Category Archives: Social Justice

‘Murder is Murder’: Despite Reforms, Mourners Fear Justice Will Be Elusive for Charleena Lyles

by Sara Bernard

(This article was originally published by the Seattle Weekly and has been reprinted with permission)

A fierce grief blanketed the crowd of hundreds who rallied Tuesday evening outside the Sand Point home of Charleena Lyles, two days after the pregnant mother of four was shot and killed by two Seattle police officers. Many family members sobbed as they described the sister, the cousin, or the neice they’d lost, their voices catching in their throats; several family members tried to speak, but wept for a minute or two before they could manage get any words out at all. When James Bible, the civil rights attorney representing the family, described what happened on Sunday, Lyles’ older sister, Monika Williams, dashed through the crowd, sobbing, “I can’t hear this anymore. I can’t hear this anymore.” Continue reading ‘Murder is Murder’: Despite Reforms, Mourners Fear Justice Will Be Elusive for Charleena Lyles

Five Months Later, Amazon subcontractor SIS Takes Small Steps to Remedy Worker Mistreatment

by Kelsey Hamlin

When workers allied with SEIU in February, it came to light that, for the second time, Amazon contractor Security Industry Specialists (SIS) was allegedly discriminating against its own workers. After months of continued action, Muslim employees were finally given a list of accessible prayer rooms, but some still face repercussions for taking a stand. Continue reading Five Months Later, Amazon subcontractor SIS Takes Small Steps to Remedy Worker Mistreatment

Why We Can’t Just Fight for Wage Increases

by Jonathan Rosenblum

$15 is not enough; Seattle needs a massive public housing program

When New York City fast food workers first hoisted the $15 minimum wage banner in late 2012, quite a few pundits called the demand absurdly ambitious. But thanks to worker walkouts, demonstrations, marches, and lobbying during the last 4 ½ years, more than 17 million low-wage workers in the US have won pay increases, and 10 million of those will see their hourly pay rise to $15 in the next few years. Continue reading Why We Can’t Just Fight for Wage Increases

Anti-Racist and LGBTQIA+ Speaker Cancels Town Hall Appearance Due to Death Threats

by Kelsey Hamlin

Citing safety concerns, author and professor Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor cancelled her event at Town Hall last Wednesday, due to death threats aimed at  her and her family.

Taylor, who was touring in support of her book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, also cancelled an appearance at UC Berkeley that was to take place later in the week. Continue reading Anti-Racist and LGBTQIA+ Speaker Cancels Town Hall Appearance Due to Death Threats

Seattle Homeless Struggling with Addiction Find Shelter in Aurora’s Tiny House Village

by Miasmin Andre

The Low Barrier Approach

In just one year, Seattle’s homeless population has grown by over 900 people, according to a count done across the Seattle/King County area in January 2017.

There are currently 11,643 individuals in Seattle living with no home. Continue reading Seattle Homeless Struggling with Addiction Find Shelter in Aurora’s Tiny House Village

Students’ Year-long Social Justice Projects Combat Islamophobia and Racial, Gender Stereotypes

by Kelsey Hamlin

A group of hodge podge high schoolers at The Center School spent their entire senior year preparing for last Friday’s presentations focused on social justice. The rooms were speckled with vibrant hair colors, fabulous femmes, amazingly creative clothing and immaculate make-up. Continue reading Students’ Year-long Social Justice Projects Combat Islamophobia and Racial, Gender Stereotypes