Category Archives: Social Justice

Georgia Stewart McDade: A Life Mightier Than Obstacles

by Sharon H. Chang

Georgia Stewart McDade has a mind bigger than the world and yet she is so easy to be around. Warm, friendly, full of smiles and stories, she’s irresistibly energetic and far younger than her years. Don’t be fooled though – cause she’s fierce as anything too. She is a Black woman who grew up in the segregated south, trail-blazed her entire life and doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon. Georgia is the first African American woman to earn a Ph. D. in English from the University of Washington. In addition to being a college educator for three decades she is a prolific poet and writer, has published three books, once traveled the world in six months, and is headed to Malawi for the first time where she will lecture at two universities. Oh. And she just turned 70. Continue reading Georgia Stewart McDade: A Life Mightier Than Obstacles

Life, Race and Politics After The Bernie Sanders Interruption

by Marcus Harrison Green and James Trimarco

The only time Marissa Janae Johnson ever doubted the interruption heard ’round the world came not long after she left a crowd of irate and disappointed Bernie Sanders supporters in a fury at downtown’s Westlake Park.

 

Read the entire article at the Seattle Weekly

Featured image Alex Garland

How Seattle is Feeding the Hungry This Winter

by Martha Baskin (this story originally appeared in Crosscut)

Take an easy stroll down Rainier Avenue just past Letitia and, depending on the hour, you’ll hear the sounds of Big Band music, hip-hop, reggae or even European classical wafting from a store front. Pause and you’ll hear laughter and animated chatter. The sounds aren’t from a trendy restaurant or club. Something different is happening here. Teens and adult volunteers are unloading boxes of a critical treasure that’s in surprisingly short supply for a city that prides itself on being progressive: food. This is the Rainier Valley Food Bank, a high-octane food distribution center whose mission is to provide healthy food for hungry neighbors.  Continue reading How Seattle is Feeding the Hungry This Winter

The March that Helped Usher in the Voting Rights Act of 1965

50 years ago this year the highly organized and visible protests against the ongoing oppression and violence that had kept voter registration of Blacks in Selma at 2% (300 out of 15,000 eligible voters) culminated in the march that started in Selma, Alabama and ended at the capital in Montgomery. The highly publicized march led ultimately to new remedial legislation and progress, highlighting the effectiveness of high profile actions in service of social change. Continue reading The March that Helped Usher in the Voting Rights Act of 1965

More Than Undocumented: “Modern Day Freedom Fighter” Maru Mora Villalpando

by Joseph C. Denton

Maru Mora Villalpando, 45, is a modern day freedom fighter.

Fearing the violence associated with the insecure political climate in Mexico City, Mexico, Villalpando fled to the U.S. in 1992. Today, the Washington-based leader is a single mother, community organizer, published journalist, and social activist. But there is more to her than meets the eye  – her immigration status. Continue reading More Than Undocumented: “Modern Day Freedom Fighter” Maru Mora Villalpando