Social Justice

Social Justice

Colleen Echohawk tackles the traumas of life on the streets

A couple years ago, Colleen Echohawk was settling into her new job as executive director of the Chief Seattle Club, an organization with a long…

George Washington owned slaves. Should we rename the state?

Our American legacy of slavery and racism is being wrestled with everywhere. We’ve gone from demanding removal of the Confederate flag to rethinking the Star…

Washington’s foster care system in crisis: A special report

Children entrusted to state care after they are abused or neglected by their parents are bouncing between hotels and other emergency housing, and even being…

Moralizing is out, safe drug consumption sites are in

King County’s vocabulary around opioid use is not what it used to be. What was once seen as a moral lapse is slowly being reframed…

Homeless report: Region is wasting time, money

There’s not enough housing in Seattle for every citizen. As long as that’s true, solutions to homelessness will look something like a slide-tile-puzzle, rearranging the…

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…