Women Detainees at Tacoma Immigrant Prison End Hunger Strike, But Vow to Keep Fighting

Family members of people detained at the Northwest Detention Center call on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to end deportation and incarceration.
Family members of people detained at the Northwest Detention Center call on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to end deportation and incarceration. ASK

On Sunday evening, a group of women immigrants detained inside Tacoma's Northwest Detention Center ended a nearly week-long hunger strike. The women stopped eating on April 18 to raise awareness of conditions inside the facility, which is owned by GEO Group, a private prison company. Detainees' demands included properly cleaned laundry, prompter medical care, reasonable commissary prices, access to educational programs, raising the $1 per day prison wage, more nutritional cafeteria food, and contact visits "so parents can hug their children."

A group of male detainees joined the protest by boycotting the prison commissary, which is owned by GEO. Some of them planned to continue for about a month, said Maru Mora Villalpando, an organizer with NWDC Resistance.

"The hunger strike is over for now—it's paused, not stopped," she told activists during a rally yesterday. "We don't want [detainees] to go on hunger strike. No one should have to stop eating to call attention to these human rights violations."

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Accuser’s Subpoena Describes Alleged "Cover Up" at Mayor’s Home Last Summer

Lawyers for Delvonn Heckard say Mayor Ed Murray called Police Chief Kathleen OToole about a disturbance at home last summer and then covered it up.
Lawyers for Delvonn Heckard say Mayor Ed Murray called Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole about a disturbance at home last summer and then covered it up. City of Seattle

An attorney representing Delvonn Heckard, the man suing Mayor Ed Murray for child sex abuse, on Monday filed a court document in King County Superior Court alleging that Murray, a staffer, and the Seattle chief of police engaged in a cover up of an alleged disturbance that took place at the mayor’s home last summer.

A subpoena and notice of deposition, filed this morning by attorney Julie Kays, contains screenshots allegedly taken of Seattle Police Department (SPD) computer-aided dispatch logs. Kays, who formerly worked as a prosecutor in the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for 11 years, says that she received these screenshots from an anonymous source. Those screenshots purport to show that police on June 24, 2016 fielded a call from Mayor Murray related to a disturbance at his home in Capitol Hill, where he lives with his husband, Michael Shiosaki.

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The 63 Best Things To Do In Seattle This Week: April 24-30, 2017

Head to the Bacon and Beer Classic this weekend for unlimited quantities of both of the delicious items mentioned in the title, and, as Tobias Coughlin-Bogue writes, some indication that maybe everything isnt completely fucked.
Head to the Bacon and Beer Classic this weekend for unlimited quantities of both of the delicious items mentioned in the title, and, as Tobias Coughlin-Bogue writes, "some indication that maybe everything isn't completely fucked." Bacon and Beer Classic

Our music critics have already chosen the 40 best concerts in Seattle this week, but now it's our arts critics' turn to pick the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks in every genre—from Cherdonna's Doll's House to the Red May Festival and Independent Bookstore Day, and from food events (like the Bacon and Beer Classic, the Cheese and Meat Festival, and the grand opening of Alchemy Bar & Lounge) to film festivals (NFFTY, the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, and the Anime Movie Festival). See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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Elisabeth Rosenthal
Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal worked for more than 20 years as a New York Times correspondent, writing about health, science, and the environment (and political implications for all three), and now she's editor-in-chief of nonprofit Kaiser Health News. At this event she will present her first book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back, a terrifying story about our country's perilous health-care system.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: How to Satisfy a Troglodyte

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Unsatisfied troglodyte here. I'm a straight regular bloke with a rather high sex drive. I've had both long- and short-term relationships, was even married for a short time, but the sad constant in my relationships is that after the first few months it's all downhill sexually for me. I understand that relationships have to evolve towards a more stable and comfortable phase with less sexual animality, but that really kills it for me. I have always found myself wanting more sexually from my partners than they're capable of delivering after that first adrenaline driven phase, and that frustrates me to no end. I don't know whether it's unrealistic expectations or a seriously biased selection of low sex drive partners, but I'm yet to find a relationship that sexually satisfies me. So the question is, am I a troglodyte that can't be satiated, or do I have a problem selecting my partners? I'm kind of resigned to never finding a good long-term relationship because of this, and it's a bummer. A serious bummer. Any ideas?

Horny And Romantically Defeated

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Macklemore Endorses Nikkita Oliver for Mayor. If This Interests You, You Are Lost.

Heres looking at you!
Here's looking at you!

