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
by Anika Tse
Seattle native Tali Hairston’s life has been dedicated to listening to marginalized community members. Two Saturday’s ago he helped an audience at Whatcom Community College understand how to do the same in his talk entitled “Just Listening: Hearing the Voices of the Marginalized.” Continue reading For Seattle Organzier, Listening Spurs Change
by Joseph C. Denton
According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga’s recently authorized the force feeding of ten detainees being held under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authority. Continue reading Federal Judge Approves Force Feeding of Detainees, Sheds Light on Local Anti-Deportation Movement
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.
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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
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
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