Category Archives: Social Justice

Columbia City Ale House Employee Detained by ICE Agents

by Carolyn Bick and Alex Garland

Miguel Martinez decided to work a double shift at Columbia City Ale House Tuesday. He was tired, but looking forward to getting home to his children, who are visiting from Florida, where they live with their mother. Ambling outside into the sunshine for a quick break and to move his car before his next shift began, Martinez met with the last thing he’d expected: two Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents dressed in plainclothes. Continue reading Columbia City Ale House Employee Detained by ICE Agents

Over 400 Immigrants in Seattle Naturalized on the Fourth of July

by Susan Fried

In the midst of continued protests and uncertainty over the Trump administration’s policies around immigration and an unprecedented backlog of pending citizen applications, 498 people from 84 countries became United States citizens at the annual Fourth of July Naturalization Ceremony at Seattle Center.

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Red Flag Laws Should Not Target Mental Illness

by Brian Bergen-Aurand

Following last week’s murder of five journalists at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, several more states have passed or are seriously considering passing “red flag laws” or Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs). Such laws allow police officers, family members, and domestic or intimate partners to petition courts to temporarily remove firearms from a person they claim may present a danger to themselves or others. A judge determines the validity and (if so deemed) length of the removal. Many states limit the restriction to a maximum of one year and allow for appeals.

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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?

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Thousands Gather in SeaTac for Nationwide “Families Belong Together” Rally

by Alex Garland

In a show of unity and solidarity Saturday, thousands of demonstrators gathered at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center to protest current immigration policies, the mistreatment of immigrant families, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) practice of separating children from their parents.

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“Lawyer Moms” Urging Congress to Find Humane Resolution to Refugee Crisis

by Carolyn Bick

Looking ahead, it’s easy to see where the nation’s current zero-tolerance policy regarding immigrant detention could land us, Erin Baker Albanese said. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that Japanese and Japanese-American families suffered the same thing in World War II internment camps. Continue reading “Lawyer Moms” Urging Congress to Find Humane Resolution to Refugee Crisis