Category Archives: Social Justice

It’s Time For A Renewed Poor People’s Campaign

by Frances Lukas

Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign to improve the conditions of life for the poor in America, a convergence of events around the globe is demanding our attention.  Many of these current events may seem to be unrelated, but there are connections if you take a step back and look more closely. The setup: 50 years after the civil rights movement and the beginning of a popular ecological movement and immediately after America elects its first Black president—twice—the US (by way of the electoral college) elects a racist, climate-change-denying proxy for extraction industries and corrupt financial institutions to the White House. Things are looking worse for the poor, just when they were looking better. What happened? And more importantly, in the words of Dr. King: “Where do we go from here?” Continue reading It’s Time For A Renewed Poor People’s Campaign

Real Change Creates Resource Guide for the Unhoused

by Susan Fried

On Tuesday, March 4, Real Change began distributing The Emerald City Resource Guide, a 126-page directory of services available to people experiencing homelessness. Although unhoused people often have phones or can use computers at the library, they frequently have no reliable access to technology. The pocket-sized resource guide is designed to provide information on where to find shelter, hygiene services, food, and healthcare services. Continue reading Real Change Creates Resource Guide for the Unhoused

Clergy Endeavor to Turn Tables on Ice

by Carolyn Bick

Whenever he has a spare moment, Gerardo Guzman travels to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office in Tukwila, Washington, to fight for his community.

Guzman is the pastor at El Dios Viviente United Methodist Church in Highland Park, a predominantly Hispanic congregation that worships just a breath away from the government agency’s field office. Some of Guzman’s congregation are undocumented. Too many times, he said, he has seen families in his community torn apart by deportation. Continue reading Clergy Endeavor to Turn Tables on Ice

Protestors Gather at Amazon Distribution Center over Status of Amazon Flex Workers

by Will Sweger

How do you threaten the business operation of the richest man in the world in his own backyard? With a mask.

On Saint Patrick’s Day, protestors gathered outside the Amazon Distribution Center in Georgetown. Their target wasn’t passing motorists on Marginal Way, but delivery drivers who work as independent contractors for the retail giant. Continue reading Protestors Gather at Amazon Distribution Center over Status of Amazon Flex Workers

African American Doctoral Scholars Initiative Creates Support System for Black PhDs

by Reagan Jackson

“What would it be like if every institution of higher education put in their mission statements that they were anti-racist?” asked Dr. Deniece Dortch, an Assistant Professor at George Washington University, in a recent interview about her work with black doctoral students. Continue reading African American Doctoral Scholars Initiative Creates Support System for Black PhDs

Immigration Activist Says Her Deportation Case Violates First Amendment Rights

by Goorish Wibneh

(This article was originally published by The Seattle Globalist)

Dozens came to downtown Seattle Thursday to support Maru Mora-Villapando in her first hearing in immigration court, since the federal government started deportation proceedings against the immigration activist. Continue reading Immigration Activist Says Her Deportation Case Violates First Amendment Rights

“Women Hold Up the Whole Sky”: Seattle’s International Women’s Day Celebrations

by Susan Fried (words and photos)

Thursday saw no shortage of International Women’s Day celebrations across Seattle. Some celebrants braved the rain to rally for an end to violence against women and capitalism, some honored local change makers championing women’s rights, while others highlighted the continued struggles of women worldwide. Continue reading “Women Hold Up the Whole Sky”: Seattle’s International Women’s Day Celebrations