Category Archives: Social Justice

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

Beacon Hill Photojournalist Returns From Standing Rock With Tales of Steadfast Resistance

by Kelsey Hamlin

Alex Garland is a freelance photojournalist in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, and frequently publishes his photos in the South Seattle Emerald. He recently returned from his second trip to Standing Rock, North Dakota where the struggle against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline has galvanized sustained resistance among Native American tribes. Many of the water protectors have had pepper spray and water hoses deployed on them. Garland, who usually lets his photos to do the talking, agreed to a Q&A about his time interviewing over fifty protectors at the Standing Rock encampment. Continue reading Beacon Hill Photojournalist Returns From Standing Rock With Tales of Steadfast Resistance

What It’s Like To Be an Activist Parent, Post-Election

by Sharon H. Chang

ON ELECTION DAY I had every intention of getting my 7-year-old to bed on time. But we stayed up late glued to the TV. It felt critical. Eventually he passed out exhausted on the futon while my husband and I continued to stare horrified at the screen. After our worst fears were confirmed, my husband carried our boy downstairs and laid him in bed. Continue reading What It’s Like To Be an Activist Parent, Post-Election