I frequently describe myself as Seattle’s only activist, partly to tweak people’s noses. (I certainly struck a nerve with a media whore named Jim Camden.). However, some people might wonder how accurate my claim is.
Of course, a lot depends on how one defines the word activist. Thousands of Seattleites have marched in protests, though most have been remarkably lame and accomplished little, if anything.
To cut to the chase, I can more accurately be labeled the most noteworthy activist who is currently active. At the risk of sounding horribly arrogant, I think I may be Seattle’s most notable activist ever. As crazy as that may sound, there’s amazingly little competition.
Consider the list of 49 Seattle activists from Wikipedia below. Most of them are virtual unknowns, many of whom have little connection with Seattle. Many have little connection with activism to boot. Only a few ran for public office. Even worse, some of them got (s)elected—quite a feat in Gothic Seattle, which reeks of corruption.
A few have written books, notably personal memoirs. However, their collective works are lamer than Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Only a handful have websites, but that’s understandable as many, if not most, of them are dead. Some of them died decades ago. A number of people listed got their 15 minutes of fame in association with the turbulent protests of the 1960s and 70s, a colorful era that also died about half a century ago. Eleven were members of the infamous “Gang of Four” or “Seattle Seven.” Don’t expect to see a movie made about either group.
Two—Silme Domingo and Edwin T. Pratt—were assassinated, which suggests they may have been authentic activists.
Obvious Fakes ˆ
The most outrageous nominees are five individuals who are obvious insiders. Phyllis Lee Hagmoe Lamphere was a longtime member of the Seattle City Council and was the first woman to lead the National League of Cities. She was married five times, spawning the evil bitch Barbara Schaad-Lamphere in the process. Barbara was a Seattle School Board member who was just as disgusting as her mother. She currently bills herself as a fitness professional at West Seattle YMCA. Seriously? The last time I saw Barbara, probably about 20 years ago, she had lost a lot of weight, but she looked like a cadaver.
James Reed “Jim” Ellis was a municipal bond lawyer and a founding partner of the law firm Preston Gates & Ellis. (The Gates is Bill Gates’ father. Ellis was one of the corrupt pigs who secretly control Seattle.
Arthur R. Thompson is a former CEO of the John Birch Society.
Alice Jeanette Williams was a human and women’s rights activist who served on the Seattle City Council from 1969 to 1989. In 1962, she became the first woman to head the King County Democrats as well as any major political party in a large metropolitan area in the United States. Anyone associated with the King County Democrats is a pig, not an activist.
Anne Gould Hauberg married timber heir John Hauberg. Flush with cash, she became a philanthropist, which apparently made her an activist.
Most of the remaining people on the list can be described as less obvious fakes.
Asian Americans ˆ
Fumiko Hayashida was one of the first Japanese Americans to be interned during World War II. Alice Kasai, Cherry Kinoshita, Sharon Maeda, Mich Matsudaira, Mako Nakagawa, and Karen K. Narasaki are also Japanese-American activists, most of them associated with the Japanese internment.
Born in Taiwan, Chao Feng Wu, also known as Ken Wu, is a community leader and proponent of Taiwan Independence movement based in the Los Angeles area. Apparently, he once stopped in Seattle to use a restroom.
Born in Texa, Silme Domingo was a Filipino American labor activist who was murdered in Seattle in 1981 while attempting to reform the Local 37 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). That resonates with me, because I was nearly killed by four men who I believe were recruited by the Teamsters.
Bob Santos was an American minority-rights activist from Seattle who worked to preserve Seattle’s Chinatown and International District. Santos was a member of the Gang of Four and a prominent member of the Filipino American community of Seattle. In 1992, he married Sharon Tomiko Santos, a corrupt politician three decades younger.
African Americans ˆ
Garry Owens was an early member of the Seattle Black Panther Party. Aaron Dixon is a former Black Panther Party member who has run for public office.
Born in Miami, Edwin T. Pratt was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement. He was assassinated near his home in Shoreline, Washington, in 1969.
Born in 1879, Alice Sampson Presto was a suffragist and the first African-American woman to run for office in the state of Washington.
You have to respect a mob of activists who earn the nickname “Gang of Four.” Also known as “The Four Amigos,” they include Bernie Whitebear, Bob Santos, Roberto Maestas, and Larry Gossett. Gossett got elected to the King County Council, which makes it hard to believe he was a real activist.
Marissa Johnson is a biracial activist who earned her 15 minutes of fame when she interrupted U.S. pResidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a 2015 Seattle rally. She has been criticized for criticizing Jews, which earns her brownie points in my book.
