Award-Winning Journalist Jenna Hanchard “Unmutes” Herself With New Podcast, “Lola’s Ink”

by Sharon H. Chang  “Here we are. I finally pressed record. For 10 years I’ve been talking on someone else’s microphone. But this time around — I got my own.” Jenna Hanchard is an award-winning journalist who worked in newsrooms across the U.S. for a prolific decade. But after years of living what she calls … Continue reading Award-Winning Journalist Jenna Hanchard “Unmutes” Herself With New Podcast, “Lola’s Ink”

Farming For Change: Meet the Latinx Women Leading South Park’s New Community Farm

In this special Emerald series supported by NW Journalists of Color and the Facebook Journalism Project, photographer and writer Sharon H. Chang introduces the womxn and nonbinary farmers of color at the heart of Washington’s agrarian revival movement who are moving the needle towards not only a future livable planet, but a socially just one.  … Continue reading Farming For Change: Meet the Latinx Women Leading South Park’s New Community Farm

Young Latinx Raise $5.2 Million in COVID Relief for Undocumented People Shunned By Government

by Sharon H. Chang It has been six months of an escalating US coronavirus outbreak which began in Washington State. During this chaotic time, when many government leaders and Americans have shown more interest in protecting personal politics than actual human lives, it has been confusing and hard for Washington’s most impacted communities to navigate … Continue reading Young Latinx Raise $5.2 Million in COVID Relief for Undocumented People Shunned By Government

King County Unveils Plans to Shut Down CFJC Youth Detention Center and Seattle Jail by 2025, Activists Demand Closure Now

by Elizabeth Turnbull King County Executive Dow Constantine released a tweet on Tuesday, July 21, committing King County to converting all remaining youth detention units at the Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) to new uses by 2025 and to closing the Seattle jail. Activists welcomed the news but called for … Continue reading King County Unveils Plans to Shut Down CFJC Youth Detention Center and Seattle Jail by 2025, Activists Demand Closure Now

Staying Afloat: How Children of Immigrants Are Helping Family Restaurants Weather the Pandemic

by Sharon H. Chang It is a gratefully busy afternoon at Dim Sum King in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (ID). After months of being closed, a steady flow of customers comes in for takeout, following tape arrows on the floor to maintain six feet of distance. Michelle Cai is explaining how she drew reopening plans for … Continue reading Staying Afloat: How Children of Immigrants Are Helping Family Restaurants Weather the Pandemic

Black Women and Girls Center Their Voices at #SayHerName March

by Sharon H. Chang “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” —Malcolm X Speakers call out and loud voices respond, rising behind a sea of black, orange, and white face coverings. “Protect … Continue reading Black Women and Girls Center Their Voices at #SayHerName March

OPINION: Leschi Elementary Protests Black Principal’s Sudden Removal

On April 28, Leschi Elementary’s new principal, Lisa Moland, an African American woman, was abruptly removed from her position without explanation by Seattle Public Schools (SPS). The following is a letter by members of the Leschi Building Leadership Team (BLT), Racial Equity Team, and SEA Union Representatives who are protesting her removal, citing a history … Continue reading OPINION: Leschi Elementary Protests Black Principal’s Sudden Removal

Seattle Children’s March Evokes Legacy of Civil Rights Movement Youth

by Sharon H. Chang “When I say Black Lives, you say Matter. Black Lives–” “Matter!” “Black Lives–” “Matter!” Three thousand children and adults gathered at Garfield High School’s playfield on Saturday afternoon for the Seattle Children’s March to demand an end to police brutality, anti-Blackness, and systemic racism. The playfield was filled with children ranging … Continue reading Seattle Children’s March Evokes Legacy of Civil Rights Movement Youth

Hundreds of Families Hold Black Lives Matter Vigil at Leschi Elementary

by Sharon H. Chang Hundreds of families turned out for a moving Black Lives Matter vigil at Leschi Elementary Friday afternoon to remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other Black lives lost to police violence. Families came not only from Leschi Elementary, but also Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Meany … Continue reading Hundreds of Families Hold Black Lives Matter Vigil at Leschi Elementary