups, and organize with your peers on campus. Start a conversation. You aren’t getting any younger, rent spikes are showing no signs of abating, and most of us certainly aren’t getting any richer. We have an obligation to act. And while we will not get instant results, it will still be the right thing to do.
Then again, it was the people who were mad enough to think they actually could change things that ended up doing just that. Hopefully you’re that kind of crazy.
In this issue we not only attempt to shine the spotlight on some of the heinous flaws in Washington’s highly regressive [i.e disproportionately burdening the lower-class] tax structure (p. 16), but also give readers insight into the current state of King County Metro bus cuts (p. 5), Seattle’s new Indigenous People’s Day (p. 8), SCC classified staff pay equity issues (p. 9), Indonesia’s recent presidential election (p. 23), the role of independent media in the Ferguson protests (p. 21), and more.
We can’t make you care. All we can do is pass on information and hope that you take it to heart. So if we over at the Central Circuit sound like we’re beating a dead horse, it’s probably because we think the horse isn’t dead yet.