Category Archives: Social Justice

Freedom School Immerses Students in Liberation Education

by Sharayah Lane

As the year comes to a close and the haze of an election filled with racism, sexism and xenophobia moves closer to an inaugural reality, walking into a freedom school is no doubt a revitalizing and liberating experience for south Seattle’s youth. Continue reading Freedom School Immerses Students in Liberation Education

Action Items for Those at a Loss, Part 2

by Kelsey Hamlin

As a new year approaches, people continue to ask what actions they can take to improve the lot of the world. Locally, a sea of community faces come together time and time again, but feel like they’re in some sort of limbo, no matter how much they want to help.

This is all unfortunately a reaction to the U.S. president-elect, Donald Trump, winning office despite running a campaign short on substantive policies and heavy on hateful rhetoric. Specific jobs, movements, identities, and people have already been targeted by his campaign and many fear it will only get worse. But what can people do? What can allies do? Continue reading Action Items for Those at a Loss, Part 2

Broken Regimens

One man’s story shows how mental health treatment is an uphill battle in jails and prisons

by Kelsey Hamlin

[This post was originally published with Real Change News.]

It was October 2015. Michael Hayes and two social workers met his lawyer at King County’s drug court. Everything was white: the walls, the marble floor, the ceiling. They waited for the court’s doors to open. Others slowly trickled in for their own appearances and held some small talk. Eventually, the small talk thinned out. So did the air. The weight of collective anticipation made the hallway feel like it wasn’t holding enough oxygen. Continue reading Broken Regimens

For Homeless Students, Transition to Housing No Easy Feat

by Kayla Blau

It was one of those crisp winter mornings when nothing was going according to schedule, and I was 15 minutes late to our meeting, cursing myself for how unprofessional it was. I had gotten caught up talking to a client at my job at a homeless shelter and was worried Tyra and Angel, the Seattle Public Schools staff I was meeting with, would judge me for my tardiness. Continue reading For Homeless Students, Transition to Housing No Easy Feat

LGBTQ Community Gathers Around Housing, Hope and Change

by Laurie Rocello Torres and Debbie Carlsen

On Saturday, November 19th, the LGBTQ community came together to discuss the impacts of the housing crisis at House of Queer: Housing (r)EVOLUTION, an intergenerational LGBTQ conference hosted by LGBTQ Allyship. Attendees gathered at the Senior Center of West Seattle to listen to community members impacted by homelessness and housing instability, seasoned workers in social services, and presenters from the Seattle Office of Civil Rights. Continue reading LGBTQ Community Gathers Around Housing, Hope and Change