Social Justice

Social Justice

Seattle’s homeless crisis: Where do we go from here?

This is the final piece in a three-part series about the region’s homelessness crisis. Read parts 1 and 2 here and here. It has been…

Seattle steps up defenses against housing discrimination

Growth isn't sustainable. At least, not the kind we're seeing here in Seattle, where a bloated private housing market, inflated by a thriving economy, is…

On the Columbia, broken promises for tribal housing

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Paul Lumley, like many Yakama Nation citizens, grew up fishing on the Columbia River, through which salmon…

Federal judge overseeing Seattle police reform: “Black lives matter”

Just moments after federal judge James Robart, who oversees police reform in Seattle, threatened to steamroll the Seattle Police Officers Guild, he said something no one…

Exposing sexual assault at Washington colleges

While the issues of sexual and domestic violence have come out of the shadows over recent decades, there is one place where it too often…

Frustrations rise around Seattle police reform

On Wednesday, the civilian Community Police Commission (CPC) approved their final recommendations for police reform in the city, marking notable movement on a long-clogged process.…

Former Seattle Chief: Are police really ‘protecting and serving’?

"This is what people want from their police: They want their police to protect and serve." - Norm Stamper In a candid conversation, former Seattle…

What if Seattle police were like Scotland’s?

A story from abroad, which I heard from a friend at a party the other night, points to ways of understanding police work here that…

Locals on police reform: ‘We don’t have a voice’

The hardest thing Dominique Davis has to do is tell his black son to submit. When he gets pulled over, Davis tells him, he should…

Police killed his brother. Andre Taylor wants to change how they’re prosecuted

The system has never been kind to the Taylors. As the War on Drugs infiltrated black and brown communities in the ‘80s, Che Taylor’s mom…

Following shootings, Seattle’s police reform faces scrutiny

In a press conference Thursday, Mayor Ed Murray expressed solidarity with the black community following the police shootings in Baton Rouge and St. Paul this…

Homeless in Seattle: The roots of a crisis

This is the first in a three-part series about the region’s homelessness crisis. In the middle of the night on March 20, 1970, an arsonist…

Seattle’s homeless emergency: No end in sight

Last November 2, citing the thousands of people sleeping in the streets, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine declared a state…

Seattle rallies to address homeless crisis

On Wednesday, June 29, more than two dozen Seattle media outlets, including the region's largest newspaper and television news outlets, will join forces to shine a spotlight…

LGBTQ Muslims feel ‘sliced in two’ by Orlando slaughter

Inside the doors of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), a large mosque in Redmond, streamers with paper stars and crescent moons in pink…

Love in the time of terrorism

Subtitles on a screen read like a love poem. “I love you to death. I love you to death. I love you to death. I…

Seattle looks to tech to track shootings

On a breezy afternoon, Mayor Ed Murray stood outside the Rainer Beach Community Center, steps from Rainier Avenue. He emphasized the importance of violence prevention,…

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…