Attorney General: Supervisor at Quincy Onion Packing Plant Harassed and Groped Women Employees

Across Washington, about 96,000 people work in agricultural jobs and 28 percent of them are women.
Across Washington, about 96,000 people work in agricultural jobs and 28 percent of them are women. iStock/Getty

The Washington State Attorney General's Office is taking an Eastern Washington vegetable harvesting company to federal court over alleged sexual harassment and discrimination against women employees.

In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Eastern Washington, Assistant Attorney General Colleen Melody writes that Hermilo Cruz, a supervisor at the company, engaged in a litany of fucked up behavior, including: asking women who worked at the company for dates, sex, and intimate photographs; making comments about their bodies and "overt, sexual gestures" like "licking his lips and grabbing his groin area;" kissing and groping employees; and trying to require women to have sex with him to avoid losing their jobs. If employees rejected his advances or complained, they were disciplined or fired, the complaint alleges.

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Plans for New Low-Barrier Homeless Shelter Delayed to Address Concerns from Little Saigon Community

Seattle has been in a homeless state of emergency since 2015.
Seattle has been in a homeless state of emergency since 2015. CITY OF SEATTLE

4/26: This post has been updated to include a response from City of Seattle officials.

On February 8, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced plans to build a long-promised 24-hour, dormitory-style Navigation Center in Little Saigon's Pearl Warren Building. Unlike many of Seattle's existing homeless shelters, the Navigation Center is intended to be low-barrier, meaning it would house couples, people with pets, and people struggling with mental health or addiction problems. The Downtown Emergency Service Center will operate the center and its programs.

But the shelter was met with opposition from residents and business owners in Little Saigon, who said city officials failed to properly notify them of their plans to build the shelter. After a March protest and talks with the mayor, neighborhood group Friends of Little Saigon (FLS) announced Monday in a media release that Murray would delay construction on the Navigation Center "until a detailed plan is vetted and approved by the community."

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Chinapie: Fremont's Fun, Anything-Goes Pizza/Asian Fusion Restaurant

Chinapies Neli Pizza, topped with chicken tikki masala sausage, tomato cream curry, jalapeño, pickled onions, aged mozzerella, and goat cheese.
Chinapie's Neli Pizza, topped with chicken tikki masala sausage, tomato cream curry, jalapeño, pickled onions, aged mozzerella, and goat cheese. Jessica Stein

I love to think of that moment when French-trained chefs go rogue. I picture it all going down like a scene out of Ratatouille. Slamming pans against the stove, they scream and fling spare onions at their sous chefs, and in a fit of rage—or brilliance—they discover that the secret ingredient to their star dish is not the $200-an-ounce white truffle they've been fingering, but lo, the peasant-friendly turnip.

Or a French chef goes rogue like CIA-trained Vuong Loc—skipping over the tried-and-true and opening a high-end pizza/Asian fusion restaurant instead. Because isn't it time foie gras pizza and chicken pho dumplings coexist on the same menu?

"I've always wanted a pizza place," Loc told me. "It just sounded like a fun project where I could bring the family regularly to eat." Fun is the operative word for the fifth venture from Vuong and wife Tricia Loc, who opened the seasonal, classic French restaurant Pomerol next door, and were behind the now-shuttered Portage, June, and Pig N Whistle. If Pomerol looks like where you'd go for an intimate date over a bottle of wine and steak frites, all dimmed lighting and cozy tables, Chinapie resembles the next stage-of-life situation where you can take the kids. The bright, airy space with white metal chairs, simple lightweight wooden tables, and an open kitchen is as child-friendly as a pizza parlor, from the high chairs in the corner to the homemade push-pops for dessert.

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Mark 100 Days of Trump's Presidency With These Resistance Events In Seattle This Week

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Jessica Fu

This Saturday, April 29, will mark 100 days of Trump's presidency. If, after reading about the resistance actions that have taken place every day since his inauguration, you want to know what you can do to take part in the resistance movement in Seattle, we've got you covered. Here are all of the rallies, marches, community meetings, talks, fundraisers, and other events happening over the next week, including the first event in The Stranger's Resist/Recharge series, the IRE Volunteer Fair, the People's Climate March, and a Planned Parenthood-centered art show. Find all of these events, plus many more happening further in the future, on our complete resistance calendar.