Solomon Samuel Simone (aka Raz Simone), is an African-American hip hop artist who was described by CNN as the de facto leader of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (aka CHOP) during the George Floyd protests. I visited CHOP one day. It looked like a garbage dump, and I never saw a single black person.
Native Americans ˆ
Native Americans have almost no political clout in Seattle. Most Native Americans described as activists are just figureheads. Bernie Whitebear was an American Indian activist, a co-founder of the Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB), the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, and the Daybreak Star Cultural Center.
The daughter of a Native American woman and a racist white man, Romana Bennett is listed as an activist for Native American affairs.
Colleen Echohawk was one of 15 candidates for the office of Seattle mayor in 2021. So why aren’t any of the other candidates listed as activists? Is it because they don’t have Native American names?
Born in New York, Susan Ellen (Tanenbaum) Stern was a Jewish member of the prominent anti-Vietnam War groups Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Weatherman, and the Seattle Liberation Front (SLF). She made at least two suicide attempts before succumbing to a combination of drugs and alcohol.
Born in New York City, Steve Beren is a Jew who has run for public office. Beren has been the New Media and Technology Director for the Washington State Republican Party since 2014, which would appear to make him an insider, not an activist.
Jonathan Rosenblum was a Seattle-based union organizer who was associated with SEIU. I haven’t verified that he was Jewish, but Rosenblum is a common Jewish name.
Born in Seattle in 1947, Roger Lippman was a member of the anti-Vietnam War groups Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Seattle collective of Weatherman. He is most commonly noted as a member of the Seattle Seven, who was accused of, and tried for, conspiracy charges in 1970. Again, I’m not sure if he’s Jewish, but I wonder if he might be related to Stan Lippman, the Jewish kook who has run for public office in Seattle so many times.
Gay Activists ˆ
Seattle native Benjamin Hammond Haggerty (aka Macklemore) is a rapper who has espoused political causes, including same-sex marriage.
George Bakan was editor-in-chief of Seattle Gay News. In other words, he was a media whore. Bakan died in 2020. John Burnside was a gay activist who was born in Seattle but conducted most, if not all, of his activism elsewhere.
I would like to mention three individuals who should be added to the list. First is the pedophile Judge Gary Little, who did Seattle a favor by committing suicide. Second is the young man who assassinated a pedophile middle school teacher who had abused him and other students. Third is Edward Murray, who resigned from his position as Seattle Mayor amidst claims that he’s a gay pedophile. Now that’s my kind of activism.
Megan Cornish and Heidi Durham both moved to Seattle where they became involved with the Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women and worked for Seattle City Light. Though born in Seattle, Ruth Schnapp became the first woman to become licensed as a structural engineer in California.
Marcy Bloom is a pro-choice activist who served for 18 years as executive director of Aradia Women’s Health Center in Seattle.
Chelsea Glasson sued Google, her for former employer, for pregnancy discrimination. The case ended in an undisclosed settlement after two years of litigation. Yes, those undisclosed settlements are a hallmark of activism.
Tori Dunlap achieved her goal of amassing $100,000 by the age of 25, though it isn’t clear how she qualifies as an activist. Maybe it’s her penchant for calling herself a “financial feminist.”
You would think Seattle would be crawling with environmentalists. If it was, the city probably wouldn’t have been shamed for dumping raw sewage into Puget Sound.
Born in Arizona, Emily Cunningham is an environmentalist and Amazon activist. (That’s Amazon the corporation, not the rainforest.)
Alan Durning founded Northwest Environment Watch and has written dozens of books and articles. If he’s an authentic environmental activist, however, then how does he get so many gigs with the corporate media, including The New York Times and Washington Post?
Other Activists ˆ
Last but not least is our Gang of Nine . . . the nine remaining people on the list.
Silas Bissell is described as a terrorist who was born in Michigan and died in Oregon. He died just about the time I was laid off from my job with the Seattle School District.
Born in Austria in 1926, Dorli Rainey moved to Seattle, where she was active in protesting and politics.
Born in New Mexico, Roberto Maestas was a member of the Gang of Four as well as one of the founders of El Centro de la Raza. El Centro de la Raza! I’ll never forget the time I checked out their website and discovered a page listing their corporate sponsors, including Microsoft.
Kit Bakke reportedly had a colorful career protesting for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam in the 1960s, though I believe most of her activism was conducted outside of Seattle. However, she lives in Seattle now, which apparently qualifies here as a Seattle activist. She also enjoyed a brief stint as a media whore.
