by Anika Tse
Seattle native Tali Hairston’s life has been dedicated to listening to marginalized community members. Two Saturday’s ago he helped an audience at Whatcom Community College understand how to do the same in his talk entitled “Just Listening: Hearing the Voices of the Marginalized.” Continue reading For Seattle Organzier, Listening Spurs Change
by Joseph C. Denton
According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga’s recently authorized the force feeding of ten detainees being held under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authority. Continue reading Federal Judge Approves Force Feeding of Detainees, Sheds Light on Local Anti-Deportation Movement
by Marcus Harrison Green and James Trimarco
The only time Marissa Janae Johnson ever doubted the interruption heard ’round the world came not long after she left a crowd of irate and disappointed Bernie Sanders supporters in a fury at downtown’s Westlake Park.
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by Martha Baskin (this story originally appeared in Crosscut)
Take an easy stroll down Rainier Avenue just past Letitia and, depending on the hour, you’ll hear the sounds of Big Band music, hip-hop, reggae or even European classical wafting from a store front. Pause and you’ll hear laughter and animated chatter. The sounds aren’t from a trendy restaurant or club. Something different is happening here. Teens and adult volunteers are unloading boxes of a critical treasure that’s in surprisingly short supply for a city that prides itself on being progressive: food. This is the Rainier Valley Food Bank, a high-octane food distribution center whose mission is to provide healthy food for hungry neighbors. Continue reading How Seattle is Feeding the Hungry This Winter
50 years ago this year the highly organized and visible protests against the ongoing oppression and violence that had kept voter registration of Blacks in Selma at 2% (300 out of 15,000 eligible voters) culminated in the march that started in Selma, Alabama and ended at the capital in Montgomery. The highly publicized march led ultimately to new remedial legislation and progress, highlighting the effectiveness of high profile actions in service of social change. Continue reading The March that Helped Usher in the Voting Rights Act of 1965
by Joseph C. Denton
Maru Mora Villalpando, 45, is a modern day freedom fighter.
Fearing the violence associated with the insecure political climate in Mexico City, Mexico, Villalpando fled to the U.S. in 1992. Today, the Washington-based leader is a single mother, community organizer, published journalist, and social activist. But there is more to her than meets the eye – her immigration status. Continue reading More Than Undocumented: “Modern Day Freedom Fighter” Maru Mora Villalpando
by Noemie Maxwell
“Simply stated, we should tell our political representatives that they will have the best outcomes, regarding criminal justice issues, when they base their decisions on empirical evidence about “what works” rather than on knee jerk reactions to the crime of the week. There is no doubt in my mind that our overtaxed prison system is primarily the fault of politicians trying to show their constituents that they are tough on crime. And both political parties are responsible as well. I would like to say that I am innocent of doing the same thing, but I am not. Continue reading Reconsidering Tough-on-Crime: An Interview with Al O’Brien