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APRIL 26 (DAY 97)
Good Guys Seattle: Organizing for Non-Organizers in the Era of Trump
The Good Guys at the Barricades ("a training institute, center for mentorship, and hub for folks who are hungry for opportunities in the face of the Trump presidency, but who have not been connected to organizing before") are going on tour around the country to help people get involved in politics and community organizing. This event is their one stop in Seattle, and will help you develop the skills to actively, productively participate in the resistance.

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The Documentary Karl Marx City Reveals the Truth About a Police State

Petra Epperlein investigates her fathers past as an East German spy in Karl Marx City, which screens at Northwest Film Forum April 28 and May 2.
Petra Epperlein investigates her father's past as an East German spy in Karl Marx City, which screens at Northwest Film Forum April 28 and May 2.

I once lived in a socialist country—or at least a country that was on the "road to socialism." This country changed its name from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe in 1980, after a brutal war between those who had everything (white Africans) and those who had almost nothing (black Africans). The revolutionaries who took power in 1981 were educated and committed to building a utopia for all workers. The rising sun was bright in the sky of this socialist experiment called "The House of Stones" (what "Zimbabwe" means in Shona).

The experiment was dead by 1987. All of the revolution's noble principles and ideas were sent to prison for life or simply executed. The revolutionary president, Robert Mugabe, became a dictator and never looked back. My family began leaving the country in 1988, and at the time, nothing could convince me that socialism was in any way better than capitalism. There was a TV show, Road to Socialism, that aired every week and featured a black African Marxist debating a black African businessman, a capitalist. I never sided with the former, who was clearly not talking about reality but only his party's ideology and program.

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Seattle's Tech Community Is Fighting Trump One Piece of Code at a Time

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If you happened to be walking through Westlake Park on the afternoon of March 1, you may have missed the Seattle-area "Tech Employees for Diversity and Inclusion" protest. It was only a handful of people holding signs and chanting: "No hate, no fear, everyone is welcome here!"

On Facebook, 334 people said they were interested in the event, 74 marked themselves as "going," but there couldn't have been more than a couple dozen people who actually showed up. And compared to the Women's March, which drew 175,000 people in Seattle alone, and the immigration rights protests that had sprung up recently in response to the new administration, it was sort of a sorry sight.

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Who Said It: May Day Anarchist or Stephen Bannon?

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Test your knowledge! (L) KELLY O

Seattle's May Day protests are coming up, and that means it's time once again to try to figure out who believes what. Practice with our handy quiz!

"I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today's establishment."

"Deconstruction of the administrative state!"

"Leadership are all cunts. We should just go buck wild... Burn this bitch down."

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The Morning News: Seattle Home Prices Continue Climbing, WA Republican Senator Wants Seattle to Become Its Own County

Millennials unsympathetic relatives: What do you MEAN you cant afford this $1,000,000, average-looking house?!
Millennials' unsympathetic relatives: "What do you MEAN you can't afford this $1,000,000, average-looking house?!" DS

Local Republicans Want a Seattle County: Senator Phil Fortunato, a Republican representing Auburn, has proposed a bill to separate the city from the rest of King County. "Seattle has gone so far off the left cliff that the rest of the county is paying for Seattle's craziness," Fortunato told KING 5. "So my dream is Seattle could be King County, and they could do whatever the heck they want, They could have a $25 minimum wage. They could give away free needles. They can do whatever the heck they want, they just can't do it with my money."

Response from King County Executive Dow Constantine: "Maybe they should now focus on adequately funding the education of our schoolchildren, rather than more cheap political stunts," he told KING 5. 💀💀💀

Seattle's Home Prices Are Even More Expensive Than Last Year: Which probably doesn't surprise anyone. The Seattle Times notes that the city has been the "hottest real-estate market in the country" for the last six months, according to the Case-Shiller housing-price index monthly report. Scary: Since February 2016, Seattle's single family homes have increased in price by 12.2 percent, "the biggest jump in three years." Scarier: "Compared to just a month before, Seattle area housing costs grew 1.9 percent, which was by far the biggest increase in the country, and about eight times the national average." Housing prices are soaring across King County—prices have doubled in the last five years, the Times reports.

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100 Days of the Resistance: One Action for Every Day of Trump's Presidency

DAY 2: Millions around the world join the Women’s March.
DAY 2: Millions around the world join the Women’s March. NATE GOWDY

Day 1: More people seem to protest than attend Donald Trump's inauguration. The stands in DC, normally filled with fans, are eerily empty. A limo is set on fire. Also: White nationalist Richard Spencer is punched during an interview near the inauguration.

