Category Archives: Social Justice

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

Reconsidering Tough-on-Crime: An Interview with Al O’Brien

by Noemie Maxwell

“Simply stated, we should tell our political representatives that they will have the best outcomes, regarding criminal justice issues, when they base their decisions on empirical evidence about “what works” rather than on knee jerk reactions to the crime of the week. There is no doubt in my mind that our overtaxed prison system is primarily the fault of politicians trying to show their constituents that they are tough on crime. And both political parties are responsible as well. I would like to say that I am innocent of doing the same thing, but I am not. Continue reading Reconsidering Tough-on-Crime: An Interview with Al O’Brien

Injustice Anywhere

by James Akbar Williams, Columnist

Defiant and resilient chants made the air heavy in Downtown Seattle on Tuesday October 13th.  From the sidewalk of Marion and 2nd Ave, twenty-five floors below the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Seattle Field office windows, activists and organizers from Western Washington’s black and brown communities came together to speak with one voice.  They came together to express outrage and condemnation of this country’s inhuman Deportation and Detention policies.   Continue reading Injustice Anywhere