Category Archives: Social Justice

Seahawk Bennett, BLM Founder Band With Community to Celebrate Charleena Lyles, Black Empowerment

by Sharayah Lane

Seattle Seahawk defensive end Michael Bennett joined several local organizers in bringing Seattle’s Black community together Saturday to showcase support for the family of Charleena Lyles, who was killed by Seattle police officers last month, and also celebrating financial empowerment at this year’s Power Summit: Building Black Wealth. Continue reading Seahawk Bennett, BLM Founder Band With Community to Celebrate Charleena Lyles, Black Empowerment

Global Islamophobia Awareness Day Takes on New Urgency Under Trump

by Yusheng Cai

What’s it like to organize an Islamophobia Awareness Day in the Trump era with the travel ban on six majority-Muslim countries taking effect just a month ago?

Ahlaam Ibraahim, the 19-year-old Somali American and founder of the Global Islamophobia Awareness Day, had an answer that might be surprising to some.    Continue reading Global Islamophobia Awareness Day Takes on New Urgency Under Trump

Seattle Celebrates Its First Latinx Pride

by DJ Martinez 

On Saturday July 22nd, Somos Seattle y Entre Hermanos held the first annual Latinx Pride in Seattle, as part of NW Pride of Color.

More than 200 community members united at Beacon Hill’s Plaza Roberto Maestas, being greeted by a blazing sun, rainbow flags, and papel picado. The event was hosted by La Gorda, who started it off by introducing Ray Corona of new organization Somos Seattle and Luis Fernandez Ramirez Limon of Entres Hermanos. Continue reading Seattle Celebrates Its First Latinx Pride

No Justice? No Celebration. Community Members Participate In Direct Action at SPD Community Picnic.

by DJ Martinez

On Saturday, July 8th, the North Precinct of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) held its annual community picnic.

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Considering recent events within the city and King County, including the fact that the Seattle Police Department is currently under investigation for the killing of Charleena Lyles and her unborn child, community members felt there was nothing to celebrate. Continue reading No Justice? No Celebration. Community Members Participate In Direct Action at SPD Community Picnic.

Hundreds Celebrate New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony

by Susan Fried (words and photos)

A beautiful sunny day greeted hundreds of family, friends and well wishers attending July 4th’s 2017 Naturalization Ceremony at Seattle Center.  Through rain or sunshine, the Center has hosted the event for more than 33 years. Tuesday morning’s festivities saw 506 people from 67 countries officially become US Citizens.   Continue reading Hundreds Celebrate New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony

9 Ways Non-Black Folks Can Show Up For Charleena Lyles

by Sharon H. Chang

*PLEASE NOTE* Womxn is a commonly used substitute (among others) to avoid using the suffix “-men”. Femme is more inclusive of the queer community.

  1. If you’re surprised this happened, check yourself.

And check your privilege. The same week Charleena Lyles was killed by police Tommy Le, mentally ill Vietnamese American, was shot and killed by King County sheriff for brandishing a pen. The same day Charleena Lyles was killed by police: 17-year-old Nabra Hassenan, Black Muslim woman, was beaten and murdered in Northern Virginia; and Dorian Taylor, Black gender non-conforming wheelchair user, was attacked by a white able-bodied man in Seattle for defending a friend the man was sexually harassing. Continue reading 9 Ways Non-Black Folks Can Show Up For Charleena Lyles

‘Murder is Murder’: Despite Reforms, Mourners Fear Justice Will Be Elusive for Charleena Lyles

by Sara Bernard

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

A fierce grief blanketed the crowd of hundreds who rallied Tuesday evening outside the Sand Point home of Charleena Lyles, two days after the pregnant mother of four was shot and killed by two Seattle police officers. Many family members sobbed as they described the sister, the cousin, or the neice they’d lost, their voices catching in their throats; several family members tried to speak, but wept for a minute or two before they could manage get any words out at all. When James Bible, the civil rights attorney representing the family, described what happened on Sunday, Lyles’ older sister, Monika Williams, dashed through the crowd, sobbing, “I can’t hear this anymore. I can’t hear this anymore.” Continue reading ‘Murder is Murder’: Despite Reforms, Mourners Fear Justice Will Be Elusive for Charleena Lyles