Social Justice

Social Justice

Ferguson movie rings true (even if you were there)

Years before white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, I was moving from Los Angeles to St. Louis. The year was 2014 and I had a somewhat less pessimistic view…

Can the Ethiopian community hang on in Seattle?

While the Rainier Beach neighborhood has long been a thriving center for Ethiopian Americans in Seattle, many community members are worried about preserving connections amid…

Live blog: Seattle counter-protesters march as ‘patriot’ group gathers

This post was updated with Tweets and dispatches from Seattle as events unfolded in the aftermath of the 'Unite the Right' Rally in Charlottesville.  The…

In a Buddhist temple, mourning high schooler Tommy Le

Forty-nine days after police shot Tommy Le dead, his family said goodbye to the 20-year-old man. As Buddhist monks scurried about preparing for a morning service…

Sanctuary-repeal efforts could go on ballot in Spokane, Burien

Update: On Monday, Aug. 7 the Burien City Council voted (6-0, with 1 abstention) to include the city's sanctuary status on the November ballot. Burien…

After police shootings, victims’ families connect, advocate

From Magnuson Park, where Charleena Lyles was shot and killed by Seattle police last month, it’s a long drive to Kent, where police shot and…

The hard truths about Seattle’s new homeless fix

For Tammi Lynn, property management is a family business. Her mom, her dad, her stepdad, her daughter, her niece — all of them, over the…

The tiny-house village that started a movement

Tucked into an industrial complex a few miles from Washington state’s capitol building in Olympia is a grassy field ringed by 30 tiny houses, each…

Part-time student, full-time homeless

*Michael carries his backpack nearly everywhere — a backpack so tightly bundled that he has to lean his weight on it so the zipper doesn’t…

A city the size of Woodinville is sleeping in our streets

The homeless numbers are in: The population of people living out on the streets of King County continues to grow, a frustrating and sobering confirmation…

Development deal aims to save Seattle’s black community

The 2.5-acre plot on the southeast corner of 23rd Avenue and East Union Street in Seattle’s Central District — once a cornerstone of historic black Seattle…

‘My Family’s Slave’ – A UW professor weighs in

Earlier this week, The Atlantic published an astonishing cover story, My Family's Slave, about a Seattle family's secret servant, a Filipina named Eudocia Tomas Pulido.…

A new place for Seattle’s homeless: In my backyard

Seattle’s homelessness problem — the population is ranked the third largest in the U.S. — has inspired a myriad of creative attempts at solutions such…