Social Justice

Social Justice

Meet the Northwest’s environmental justice champions

There’s a movement afoot in Seattle. It’s a new breed of environmentalism, one that aims to put people who normally get left out of the…

Murray’s Jungle closure plan meets council resistance

When government representatives from Seattle and Olympia unveiled the plan to close the Duwamish Greenbelt — known informally as the Jungle — Mayor Ed Murray…

Amazon’s hotel for homeless comes to life

When Amazon donated an empty South Lake Union hotel for use as a homeless shelter, it was investing in a model that Mary’s Place, the service…

Communities of color should lead on environmental fight

In 1991, delegates from around the country came together in Washington, D.C., with representatives from Puerto Rico, Canada, the Marshall Islands, and Central and South America…

Peaceful May Day march overshadowed by ‘black bloc’ protests

The once-a-year celebration of May Day in Seattle has for years now been two days in one — the permitted march for human and labor…

Tracy Rector wants you to know exactly where you stand

Seattle filmmaker and arts advocate Tracy Rector is a force of nature. In her more than 14 years of working with film, she says she…

Tent city for homeless headed to UW campus

Next winter, 100 homeless people might set up a tent city on the UW campus, to serve as their home for 90 days. If it…

Two major Murray promises still on the hunt for funding

Seattle lately feels like the house in D.H. Lawrence’s short story The Rocking-Horse Winner. In it, a young boy from a poor family realizes he…

It’s Equal Pay Day. How can we bridge the gap?

It’s common knowledge that women make, on average, less than men.  What’s less common is a consistent story about why this is, and more importantly,…

It’s time for Seattle to mandate paid parental leave

Women across the nation are cheering for San Francisco and New York State, both of which mandated paid parental leave for their residents last week.…

State must take the lead in protecting voting rights

I was the mayor of Yakima when the city was sued by under the federal Voting Rights Act in 2012. Two years later, a federal…

Surprise amendment stirs up body-camera debate

Updated, March 1, 9:30 AM The day after Che Taylor was shot and killed by Seattle Police, Mayor Ed Murray took the opportunity to stump…

Smartypants guide to Civic Cocktail: Mayor Ed Murray to talk homelessness

How has the recently-elected city council been working with the mayor to solve the city’s most pressing needs? How can the city grow and remain…

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…