Social Justice

Social Justice

Smartypants guide to the Global Struggle for LGBTQ Equality

While LGBTQ groups have achieved remarkable, rapid progress in many Western democracies, other regions of the world continue to repress and actively discriminate against LGBTQ…

Podcast: Seattle Interagency students on dying young, adversity and the “at-risk” label

Every Thursday morning, new students trudge into the auditorium at the Seattle Interagency Academy. They're handed white binders full of questions that will help school…

Heart of Little Saigon prepares for a makeover

A visitor crossing 12th Avenue at Jackson Street can be forgiven for dismissing the crossroads as an eyesore, an urban jumble of strip-mall architecture, dilapidated infrastructure,…

Kids and the American dream denied. A conversation with author Robert Putnam

Robert Putnam is the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His 2000 book Bowling Alone argued that social…

LEAD diversion program: New hope for dealing with low-level crime

“There were several times I shouldn’t have made it out of several situations,” says Misti Barrickman, her voice trembling as she wrings her hands back…

Podcast: Seattle Interagency Academy rocked by 6 student deaths in 6 months

In the last six months, six students at Seattle Interagency Academy have been murdered or committed suicide. The oldest was 20. Interagency Academy is a…

Video: Honoring March 29, El Salvador’s Day of the Disappeared Child

March 29 may be just another day for most of us, but for the people of El Salvador, this Sunday marks the Day of the Disappeared Child. It…

Gun panel aims for ‘gun violence restraining order’

After mass shootings like those in Newtown, Connecticut; Virginia Tech; and Aurora, Colorado, the question emerges: Where are our failures? Is it in gun control, mental health…

Question of the Day: Is the city discriminating against restaurant franchises?

Should fast food franchises like Subway and McDonalds, owned by individuals, be considered big business? Or are they really just a network of small businesses…

Washington fail: College-educated women earn less than men with just a high school diploma

Last week, Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmember Jean Godden announced a new paid parental leave benefit for City of Seattle employees. It was another way…

Sawant forum to tackle Capitol Hill’s anti-LGBTQ crime spike

Capitol Hill has long been seen as Seattle’s most LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood. However, a spike in bias-driven crime toward members of the LGBTQ community has many…

How neighbors are replacing blight with thriving local businesses

Editor's Note: This article was produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, as part of its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and partners with…

Podcast: Why are black, queer and trans youth more at risk for homelessness?

Last year's Count Us In survey, a daylong census of homeless and unstably housed youth and young adults in King County, found that 32 percent…

How to help the youngest homeless kids

The state may undertake a sweeping count of the number of homeless kids from birth through 10 years old. A bill sponsored by Rep. Jake Fey,…

Teen wage bills to get new examination

The public will get to have its say Wednesday on two bills to allow teens to be paid slightly less than the minimum wage for…