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posted Friday, January 15, 2020 - Volume 40 Issue 03

Capitol Hill in 2020 - Pandemic, protests, and small businesses
by Egan Orion
Special to the SGN

For small businesses on Capitol Hill and across Seattle, two dates in 2020 symbolize the story of this oh-so-bad year: Monday, March 23, when Gov. Inslee announced a two-week shutdown of all nonessential businesses to curtail the spread of the coronavirus; and Saturday, May 30, when violence between police and protesters erupted on
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Truth or consequences - Pressure on head of Seattle police union to resign
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Eight of the nine members of Seattle's City Council have joined the growing call for Mike Solan to resign as president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG).

Solan - who campaigned for his position as an anti-protest hardliner - stirred up a hornets' nest of controversy with r
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Trump's parting shot strips LGBTQ protections
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In the waning days of his embattled administration, Donald Trump found the time for a parting shot at the LGBTQ community.

New rules issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) strip LGBTQ people of legal protections put in place under the Obama administration.
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IN MEMORIAM: Nora Ann Hempseed Michaels
December 29, 1947 - December 23, 2020

Nora Michaels was a highly respected performer on the Seattle music scene. She is best known for her masterful renditions of Edith Piaf's oeuvre, in particular her one-woman, self-penned tribute, "La Môme Piaf," for which she became known as Seattle's Blues Chanteuse. Nora also performed wit
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Durkan Digest special edition: Our road to reopening and an equitable recovery starts with vaccinations
SEATTLE (January 12, 2021) - There's no denying that 2020 was a difficult year. We faced so many overlapping crises, from the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic devastation, to the greatest civil rights reckoning in decades, to wildfires that choked our communities.

While we had a difficult start to 2021 this past week, I bel
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ATTACK ON THE CAPITOL
Attack on the Capitol -Nate Gowdy photographer more
Rep. Jayapal votes to impeach Trump for a second time
WASHINGTON, DC (January 13, 2021) - US Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after voting to once again impeach President Donald J. Trump - this time for incitement of insurrection:

"It is indisputable that Donald
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U.S. Senator Patty Murray statement on House of Representatives vote to impeach President Trump
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 13, 2021) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives vote to impeach President Trump:

"As I've said, there can be no looking away from what played out before our eyes last week. We owe it to our country today and for the future to make i
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NBJC responds to Trump's second impeachment
WASHINGTON, DC (January 13, 2021) - Today, David J. Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), released the following statement about the United States House of Representatives' successful vote to impeach Donald Trump for his role in inciting the Capitol riots on January 6:

"We celebrate the recen
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Rep. Smith on passage of article of impeachment charging Trump with incitement of Capitol insurrection
WASHINGTON, DC (January 13, 2021) - Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass the impeachment resolution charging the outgoing President with a count of "incitement of insurrection" for his actions on January 6, 2021:

"The assault by pro-Trump extremists on Januar
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Joined by mayors, labor leaders, and community leaders, Mayor Durkan to urge statewide changes to the police disciplinary process
SEATTLE (January 13, 2020) - Tomorrow, January 14, at 8:00 a.m., Mayor Jenny A. Durkan will join mayors, labor leaders, and community leaders to testify in Olympia and urge statewide changes to the police disciplinary process, specifically arbitration. The Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs will be holding a public hearing on SB 5055 and SB more
Biden choices for DOJ confront tall task to restore trust in the institution
WASHINGTON, DC (January 7, 2021) - Today, President-elect Joseph Biden announced his nominees for key leadership positions in the US Department of Justice (DOJ): US Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland for attorney general; former homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney teneral; former Justice Department civil rights chief Vani more
NBJC on Biden nominations for Department of Justice
WASHINGTON, DC (January 7, 2021) - Today, President-elect Joe Biden announced nominations for key positions in the Department of Justice: Judge Merrick Garland, nominee for attorney general; Lisa Monaco, nominee for deputy attorney general; Vanita Gupta, nominee for associate attorney general; and Kristen Clarke, nominee for assistant attorney more
Trump administration launches eleventh-hour attack on LGBTQ community with new HHS rule inviting grantees to discriminate
WASHINGTON, DC, (January 8, 2021) - The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Thursday announced a rule that will permit social service agencies and providers that receive HHS grant funding to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as religion and sex. The rule impacts HHS-supported social servic more
HRC files amicus brief in support of Texas LGBTQ workers
WASHINGTON, DC (January 14, 2021) - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, filed a brief as amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," to the Texas 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The case, Tarrant County Community College v. Sims, addresses the scop more

MMAA condemns US Capitol attacks
WASHINGTON, DC (January 13, 2021) - As the nation's largest nonprofit dedicated to LGBTQ military servicemembers, veterans, and their families, the Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) condemns the acts of violence that occurred within the past week at the United States Capitol.

The MMAA is devastated by the actions an
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Department of Education publishes memorandum misconstruing Supreme Court's Bostock decision
WASHINGTON, DC (January 8, 2021) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, responded to the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights' publication of a memorandum misconstruing the US Supreme Court's decision in Bostock v. Clayton Coun more
HRC to host "The Power of Equality," an online LGBTQ inaugural event
WASHINGTON, DC (January 14, 2021) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced it will be broadcasting an online premier inaugural event on January 20th to commemorate the historic election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Featured
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NBJC mourns the deaths of Jaheim Barbie/Pugh and Courtney "Eshay" Key
WASHINGTON, DC (December 29, 2020) - The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is profoundly saddened by the news of two murders during the holiday season. Jaheim Barbie, also known as Jaheim Pugh, a Black gender-nonconforming youth of 19 years, was shot to death as they exited a Christmas party in Prichard, Alabama, on December 13. Just twe more
NBJC mourns the death of Kimberly Patricia Cope
WASHINGTON, DC (January 6, 2021) - The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is devastated to learn that Kimberly Patricia Cope has been found dead.

Ms. Cope's body was discovered by a passerby in an Athens, Georgia, restaurant parking lot around 6:00 a.m. on December 27, 2020. Friends had seen her just a few hours prior, tal
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NBJC mourns the death of Alexandria Winchester
WASHINGTON, DC (January 13, 2021) - The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is devastated to learn about the death of Alexandria Winchester.

Alexandria Winchester, a 24-year-old transgender Latinx woman, was shot and killed in the Bronx, New York, on December 26, 2020. A suspect was arrested and charged with her death on De
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Scholarship opportunity challenges students to discover local heroes
SEATTLE (January 11, 2021) - Ten thousand dollars will be split between three student essayists this spring for the Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship, sponsored by the Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Submissions are now being accepted for the contest until March 15. The scholarship is hosted by the Seattle Public Library
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BBC promises full investigation into Persian Service's homophobia
LONDON (January 11, 2021) - Following an expose by the Peter Tatchell Foundation into the BBC Persian Service's alleged homophobia, the head of the BBC World Service, Jamie Angus, has promised a full investigation.

The news comes as it was revealed over the weekend that the BBC Persian Service has used several derogatory and hom
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Kirby dazzles in intimately shattering Pieces of a Woman
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

PIECES OF A WOMAN
Netflix


Martha (Vanessa Kirby) and Sean (Shia LaBeouf) are going to have a baby. The time between contractions is rapidly decreasing, and they are waiting for the midwife to arrive so they can really get things moving. But she's une
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Delightfully silly Skyfire a volcanic gem of a disaster
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

SKYFIRE
PVOD


On a Tianhuo Island in the Pacific Rim, right in the middle of the "Ring of Fire," volcanologist XiaoMeng Li (Hannah Quinlivan) is putting the finishing touches on an early warning eruption system nicknamed "Zhuque." She is being financed
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