“We don’t have that privilege to shutdown,” said Becca, an employee of Information Central. “I have two kids at home, so I have to make money regardless.” This was said in the wake of Seattle Central College’s move to remote operations on March 7th, 2020. The following week, Governor Jay Inslee extended the date to April 24th, 2020. “I would rather die trying to attempt to make money for my kids then let my kids become homeless.” Becca joins a growing number of Washington residents who have lost their primary – and perhaps sole – source of income in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Jordan Somers is currently in his second year of Visual Media at Seattle Central College. He specializes in photojournalism and documentary work, with a particular emphasis on social movements happening throughout the city. His 2020 documentary, Hope is Not Cancelled, was an official selection at the Local Sightings Film Festival, and won an award for best editing at the Oregon Documentary Film Festival. Jordan is an avid traveler when granted the opportunity, and has a keen interest in psychology and existential philosophy.