Tag Archives: Social Justice

PHOTOS: Valentine’s Day Rally Loves the Youth and Hates the Jail

photos by Naomi Ishisaka, report by Emerald Staff

Standing under a banner that read “Love the youth, hate the jail,” activists called for continued resistance to King County’s existing youth criminal justice strategies, including the construction of a new youth jail at 12th Avenue and Alder Street.

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El Centro Unveils Bronze Bust of Martin Luther King Jr.

by Susan Fried

El Centro de la Raza to unveiled and dedicated a bust of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Plaza Roberto Maestas on Feb. 1, the first day of Black History Month. The bust was a gift from the sculpture Jeff Day.

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Black Lives Matter at School Grew from Local Event to National Movement

Week-long event kicks off Feb. 4 to coincide with Black History Month

by Carolyn Bick

Just a few years ago, Black Lives Matter at School was a Seattle-area-only day of action. Now, it has become a national, week-long movement, with almost 30 cities and hundreds of schools participating.

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Affirmative Action Returning to Washington Ballots

Initiative 1000 seeks to reverse the impact Initiative 200 had in the 1990s.

by Sharayah Lane

As Carl Livingston stood behind the curtain, he took deep breaths, prayed and worked (in vain) to calm his nerves. In a few moments he, a Black man, would be going out in front of hundreds to debate a white man on the merits of Affirmative Action in the state of Washington.

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Black Autistics Exist: An Argument for Intersectional Disability Justice

by ChrisTiana ObeySumner

After more than a decade advocating for Intersectional Disability Justice, I received the honor of being voted the first Co-Chair of the Seattle Disabilities Commission who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color. Ever since, I have turbo-charged my advocacy and study of intersectional disability and fought for the amplification of voices and lived experiences of people whose intersectionality included one or more disability, a non-White racial identity, and other socially marginalized intersections. This work has also brought to light the horrendous lack of awareness or representation of intersectionally disabled people — especially Black Autistic folks like myself.

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OPINION: Green Pathways Means So Much More Than Just Jobs

by Got Green Executive Director Jill Mangaliman

Growing up in Seattle, I was a youth who didn’t feel like I had a future. It was a feeling that I was heading into a dead end and failing in this economy, that I couldn’t take care of myself and my family. I felt alone in this feeling, stuck and exhausted. It wasn’t until I joined Got Green in 2009, that I started to feel like my presence and opinions mattered, that I didn’t need a masters degree or a fancy title to advocate for my community. Through the environmental justice movement and being supported by our elders, I found we were the experts of our conditions and community was most qualified to come up with the solutions because we were living and breathing the conditions ourselves.

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