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Hacks & Wonks

Jun 26, 2021

Today Crystal and local political consultant Heather Weiner discuss the record-breaking heatwave we’re going to experience this weekend, how we can support our unhoused neighbors through these dangerous heat conditions, Uber paying a historic wage theft settlement, Amazon being taken on by the Teamsters union, developments in the mayoral race, AND the organizers of Capitol Hill Pride submitting a fragility-infused complaint against Taking B(l)ack Pride, resulting in major backlash and several cancelations for Capitol Hill Pride.

ALSO: See resources below for locations to cool down this weekend and how you can support our unhoused neighbors in this heat.

As always, a full text transcript of the show is available below and at

Find the host, Crystal Fincher on Twitter at @finchfrii and find today’s co-host, Heather Weiner, at @hlweinder. More info is available at



Excessive Heat Warning: Cooling Centers Open Across Seattle

Cooling centers in King County:

Find cooling locations, open libraries with air conditioning, and other ways available to cool down here: 

“Western heat wave threatens health in vulnerable communities” by Anita Snow: 

“City Prepares For Extreme Heat By Opening Cooling Shelters, Finally Getting Around To Fixing Water Fountains” by Carolyn Bick: 

CID Mutual Aid:

Transit Riders Union Solidarity Fund:

“Uber to pay $3.4M in settlement for 15,000 Seattle drivers’ unpaid sick leave, back wages” by Mike Lewis: 

“The Teamsters Want To Unionize Amazon Workers. Here’s What That Means” by Andrea Hsu: 

“Amazon employees accuse the company of union-busting after it removes workers from an internal directory” by Jason Del Rey: 

“Meet Seattle’s 2021 candidates for mayor” from The Seattle Times: 

“Homeless Advocates Launch Campaign Against ‘Compassion Seattle’ Charter Amendment” by Natalie Bicknell: 

“Seattle Eviction Moratorium Extended As Council Passes More Renter Protections” by Jack Russillo: 

“BIPOC Pride event gets support after ‘reparations fee’ complaint” by Venice Buhain: 




Full transcript will be added in the next 48 hours.