Category Archives: Social Justice

After Charlottesville, Right Wing and Counter-Protestors Converge on Westlake

by Kelsey Hamlin

In the wake of a white supremacist rally in  Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, protesters gathered at Denny Park and marched to Westlake in Downtown Seattle yesterday to confront a right wing group called Patriot Prayer. On their way, however, protesters encountered human barricades of police, canisters of pepper spray, and flashbangs. Continue reading After Charlottesville, Right Wing and Counter-Protestors Converge on Westlake

Seattle Could be First in the Nation to Stop Rental Criminal History Discrimination

by Kelsey Hamlin

Update [8/14/2017, 5:40 p.m.]: Since this article was first published, the Seattle City Council officially passed the Fair Chance Housing Legislation on Monday afternoon, keeping the amendments. 

As it stands, one slice of the criminalization and homelessness cycle could shatter thanks to a Seattle City Council vote set for next week. Seattle would make history, becoming the first city in the nation prohibiting landlords from denying rentals to applicants based on criminal background.

Continue reading Seattle Could be First in the Nation to Stop Rental Criminal History Discrimination

Seahawk Bennett, BLM Founder Band With Community to Celebrate Charleena Lyles, Black Empowerment

by Sharayah Lane

Seattle Seahawk defensive end Michael Bennett joined several local organizers in bringing Seattle’s Black community together Saturday to showcase support for the family of Charleena Lyles, who was killed by Seattle police officers last month, and also celebrating financial empowerment at this year’s Power Summit: Building Black Wealth. Continue reading Seahawk Bennett, BLM Founder Band With Community to Celebrate Charleena Lyles, Black Empowerment

Global Islamophobia Awareness Day Takes on New Urgency Under Trump

by Yusheng Cai

What’s it like to organize an Islamophobia Awareness Day in the Trump era with the travel ban on six majority-Muslim countries taking effect just a month ago?

Ahlaam Ibraahim, the 19-year-old Somali American and founder of the Global Islamophobia Awareness Day, had an answer that might be surprising to some.    Continue reading Global Islamophobia Awareness Day Takes on New Urgency Under Trump

Seattle Celebrates Its First Latinx Pride

by DJ Martinez 

On Saturday July 22nd, Somos Seattle y Entre Hermanos held the first annual Latinx Pride in Seattle, as part of NW Pride of Color.

More than 200 community members united at Beacon Hill’s Plaza Roberto Maestas, being greeted by a blazing sun, rainbow flags, and papel picado. The event was hosted by La Gorda, who started it off by introducing Ray Corona of new organization Somos Seattle and Luis Fernandez Ramirez Limon of Entres Hermanos. Continue reading Seattle Celebrates Its First Latinx Pride

No Justice? No Celebration. Community Members Participate In Direct Action at SPD Community Picnic.

by DJ Martinez

On Saturday, July 8th, the North Precinct of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) held its annual community picnic.

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Considering recent events within the city and King County, including the fact that the Seattle Police Department is currently under investigation for the killing of Charleena Lyles and her unborn child, community members felt there was nothing to celebrate. Continue reading No Justice? No Celebration. Community Members Participate In Direct Action at SPD Community Picnic.

Hundreds Celebrate New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony

by Susan Fried (words and photos)

A beautiful sunny day greeted hundreds of family, friends and well wishers attending July 4th’s 2017 Naturalization Ceremony at Seattle Center.  Through rain or sunshine, the Center has hosted the event for more than 33 years. Tuesday morning’s festivities saw 506 people from 67 countries officially become US Citizens.   Continue reading Hundreds Celebrate New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony