Social Justice

Social Justice

Watch: How Pussy Riot’s punk prayers became a movement

Even for the non-religious, there’s a certain spirituality inside Moscow’s Church of Christ Our Savior. Its gold-leaf onion domes tower over the skyline of Russia’s…

Seattle’s homeless emergency: What do we really know?

Every morning around 7:30, Wayne Wilson walks from his office on the second floor of the Compass Housing Alliance, inside a shaky building in the…

A conversation about race, inspired by dance

Choreographer Donald Byrd wants to get Seattle talking about race. To do that, the longtime leader of Spectrum Dance Theater is dedicating its entire 2015-16…

Shelters maxed out as city sweeps homeless from streets

In Pioneer Square lately, you don’t have to go far to find someone who’s been kicked off city property for sleeping in a tent. On…

Sea-Tac baggage handlers plan a strike for MLK Day

Sea-Tac Airport baggage handlers with an Alaska Airlines contractor will strike for 12 hours Monday, from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central to the act of civil…

Best of 2015: The untold story of Seattle’s racist mayor

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. We will…

The public health dilemma of a fading black community


Community Police Commission pleads for help from the feds

At a time when Seattle’s model for police reform is being sold as a national precedent, deep-seated frustrations continue to fester for Seattle’s civilian oversight body, the…

Why it’s so hard to build truly affordable housing in Seattle

The Thunderbird Motel was a longtime eyesore, even among the notorious stretch of seedy establishments along Aurora Avenue. The gun violence, drug dealing and prostitution were…

Remembering the West Coast’s ugly anti-immigrant era

This is part of a series of Crosscut stories discussing race in the Puget Sound region. Led by Donald Trump, the GOP presidential candidates are…

Can Seattle legally force developers to fund affordable housing?

Last spring, as the clock ran down on Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's affordable housing task force, tensions built around proposals to require developers to help…

City may push aside history, the poor in Pike Place & Pioneer Square

We know that Seattle’s rapid growth is putting pressure on our architectural heritage with demolitions and façadism. The city is being remade at an unprecedented…

Watch: How Pussy Riot’s punk prayers became a movement

Even for the non-religious, there’s a certain spirituality inside Moscow’s Church of Christ Our Savior. Its gold-leaf onion domes tower over the skyline of Russia’s…