Day 2: More than three million people wear pussy hats and attend the Women's Marches around the world. In Seattle, 175,000 people march, the biggest protest in the history of the city.

Day 3: The euphoria of the previous day has dwindled. People realize that Trump is actually fucking president. They start drinking all the beer in the house until they've finished that and then move on to the whiskey.

Day 4: White House staffers begin leaking to the press.

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On the Blabbermouth Podcast: Ijeoma Oluo on 100 Days of Donald Trump

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Episode 98: "It was already normalized," Ijeoma Oluo says of the Trump administration. "That's why it got elected." Win McNamee / Getty Images



With Dan Savage away this week, Ijeoma Oluo sits down in his chair to talk about 100 days of Donald Trump.

Has the effort to keep from "normalizing" a Trump presidency succeeded or failed? What's been the very worst day of the Trump administration so far? The best act of resistance? The act of "resistance" that probably shouldn't be repeated? Ijeoma, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about it all as April 29—that's Day 100—approaches.

Plus...

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Ron Chernow and Colson Whitehead Are Among the Featured Authors in Seattle Arts and Lectures' 30th Season

The guy who wrote the book that launched the most popular musical and the guy who wrote the book that will likely become the most popular TV series.
The Pulitzer Prize winner who wrote the book that launched the most popular musical and the Pulitzer Prize winner who wrote the book that will likely become the most popular TV series. (L-R) Rob Kim, Amy Sussman // Getty Images

The 100 percent woman-operated Seattle Arts and Lectures organization has announced (most of) their lineup for the 2017/18 season, and hoowee does it sport a lot of recent prize winners.

Check out the list below, plus a few words about each reader.

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#ShoutYourAbortion and Civilization Have Won a Webby Award

Amelia Bonow, founder of #ShoutYourAbortion.
Amelia Bonow, founder of #ShoutYourAbortion. SHOUT YOUR ABORTION

Local activist network #ShoutYourAbortion and design firm Civilization have won a Webby Award! The Webbys, if you don’t already know (and it’s ok if you don’t), are often referred to as the “Oscars of the Internet." The award has been recognizing the best of the internet in gaming, design, advertising, user experience, music videos, streaming, and more since 1996, and is internationally renowned.

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120 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do In Seattle This Week: April 25-30, 2017

Card Kingdom, Blue Highway, and other game stores will celebrate International Tabletop Day on Saturday.
Card Kingdom, Blue Highway, and other game stores will celebrate International Tabletop Day on Saturday.

Surprise, Seattleites—you live in a city with hundreds and hundreds of events happening every week. Yes, our arts critics have already recommended 63 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 40 best concerts, but there are still hundreds more events happening—and, luckily for you, we're here to help you keep track of them all. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here, ranging from food events (like the Green Lake Food Walk and Cochon555) to art events (like the Seattle Erotic Art Festival and the Punk Rock Flea Market) to music events (like The Residency Hosted By Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and the 24th Annual World Rhythm Festival). For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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TUESDAY
FILM
1. Emulsion Manipulations: Curated by Jon Behrens
Spend an evening with the nontraditional collective EXcinema's experiments on film emulsion, including a collaboration between Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon, plus many other works by unique filmmakers.

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Mayor Ed Murray's Attorney Wants Sanctions Against His Accuser's Lawyer

Three men say Mayor Ed Murray sexually abused them as teenagers. The mayor denies the allegations.
Three men say Mayor Ed Murray sexually abused them as teenagers. The mayor denies the allegations. PHOTO BY KELLY O, PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MIKE FORCE

The lawyer representing Mayor Ed Murray in a child sex abuse lawsuit asked a state judge to fine the accuser's lawyer over the unconventional way he communicates about the case with Murray's legal team and the media.

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Cherdonna Shinatra Trolls Ibsen's A Doll's House

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Washington Ensemble Theatre closes its 2016/17 season with the best idea it's had in recent memory. Cherdonna's Doll's House, which opens April 28 and runs through May 15, combines two giants of the stage. One giant is A Doll's House, Norwegian play-factory Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece.

Theater 101 professors always present this classic as the exemplar of the realist "well-made play." Before the students inclined to snub the Western canon can tap out their first angry tweet, the professor reminds the class that A Doll's House is a FEMINIST play about a WOMAN (Nora) who single-handedly keeps an entire household together and yet decides to leave her husband (Torvald, that infantilizing bastard) and children at the end. Why? Because you'll have to read the play to find out, that's why.

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