Bertha Pitts Campbell was a civil rights activist. Lonnie Nelson (aka Madelon Nelson and Madelon S. Healy) was an American labor, peace, civil rights, social justice, and Indigenous peoples activist in Seattle, as well as a member of the Communist Party.
David Rolf is a labor leader, writer, and speaker. He was the Founding President of Seattle-based Local 775 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents health care workers. I don’t know much about SEIU, but I hope it isn’t half as corrupt as the Teamsters and the Seattle Education Association.
Florasina Ware was an activist, radio show host, and foster mother in Seattle. Linea Johnson is a mental health advocate who co-authored a 2012 memoir.
How strange that Wikipedia didn’t list Anna Louise Strong, Charlie Chong, Kshama Sawant, or Omari Tahir Garrett.
Strong was a member of the Communist Party who was elected to the Seattle School Board in 1916, the year before the infamous Everett Massacre. The only woman on the school board, Strong championed women, workers, and even children—quite a novelty in Seattle. She was also anti-war.
Enraged by her left-wing activism, Strong’s colleagues on the school board purged her from their ranks via a recall campaign. I think Strong may be Seattle’s most notable activist, though her record is marred by her love affair with the Soviet Union. Then again, she was distressed by the Soviet purges and was eventually expelled from the country.
Charlie Chong was (s)elected to the Seattle City Council in the 1990s. Seattle media whores described him as a maverick and a rabble-rouser. Hopelessly naive in those days, I considered him my biggest local hero until I learned the bitter truth: Chong was a perfect zero.
Born in India, Kshama Sawant served on the Seattle City Council from 2014-2024. Though she claims to be a socialist, she is a software engineer who married a Microsoftie. That’s right, she’s just another Microsoft whore. Like Chong, she rates a perfect zero.
Geov Parrish is a gay media whore who was a columnist with The Stranger and The Seattle Weekly, along with some national media. He also had a local paper called Eat The State. I considered him an ally, until he stabbed me in the back when I first ran for public office in 1999. That was an eye-opening campaign.
Parrish is a well known Seattle activist, though he’s actually as phony as Bernie Sanders. Like Sanders, he is probably a Jew, though I haven’t verified it. While I work hard to investigate, write, and preserve a record for the public, Parrish apparently deep-sixed Eat The State. It is no longer published, and I’m not aware of any archive.
Like so many Jews, Parrish has some serious health issues, and he recently reported on Facebook that he is now confined to a wheelchair. I think about that poor little shit who stabbed Seattle’s children in the back every time I go to work and get a paid workout unloading trucks. Must suck being a sickly asshole who could die any day.
In 2001, Mayor Paul Schell was campaigning for re-election at or near the very spot where an African American had been murdered by the fascist police. A local activist named Omari Tahir-Garrett clobbered Schell with a megaphone, injuring him.
For an encore, Garrett served as his own attorney and beat the rap! However, the media whores at the Seattle Times said he should be retried. Amazingly, he was. This time he was sentenced to prison.
I’ve never met Garrett in person. He has a reputation as a bit odd, but you have to give him credit for assaulting the vile Paul Schell. (I wish he had killed the bastard.) In my opinion, Anna Louise Strong is probably Seattle’s most notable activist, with Garrett probably ranking in the top five.
David W. Blomstrom ˆ
So, how do I rate myself?
The only notable education activists in Seattle history are probably Anna Louise Strong and yours truly. I was the only individual in Seattle who waged a public campaign against the derelict Seattle Schools Superintendent John Stanford, Inc. However, I have also broadened my horizons, tackling many issues, from global geopolitics to the environment.
Unlike Garret, I have never physically assaulted a public official or any other Seattle asshole. That’s an omission from my record that I’m deeply ashamed of. However, there’s still time.
In the meantime, the pen is mightier than the sword, and I have wounded a lot of people with my writing. Every Seattle activist combined would have a hard time matching the volume of literature I’ve pumped out over a period of nearly three decades. I currently have nearly 90 websites, and I’m working on some two dozen books. (I’ve published half a dozen books so far.)
In addition, I’ve run for public office ten times, and I’m probably the first person in Washington State history to tackle Jews during a political campaign. In fact, I coined the word Jewarchy and included it in my statement in the Voters Pamphlet when I ran for Washington State Governor in 2016. That was a very historic campaign.
In summary, the most accomplished Seattle activists I’m aware of are probably Anna Louise Strong and myself. And since Strong left Seattle about a century ago, she’s now just a historical footnote. For all practical purposes, I’m Seattle’s lone activist, a badge I wear with a mixture of pride and humility. In public, I like to rub it in Seattleites’ faces, but in private it really makes me scratch my head.
Isn’t life strange?