by Alex Garland (words and photos)
At the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), a privately-operated immigration prison owned by GEOGroup, in Tacoma, a protest is growing exponentially. Over the weekend, nearly 220 detainees joined 30 fellow detainees already involved in a hunger strike to protest living conditions and concerns over the COVID-19 virus, especially in cramped, unhygienic conditions.
Continue reading New Hunger Strike Draws Attention to Health Conditions at Northwest Detention Center
by Kamna Shastri
Mohamed Abdi paces the front of the room with his bright red sneakers. He is gearing up to speak to a gathering of Youth Development service providers and executives in Olympia for Youth Advocacy Day. When he begins to talk, he has a conversational ease that overpowers any nerves he may have had. Continue reading Youth Advocacy Day Sees Youth Development Organizations Lobby for More Institutional Support in Olympia
by Chloe Collyer
At 12:55 p.m. Garfield High School hallways are silent, that is until the first students begin to flow out of their classrooms for lunch. The front steps quickly become flooded with bodies grasping onto backpacks and electronic devices. Continue reading After Zimmerman Lawsuit, Garfield BSU Rallies In Support of Trayvon Martin’s Family
by Susan Fried (words and photos)
It’s been twenty years since I photographed some of the events surrounding the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Seattle in November 1999. Lots of people who remember it at all, think of it as the “Battle in Seattle,” or the WTO riots,but my memories are of a mostly-peaceful protest attended by over 40 thousand people that thought like me; that believed in livable wages, safe working conditions, and protecting the environment. It was one of the most empowering events of my life. There were people representing labor, the environment, farmers, NGO’s, student and religious groups–all there to speak out against an organization that they believed had too much control over everyday people’s lives. They believed that–as one of the chants the protestors used–said, “Another World is Possible.” Continue reading OPINION: Remembering the Battle in Seattle 20 Years Later
by Guy Oron
Azure Savage is an author, activist and senior at Garfield High School. Savage recently published You Failed Us: Students of Color Talk Seattle Schools, a memoir and oral history of his and 40 other students of color’s experiences with racism in the Seattle Public Schools district. The book confronts Seattle’s education system and shows how programs, such as the advanced learning program, harm students of color. Continue reading Q&A: Student, Author and Activist Azure Savage Discusses Racism and Centering Students of Color at Seattle Public Schools
by Yijin Kim
(This article was originally published in The Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission)
Despite the rapid growth of employment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs in the United States, Black workers continue to be underrepresented in the field. Among employed adults with a higher education degree, Black workers make up only 7% of the STEM workforce — which is less than the percentage of Black workers in the workforce overall — according to the recent study by the Pew Research Center. Continue reading Conversations on Tech and Social Justice: Bekah Marcum
by Kimberly Goode
Chevon Powell’s love for the outdoors started at a young age. At three years old, she stepped onto the grounds at Camp Janus and knew she had discovered a place unlike any other in her life. Based in Houston, this camp is for burn survivors. And for Powell, it was a refuge. She was surrounded by people who looked like her and was free from the stares her scars regularly attracted.
Continue reading Refuge Outdoor Festival Fosters Healing and Community for People of Color
by Naomi Ishisaka
Chanting “Say it loud, say it clear, equal education here,” students from Rainier Beach High School led a walkout on the first day of school.
Around 60 students from different schools including Rainier Beach rallied at the Rainier Beach Community Center on Wednesday to protest inequalities in education funding, inadequate school funding in general and disparities in educational access for Black and Latinx students.
Continue reading On First Day of School, Seattle Students Walk Out Demanding Equal Education
by Carla Bell
Prompted by the state murder of Mike Brown in 2014, and the public outcry and protests that followed, Pecha Kucha Seattle, in collaboration with Northwest African American Museum and the Facebook group Seattle People of Color Salon, produced Pecha Kucha Vol. 56, #Ferguson, gathering hundreds of Seattleites to pour out their hearts. Pecha Kucha Vol. 66 #BlackLivesMatter: The Movement for Black Lives, held at Seattle University in 2015, was a time to “explore the past, present and future impact of the movement in Seattle, across the United States, and around the world.”
Continue reading Pecha Kucha — 20 Frames at 20 Seconds to Hold Life-Changing Conversations
by Rosalind Brazel
On June 19, Marination Mobile celebrated its 10th anniversary with a few hundred of its closest friends. The packed parking lot full of revelers outside of Columbia City’s Super Six was treated to Marination’s well-crafted sliders and tacos.
Continue reading A 10-Year Marination Makes for a Meaty Anniversary Celebration