Category Archives: Social Justice

Homelessness: A Reality Somehow Dismissed

by Kelsey Hamlin

Preface: Before I begin this piece, it should be noted that the faces of homelessness are many, and remarkably different. They can range from five months old to 80 years old; they can be completely sober or battling addiction; they can be escaping abuse or unable to pay rent. The ways in which a person becomes homeless vary, and there is no one way to look at homelessness nor cover everybody it impacts. Homelessness is simply too broad, and there are too many who suffer from it.

With that, I present but one story of a homeless, single mother: Ronda Althaus.

“I’m not from here, so it was a lot scarier for me,” Ronda said, recalling her first official night out on the streets of Seattle with no place to stay. Her lips quivered and her voice shook as tears gathered in her eyes. “I felt in danger and at risk. I walked for hours in the rain, left my things. People are looking at you like you don’t belong.” Continue reading Homelessness: A Reality Somehow Dismissed

Moving Forward: Convening Envisions Ways to Stop Drug-Related Deaths

by Kelsey Hamlin

“There’s too many people dying,” said Ari Kohn, the director of the Post-Prison Education Program (PPEP).

Over the past couple of years, the Center for Disease Control has noted dramatic increases in deaths caused by overdosing with both illegal and prescribed opioids and heroin. Opioids can include things like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone. More people died from overdoses in 2014 than any year on record for the U.S. Heroin deaths also spiked in 2014 for Seattle specifically. Continue reading Moving Forward: Convening Envisions Ways to Stop Drug-Related Deaths

Before Trans Pride Begins, Trans Victim Speaks Out

by Kelsey Hamlin

A transitioning person was walking back to their car around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when they were attacked by a man who began the assault by saying “happy pride.”

The victim was Michael Volz, who had just left a fundraiser event at Capitol Hill’s Neumos meant to support the mass hate crime shooting of a gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando. Continue reading Before Trans Pride Begins, Trans Victim Speaks Out

Diagnosing Racism: Students for an Anti-Racist UW School of Medicine Forms, Holds Call to Action

by Kelsey Hamlin

“It started with medical student activism,” said University of Washington Assistant Professor Frederica Overstreet.

Over the course of one academic year, UW medical students formed Students for an Anti-Racist UW (SARU), School of Medicine. Continue reading Diagnosing Racism: Students for an Anti-Racist UW School of Medicine Forms, Holds Call to Action

Seattle Students Call for Nationwide Awakening on Campus Racism

by Marcus Harrison Green

(This article was originally published by YES! Magazine and has been reprinted with permission)

Day and night for more than a week, a multiracial coalition of Seattle University students has occupied the Jesuit university’s Matteo Ricci College to protest what it says is a long-standing campus climate of racial oppression.

Continue reading Seattle Students Call for Nationwide Awakening on Campus Racism