Category Archives: Social Justice

Beacon Hill Photojournalist Returns From Standing Rock With Tales of Steadfast Resistance

by Kelsey Hamlin

Alex Garland is a freelance photojournalist in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, and frequently publishes his photos in the South Seattle Emerald. He recently returned from his second trip to Standing Rock, North Dakota where the struggle against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline has galvanized sustained resistance among Native American tribes. Many of the water protectors have had pepper spray and water hoses deployed on them. Garland, who usually lets his photos to do the talking, agreed to a Q&A about his time interviewing over fifty protectors at the Standing Rock encampment. Continue reading Beacon Hill Photojournalist Returns From Standing Rock With Tales of Steadfast Resistance

What It’s Like To Be an Activist Parent, Post-Election

by Sharon H. Chang

ON ELECTION DAY I had every intention of getting my 7-year-old to bed on time. But we stayed up late glued to the TV. It felt critical. Eventually he passed out exhausted on the futon while my husband and I continued to stare horrified at the screen. After our worst fears were confirmed, my husband carried our boy downstairs and laid him in bed. Continue reading What It’s Like To Be an Activist Parent, Post-Election

The New Woke (Part Three) Moving Into the Beyond: A Revolutionary Awakening

An Interview Series with Human Performance Specialist Berwick “Mahdi” Davenport

*Read Part One: Breaking Through Ego and Part Two: Stepping Into Our Power*

by Dustin Washington

On Nov 8th, 2016 we elected Donald Trump as our 45th President. His election ought to serve as a wakeup call for all of us who care about justice and love.

The uncut authenticity of Trump’s xenophobic, anti-Muslim, misogynistic, racist and generally brilliantly stupid campaign message stripped away any pretense of who we are as a nation. His election to the highest office of the land revealed the persistence of white supremacy and patriarchy, and exposed the true nature of power within a predatory capitalist country. Continue reading The New Woke (Part Three) Moving Into the Beyond: A Revolutionary Awakening

Report Back Fundraiser Showcases Local Solidarity With Standing Rock’s Native American Protectors

by Kelsey Hamlin

Washington Hall was filled with a sea of diverse faces Sunday night, showing up to raise money and collect winter items for protectors in North Dakota.

The state has a Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) being built through Native American, Sioux tribal land. It’s also set to carry 470,000 barrels of oil a day from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota and Iowa into Illinois. Currently, the protectors are still working to stop the pipeline, but continue to be slammed with legal fees in the process. Continue reading Report Back Fundraiser Showcases Local Solidarity With Standing Rock’s Native American Protectors

Black Lives Matter in The Classroom: The Journaling of a Movement

by Donte Felder

[The following is a personal chronicle of last week’s teacher led Black Lives Matter demonstration that took place at Seattle public schools citywide.]

October 12, 2016

Dear Journal,

I am  shocked that the SEA (Seattle Education Association) Representative Assembly voted unanimously to endorse a collective statement that Black Lives Matter.  I’m also cautiously optimistic that Seattle Public Schools got on board and has also endorsed the day of “Solidarity” by proclaiming, “we stand united in eliminating the opportunity gap.” Continue reading Black Lives Matter in The Classroom: The Journaling of a Movement