Category Archives: History

Independence Day History Lesson

by Bri Little

(This article originally appeared in Real Change and has been republished with permission.)

Never is America’s hypocrisy and exclusionary nature more visible than on the Fourth of July. Since its inception, this country has largely disregarded the highly aspirational human rights decree, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Are these renowned words from the Declaration of Independence truths? Are they self-evident?

Continue reading Independence Day History Lesson

The Story of Seattle’s Black and Tan Club and Those Who Owned It

by Ashley Harrison

As we have been working to build a future where Hillman City’s Black & Tan Hall serves as a thriving neighborhood restaurant, music venue, and community cultural space, a group of partner-owners at the Hall have also been exploring Seattle’s past and the history of the Black and Tan Club. Along the way, we have made some surprising discoveries about the founders of that famous venue and the role it has played in the history of our city. Continue reading The Story of Seattle’s Black and Tan Club and Those Who Owned It

Vietnamese Veterans Continue to Feel War’s Lasting Impact

by Jeff Nguyen

Every year a huge celebration for Vietnamese veterans is held in Orange County, California. My grandfather, a veteran of the Vietnam War and proud member of the Vietnamese community, watches it religiously, staring intensely at the TV set. The pride on his face is evident as the color guard marches on stage carrying a bright yellow flag emblazoned with three red stripes.

He changes the channel to watch news about Vietnam’s state of affairs. Today it’s a mix between President Barack Obama’s recent visit to eat Pho with Anthony Bourdain and the arrests of more native journalists and bloggers, their faces forming a mosaic as the network illustrates the scale of the crackdown.

In a sense, he is still home and war hasn’t ended. Continue reading Vietnamese Veterans Continue to Feel War’s Lasting Impact

Seattle’s Not So Hidden History of Racism

by Nikkita Oliver 

Seattle is often hailed as the bastion of progressive bliss and liberal hope. When I go home to Indianapolis, Indiana, people often comment on how progressive and liberal Seattlelites are up here in the great Northwest. When I hear such comments I often ask, “Progressive or liberal as compared to what?” If the rest of the country (especially Indiana) is our measuring stick, we really aren’t doing so well. Continue reading Seattle’s Not So Hidden History of Racism

31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #31: The Revolution Continues

By Anne Althauser

I know as women we can relate to this feeling: the feeling of wanting to do it all, then signing up to do it all, then feeling completely overcome by the weight of it all.

I felt this last week as I lay crying myself to sleep as the world and everything I had committed to in it felt too overwhelming. “I’ve signed up for too much. I can’t possibly do everything I said I would. Where do I even start?” I thought to myself. With the article I said I would write, the interview I said I would do, the dryer I said I would fix, the doctor appointment I said I would make, the groceries I said I would pick up, the class I said I would attend, or the friends and family I said I would make time to see?  Continue reading 31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #31: The Revolution Continues

31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #30: Olivia Smith

By Mari Kim

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ll be posting one story each day of March written by local citizen journalists about a revolutionary woman from history or today who has inspired them as women.

I met Olivia Smith at a Valley & Mountain celebration last summer. As a college student attending Seattle University (SU), she was selected to participate in the Ministry Internship Project sponsored by the United Methodist Church. Spending the summer with us, she was invited to explore the possibility of a call to ministry. She was required to secure a lay mentor, and invited me to journey with her. I found Olivia to be beyond exceptional. Her vibrant spirit and incisive mind created understanding and insights that were compelling, but it was her heart – open and empathetic and unwilling to be hardened with despair – that struck me with unusual hope. She inspired me with who I was encountering her to be. As an academic, I understood why this college student had been awarded so many exceptional recognitions. She was an intern for Adam Smith, is the recipient of the Sullivan Leadership Award at Seattle University, the Washington State Truman Scholarship (a national scholarship for students who will pursue a career in public service; it provides money for grad school and a network), and won the prestigious Fastpitch Competition which takes place in front of hundreds of local and national innovators. Hosted by Social Venture Partners, Olivia ranked 1st among the college students presenting by mastering a 5-minute presentation about her work with the Youth Ambassadors organization and received $5,000 in funding.  Continue reading 31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #30: Olivia Smith

31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #29: Buffy Sainte-Marie

By Kris Malone Grossman

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ll be posting one story each day of March written by local citizen journalists about a revolutionary woman from history or today who has inspired them as women.

“My country ’tis of thy people you’re dying”

Perhaps you recognize this lyric as that of award-winning Cree activist/singer-songwriter/educator/visual artist Buffy Sainte-Marie, whom you may know from her 1970s Sesame Street lactivism or her current album Power in the Blood, nominated for three Juno Awards. However you may know her, Sainte-Marie has been racking up awards (Oscar, Golden Globe, Juno) ever since her debut album, It’s My Way!, rocked the airwaves in 1964, when Billboard Mag voted her Best New Artist—the same year the Beatles hit the U.S.   Continue reading 31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #29: Buffy Sainte-Marie