Just when you were wondering, "How can anything possibly matter less?" The Seattle Times is on the case with the news that local rapper Macklemore has "endorsed" Nikkita Oliver for the upcoming mayor's race, via a Facebook post:

“We need more people like Nikkita Oliver to run for office. She is a brilliant, creative, compassionate, principled and fierce leader who lives and breathes the values of justice and equity. I’ve known Nikkita for three years, and I’ve been impressed with how she consistently inspires those around her to be engaged in making the world a better place. Personally, she challenges me to be a better, more complete artist and person.”

Among those who base their voting decisions on the recommendations of musical performers, this will definitely tip the coveted 13-year-old-white-kid-from-Shelton-who-has-never-met-a-Black-person-IRL demographic in Oliver's favor. Meanwhile, in the world where things still have meaning, it's still anybody's race.

And speaking of race...

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This Week in The Stranger, Plus Most-Read on Slog

The Pavilion at Riverfront Park in Spokane, photo by skodonnell/Getty Images
The Pavilion at Riverfront Park in Spokaneskodonnell/Getty Images

Last week marked the release of our Spokane-themed issue, which was led by Ijeoma Oluo's viral interview on Rachel Dolezal. We also rolled-out our Green Guide. A breakdown of stories from both are included below, plus a look at the most-read posts on Slog for the week of April 17-23...

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Married Couple Who Shot and Pepper Sprayed Milo Yiannopoulos Protestors Charged With Assault

Anti-fascist demonstrators and Milo Yiannopoulos supporters gathered in Red Square at the University of Washingtons Seattle campus the evening of Donald Trumps inauguration.
Anti-fascist demonstrators and Milo Yiannopoulos supporters gathered in Red Square at the University of Washington's Seattle campus the evening of Donald Trump's inauguration. Sean Nelson

On January 20, anti-fascist demonstrators and fans of the now-reviled Milo Yiannopoulos clashed outside the University of Washington's Kane Hall. Elizabeth Hokoana, 29, allegedly shot Josh Dukes, a protestor, in the abdomen during the clash. She claimed she fired the gun out of fear for her husband's life.

Today, King County prosecutors charged Hokoana with first-degree assault "with a firearm enhancement," The Seattle Times reports. Her husband, Marc Hokoana, 29, was charged with third-degree assault "for allegedly using pepper-spray in the crowd just before the shooting."

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The Last Episode of Feud: Bette and Joan Killed Me

Susan Sarandon is good, but Jessica Langes performance is going to be burned into my brain forever.
Susan Sarandon is good as Bette Davis, but Jessica Lange's performance as Joan Crawford will be burned into my brain forever. Courtesy of FX

What am I going to do now on Sunday nights without being able to watch Bette Davis and Joan Crawford go at it? I've been ending the weekend with these larger-than-life narcissistic nutjobs dancing through my thoughts the last eight weeks, and now what will I have to lull me to sleep before Monday morning? E! News says "unlike most finales, Feud went out with a whisper, not a bang." But what does E! News know?

Spoilers below.

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Cam Girls and Asian Fetishes Take Center Stage in Keiko Green's Nadeshiko

Stop looking.
The playwright Keiko Green (front and center) with three of the actors in Nadeshiko, which runs through May 6 at Center Theater. John Cornicello

Seattle writer and very good actor Keiko Green draws the title of her latest play, Nadeshiko, from the Japanese military's World War II-era Nadeshiko unit. The government tasked these women to comfort kamikaze pilots in the days leading up to their suicide missions. As the soldiers took off from their airstrips, the Nadeshiko would wave them goodbye with blossoming cherry tree branches. Otherwise, they sewed buttons, laundered sheets, entertained, and generally embodied the ideal feminine beauty standards suggested by their pink, delicate namesake carnation. Like the flower, they were supposed to be shy, mysterious, yielding. But also like the flower, these women, as Green mentions in her generally excellent play, were tough and wild.

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Can Someone Remind Bernie Sanders That Abortion is an Economic Issue?

Campaigning for an anti-choice politician? What the fuck, Bernie?
Campaigning for an anti-choice politician? What the fuck, Bernie? JOE RAEDLE / GETTY

Bernie Sanders is in trouble with major reproductive rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America after campaigning for an anti-choice Democrat, Heath Mello.

This isn't the first time Sanders' dedication to reproductive rights has been called into question. It happened during his 2016 campaign as well, when Sanders called Planned Parenthood part of "the establishment," a move that belied a disappointing lack of dedication to abortion rights and respect for reproductive rights advocacy. Abortion, turns out, is just not Sanders' issue, and when it shows, it's in embarrassing ways—like casually campaigning for someone who's advocated to force women to undergo ultrasounds before having an abortion.

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Seattle City Council Could Vote on Resolution Supporting City Income Tax Next Monday

Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold wants her colleagues to vote on a resolution supporting a city income tax by July 10.
Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold wants her colleagues to vote on a city income tax by July 10. City of Seattle

Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold has been one of the council's most outspoken supporters of a proposal to tax high earners in Seattle. Now, she wants to force her colleagues to take a position on the idea, too.

