Category Archives: Social Justice

What “Reel” Male Allyship Looks Like

by Reagan Jackson

The first time I got sent to the principal’s office it was for reading. In the midst of a messy Spanish lesson where the boy next to me literally spat on another boy, I pulled out my book and tried to disappear. My teacher’s voice cut across the chaos. “Get your things and go to the office.” The room went silent. It was one of the few times she spoke to us in English and her anger was palpable, as was my humiliation. Continue reading What “Reel” Male Allyship Looks Like

Touré: “Microaggressions are the Pennies of Racism”

by Chetanya Robinson

Once while he was working at MSNBC cultural critic Touré was on a team in charge of putting together a show on Black History Month. He found himself the only black person in the group of 15 people. One of them made a dismissive sound at the very idea of Black History Month. As Touré was grappling with what to do – call the person out for making a sound? – someone else said, “What about white history month?” Continue reading Touré: “Microaggressions are the Pennies of Racism”

4,000 Kids Are Homeless in King County Alone: What is the impact? What can be done?

by Kayla Blau

There is never a dull moment at our homeless shelter and transitional housing program. Mothers dot our waiting room, oftentimes on hour-long holds with DSHS or their pro-bono lawyer. Kids zip down the hallway and swing from our dated play structure. New families arrive with nothing but the clothes on their back and empty stomachs full of hope for change. Mothers are weighed down with endless to-do lists: find a new job, enroll kids in school, get school clothes and supplies, find food banks and health clinics, secure housing vouchers, go to court for parenting plans and restraining orders, the list seemingly never ends. They often note it’s a full-time job just to get the support they need while experiencing homelessness. They keep going, despite their own depression or PTSD, and model what it means to have hope for their children, again and again. The residual stress and crises reverberates through the building, and despite parent’s best efforts to shield their children from it, kids living in transition are deeply impacted by instability. Continue reading 4,000 Kids Are Homeless in King County Alone: What is the impact? What can be done?

Turning Tables for Justice and “Zero Harm”

by Anne Althauser 

After dashing through midday traffic from North Seattle to Seattle Center Monday afternoon (thanks a lot Joe Biden) on Monday, I finally arrived to a peaceful and energized group of folks standing in the rain circling Seattle’s Raging Grannies. As they sang songs about the opposition to King County’s plans to build a youth detention center on 12th and Alder in the Central District, with lyrics like “when jail is spelled L-O-V-E, oh how I want to be in that number, when jail is spelled L-O-V-E,” young and old united in prayer before European Dissent’s table turning action at Howard S. Wright. Continue reading Turning Tables for Justice and “Zero Harm”

American Dream Turned Foreclosure Nightmare, For Beacon Hill Resident

by Goorish Wibneh

(This article was originally published by the Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission)

Imagine your dreams of home ownership finally coming true. The bank qualifies you for a loan to buy a modest but perfect two bedroom craftsman on Beacon Hill. Continue reading American Dream Turned Foreclosure Nightmare, For Beacon Hill Resident

15 Under 30: Jerrell Davis “It Takes Time But You Can Change How Things Are”

(Note: This is the third in our 15 under 30 series, profiling 15 unsung millennials who are catalyst for social change in the greater Seattle region)

by Daria Kroupoderova

Community activist. Poet. Artist. Educator.  Twenty-three year old Jerrell Davis wears many hats in his Rainier Beach community.

Currently, Davis works as a servant-leader educator at Rainier Beach High School and also coaches basketball at three different elementary schools. He has also done work with the Rainier Beach Action Coalition. Continue reading 15 Under 30: Jerrell Davis “It Takes Time But You Can Change How Things Are”