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Nikkita Oliver at the mayoral debate in July 📸: Sara Gentzler

Nikkita Oliver and the Peoples Party of Seattle stepped into the ring for this year’s mayoral primary and came in just 1,170 votes short of a spot in November’s general election. That’s some serious momentum for a new party and it doesn’t plan on slowing down, writes David Kroman of Crosscut. We checked in with Nikkita to see how she’s feeling now that the votes are officially in.

“Now more than ever I believe in our self-determination, our ability to organize and our vision for a truly equitable Seattle,” Nikkita said. “This is much more than a moment. This is much more than a campaign for election. This is a movement.”

And what’ll she be doing now that her campaign for mayor is over?

I am getting re-grounded and refocused on Creative Justice, writing, performing, and practicing law,” she said. “I will continue to serve in [the] community and work with the Seattle Peoples Party to grow our structure and influence.”

To be continued, folks.

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NOW HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY ⛴

  • What’s the best way to respond to white nationalist groups? Columnist Danny Westneat interviews some folks confronting extremist groups who say we no longer have the option of ignoring white supremacists. And getting angry isn’t enough either. Instead, a local author suggests it’s best to mock fascists, who he calls the “ultimate psychic vampires,” with a “serious dedication to nonviolent action.” (The Seattle Times)
  • Seattle has its own controversial statues. For one, there’s a monument to Confederate soldiers and Robert E. Lee in a Capitol Hill cemetery. And Fremont’s iconic statue of Vladimir Lenin? Well, there’s always been mixed feelings about it. Now, there’s a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley who says it needs to go, and a small group of protesters wearing Make America Great Again paraphernalia gathered at the statue yesterday saying the same.
  • For a little inspiration… Ninety-one-year-old civil rights leader Samuel B. McKinney moved to Seattle in 1957 and reflects on business boycotts and bringing his friend Martin Luther King Jr. to town in this beautiful comic by Seattle Weekly’s Tatiana Gill. (Seattle Weekly)
  • Our ferries are headed for a cliff. A retirement cliff, that is. About 88 percent of Washington State Ferries’ captains can retire in the next five to 10 years, and that could keep our ferries from sailing. This story takes a look at Seattle’s maritime industry and why young people aren’t getting on board. (The Seattle Times)

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See you tomorrow. — The Evergrey