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Why Does This House Cost $1,000,000?

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Because it sits in a neighborhood that shouldn't exist—not in its current form.

Capitol Hill is the most centrally located neighborhood in the city of Seattle, a leisurely or brisk—take your pick—10 or 15 or 20 minute walk to downtown. It's ridiculous that most of the neighborhood is zoned for single-family homes. Houses on Capitol Hill were affordable during those decades when many/most people didn't want to live in the center of the city and city "leaders" were stupid enough to build urban expressways that made it possible for people to live in the suburbs and commute into the city. (A mistake that led people to believe they're entitled to live in the middle of nowhere and get to downtown Seattle in 15 minutes in a car going 75 miles an hour.) There was no need to rezone Capitol Hill and, oh, upper Queen Anne and all of Wallingford and Fremont back when many/most people didn't want to live in the middle of the city; houses in these close-in neighborhoods were cheap/cheaper/cheapish back then because demand was low. Rezoning was possible then, politically-speaking, but there was no pressing need. There's a pressing need to rezone now but it's no longer possible, politically-speaking, as wealthier and more powerful people have moved into the center of the city.

Want to drive down housing prices in Seattle? Want to piss off rich people and gentrifiers? Rezone all of Capitol Hill (and all or most of Queen Anne, Fremont, Wallingford, and West Seattle, too) for multi-family, multi-story dwellings and other in-city neighborhoods, and bring on the motherfucking canyons...

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Food News: Pike Brewing Presents Tankard & Tun, Another Din Tai Fung, and a Book Talk with a Two-Time James Beard Award Winner

Chef Gabe Spiel will be manning the Tankard & Tun kitchen.
Chef Gabe Spiel will be manning the Tankard & Tun kitchen. Courtesy Pike Brewing

Pike Brewing's Haute New Seafood Joint Has a Name

Tankard & Tun will open by the end of June, if all goes as planned. Considering they're building a restaurant into a terraced hodgepodge of former storefronts above their current brewpub, and also trying to move six 60 barrel fermenting tanks into the place by pulling into the gum wall alley and hoisting them through a window, no one should be mad if it's delayed. But a recent hardhat tour gave the impression that everything is coming together nicely. Upon completion, they'll have a 50-seat dining area, a 20-seat mezzanine events space, and a separate 30-seat oyster bar by the tanks. I don't think it will usurp The Athenian as my go-to post-shopping beer and oyster reward spot, but it'll definitely join the rotation.

The hardhat tour included a media preview dinner, replete with several varieties of norovirus-free oysters, as well as an interesting crab ravioli dish served in a mirepoix broth with locally-sourced malt in it. I am also pleased to report that they're fans of suicide food, as the logo features an adorable octopus hoisting a tankard, and the media preview menu featured a delicious octopus surf and turf, its perfectly tender tentacle served alongside a slab of chef Gabe Spiel's house made bacon and some edamame and white miso hummus. They're clearly going upscale with this one, and as a fan of fancy beer pairing dinners, I'm all for it.

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The 40 Best Concerts in Seattle This Week: April 24-30, 2017

Want to see the Weeknd when he comes to Seattle on Wednesday on his Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour? Get your tickets now.
Want to see the Weeknd when he comes to Seattle on Wednesday on his Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour? Get your tickets now.

Though you can't count on Seattle for reliable spring weather, you can count on it for excellent offerings of live music. This week, our music critics have picked the best options, ranging from the throne-warmer for the freak-rock legacy (Dweezil Zappa) to the cure for seasonal affective disorder (Sofi Tukker), and from one of the most interesting young techno artists in America (UMFANG) to the return of a reenergized Lupe Fiasco. See all of their recommendations below, and find even more shows on our complete music calendar.

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Taylor Bennett
Chicago native Taylor Bennett steps out from his big brother Chance The Rapper's shadow for a solo all-ages set of hiphop with a positive bent.

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Reader E-Mailbag: Praise for Ijeoma Oluo's Interview with Rachel Dolezal, Charles Mudede, and the Spokane Issue

Ijeoma Oluo (left) with Rachel Dolezal and her son.
Ijeoma Oluo (left) with Rachel Dolezal and her son. Rajah Bose

This week, in addition to catching the attention of numerous news outlets (and a few celebrities), we earned heaps of commentary and praise from our readers for Ijeoma Oluo's interview with Rachel Dolezal. Emailed letters to the editor also included props for the Spokane issue overall, thanks for a story in the most recent Green Guide, and a shout-out to Charles Mudede. Highlights below.

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