by Alex Garland
After weeks of protests, the Washington Department of Corrections lifted a ban on used books that had been quietly implemented in mid-March. The ban blocked nonprofits who sent books to prisoners. The policy reversal followed an onslaught of news coverage, including a report from the Seattle Times that found that the DOC’s claims that the books were used to transport contraband were untrue.
Continue reading DOC Ended the Book Ban, but the Media Celebrated Too Soon
Story and photos by Susan Fried
More than a thousand people crowded into Temple De Hirsch Sinai while at least as many filled the street outside the synagogue during a vigil for the 11 people killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, October 27.
Continue reading PHOTOS: Seattle Mourns Eleven Killed in Pittsburgh Shooting at Tree of Life
by Bryan Nakata
A new survey by the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs shows that almost half of the immigrants surveyed in Seattle do not know how or where to register vote, a community that already votes at lower rates than U.S.-born residents.
Continue reading Study: Lack of Information, Language Barriers Keep Immigrants from Voting
by Kelsey Hamlin
It’s a familiar scene for members of the Civil Rights Coalition: small businesses collapsing, friends and neighbors falling into poverty and the job market providing no way out. Continue reading Civil Rights Coalition Working with Gov. on New 2016 Statewide Disparity Study