Photos by Alex Garland
Story by Aaron Burkhalter
Emma Klein stood in a line of people locked together at the wrists outside of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters on the 29th floor of a building in Downtown Seattle Aug. 8. She was one of 10 people blocking two entrances into the office to disrupt business for ICE to protest the escalating actions against people seeking asylum and undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Continue reading PHOTOS: Jewish Activists Say ‘Never Again Is Now’ At Rally Downtown
by Casey Jaywork
In the early morning of July 13, Tacoma police shot and killed Seattle-area man Willem Van Spronsen at the Northwest Detention Center, where the federal government imprisons refugees awaiting deportation. According to police statements published in various media, Van Spronsen was in a parking area attempting to damage vehicles used to facilitate prisoner transport, carrying a rifle and throwing “incendiary devices” near a propane tank. No one except Van Spronsen — shot and killed by police — was physically harmed.
Continue reading OPINION: Willem Van Spronsen and John Brown Both Chose to Die Opposing Human Bondage
by Brett Hamil
Last night my wife tucked the toddler into bed as she normally does then headed out for a meeting. I sat in the studio downstairs and listened to him scream for his mommy for about 15 or 20 minutes, a feral, throat-shredding yowl that didn’t let up. I tried to go in and comfort him several times but he wasn’t having it. “I want Mommy! I need mommy!” he wailed, kicking his legs and flailing his arms and clawing at his face.
Continue reading Parenting in the Shadow of American Concentration Camps
by Susan Fried
More than 500 people from 80 countries marked Independence Day by becoming U.S. Citizens at the 35th Annual Naturalization Ceremony July 4 at the Seattle Center. Hundreds came out to witness the event.
Continue reading More than 500 Become U.S. Citizens at Seattle Center on July 4
by Hannah Myrick
Communities across King County risk being undercounted in the upcoming census because of fear around a potential citizenship question, according to organizations that work with undercounted populations in Washington.
Continue reading Local, State Organizations Encourage Inclusion of Communities in Midst of 2020 Census Fears
(This article was originally published on The Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission)
photos by Sharon H. Chang
Hundreds of people turned out in Seattle last week for the annual May Day March for Immigrants and Workers.
Continue reading PHOTOS: Hundreds March for Immigrants and Workers on May Day
by Georgia S. McDade
Book-It Repertory Theatre’s production of Willa Cather’s novel My Antonia at Center House can make you feel good.
Unlike two recent productions, University of Washington’s Incident at Vichy and Seattle Repertory Theatre’s A 1000 Splendid Suns — both superb, but decidedly less than humorous — My Antonia has many funny parts. Antonia Shimerda and Jim Burden face crises just as characters do in the other works, but here, there is breathing space. Adult Jim’s nostalgia figures prominently, as the play is based on memories dating back to the time 10-year-old Jim and 14-year-old Antonia meet.
Continue reading Book-It Repertory Theatre’s My Antonia Draws Connection to Today’s Immigration Story