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That Haunting Atlantic Story You've Been Hearing About: It's "My Family's Slave" by the late Alex Tizon, author and former journalist for The Seattle Times. Tizon's personal essay focuses on his shame and guilt that he and his family owned Eudocia Tomas Pulido, a woman "given" to his mother when she was a girl, who ended up raising three generations of their family. Tizon's family called Pulido "Lola," the Tagalog word for grandmother, which is often used as an honorific term.

Also Read Pulido's 2011 Obituary in The Seattle Times: This piece gives another glimpse into her life here in Seattle and before she was enslaved. The account Tizon gave the Times after Pulido's death is very different from his posthumously-published essay: "She was never angst-ridden and never felt entitled to anything, including happiness. I think that’s one reason she was one of the most peaceful people I’ve ever known.”

Tizon's Essay Is Being Dissected on Twitter: Some excerpts...





After Serving Seven Years for Sending Government Files to WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning Is Free: She was released from a military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas today, The New York Times reports. Manning documented her first steps of freedom on Instagram.

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Trump's Efforts to Gut Environmental Regulations Come at a Human Cost: One week after a tunnel collapse left a 20-by-20-foot hole near the Hanford nuclear site, Sydney Brownstone takes a look at whether the Trump administration's policies will make the nation's largest superfund site even more dangerous.

Senator Bernie Sanders May Endorse a Candidate in Seattle's Mayor Race: Sanders' group, Our Revolution, told KUOW "it's taking a look at Seattle." What the actual fuck?

ICYMI Lorena González Is Not Running for Mayor: The Seattle City Council member announced yesterday that she will not be joining the crowded mayoral race. In a statement, González said she is "humbled by the incredible outpouring of support and encouragement to consider this opportunity, but I instead will redouble my efforts on the Seattle City Council as a citywide representative in Position 9."

No More Distracted Driving! Yesterday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a measure that "prohibits holding an electronic device — including phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets — while driving, including while in traffic or waiting for a traffic light to change," The Associated Press reports. The measure will go into effect in July.