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Sep 1 junipero commented on To Us, Erin Jones Says She Made Mistakes. To Her Funders, She Says We Twisted Her Words..
I'm honestly amazed at this - Erin continues to say different things to different audiences, depending on what she thinks they want to hear.
Sep 1 junipero commented on An Open Letter From Erin Jones to The Stranger.
All you need to know about this story is that Erin and her supporters are spending their time attacking anyone who criticizes Erin or even raises concerns about her, including the Stranger - rather than making it clear they are fully committed to the cause of LGBTQ rights, especially in schools. They've forgotten that the folks who we need to be protecting are LGBTQ kids, rather than any particular candidate for office.
Aug 31 junipero commented on An Open Letter From Erin Jones to The Stranger.
I don't see *anywhere* in this open letter clear and open commitments to doing specific work to address the needs of LGBTQ students in WA schools. All I see is an incredible defensiveness. She and her supporters think the problem here is that the Stranger was mean to her, rather than that Erin is clearly not a strong LGBTQ ally - or at minimum lacks the experience needed to be an effective leader of WA schools.
Aug 31 junipero commented on The Stranger Is Rescinding Its Endorsement of Erin Jones and Will Back Chris Reykdal in the General Election.
Erin's "open letter" was self-serving. She painted herself as a victim and the letter was all about herself. She didn't commit to do anything for LGBTQ kids or help fight sexism and homophobia and transphobia in our schools. I really don't think she gets the problems that LGBTQ kids face in our schools. It's still not a priority for her. Now she and her backers are attacking the Stranger, which is not going to go well for them. But I'm sure she'll gladly tell her right-wing and Republican supporters "hey, those liberals at the Stranger don't like me, you know I'm good!"
Aug 30 junipero commented on Alarming Comments on LGBTQ Youth from the Woman Who Wants to Be Washington State’s Top Education Official.
Erin Jones says, in the open letter posted here, "I have been asked over the course of this campaign if I think being LGBTQ is a choice and if I think it is a sin. Let me be crystal clear on this issue: NO. I do not believe sexual orientation is a choice." But she doesn't actually or directly answer the question about whether she believes it is a sin. Her answer is all about choice. Just as in the Stranger article, she won't directly or clearly answer that question.
Aug 30 junipero commented on Alarming Comments on LGBTQ Youth from the Woman Who Wants to Be Washington State’s Top Education Official.
Hmm. Really troubled by that part at the end. It's a really simple question: "is being gay a sin?" There's only one answer: "no, of course not." Erin Jones can't bring herself to say that. And that's a big problem.
Aug 24 junipero commented on Hey Bernie Bros, "Revolution" Is Not the Best Way to Structure a Political Movement.
Agree with @1. The other thing is that you can't really compare this to what would have happened had Bernie won the nomination. As long as he was a candidate it provided a disciplined focus. That's why you never saw these kinds of things happen during the campaign. Now that the campaign is over, it's easier for these kinds of struggles to surface.
Aug 22 junipero commented on John Oliver Shows How Charter Schools Fail Kids.
The Ballmers and their charter school allies are also trying to oust Charlie Wiggins, who has been outspoken in his concerns that the death penalty is racist, and Mary Yu, the first LGBT member of the WA Supreme Court.
Aug 16 junipero commented on Seattle City Council Postpones Fight Over Cost of Police Station Amid #BlocktheBunker Protests.
The answer is simple. The existing North Precinct building is fine. It's structurally sound and in good condition. The problem is that it's too small for the current staffing level of the North Precinct, which is the city's largest and includes the entire city above the Ship Canal.

So either we split the North Precinct in half, or we simply set up a "substation" of the existing precinct. Either way, rather than replacing the current building, we set up additional office space for SPD. It could be on the proposed sit at 130th and Aurora and could be built for a tiny fraction for the $149m cost. Or it could be in Ballard or the U-District in order to provider greater geographical coverage of the huge precinct. Whatever the case, there's really no need to scrap the existing building and build a huge new one. Just add new office space somewhere.
Aug 15 junipero commented on Pramila Jayapal Lands Congressman Adam Smith's Endorsement in the Race for the 7th.
I'm not sure what you mean here by "first Congressional endorsement of the race" - Pramila Jayapal has already been endorsed by a dozen current members of Congress. Adam Smith, however, is the first member of Congress from Washington State to endorse her.