Category Archives: Social Justice

MLK Celebration Honors Civil Rights Leaders and Elusive Dream

by Sharayah Lane

Approximately one hundred people gathered on Monday at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park to celebrate the 54th anniversary of Dr. King’s infamous “I Have a Dream” speech. It was a hot afternoon and, despite the unnecessary gaggle of SPD officers lingering in the parking lot across the hillside, everyone seemed to be in good spirits. Continue reading MLK Celebration Honors Civil Rights Leaders and Elusive Dream

After Charlottesville, Right Wing and Counter-Protestors Converge on Westlake

by Kelsey Hamlin

In the wake of a white supremacist rally in  Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, protesters gathered at Denny Park and marched to Westlake in Downtown Seattle yesterday to confront a right wing group called Patriot Prayer. On their way, however, protesters encountered human barricades of police, canisters of pepper spray, and flashbangs. Continue reading After Charlottesville, Right Wing and Counter-Protestors Converge on Westlake

Seattle Could be First in the Nation to Stop Rental Criminal History Discrimination

by Kelsey Hamlin

Update [8/14/2017, 5:40 p.m.]: Since this article was first published, the Seattle City Council officially passed the Fair Chance Housing Legislation on Monday afternoon, keeping the amendments. 

As it stands, one slice of the criminalization and homelessness cycle could shatter thanks to a Seattle City Council vote set for next week. Seattle would make history, becoming the first city in the nation prohibiting landlords from denying rentals to applicants based on criminal background.

Continue reading Seattle Could be First in the Nation to Stop Rental Criminal History Discrimination

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